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Safeguarding Children & Young People Training

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The Nottingham City Safeguarding Children Board is delivering training sessions on Safeguarding Children and Young People from Child Sexual Exploitation.  The aim of the course is to increase awareness of child sexual exploitation amongst staff who work directly with young people and to enable them to respond appropriately and confidently to concerns or disclosures of such exploitation, and manage cases effectively.

This course provides an in depth understanding of Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) indicators and risks, grooming models including the use of the internet, and equips participants with the knowledge and confidence to manage disclosures and suspicions of CSE effectively and in accordance with LSCB procedures.

Participants are expected to have undertaken some level of broader safeguarding training, and to have completed the e-learning on Child Sexual Exploitation which can be accessed here.

 

Learning outcomes

  • Understand issues related to child sexual exploitation, the different ways it can occur and the associated legislation
  • Be able to identify factors which may leave children and young people exposed to sexual exploitation
  • Be able to recognise signs and indicators of child sexual exploitation
  • Be able to manage suspicions and disclosures effectively and take appropriate action
  • Be able to act in accordance with Nottinghamshire and Nottingham City Safeguarding

    Children Board Child Sexual Exploitation Practice Guidance and Pathways

     

     

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Further information, including an application form, can be found here.

 

 

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Sex & Relationships Education to be Made Compulsory

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We welcome the news that sex and relationships education is to be made compulsory in all schools in England. The Education Secretary Justine Greening recently confirmed this policy shift following months of campaigning from charities and MPs.

The current curriculum is years out of date and does not reflect the dangers faced by young people today. We’ve been pioneering education about healthy relationships for children and young people for many years now. Our award-winning GREAT Project helps primary school children to understand abuse and positive relationships, while our work in secondary schools tackles gangs, sexting and coercive control. It is hugely encouraging to know that all schools will be obliged to deliver expert, up to date education on these vital subjects rather than just some.

All children from the age of four will be taught about safe and healthy relationships and children in secondary schools will be given age-appropriate lessons about sex. A YouGov poll from Barnardo’s children’s charity earlier this year found 74 per cent of 11-15 year-olds said they would feel safer if they were taught about sex and relationships in school. The Government’s announcement will mean all schools across England are now bound by the same obligation and must include lessons on the dangers of online pornography, sexting and sexual harassment.

 

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Equation is Recruiting for a Marketing Executive

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Equation, the domestic abuse prevention charity, has an exciting opportunity to join our marketing team.

This role is an integral part of the wider team. Reporting to the Head of Fundraising, you will work with the Heads of Service and co-ordinators to ensure that all Equation’s external communications are professional, on brand and high quality. This work supports the success of Equation’s services and the generation of income for Equation’s work against domestic abuse.

You should have experience within a marketing role and be able to take on multiple tasks within a busy team. Responsibilities will include branding, social media, website and internal and external communications.

By working with Heads of Service you will ensure that Equation’s strategy is implemented successfully in order to continue and grow the work we deliver.

This role will suit someone who has an interest in our charitable work and you should be able to demonstrate how this will enable you to be successful in this role.

Equation offers a generous 26-days’ holiday allowance plus bank holidays (pro rata), gives employees flexibility on working times, and commits to continuing professional development of its staff through a variety of training opportunities. We are a small, positive and efficient team which will number 18 at the start of the contract.

Working hours: 22.5 hours per week

Working term: Fixed Term for one year – may be extended subject to successful fundraising

Salary: NJC Scale 5, Spinal Column Pt 22-25, £20, 263 – £22, 212 (pro rata)

How to apply

Download the application pack using the links and return your details to us according to the instructions on the application form.

Person Specification

Job Description

Application Form

The deadline for applications is 9.00 am, Monday 20th March 2017. 

Candidates will be contacted by phone in the first instance. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to interview, to be held on Tuesday 28th March 2017.

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Free Domestic Abuse Resources to #HelpAFriend

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As part of Equation’s #HelpAFriend campaign in March, we have launched two new awareness resources available for you to order: a set of posters to help people spot the warning signs of a friend experiencing domestic abuse, and a handy guide to supporting a friend who is in an abusive relationship.

Warning Signs: Posters

This set of 6 bright and attention-grabbing posters shows what domestic abuse can look like to a friend from the outside. Each poster explains one of the less well-known “warning signs” (control, jealousy, manipulation, isolation, pressure, and fear).  The posters direct to the 24-hour helpline as the central point of support for local women survivors and their friends and family. Suitable for all community venues and places of work.

During March 2017, workers and residents in Nottingham City can each order up to 5 sets of Warning Signs posters for FREE.

