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The Home Office have arranged a series of safeguarding sessions, aimed at charities, led by partners with expertise in those areas.  Charities and Safeguarding is an on-going series with future events focusing on emerging and new safeguarding risks including technical and cyber enabled threats. For further information, please contact [email protected] or [email protected].The events are as follows:

Charity Commission with National Council for Voluntary Organisations

5th October from 10.30am - 11.30am

During times of change it is more important than ever to be on top of our safeguarding game in respect of current as well as future risks and threats. Safeguarding policy and practice is a governance priority for all charities in order to protect people from harm. This includes those who benefit from the charity’s work, as well as staff, volunteers and any other people who come into contact with the charity. With this in mind, Home Office and DCMS are running a series of safeguarding events over the coming months to remind people of current Charity Commission guidance, as well as providing an update on advice and support available from NCVO, DBS and others. Partnering with Charity Commission, National Council for Voluntary Organisations and the National Lottery Community Fund to bring everyone up to speed and to identify any issues that we can support going forward. These sessions also be showcasing DCMS / NLCF demonstration projects from London Youth, NAVCA, ACRE. SCIE, VONNE and VAL to share learning and good practice. Details of these projects can be found by clicking here

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Fraud Awareness Week 

Weds 20th October from 10.30am - 11.30am

Fraud and cybercrime are now among the most common crimes in the UK. This means that every charity is susceptible and can find themselves targeted at any time. But the good news is that all charities – even those with relatively small reserves to call upon – can take some simple steps to protect their people and assets. This fraud awareness session will provide a timely update on the latest fraud threats affecting the sector and provide some simple tips and hints to prevent them. Guest speakers are:

  • Mia Campbell is head of operations at the counter fraud charity, Fraud Advisory Panel, and is one of the brainchild’s behind charity fraud awareness week. She has more than 18 years’ experience of working within counter fraud advising businesses and charities.
  • David Carter is head of global counter fraud at the British Council and is also chair of the UK Charities Against Fraud Group. He has worked within the charity sector for the past 7 years and prior to that spent 14 years as a police officer.
  • Claire Parris is the strategic communications manager at the Charity Commission for England and Wales responsible for co-ordinating the fraud and cybercrime outreach aspects of its work including the UK Charities Against Fraud Group.

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Keeping Children and Young People Safe; Lessons Learned

The Vulnerability Knowledge and Practice Programme (VKPP) on behalf of the National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC)

Tues 26th October from 10.30am -11.30am

During Covid-19, we all had to quickly adapt to new ways of working. As delivery and services increasingly moved on-line, we became concerned that new and increased safeguarding risks and threats were becoming apparent for children and young people. In response to the rapidly changing environment, the Vulnerability Knowledge and Practice Programme (VKPP), on behalf of Chief Constable Simon Bailey (previous NPCC Lead for Violence and Public Protection, now retired) set up a charity advisory group to share insight, data and concerns with law enforcement partners. The group met on a fortnightly to monthly basis for 18 months, identifying and documenting emerging pandemic-impacted safeguarding trends and threats and advising as to how best to deal with them. Key issues included

  • shifting trends in respect of online child sexual abuse;
  • children being kept in custody for extended periods of time on remand due to the court delays:
  • less places to meet children for keywork sessions due to schools not taking outside visitors & differences in the types of criminal exploitation.

Rhiannon Sawyer is Head of the Vulnerability Knowledge and Practice Programme (VKPP). Since joining Norfolk Police in early 2019, Rhiannon has led on the mobilisation and management of the majority of the VKPP’s diverse work streams including the national benchmarking of forces’ activity against the National Vulnerability Action Plan, leading the Covid-19 voluntary sector response with recently retired CC Bailey in his role as NPCC for Child Abuse / Violence and Public Protection. Rhiannon previously worked in senior management in the voluntary sector, overseeing multiple complex programmes delivering high end safeguarding and public protection across London in relation to gangs, sexual violence, child abuse, missing, county lines, unaccompanied asylum-seeking children and modern slavery. The charities / safeguarding is on-going with future events focusing on emerging and new safeguarding risks including technical and cyber enabled threats.

