What's it all about?
Between Monday 5th - Sunday 11th June 2017, a series of events and discussion groups will be held throughout Northumberland, North Tyneside and Newcastle to raise awareness about safeguarding adults and children.
Within our communities there are adults and children who are vulnerable to abuse, neglect and injury. This week there will be events for children, families, adults and professionals to raise awareness and share information about how we can work together to protect those most at risk in society.
What are NDAS doing?
At NDAS we are marking the week with training sessions for professionals, drop-in coffee morning discussions and the exciting launch of a youth drama production 'First Time Free', made in collaboration with a women's theatre company.
Training. NDAS kicked off SAFE week on Monday 5th June with a training session for youth workers and early help workers about abuse within teenage relationships. The training session took place in Ponteland and considered prevention, tools for overcoming barriers and ways to keep young people safe. See them in action on our Facebook post.
Performance. This Thursday 8th June you can see the creative result of a collaboration between the young people of Northumberland and award winning women's theatre group Open Clasp Theatre Company. Over the past weeks a group of young people have had the exciting and exclusive opportunity to develop a workshop and performance, 'First Time Free' that explores healthy relationships and positive personal decision making. It launches this week with community performances across Northumberland, and will go on to tour Northumberland High Schools throughout the next month.
Catch the SAFE week screenings at:
Queens Hall in Hexham, June 8th, tickets here.
St James Church Centre, Alnwick, June 9th, tickets here.
It is a powerful production and brilliant opportunity for professionals, parents and anyone over the age of 13 who has an interest in safeguarding children, preventing domestic abuse and child exploitation to attend.
Busy this week? Look out for other dates here.
Coffee morning. To find out more about safeguarding or to discuss any issues or questions, why not drop in to our SAFE week Safeguarding Awareness Coffee Morning?
Call in on Friday 9th June, in Berwick Brown Bear Meeting Room.
Between 11am - 1pm you can call in for a cuppa, cake and a chat with NDAS staff.
Northumberland Youth Service
Northumberland Youth Service have generated a campaign aimed at young people to help raise awareness, improve knowledge and give greater understanding of Child Sexual Exploitation.
Developed as a partnership throughout Northumberland County Council, the #ItCouldHappenToMe campaign has been developed to include; posters, wallet cards, wristbands, leaflets and online resources, all providing information about recognising child exploitation and what to do if you think it is happening to you or someone you know.
The campaign has been developed by a group of young people, aimed at young people, to help them understand that child exploitation can happen to anyone with tools to help recognise the difference between a healthy or unhealthy relationship along with providing information about what to do if you need further advice or help.