Warning Signs posters

How to Help A Friend: Booklet

These quick guides are designed for people with friends or family members experiencing domestic abuse. Concise and small (A6) in size, the handy booklets provide simple step-by-step information about how to help in a safe and supportive way. The booklets give guidance to friends and family about what to say and do, and also helpfully include a peel-out Domestic Violence and Abuse Information Card to give to a survivor of domestic abuse. The cards cover essential safety and support information for women in Nottingham or Nottinghamshire.

The general advice in the guide is also relevant for men and people of any gender.

These booklets are useful for anyone living locally wanting to know how to support someone close to them who is being hurt by a partner or ex.

During March 2017, workers and residents in Nottingham City can order up to 50 How to Help a Friend booklets for FREE (post and packaging costs apply). If you are outside of Nottingham, please refer to the prices below.

Quantity Price per booklet: collection (£) Price: postage and packaging (£)
1-5 1.12 4.50
6-10 0.96 6.00
11-25 0.72 11.00
26-50 0.64 16.50
51-100+ 0.5 27.50

How to Order

Order your resources now using our online order form.

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Equation launches #HelpAFriend campaign

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This March, Equation is trialling a new campaign in Nottingham that could help people save their friends from the harm of domestic abuse. For the first time in the City, ordinary residents will be given tools to recognise if someone close to them is experiencing abuse, and to help their friends reach expert support.

Equation is trialling the #HelpAFriend project using an attention-grabbing social media and print campaign, and several promotional giveaway events. We hope the campaign will increase the number of women accessing the local 24-hour domestic and sexual violence helpline (0808 800 0340), which receives up to 14,000 calls each year.

Chloe Cheeseman, Campaigns Coordinator, says: “Many people experiencing domestic abuse find it difficult to report what is happening to professional support agencies, which means a huge number of survivors are not receiving any help.

“Their friends and family, who are ordinary people like you and me, can make a huge difference. They are very well-placed to spot the warning signs of abuse, and to help friends or family access support that can keep them safe and well.”

Equation’s innovative campaign shows what abuse can look like to a friend from the outside. By promoting the simple steps involved in responding helpfully to friends or family who are being hurt by a partner, we hope to build the tools and confidence of everyone in the local community to be an upstander against domestic abuse.

If you are worried that your friend is being hurt by her partner, ring the 24-hour domestic and sexual violence helpline to find out how you can help: 0808 800 0340. The helpline is run by Women’s Aid Integrated Services; find out more at wais.org.uk

You can also find out more about how to support a friend or family member on our dedicated campaign webpage: equation.org.uk/help-someone

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Equation is Recruiting Children and Young People Workers

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Equation is looking for individuals to join our freelance facilitator team. One of a number of such posts, this role’s primary duties are in delivering domestic abuse awareness projects with children and young people in line with Equation’s business plans and priorities.

Working hours are flexible, predominately during school hours and term times. There are no set hours with this post; the hours offered will vary according to the number of projects and the availability of the applicant.

Salary: £11.28 – £14.03 per hour

Applications deadline: Midday on 13/03/17

Interviews: 21/03/17

How to apply

Download the application pack using the links and return your details to us according to the instructions on the application form.

Information pack

Equation’s projects for children and young people

Job application form

 

 

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How to Spot the Signs of a Friend in Trouble

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Good friends are everything. But sometimes our closest friends can be suffering in silence. If you spot any of these warning signs, your friend may be experiencing domestic abuse in their relationship. #HelpAFriend. Learn the signs.

Control

Does your friend’s partner call and text her all the time? Does it ever seem like they’re checking up on her?

Isolation

Have you noticed you get to see your friend less and less, and that she’s also seeing less of her other friends and family? Maybe she seems to make excuses about why she can’t meet up, or you get the sense that your  friend’s partner is taking over her life.

Manipulation

Does it ever seem like your friend won’t make a decision without checking with her partner first? Does she often seem worried about her partner’s reaction?

Pressure

Have you noticed that your friend is behaving out of character – e.g. dressing, acting, or speaking differently? Do you think she may ever feel pressured by her partner to look or behave in a certain way?

Jealousy

Does your friend change her behaviour to avoid accusations of cheating from her partner? Does it seem like her partner is often jealous for little reason?

Fear

Have you noticed your friend treading on eggshells to avoid rowing with her partner? Have you ever got the sense that your friend is a bit afraid of them?

If you are worried about your friend’s relationship, trust your instincts.

Call the 24-hour free local domestic abuse helpline and find out how you can help her.

0808 800 0340

If you can’t get through, use the answerphone. All messages will be answered.