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Keeping Children and Young People Safe from Radicalisation

Professor Paul Gill, University College London and Claire Little, The Shaw Trust

Weds 27th October from 10.30am - 11.30am

This session will discuss the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on social isolation and links to greater risk of radicalisation and other forms of grooming. The threat from terrorism has not diminished, and we have had to adapt at pace to changes brought about by the pandemic to ensure continued protection of the UK from that threat. This includes embracing new ways of working, new technology and maintaining essential services to ensure that organisations and agencies evolve to meet the change in risk and threat head-on. Indeed, the risk of radicalisation may have increased for some vulnerable people, as young people were spending more unsupervised time online, where feelings of boredom and isolation may be exploited by negative influences and online groomers of all kinds.

Professor Paul Gill is a leading academic in terrorism. His research examines its causes, patterns and the actors that perpetrate terrorist attacks. His current research demonstrates the diverse profiles of terrorists, their developmental pathways into terrorism, the behaviours that precede and underpin a terrorist attack, how terrorists fit into a wider structure and how particular group influences condition individuals to engage in acts of violence.

Claire Little is Safeguarding Lead for The Shaw Trust overseeing safeguarding incidents and risks for young people and vulnerable adults including those at risk of radicalisation. Claire will describe how the Shaw Trust adapted its operations during Covid19 to respond to new safeguarding risks connected with radicalisation including. This has included updated staff training, developing new models of online delivery and supporting staff in spotting the signs of radicalisation. Claire was previously a Channel Coordinator in Prevent, putting plans into place for young people and adults at risk of radicalisation and prior to that was a Headteacher.

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Digital Communications

Jonathan Chevallier, Charity Digital and Becca K, National Cyber Security Centre Chair: Roy Isbell, Chair of the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists (WCIT) Security Panel

Weds 10th November from 10.30am - 12 midday

Whilst the UK has long been known as a digitally developed country, the Covid-19 pandemic has accelerated our reliance on digital foundations for our communications, work, retail and leisure. In short, our lives moved abruptly and largely irreversibly online. The government’s vision is for the UK to be prosperous and confident in the digital world, whilst remaining secure and resilient to cyber threats. Despite levels of cyber crime remaining relatively stable in 2020, there is increasing public awareness and concern about the range and scale of “scams” - online crime. More so than ever, the government needs to think as innovatively as possible about the activity it can undertake to secure the public online. This work is led by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC).

A key part of this is the recent relaunch of the Cyber Aware campaign which is designed to empower and enable the public and micro businesses to stay secure online by understanding the necessary protective actions. Additionally the NCSC leads a wide programme of work with leading online service providers and device manufacturers to reduce the burden on the public having to secure themselves online. This session will provide an overview of the campaign and how its advice is brought to life for the public. Plus it will provide some background on the NCSC’s close partnership working with its wide range of industry and charity partners.

Becca K is the NCSC’s Charity Sector Resilience Lead, influencing NCSC’s strategy, guidance and tool development to make a positive impact in the charity sector. She also works with charity partners and OGDs to understand the needs of the charity sector, and make sure NCSC’s valuable tools and guidance reach the charities that would benefit the most.

Jonathan Chevallier is CEO of Charity Digital, a charity focused on helping other charities to increase their impact through their use of digital technology. His key expertise is in guiding digital transformations for organisations ranging in size from start up to mid-sized business. His early career includes several years in senior technology, marketing & corporate development roles before becoming MD of WCI Healthcare, a consultancy focused on the health sector. Prior to joining Charity Digital, he was CEO of medical technology start-up Oxehealth, leading it through the critical early years to commercial traction and including several rounds of fund-raising. He has been an advisor for social enterprises including Clarity, a soap and toiletries business providing meaningful employment for people with disabilities and young people’s charity Eikon.  

Roy Isbell (Prof. FIET FBCS) is Chair of the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists (WCIT), Security Panel and a Principal Fellow at the University of Warwick (UoW) Cyber Security Centre (CSC). The WCIT is the 100th livery company of the City of London, combining centuries-old tradition with a modern focus, energy and innovation. The UoW CSC researches with a practitioner focus all aspects of the cyber domain especially those related to security and resilience.

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Cyber PROTECT and Cyber Resilience Centre Network – A Law Enforcement Response and Support from the Police

Chief Superintendent Andrew Gould from the City of London Police Chair: Roy Isbell, Chair of the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists (WCIT) Security Panel

Weds 17th November from 10.30am - 11.30am  

During 2020/21, Action Fraud saw an increase of over 15 percent in the reporting of cyber dependant crime, with 31,322 reports received representing the highest recorded volume since 2014. The financial losses have increased 79.9% from the previous year to £9.6m. Phishing emails were the key enabler for criminals to initiate cyber-attacks and fraud alongside weak and same passwords which enabled access to multiple individual online accounts and the impact of Covid-19. The global pandemic has not deterred cyber criminals who identified this as an opportunity to engage victims and hook onto key themes through the year such as the availability of PPE, Covid-19 tests and vaccinations.

