Local Communities Raise Vital Funds For Safe and Sound

Local Communities Raise Vital Funds For Safe and Sound

Local people in Littleover, Mickleover and Chellaston have helped Rotary Club of Derby raise £2,500 for specialist Derby charity Safe and Sound.

Volunteers and Rotary Club members took their Santa Sleigh across the local communities – collecting donations from generous residents.

The money will go towards Safe and Sound’s Butterfly Appeal which is raising money to expand the work that the charity does to support children and young people who are victims of or at risk of exploitation.

Safe and Sound Chief Executive Tracy Harrison said: “We are extremely grateful to Rotary Club of Derby for choosing to support our charity this year.

“Santa Sleigh brings so much joy to families across Derby and we are heartened by people’s  response through their generous donations.

“This will help us to support many more young people in our local communities to stay safe and to continue to raise awareness of the increasing dangers of online grooming and exploitation facing boys and girls as young as eight.”

For more information about child exploitation, how Safe and Sound can help and how to support the local charity, please visit www.safeandsoundgroup.org.uk or follow on social media.

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Media enquiries: Sarah Jenkin-Jones, JJPR, Tel: 01332 515102/07951 945665; [email protected]

About Safe and Sound

Formed in 2002, Safe and Sound is an inspiring Derbyshire charity that transforms young lives affected by child exploitation with innovative, hands-on programmes.

The charity works at grass root levels delivering individual support to each child as well as families and carers.  This vital support enables them to move not just to a place of safety, but emerge unshackled and undefined by their experience and enabled to reach their full potential.

The charity continues to specialise in child sexual exploitation and is now developing its services to support children and young people facing or at risk of wider exploitation which are often interlinked.  These include physical and emotional violence, neglect, modern day slavery, radicalisation and human trafficking, domestic abuse, missing episodes and County Lines.

Safe and Sound is led by former police superintendent Tracy Harrison with the support of a specialist team; an experience board of Trustees and now a team of Ambassadors who are helping to raise the profile of the charity and the issue of child exploitation.

Safe and Sound’s expertise came to the fore during the 2010 landmark case – Operation Retriever – which was Derby’s first prosecution for child sexual exploitation and abuse.  The charity’s specialist team supported every young person affected by the criminal actions of 13 defendants who were jailed in total for up to 22 years for 70 offences.

For more information about child exploitation, Safe and Sound Derby and how to support their work, please visit www.safeandsoundgroup.org.uk

About Rotary Club of Derby:  The Rotary Club of Derby meets regularly and welcomes new members from all walks of life who want to make new friends while getting involved in charitable work in the community.  Rotary International connects 1.2 million members of more than 34,000 Rotary clubs in over 200 countries and geographical areas. Their work impacts lives at both the local and international levels, from helping families in need in their own communities to working toward a polio-free world. For more information, visit Rotary

Ambassadors Fly The Flag For Safe and Sound

Ambassadors Fly The Flag For Safe and Sound

Derbyshire Chief Constable Peter Goodman, former Rams captain Shaun Barker, BAFTA winning actor Molly Windsor and business owner Amanda Strong are the first to join Safe and Sound’s Ambassador programme.

As well as highlighting the charity’s work amongst their own networks, they have pledged to support the charity’s Butterfly Appeal.

The appeal is underway to fund Safe and Sound’s new and innovative support programmes for children and young people across Derbyshire who are victims of or at risk of child sexual exploitation (CSE) and their families.

The group also includes Young Ambassador Louise (18) who has been supported by Safe and Sound after being targeted by online groomers.  The teenager has already shared her story in the hope of encouraging other young people to improve their privacy settings online and her future input will include raising awareness of CSE and the charity in local communities.

Safe and Sound chief executive Tracy Harrison said: “Talking about child sexual exploitation is not an easy conversation but it is vital that everyone is aware of the dangers facing our children and young people both online and in our local communities.

“No child is safe from sexual exploitation. Indeed research shows that one in 20 young people – that’s at least one child in every classroom – has faced abuse in their lives, including sexual exploitation.

