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Exploitation and COVID-19 Bitesize Webinar

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Date(s) - 12/02/2021
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

1 hour webinar

The Safer Devon Partnership, Devon Children and Families Partnership and Torbay and Devon Safeguarding Adults Partnership are holding a 1 hour webinar on vulnerability and risk around exploitation during the pandemic and current lockdown.

Audience: the webinar is open to colleagues and partners from frontline services and the voluntary and community sector who are supporting people during COVID-19 who may be vulnerable to exploitation.

Aim of the webinar: to provide information and learning around vulnerability and risk to exploitation, drawing on local experiences over the course of the pandemic to date.
Contributions will be provided by subject matter experts across safeguarding, policing and community safety, with focus on the local context of vulnerability and risk, local learning and case studies. Signposting to local reporting processes will be provided.
You can register your attendance here. Spaces are limited so we encourage early registration. A post-event recording will also be made available.


Timing Topic and Speaker

13:30 Welcome and introduction Supt. Neil Ralph Devon and Cornwall Police

13:35 Children and young people

• Contextual risk and vulnerability during COVID-19

• Local approaches to identifying and reducing risk (including the Adolescent Safety Framework) Heather Neale and Hayley Bladon REACH Team, Devon County Council Children’s Services

13:45 Vulnerable adults

• Risk and vulnerability during COVID-19, with focus on complex lives and exploitation

• Challenges to accessing support and opportunities to improve responses and outcomes Jeanie Lynch Programme Manager, Resilient Women Centre CoLab Exeter

13:55 Online exploitation and cybercrime

• Role of the online space in exploitation

• Local picture of cybercrime, including COVID-19 related fraud and scams Laura Cowie Cyber Protect Officer, Devon and Cornwall Police

14:05 Vulnerability and risk in communities

• Hidden harm in communities Becca Hewitt Community Safety Lead, South Devon and Dartmoor
Exploitation and COVID-19 Bitesize Webinar

For further information or questions about this webinar email

Key points to take away – 5Cs

• Concern Being aware of risk and vulnerability and knowing the signs.

• Curiosity Exercising curiosity as professionals, colleagues, as members of our communities, and in our personal lives.

• Connect Finding new spaces and places to engage with people who may have less contact with services, family, friends and the community.

• Communicate Being proactive in sharing concerns and safeguarding those at risk.

• Care Showing kindness and compassion towards those we support, our colleagues, and our neighbours, friends and family.

Reporting concerns

• If you think someone is at risk of imminent harm always call 999.

• If you have concerns about someone’s safety and welfare you must immediately discuss your concerns with your line manager or organisational safeguarding lead and consider making a safeguarding referral.

• If you have information or intelligence, report this through the Police’s Information Sharing Form

• Visit the Preventing Exploitation Toolkit to find out how to report concerns and learn more about exploitation happening in Devon.
• County lines – multiagency responses to cuckooing of a vulnerable adult

• Child exploitation – a community-based approach to safeguarding Community Safety Partnership

14:15 Extremism and radicalisation

• Risk and vulnerability around radicalisation, with focus on online radicalisation, extremism and conspiracy theories
DI Dave Eames Counter Terrorism Policing

14:25 Identifying and reporting concerns

• Local processes for reporting safeguarding concerns and intelligence Julie Richards Safer Devon Partnership Manager, Devon County Council