The Cyber PROTECT Network is working in partnership with Government, the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), industry and the public sector to address these key trends and help organisations and individuals tackle cyber crime. Since its creation, the Network has used the latest intelligence, hosted national multi-agency campaigns, and developed a coordinated approach to PROTECT messaging and alerts across policing and wider agencies. The now established regionally managed and locally delivered structure has maximised opportunities for proactive PROTECT activity at a local level, ensuring interoperability across all operations and products.

Our vision is to deliver an effective and coordinated law enforcement response to cyber crime that protects the public, businesses and organisations, and ensures the UK is secure and resilient to cyber threats. Cyber Griffin, based at the City of London Police, have collaborated with the NCSC to get a number of their services, such as their weekly cyber awareness webinar known as the baseline briefing and table top exercise used to help organisations understand the importance of protecting their businesses, accredited to further empower the public and businesses to protect themselves.

Nationally, the Police have launched Police CyberAlarm, a tool to help businesses understand and monitor malicious cyber activity, and the Police led not for profit Cyber Resilience Centres that have been rolled out to every region of England & Wales, providing subsidised or free cyber security guidance and consultancy to enhance the support available to micro and small or medium enterprises (SMEs).

Detective Chief Superintendent Andrew Gould from the City of London Police will be on hand to tell you more about how policing is working in partnership with industry and the public sector to tackle cyber crime through the utilisation of the intelligence and services mentioned above. Contact: [email protected].

Roy Isbell (Prof. FIET FBCS) is Chair of the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists (WCIT), Security Panel and a Principal Fellow at the University of Warwick (UoW) Cyber Security Centre (CSC). The WCIT is the 100th livery company of the City of London, combining centuries-old tradition with a modern focus, energy and innovation. The UoW CSC researches with a practitioner focus all aspects of the cyber domain especially those related to security and resilience. Contact: [email protected]

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Safeguarding and Protecting People for Charities and Voluntary Organisations

Carlene FIrmin, Professor of Social Work, Durham University

Thurs 18th November from 11am - 12 midday 

This session will discuss creating safety in contexts as well as for individuals and provide an introduction to Contextual Safeguarding for Charities and Voluntary Organisations Contextual safeguarding recognises that as young people grow and develop that they are influenced by a whole range of environments and people outside of their family including school, the local community, with their peer groups or online. During the Covid-19 pandemic, those environments may have altered including some young people spending less time at school or college and with their friends, and more time in public spaces they haven’t used before, online and at home.

Young people can experience harm in any of these contexts. However, safeguarding systems have largely been designed to intervene with individual young people and their families when they come to harm – and not the wider contexts where harm might occur. Contextual Safeguarding has been adopted by children’s social care departments, voluntary sector organisations and schools, to create safeguarding safety in contexts where young people experience harm.

These organisations have had to reform their approaches so they can intervene with the social conditions in which harm occurs and not just within the people affected by it. Likewise, Government safeguarding policies in England, Wales and Scotland have all been amended to promote a Contextual Safeguarding approach to risks beyond family homes. This approach has significant implications for the work of voluntary organisations, impacting how they develop policies and procedures, forge partnerships, design and deliver services and measure their impact.

Dr Carlene Firmin, MBE, Professor of Social Work at Durham University, is a leading social researcher, concerned with safeguarding young people, social justice and inequality. Carlene has spent over 15 years in voluntary and statutory agencies, researching young people’s experiences of community and group-based violence and advocating for comprehensive social care and wider safeguarding approaches that keep young people safe in public places, schools and peer groups. She has a particular expertise in the field of social care responses to violence and abuse that occurs between young people or in extrafamilial spaces and places. Carlene developed the concept of Contextual Safeguarding and led a related research programme at the University of Bedfordshire from 2013. In 2021 she joined Durham University to continue to develop Contextual Safeguarding approaches as their Professor of Social Work. In this session Carlene will summarise the implications of Contextual Safeguarding for voluntary organisations, and share case studies of the difference such work has made to young people, their families and wider communities.

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