The helpline is run by Women’s Aid Integrated Services. Find out more at wais.org.uk

 

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Equation Welcomes Government Commitment to Tackle Abuse

Equation welcomes and fully supports Theresa May’s recent announcement that she is to directly oversee work to develop a new law to tackle domestic violence. The Prime Minister has stated she wishes to end the current ‘unacceptable’ situation which sees some areas of the country put more effort into the problem than others, stating that domestic violence and abuse is “life-shattering and absolutely abhorrent”.

Ms May insisted the Government’s new approach would deliver a system that increased convictions and works for victims. As a result, the Domestic Violence and Abuse Act will be aimed at addressing a lack of clarity in existing laws and raising public awareness of the problem.

Theresa May will oversee a cross-Government effort to improve the situation. The work, which is expected to take up to 18 months, will also hear the views of victims, charities and legal experts. Director of Public Prosecutions Alison Saunders said: “Domestic abuse is a particularly distressing crime as it often occurs in the place where people should feel safest – their home.”

Equation CEO Alison Thomas said: “Equation welcomes and fully supports the announcement made by Theresa May. We look forward to the greater clarity achieving positive outcomes for survivors of abuse. Equation are pleased and encouraged that the announcement also includes a commitment to raising public awareness, which we believe is essential in enabling the eradication of domestic abuse.”

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Campaign for Statutory Sex and Relationships Education

Young people today are subjected to pressures in schools that many of us could barely imagine. From sexting to widespread access to porn – the school environment has changed. But education has not changed with it.

As a result of this disparity between the real world and the ways in which we are failing to equip our children and young people, Laura Bates (founder of the Everyday Sexism Project) and Sarah Green and Rachel Krys (Co-Directors of the End Violence Against Women Coalition) have launched a petition on Change.org asking for sex and relationships education (SRE) to be made compulsory in all schools.

Equation have long since championed age-appropriate sex and relationships education for children and young people. Our award-winning educational programmes have already made a huge impact on thousands of children and young people across Nottinghamshire. But we know that this is a basic right that ALL children should be entitled to, and that the alarming statistics around teenage sexual abuse and rape will not change without it. 

Young people are bombarded with confusing and often misogynistic messages from the world around them. Shockingly, 60% have seen online porn by the age of 14. Teenage girls are getting pressured into having sex, and a recent BBC Freedom of Information request revealed that 5,500 sexual offences, including 600 rapes, were reported to police as having taken place in schools over a 3-year period. That’s almost exactly one rape per school day.

Sex and relationships education is as important as any other subject, as this video shows:

#SREnow
#SREnow

It is vital that our schools equip young people with the skills they need to understand consent, healthy relationships, LGBT rights and relationships, gender stereotypes and online pornography.

You can sign the petition here.

Or join the conversation online using the hashtag #SREnow.

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Russia Softens Domestic Abuse Law

It is no secret that the Russian government has a major task in eradicating domestic abuse, with the latest statistics showing that 49,579 crimes involving violence in the family were committed in Russia in 2015. With the vast majority of victims being women and an unknown number of offences going unreported it is time that legislators focused on how to give protection to those who are vulnerable.

Instead, Russian MPs this week backed a law reducing the penalties for those convicted of inflicting violence on family members, decriminalising some offences. These changes mean the authorities will be unable (and unwilling) to protect the powerless or break the vicious circle of abuse within the home. Abused children will continue to grow up being more likely to become abusers or victims themselves.

Breaking these cycles takes resources and painstaking work and lawmakers need to support such efforts that can lead to social progress as, for example, they did earlier this month in France, when beating children was outlawed. Unfortunately, the current tendency of lawmaking in Russia is to support the archaic thinking of much of the population.

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The amendments in Russia are already being interpreted by opponents and supporters alike as giving official permission for violence. First offences that do not result in serious injuries will now be punished by a fine. Since such payments, of up to 30,000 rubles (£400), will obviously be taken out of family budgets, in themselves these fines could become a disincentive to complain.

Making victims responsible for gathering their own evidence is another new outcome that has been equally misconceived. Who will do this if the victim is a child? A frightened or an abusive mother? Neighbours who called the police when they heard screams?

But the biggest mistake is that only a second offence will truly be considered a crime, supposedly to create parity with the way that violence between strangers outside the home is dealt with. Yet this fails to realise that victims of domestic violence, and especially children, are uniquely vulnerable because they lack the opportunity to escape.

Their abusers are not strangers, and are usually the people who should protect and care for them. As a consequence, the psychological and long-term consequences of the same physical injuries are far more severe. It is this continual cycle of inflicting both emotional and physical trauma that Russia seems incapable, or unwilling to address.

At Equation we are committed to putting an end to domestic violence and abuse. If you feel motivated by our cause, don’t forget you can get involved with our work by getting in touch or joining our community on Facebook and Twitter.

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