“It is therefore vital that we raise awareness of this issue across our wider communities and our Ambassadors have an important role to play in spreading the word.

“We are extremely grateful for their support and I also hope that raised awareness will also encourage more groups, businesses and individuals to support our Butterfly Appeal so that we can further expand the range of support available for young people across Derbyshire and their families.”

Derbyshire Chief Constable Peter Goodman has been an advocate for Safe and Sound for many years.

He explained: “Safe and Sound opened everyone’s eyes to what was happening in the city when a number of vulnerable and exploited young girls were being repeatedly raped by a group of men, shared with others and trafficked outside Derby in order that they could be raped again.

“Since Operation Retriever, they have continued to change the lives of so many young people and that is why I support them.”

Shaun Barker added: “CSE is something that affects young people and their families from all walks of life – regardless of where they live, their family situation, cultural or social background.

“That is why I am keen to support Safe and Sound in any way that I can alongside our work through the Shaun Barker Foundation which my family and I set up in 2014 to give back to the community that had been so good to us.”

Actor Molly Windsor, who lives in Derbyshire, said: “Having played the real-life character of 14-year-old Holly Winshaw in the television programme ‘Three Girls’, I felt really strongly that I wanted more people to know about, understand and talk about child sexual exploitation.

“By being more open about the issue and working with Safe and Sound, hopefully more children and young people who are being manipulated in such a horrendous way can be helped sooner.”

Amanda Strong, who owns Mercia Image Print in Little Eaton continued: “We must work together to raise awareness and highlight the dangers of grooming and sexual exploitation to young people – especially online.

“This will hopefully ensure that more young people and their families seek out the help and support they so desperately need and the protection they deserve.”

Young ambassador Louise concluded: “Safe and Sound saved my life.  They helped me realise that I was not to blame for what had happened and that I had been groomed.

“Once I realised this I was able to start to re-build my self-esteem and confidence.  My support worker gave me the strength to pick myself up and get on with my life so that my mental scars could start to heal.

“I hope that, by sharing my story, young people and their families will wise up to using privacy settings on social media and only accept people that you know as friends because people like this are far from that.”

For more information about child exploitation and Safe and Sound’s work, please visit www.safeandsoundgroup.org.uk and follow on Facebook and Twitter @safeandsoundgroup or email [email protected]

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Media enquiries: Sarah Jenkin-Jones, JJPR, Tel: 01332 515102/07951 945665; [email protected]

About Safe and Sound and the Butterfly Appeal

Safe and Sound was launched in 2002 and is the only local charity that is totally focused on transforming the lives of thousands of children and young people who are victims or are at risk of child sexual exploitation across Derbyshire.

Safe and Sound’s expertise came to the fore during the 2010 landmark case – Operation Retriever – which was Derby’s first prosecution for child sexual exploitation and abuse.  The charity’s specialist team supported every young person affected by the criminal actions of 13 defendants who were jailed in total for up to 22 years for 70 offences.

Safe and Sound’s specialist team provides individual support for children and young people from as young as eight up to the age of 18. They also raise awareness of the issue and the dangers facing children and young people through awareness programmes for schools, organisations, businesses and community groups.

Safe and Sound has launched the Butterfly Appeal #Buildingstrongwings to bring to fruition its vision for expanded services to support young people, families and wider community.

The charity’s future vision is extensive and includes:

–           A new outreach programme to provide hands-on support where young people are at their most vulnerable

–           Wider support for the families of victims and those at risk of CSE

–           Youth work programmes with new activities from music to sport to build young people’s confidence and resilience

–           Specialist psychological therapy programmes to tackle trauma, anxiety and depression

–           Longer term support for survivors moving into adulthood enabling them to mentor younger victims

–           An expanded community education programme to increase public awareness of CSE and the dangers facing young people

Supporters and ambassadors include the Chief Constable of Derbyshire who has chosen Safe and Sound as one of his chosen charities.

