All our representatives and the co-ordinator all give their time freely without making any charge even for telephone calls or paper etc. We are proud of this achievement.
Our objectives are to act as a link between the residents of the village, other Watch Groups, the Police and Internet crime.
- every house in the village automatically belongs to the scheme
- 149 residents belong to the closed Facebook Group. Search and click to ask to join.
- Alternatively over 150 residents receive information in an email by blind copy.
- The Co-ordinator does not disclose your email address or telephone number without asking you first.
- If you have not supplied your email then please do so as soon as possible.
- If you change your email address - please remember to let us know.
More information can be read each month in the village magazine which is available on line from this site.
Child sexual exploitation
What is CSE?
Child sexual exploitation (CSE) is a type of sexual abuse in which children are sexually exploited for money, power or status.
They may be tricked into believing they're in a loving, consensual relationship. They might be invited to parties and given drugs and alcohol. They may also be groomed online.
You can find the official definition of CSE on the NSPCC website.
If you are a parent or guardian
What are the signs?
Children and young people that are victims of CSE do not often recognise they are being exploited.
But there are often a number of tell-tale signs that a child is being groomed. These include:
- Going missing for periods of time or regularly returning home late
- Regularly missing school or not taking part in education
- Appearing with unexplained gifts or new possessions
- Associating with other young people involved in exploitation
- Having older boyfriends or girlfriends
- Suffering from sexually transmitted infections
- Mood swings or changes in emotional wellbeing
- Drug and alcohol misuse
- Displaying inappropriate sexualised behaviour.
What can I do?
Having a calm and open conversation is one way for you and your child to explore what is happening in an honest and supportive way. You should:
- Discuss with your child the difference between healthy and unhealthy relationships to help highlight potential risks to them
- Be aware of the signs
- Exercise caution around older friends your child may have, or relationships with other young people where there appears to be a power imbalance
- Understand the risks associated with your child being online and using social networking sites and put measures in place to minimise these risks
- Stay alert to changes in your child's behaviour
- Talk to someone else you know and can trust such as a teacher, school nurse or another service your child may be involved with. You can also talk to a social worker or the police.
How do I report?
If you are concerned about your child and wish to report something, you can:
- Call the police on 101 for non-emergencies or 999 if you are concerned that a child is in immediate danger
- Speak to a social worker by contacting your local Children's Social Care team:
- Leicester City Council 0116 454 1004
- Leicestershire County Council 0116 305 0005
- Rutland County Council 0157 2758 407.
Know the law regarding child seats in cars
Laws are in force which require all drivers with passengers under the age of 12 who are under 4'5" (135cm) in height to fit the correct child restraint.
It is important that the correct car seat for the child's height and weight is used. Normal seat belts are designed for adult bodies so children need to use child seats and boosters to place them in the right position to use the seatbelt properly and safely.
If the correct child seat or booster is not used, the adult belt will fit too high over the stomach and in a crash there is a risk of damage to internal organs, as well as a danger that a child could slide under the belt.
Children who are not restrained properly in the back seats of a vehicle also pose a danger to people in the front seats as they can be thrown forward in the event of a crash.
The new regulations state that:
- All children under three years old must use the correct child seat when travelling in any car or goods vehicle (except in the rear of a taxi if a child seat is not available).
- Children aged between three and 12 years of age must use the correct child seat/booster cushion when travelling in cars or goods vehicles until they reach about 4' 5" (135cms). Few exceptions are permitted.
- Taller children and all those aged 12 and over need to use adult belts.
- Rear-facing baby seats must not be used in seats with an active frontal air bag.
- There are some specific practical exemptions - for taxis, emergency vehicles, and (for children aged 3 and over) journeys over a short distance in an unexpected necessity.
The penalty for not using a child restraint is a £30 fixed penalty notice for the driver of the vehicle. If the case goes to court, the maximum fine is £500.
For more information and advice on the changes in legislation contact your local policing unit or go tohttp://www.dft.gov.uk/