Friends for Life Session at Warley Town School

As part of National Safeguarding Week Project _Twelve:31  visited  Warley Town Primary School with partners from PACE (Parents Against Child Exploitation )and West Yorkshire Police to deliver a session around child sexual exploitation (CSE) and online safety.

Headteacher Anne Stead said she was looking for something a bit different and the ‘Friend for Life’ session seemed like a fun and interactive way to bring together parents, children and teachers to talk about this challenging subject.

A Friend for Life is someone you trust like a parent or teacher and discussions took place between the children and adults around who is a safe or unsafe person and the dangers of revealing too much information on social media.

CSE perpetrators can come from all backgrounds and ages or genders, even older young people, and children can be sexually exploited by an individual or by a group of people connected through formal networks or more informal friendship groups and families.

Children may find it hard to judge strangers they meet in person, and it’s even harder when children use social media as people may not be who they say they are.  Parents should try to keep up-to-date with the apps their kids are using and what it is that these apps do and they should monitor Internet usage to ensure their interactions are only with real-life friends.

Bullying doesn’t just happen in the playground. Cyberbullying involves digital technology like mobile phones and computers and it can be more difficult to stop than physical bullying because it’s hidden. Social media can be a hub for cyberbullying and questionable activities. Without meaning to, kids can share more online than they should and families talked together about the dangers of cyberbullying and how to stay safe online by not sharing locations, and being careful about what they do post online as usually it can’t be taken back once it’s posted.

Maggie said “ I found that the  interactive approach was great for the children to understand and the content was pitched correctly for the young audience which quickly got the children on board with the very good informative session “

Shaun said “ The subject matter was difficult to deliver to such a young audience, however it was done well and I would encourage others to attend similar sessions with their children“

For more information about the session, please contact karen@ovenden-initiative.org.uk

For support around CSE or online safety, please visit https://paceuk.info/for-parents/

Have Your Say! Mixenden Ward Forum – Tuesday 25 June 2019

Meet the Services at the Mixenden Ward Forum on Tuesday 25 June 2019, 6:30pm  at Holy Nativity Church, Mixenden HX2 8RX.

6:30pm refreshments and signing in and the meeting starts at 7:00pm.

Up for discussion:

  • North Halifax Transformation – David Greenfield
  • West Yorkshire Police Update
  • Councillor Updates

Click here to view the full agenda…

Minutes of the last meeting held on Tuesday 26 March 2019 can be viewed here.

With the new General Data Protection Regulations, we have not been able to contact some of the regular attendees who have not opted into our email list to remind them of the next Ward Forum meetings. Please remind any friends and neighbours that this is your chance to give your views and have a say what matters to you.

West Yorkshire Police Recruiting 300 Police Officers

This Summer West Yorkshire Police will be recruiting 300 Police Constables and for the first time new recruits will complete an apprenticeship and study for a degree as part of their training. The police officers are being recruited under the new training pathway, which is being launched to equip student officers with the skills needed to tackle increasingly sophisticated crime.

The trainees will be mentored by experienced police officers at West Yorkshire Police’s Learning and Development Centre at Carr Gate, Wakefield and by academics at Leeds Trinity University.

They will complete a three-year Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship and will be a paid police officer from day one, with all university fees being met by the Force.

The Force is reaching out to those from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds as part of the latest recruitment drive in a bid to better represent the communities we serve.

Assistant Chief Constable Angela Williams said: “It is a really exciting time to join the Force, and our new recruitment pathway will give budding Police Officers the chance to ‘earn while they learn’.

“This is a great opportunity for anyone who has ever considered becoming a police officer to join us and see what an exciting and rewarding role it is.

“I have been a police officer here in West Yorkshire for 28 years and I can honestly say I’ve loved every moment. Every shift is different and challenging, but also rewarding.

“We want everyone living in West Yorkshire to feel their Force represents them and we are striving to better represent all of our communities, so we welcome applicants from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds as we recruit new officers.

“That being said, the job will always go to the right candidate and will be based on merit. If you have the skills and experience required, then I would urge you to consider applying to join West Yorkshire Police.

“Being a police officer really is a job like no other and our Police Constable Degree Apprenticeships will prepare and train officers to deal with evolving serious and complex crime.