For more information about child sexual exploitation, Safe and Sound Derby and the Butterfly Appeal please visit www.safeandsoundgroup.co.uk and follow on social media. A powerful video outlining young people’s experiences and why local people and businesses should support Safe and Sound is online at https://youtu.be/xjcb1y2cfGE

About CSE

In the UK today, one in 20 children suffer sexual abuse which includes child sexual exploitation.  That means that in every classroom in Derbyshire, there is at least one vulnerable young person in need of help.

Child Exploitation (commonly referred to as CSE) is a form of child sexual abuse and takes many different forms from rape and sexual assault to online grooming and encouraging children to share inappropriate images of themselves.

CSE is a particularly manipulative form of abuse and is also linked to wider child exploitation issues such as County Lines, gangs, trafficking and modern slavery.

The key factor is that individuals or groups take advantage of young people by manipulating or deceiving them into sexual activity in exchange for something the victim needs or wants.  This could range from money and alcohol to less tangible things such as the attention that they crave at a vulnerable time in their lives.

Rise In Exploitation Is Worrying Trend

Rise In Exploitation Is Worrying Trend

I was however particularly shocked by the release of Government figures that 2019 saw an
all-time high of 18,000 children and young people being groomed and sexually exploited in
the UK.

Furthermore, this is probably only the tip of the iceberg as many incidents go unreported
with young victims terrified of the perpetrators and of being blamed themselves for the
abuse.

Equally worrying is the rise in the wider criminal exploitation of young people such as
County Lines with young boys and girls being forced into drugs operations – akin to the
treatment of young people by perpetrators in Victorian times.

As the local charity dedicated to supporting children and young people across Derbyshire
who are vulnerable to or victims of grooming and exploitation, we share the worry that
professionals and families alike must be feeling about these latest figures.

Child sexual exploitation – whether that is bribing young people to share indecent images
online or grooming them to be raped and abused – remains one of the largest forms of child
abuse in the country.

It can potentially destroy the lives of any young girl or boy – regardless of where they live,
their family situation, cultural or social background.

New court cases are reported on a daily basis with echoes of the horrific abuse uncovered
during Operation Retriever here in Derbyshire which led to the 2010 landmark case when 13
defendants were jailed in total for up to 22 years for 70 offences against a number of young
victims.

Criminal exploitation prosecutions are now becoming common place in the news headlines
and I am heartened that young people involved in drugs operations are increasingly being
recognised as victims of exploitation just as those who are forced into sexual activity.
I also agree with senior police officers who have highlighted that the reduction in youth
services has left a void between the school gate and the front door which criminals are
exploiting.

This is precisely why Safe and Sound has expanded operations to provide youth services for
in the city and county to ensure they are less vulnerable to exploitation by involving them in
positive activities for young people and boosting their feelings of security, self worth and
esteem.

We are also looking to appoint a specialist worker to support the families of young people
who are being targeted online and directly by sexual predators in recognition that the
effects of this exploitation affect the whole family.

I would therefore appeal to everyone to be aware of the dangers to children and young
people both online and in our local communities. To find out more about the work of Safe
and Sound and how you can help, please visit www.safeandsoundgroup.org.uk and follow
on social media channels.

We are seeking up to four new trustees to join our board

We are seeking up to four new trustees to join our board

At Safe and Sound, we aim to transform children and young people’s lives for the better and we want you to help us with that vision. We are looking for BRILLIANT people to join our Board of Trustees to be part of our journey too.

We are at a pivotal point in our strategic plan and we need Trustees who can bring the experience, insights and passion to help take us realise our ambition and build a sustainable future. We want exceptional thinkers: people who can think beyond the immediate situation and people who can bring creative and different ideas to help us continue to develop. We are looking to augment our already strong Board of Trustees, in the following areas, though we welcome applications from all sectors;

  • Finance
  • HR
  • Business Development / Strategic Planning
  • Regulatory / Compliance / Governance
  • Fundraising / Funding Streams
  • Education / Research / Evaluation

Additionally, our Trustees must:

  • Share the commitment and values of Safe and Sound
  • Have experience as a trustee, or equivalent, for example, school governors, leading or participating in senior teams
  • Be able to create strong working relationships, bringing appropriate levels of support and challenge to debates
  • Communicate clearly and concisely; being prepared to listen to others and recognise different viewpoints
  • Be committed to helping create a diverse and inclusive Charity; demonstrating an accepting and positive regard for others
  • empathy with the services and client groups that we seek to serve – direct experience in the field would be an advantage

A Trustee role with Safe and Sound provides an excellent opportunity to work with a dynamic and creative organisation, to help shape our strategy and make a difference to children and young people’s lives.  Ideally, you would be based locally in the East Midlands but if you are willing to travel to visit us then we want to hear from you.

