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Neighbourhood Watch coordinators lined up for training to help them keep children safe online

Posted on 12th November 2018
North NHQ ThinkUKnow trained- Nov 18

Neighbourhood Watch coordinators in Derbyshire now have the opportunity to boost their members knowledge of cyber safety and keeping children safe online.

Joye Dobbs, Project and Development Officer for Chesterfield and District Neighbourhood Watch, has taken part in a ThinkuKnow introduction course on Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP), children and young people online and online sexual abuse.

It means she is able to act as a point of contact for other Neighbourhood Watch members in Derbyshire for advice over online crimes involving children and young people.

Sgt. Dave Harrison, of the North Division Neighbourhood Safeguarding Team, said: “It is great that we have a link within the Neighbourhood Watch community who has knowledge around Child Exploitation and Online Protection and reporting, the way in which children and young people use the internet, social media, how to deal with incidents of so called ‘sexting’ and how to deliver education to prevent online sexual abuse and exploitation.

“ThinkuKnow is a ‘train the trainer’ course so Joye will be able to deliver Thinkuknow CSE prevention inputs to co-ordinators across the division, passing on her knowledge and helping to support other Neighbouhood Watch members as well as being a point of contact. This is a great way to ensure there are more eyes and ears to identify and address potential vulnerability in the community.”

Children, teenagers, parents and professionals can all explore advice on how to stay safe when online on a phone, tablet or computer on the ThinkuKnow website, www.thinkuknow.co.uk.

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