Last updated by Chelsey Reynolds on Tuesday, July 9, 2019
A massive thank you to all of you that took part in the recent Chelmsford and Harlow ‘Parents, Did You Know?’ events. These whole day events took place with a range of organisations available show casing the support they have for parents, carers and young people; we also had a range of talks throughout the day on online risks, gang’s awareness, case studies by Essex Police and information on grooming and how to spot the signs.
Whilst these events were predominantly created to raise public awareness and signpost to services we had at both events parents attending who disclosed concerns about trafficking and exploitation to their children, and support was offered to them through the new exploitation parent support service created by The Children’s Society and Barnardo’s as well as information taken about potential hot spots. Those that attended the talks were very impressed by the facilitators with just under 90% of those attending reporting that they found the content ‘very useful’, and over 60% reporting that they would talk to a child about information they had learnt at the events.
This evidences just how valuable such events can be and we will use the learning from the Chelmsford and Harlow event to inform how we run further events later this year in Basildon, Colchester and Clacton-on-Sea. One of the most important factors to making these successful is ensuring that parents and carers across Essex know about them and have the support if they need it to attend.
You can register your interest to any of the future events on the ESCB Facebook page to receive updates and further information about the day.
For more details please visit www.escb.co.uk/exploitation.
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If you have any questions or want to talk about any information in this blog, please feel free to contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org