The Trustee roles are voluntary and unremunerated,

Terms

Duration: 3 Year term, potential to extend by 3 years. Location: Darley Abbey, Derby.

Time Commitment: One board meeting per quarter and attendance at board away days (maximum two days per year). There is an expectation that Trustees will also contribute and play an active role in Board subgroups, and other relevant events where they will act as ambassadors of Safe and Sound.

Application Process:

We welcome expressions of interest in the form of a current CV and one A4 page outline of why you want to join Safe and Sound and the skills and experience which you would bring to the board.  Applications should be sent to [email protected]  or alternatively contact Tracy Harrison, Chief Executive on 01332 362120 for an informal chat.

We want our Trustees to be representative of diverse communities so we actively encourage applications from ethnic minorities, disabled people and anyone who identifies as part of a community that is under-represented in the charity.  Appointments will be made on merit alone.

Download our Candidate Packs

Safe Sound Candidate Pack – Trustees

Local Fundraiser Completes Ultimate Challenge For Safe and Sound

Local Fundraiser Completes Ultimate Challenge For Safe and Sound

A Derby charity fundraiser has successfully completed his ultimate challenge to raise money for local charity Safe and Sound’s Butterfly Appeal.

Simon Barcz from Oakwood has raised more than £4,500 on top of the thousands he has already secured for Derby-based Safe and Sound which specialises in grassroots work across the county to transform the lives of children and young people who are victims of or at risk of child sexual exploitation (CSE).

Mr Barcz, who is a heat treatment specialist at Gardner Aerospace in Derby started his fundraising journey as part of his fitness drive to tackle type 2 diabetes.

Having shed nearly six stone, he set his sights on trekking to Everest Base Camp – tackling 115km across difficult terrain and battling altitude sickness to reach heights of 19,000ft above sea level.

He left Derby earlier this month – the day after his 40th birthday – and flew to Kathmandu and then onto Lukla before starting the 11-day trek.

On his return, he joined family and friends for a belated birthday celebration at The Neptune pub in the city centre which has sponsored him for the challenge alongside DBY Flooring and JRU Building Services.

Mr Barcz said: “Having done all sorts of charity fundraising challenges – I wanted to do the ultimate trip and you don’t get much bigger than going to the Everest base camp in the Himalayas.

“I was very tough physically, mentally and emotionally but I am so glad I have done it and particularly to have exceeded my fundraising target for Safe and Sound.

“When I first started raising money to give me the motivation to change my lifestyle, I supported national charities but switched to Safe and Sound as I wanted the money I raised to go to a local charity that supports children and young people in this county.

“This was definitely a trip of a lifetime and I now plan to take a year off to spend more time with the family before re-grouping and deciding on my next fundraising challenge.”

The money raised will go towards Safe and Sound’s Butterfly Appeal to enable the charity to expand its work to support young people, their families and further raise awareness of CSE amongst local communities.

Safe and Sound chief executive Tracy Harrison said: “Simon has been one of our most active fundraisers in recent years and we are extremely proud and grateful for him taking on this endeavour.

“The money he has so kindly raised will greatly help us to develop the vital work needed to support and protect children and young people from the devastating and manipulative damage that sexual exploitation has on their lives.”