“As it’s a three-year Apprenticeship, it allows our new officers to specialise as they move through the degree and they can look towards being a Detective, a Roads Policing Officer or a specialist working in our Neighbourhoods teams.”

The recruitment window will open in July and you can now register your interest online to be notified when recruitment opens.

The first trainee officers will be appointed to the Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship programme in April 2020.

The starting salary for officers on the Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship is from £18,000, with incremental annual increases leading to a salary of £24,654 on successful completion of the programme and confirmation in role.

To become a police officer, you need to be 18 (at the time of application), have a level 3 qualification or equivalent or have experience as a PCSO or Special Constable, be able to pass a job-related fitness test, have no criminal convictions (minor offences will be considered on a case-by-case basis) and meet our attendance record.

A new Degree Holder Entry Programme will also open later this year to allow those who already hold a non-policing degree to complete a two-year learning programme to become a qualified police officer.

You can register your interest in applying now at:
https://www.westyorkshire.police.uk/pc-registration-of-interest

Further information is available here: https://www.westyorkshire.police.uk/jobs-volunteer/police-officers/police-officers

Special Constables Recruitment Information Evening

On Thursday 13 June, 7:00pm at Halifax Police Station, Richmond Close, Halifax HX1 5TW there will be an information evening and an opportunity to speak to Special Constables.

Email West Yorkshire Police to inform us of your attendance at calderdale.specialsvolunteers@westyorkshire.pnn.police.uk

The recruitment window is open from Friday 31st May until Monday 24th June 2019.

National Standard Recruitment Process

West Yorkshire Police recruits Special Constables to a national standard using the National Specials Recruitment Assessment Process. The process requires candidates to be measured against specific core competencies relating to the role of a Special Constable.

What are these competencies?

The competencies are identified from the College of Policing’s Policing Professional Framework which lists the competencies for each role in the police service. Those specific to the Special Constabulary include;

  • Serving the public
  • Openness to change
  • Service delivery
  • Professionalism
  • Working with others
  • Decision making

Have Your Say! Warley Ward Forum – Saturday 8 June 2019

Just a reminder of Warley Ward Forum on Saturday 8 June 2019, 9:30am at St. Columba’s ChurchHighroad Well Lane, Pellon, Halifax HX2 0QF.

This is your chance to have a say in what matters to you in the Warley Ward and surrounding areas.

9:30am refreshments and signing in. 10:00am meeting begins.

 

With the new General Data Protection Regulations, we have not been able to contact some of the regular attendees who have not opted into our email list to remind them of the next Ward Forum meetings. Please remind any friends and neighbours that this is your chance to give your views and have a say what matters to you.

Up for discussion:

  • Police Update
  • Community Updates
  • Staying Well in Warley
  • Ward Forum Grants

The minutes of the last meeting held on Wednesday 6 March 2019 can be downloaded here.

Keep Up-to-Date with West Yorkshire Police Community Alerts

West Yorkshire Police Community Alert is a service that members of the public are invited to sign up to free of charge. Once signed up members can decide on the type of alerts and news that they wish to receive.

WYP staff and officers will then post local alerts, that can range from crime prevention advice, emergency appeals and crime information.

The system allows us to target individual groups, for example to alert people who live within 100 meters of a burglary.

WYP see this as a valuable engagement tool to further improve the way information is shared in the local community. It only takes seconds to sign up at www.wypcommunityalert.co.uk.

Have Your Say! Mixenden Ward Forum – Tuesday 25 June 2019

Meet the Services at the Mixenden Ward Forum on Tuesday 25 June 2019, 6:30pm  at Holy Nativity Church, Mixenden HX2 8RX.

6:30pm refreshments and signing in and the meeting starts at 7:00pm.

With the new General Data Protection Regulations, we have not been able to contact some of the regular attendees who have not opted into our email list to remind them of the next Ward Forum meetings. Please remind any friends and neighbours that this is your chance to give your views and have a say what matters to you.

Up for discussion:

  • Police Update
  • Community Updates
  • Ward Forum Grants

The minutes of the last meeting held on Tuesday 26 March 2019 can be downloaded here.