Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Parent Partnership Service supports parents and carers of children with special educational needs and disabilities living in two local authority areas – you can contact them if you live in Nottingham City or anywhere within the county of Nottinghamshire. You can also contact them if you are about to move into either of these areas.
Nottinghamshire Parent Carer Forum (Notts PCF) is an independent parent carer led organisation run by volunteers who represent the views, experiences and ideas of families that live or access services in Nottinghamshire and have a child or young person with an additional need and/or a disability.
Child Sexual Exploitation
Pace works alongside parents and carers of children who are – or are at risk of being – sexually exploited by perpetrators external to the family.
The numbers of children we are aware of as being either at risk of, or actually being, sexually exploited, are relatively small. However, we do want to be proactive in helping parents and carers to be aware of the risks that their children may meet, either face to face or through social media and the internet. I wish to alert you to a free on-line learning course which has been designed specifically for parents and carers by a national charity called Parents against Child Sexual Exploitation (PACE) . I would encourage you to complete their short introduction to the issue.
The material itself is brief, easy to navigate, and is not graphic in any way. It sensitively provides information about the warning signs of CSE, and also gives information on what to do if you are concerned about your child, or indeed any child. The ultimate aim is to prevent children being exploited, or for adults to recognise at an early stage that there is a potential problem. The information also gives ideas about who can help in the event of a concern.
If you are concerned that your child is at risk of being sexually exploited then you can contact Children’s Social Care at the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) on 0300 500 80 90. In an emergency you can of course contact the Police. You are also able to discuss your child with a member of staff at school if you have any worries.
Family Footings is a service designed to facilitate real partnership working and co-production for families of children with additional needs.
Drug and or Alcohol misuse may be happening in your home or affecting someone close to you. You may feel alone, unable to cope, frightened, angry or confused. However you are not to blame. Families are often crucial to recovery and Hetty’s can offer you strength to feel you can cope better.