Donations can still be made by visiting https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/simon-barcz3

For more information about how to support Safe and Sound, please visit www.safeandsoundgroup.org.uk and follow on Facebook and Twitter @safeandsoundgroup or email [email protected]

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Media enquiries: Sarah Jenkin-Jones, JJPR, Tel: 01332 515102/07951 945665; [email protected]

About Safe and Sound and the Butterfly Appeal

Safe and Sound was launched in 2002 and is the only local charity that is totally focused on transforming the lives of thousands of children and young people who are victims or are at risk of child sexual exploitation across Derbyshire.

Safe and Sound’s expertise came to the fore during the 2010 landmark case – Operation Retriever – which was Derby’s first prosecution for child sexual exploitation and abuse.  The charity’s specialist team supported every young person affected by the criminal actions of 13 defendants who were jailed in total for up to 22 years for 70 offences.

Safe and Sound’s specialist team provides individual support for children and young people from as young as eight up to the age of 18. They also raise awareness of the issue and the dangers facing children and young people through awareness programmes for schools, organisations, businesses and community groups.

Safe and Sound has launched the Butterfly Appeal #Buildingstrongwings to bring to fruition its vision for expanded services to support young people, families and wider community.

The charity’s future vision is extensive and includes:

–           A new outreach programme to provide hands-on support where young people are at their most vulnerable

–           Wider support for the families of victims and those at risk of CSE

–           Youth work programmes with new activities from music to sport to build young people’s confidence and resilience

–           Specialist psychological therapy programmes to tackle trauma, anxiety and depression

–           Longer term support for survivors moving into adulthood enabling them to mentor younger victims

–           An expanded community education programme to increase public awareness of CSE and the dangers facing young people

Supporters and ambassadors include the Chief Constable of Derbyshire who has chosen Safe and Sound as one of his chosen charities.

For more information about child sexual exploitation, Safe and Sound Derby and the Butterfly Appeal please visitwww.safeandsoundgroup.co.uk and follow on social media. A powerful video outlining young people’s experiences and why local people and businesses should support Safe and Sound is online at https://youtu.be/xjcb1y2cfGE

About CSE

In the UK today, one in 20 children suffer sexual abuse which includes child sexual exploitation.  That means that in every classroom in Derbyshire, there is at least one vulnerable young person in need of help.

Child Exploitation (commonly referred to as CSE) is a form of child sexual abuse and takes many different forms from rape and sexual assault to online grooming and encouraging children to share inappropriate images of themselves.

CSE is a particularly manipulative form of abuse and is also linked to such criminal exploitation issues such as County Lines, gangs, trafficking and modern slavery.

The key factor is that individuals or groups take advantage of young people by manipulating or deceiving them into sexual activity in exchange for something the victim needs or wants.  This could range from money and alcohol to less tangible things such as the attention that they crave at a vulnerable time in their lives.

Local Fundraiser Prepares For His Ultimate Challenge

Local Fundraiser Prepares For His Ultimate Challenge

A Derby charity fundraiser is preparing for his ultimate challenge to raise money for local charity Safe and Sound’s Butterfly Appeal.

Simon Barcz (39) from Oakwood has already raised more than £10,000 for Derby-based Safe and Sound which specialises in grassroots work across the county to transform the lives of children and young people who are victims of or at risk of child sexual exploitation (CSE).

Mr Barcz, who is a heat treatment specialist at Gardner Aerospace in Derby has completed several half and full marathons and other running challenges as part of his bit to tackle type 2 diabetes.

Having shed nearly six stone, he has set his sights on trekking to Everest Base Camp next month – tackling 115km across difficult terrain and battling altitude sickness to reach heights of 19,000ft above sea level.

He will leave Derby on Friday November 1 – the day after his 40th birthday – flying to Kathmandu and then onto Lukla before starting the 11-day trek

On his return, he will join family and friends for a belated birthday celebration on Sunday November 17 at The Neptune pub in the city centre which has sponsored him for the challenge alongside DBY Flooring and JRU Building Services.

Mr Barcz said: “Having done all sorts of charity fundraising challenges – I wanted to do the ultimate trip and you don’t get much bigger than going to the Everest base camp in the Himalayas.

“I am now 15 stone 6 lbs which is the lightest I have been for many years and I feel great.  I was 24 stone at my heaviest point and would like to get a few more pounds off before and during the trip.

“I feel prepared physically and mentally but the only unknown is how I will react to the high altitude so hopefully that will be OK.”

Mar Barcz continued: “When I started raising money to give me the motivation to change my lifestyle, I supported national charities but switched to Safe and Sound as I wanted the money I raised to go to a local charity that supports local children and young people.

“I am very near my goal of £4,000 ahead of the trip but hopefully the regulars at The Neptune and other local pubs will dig deep to support me as they follow my journey.”

The money raised will go towards Safe and Sound’s Butterfly Appeal to enable the charity to expand its work to support young people, their families and further raise awareness of CSE amongst local communities.

Safe and Sound chief executive Tracy Harrison said: “Simon has been one of our most active fundraisers in recent years and we wish him the best of luck in this, his ultimate endeavour.

“The money he has so kindly raised will greatly help us to develop the vital work needed to support and protect children and young people from the devastating and manipulative damage that sexual exploitation has on their lives.

“We will be eagerly following his progress and look forward to welcoming him back safe and sound to Derby for what will be a well deserved birthday celebration and rest.”

To support Simon’s ultimate challenge, please donate at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/simon-barcz3

For more information about how to support Safe and Sound, please visit www.safeandsoundgroup.org.uk and follow on Facebook and Twitter @safeandsoundgroup or email [email protected]

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Media enquiries: Sarah Jenkin-Jones, JJPR, Tel: 01332 515102/07951 945665; [email protected]

About Safe and Sound and the Butterfly Appeal

Safe and Sound was launched in 2002 and is the only local charity that is totally focused on transforming the lives of thousands of children and young people who are victims or are at risk of child sexual exploitation across Derbyshire.

Safe and Sound’s expertise came to the fore during the 2010 landmark case – Operation Retriever – which was Derby’s first prosecution for child sexual exploitation and abuse.  The charity’s specialist team supported every young person affected by the criminal actions of 13 defendants who were jailed in total for up to 22 years for 70 offences.

Safe and Sound’s specialist team provides individual support for children and young people from as young as eight up to the age of 18. They also raise awareness of the issue and the dangers facing children and young people through awareness programmes for schools, organisations, businesses and community groups.

Safe and Sound has launched the Butterfly Appeal #Buildingstrongwings to bring to fruition its vision for expanded services to support young people, families and wider community.

The charity’s future vision is extensive and includes:

–           A new outreach programme to provide hands-on support where young people are at their most vulnerable

–           Wider support for the families of victims and those at risk of CSE

–           Youth work programmes with new activities from music to sport to build young people’s confidence and resilience

–           Specialist psychological therapy programmes to tackle trauma, anxiety and depression

–           Longer term support for survivors moving into adulthood enabling them to mentor younger victims

–           An expanded community education programme to increase public awareness of CSE and the dangers facing young people

Supporters and ambassadors include the Chief Constable of Derbyshire who has chosen Safe and Sound as one of his chosen charities.

For more information about child sexual exploitation, Safe and Sound Derby and the Butterfly Appeal please visitwww.safeandsoundgroup.co.uk and follow on social media. A powerful video outlining young people’s experiences and why local people and businesses should support Safe and Sound is online at https://youtu.be/xjcb1y2cfGE

About CSE

 

In the UK today, one in 20 children suffer sexual abuse which includes child sexual exploitation.  That means that in every classroom in Derbyshire, there is at least one vulnerable young person in need of help.

 

Child Exploitation (commonly referred to as CSE) is a form of child sexual abuse and takes many different forms from rape and sexual assault to online grooming and encouraging children to share inappropriate images of themselves.

 

CSE is a particularly manipulative form of abuse and is also linked to such criminal exploitation issues such as County Lines, gangs, trafficking and modern slavery.

 

The key factor is that individuals or groups take advantage of young people by manipulating or deceiving them into sexual activity in exchange for something the victim needs or wants.  This could range from money and alcohol to less tangible things such as the attention that they crave at a vulnerable time in their lives.