Please see below a link to the Healthwatch Blackburn with Darwen eNewsletter from August 2017:
Please find below a short animation, produced by Blackburn with Darwen Council in partnership with Public Health Wales, tells the story of a young boy growing up, and how his experience with ACEs have affected his life. It also explains the roles that different agencies can play in preventing them and supporting those impacted.
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are those that directly harm a child; such as physical, verbal and sexual abuse or physical or emotional neglect – as well as those that affect the environment where they grow up; including parental separation, domestic violence, mental illness, alcohol abuse, drug use or incarceration.
A study has found that almost half (47 per cent) of adults across Blackburn with Darwen have suffered at least one ACE, with 12 per cent of adults in the borough having suffered four or more.
The Council has also produced a range of supporting information to go along with the animation – which can be found using the following link: http://www.blackburn.gov.uk/Pages/aces.aspx
Dr Helen Lowey, Consultant in Public Health for Blackburn with Darwen Council, said:
‘Whilst this issue is clearly not specific to Blackburn with Darwen, we feel it is important to take a proactive approach and raise awareness of how ACEs can affect a person throughout their entire life. What must be remembered is that ACEs can be prevented. We are doing work across the borough, including this animation, to both prevent ACEs occurring in the first place wherever possible and to prevent the consequences of them in those that have already experienced them.’
Please see below a link to the Healthwatch Blackburn with Darwen eNewsletter from March 2017:
To view the Local Safeguarding Children Board Annual Report for 2015-16 and Business Plan for 2016-17, please click on the link below:
Modern slavery is not something confined to history, it is still happening today, and it’s happening in Lancashire. Modern slavery could be happening right in front of you – whether that’s in nail bars, car washes, rural businesses, brothels, massage parlours, or a property in your neighbourhood. In Lancashire, partners are committed to rooting out those individuals who choose to exploit others.
Lancashire Constabulary, together with Lancashire Victim Services have developed a new set of materials to give an identity to the work they are doing around modern slavery. The below material gives more information on modern slavery, the signs that could indicate that someone is a victim of slavery and what to do if you suspect someone is being exploited. To view the material, please click on the links below.
‘Modern slavery. Look closer. It could be right in front of you.’
Prevent Tragedies is a website which was created because of the increasing concern about the worrying numbers of young people who are putting themselves at risk by travelling to Syria and other conflict zones and to help the numbers of families that have been torn apart by fear when their loved ones travel. The website has contributions from women from communities, charities, public sector organisations and Government departments.
The website has recently launched a short film on the topic of ‘Left Behind’, which describes the devastation caused to families whose loved ones have travelled or attempted to travel to a conflict zone abroad. Left Behind focuses on the accounts of four police Prevent contact officers who have supported families from across the country and witnessed first hand the anguish they go through as a consequence of a family member’s actions.
To view the video, and for more information, please click on the link below:
The new 2016 statutory multi-agency guidelines on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) are now available. Click on the link below to view:
Inspire Drug and Alcohol service will be holding drop in sessions at Darwen Children’s Centre, starting Thursday 17th March 2016, then every other Thursday 13.00-15.00. For more information, please click on the flyer below:
Please see below a briefing which is a useful guide to the new Psychoactive Substance Act; which comes into force in early April 2016. To access this, click on the link
Blackburn with Darwen Healthwatch are running a number of events throughout January 2016, including ‘Your View Your Voice’, which will be focussed on what you think their priorities should be for 2016/17, what BwD Healthwatch have planned and how you can get involved. To find out more about these events please click on the link below: