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Webinar Series

Crime affects children disproportionately – they are often the witness to domestic violence in the home and can all too easily fall foul of predators on the internet.

What are the facts, figures and trends in crimes that harm children and what can we do about it?

Insights into Children and Families Harmed by Crime is a virtual conference – a series of webinars – that explores the key issues about crime and how it affects our children.

Our line-up of speakers, all pre-eminent in their field,  will give you the insights that you need to understand more about the effects of criminality on children and how we can tackle the issues to keep the next generation safe.

If you work with children, you can’t afford to miss it!

WEBINAR 1 – How can we protect the next generation? Making sense of the facts, trends and outcome of crime affecting our young people

Our opening webinar scopes the crimes that are damaging the futures of young lives.  If we accept that children are the most vulnerable members of our society, it follows that we must prioritise working together on strategies that keep children safe from crime.  Police and Crime Commissioners hold the budget for services for victims so what are they doing to support children, young people and families?

Speakers include:

  • Baroness Floella Benjamin DBE, Ambassador for Embrace CVOC
  • Sir Paul Stephenson KT QPM. former Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service and Chair of Trustees, Embrace CVOC
  • Paddy Tipping, Police and Crime Commissioner for Nottinghamshire and Chair of the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners (APCC)

WEBINAR 2 – Understanding the social impact of increasing sexual violence and domestic abuse

Sexual violence and domestic abuse are, by far, the most common reason for referral to Embrace.  This webinar looks at these crimes from three different perspectives – from police, from a lawyer and from a survivor.  No holds barred.

Speakers include:

  • Jo Shiner, Chief Constable Sussex Police, National Police Lead for Children and Young People, Trustee of Embrace CVOC
  • Rhys Dickinson, child abuse survivor and Trustee of Embrace CVOC
  • Kim Harrison, Head of Abuse (Operational), Slater and Gordon

WEBINAR 3 – Tackling the 24/7 online threat to keep young people safe from the hidden dangers of cyber crime

Do you know what the young members in your family are accessing on the internet?  Do you know how easy it is for children to get involved in inappropriate online relationships and fall prey to adult stalkers? It can be a scary world and this webinar doesn’t hold back.

Speakers include:

  • Susie Hargreaves, Chief Executive, Internet Watch Foundation
  • Dafydd Llywelyn, Police and Crime Commissioner for Dyfed Powys
  • Katy Bourne. Police and Crime Commissioner for Sussex

WEBINAR 4 – Disrupting and diverting gang culture to prevent rising knife crime

A glimpse into a world that few of us, thankfully, ever get close to but one that can wreak havoc with our children.  This webinar includes testimony from a reformed gang member who is now a passionate campaigner to help prevent violent crime and exploitation. 

Speakers  include:

  • Dr. Jackie Sebire, Assistant Chief Constable, Bedfordshire Police and Trustee of Embrace CVOC
  • Sheldon Thomas, former gang member and Founder of Gangline
  • Anne Campbell, Chief Executive, Embrace CVOC

WEBINAR 5 – Working in partnership to deliver solutions that work for children and families 

Children traumatised by crime can exhibit behaviours that many find difficult to understand.  Self-harming is sometimes coping mechanism.   Counselling is not always the answer – we look at how services are developing to help our young people use their experiences as a path to a brighter future.

Speakers  include:

  • Dame Vera Baird, The Victims’ Commissioner for England and Wales
  • Nicola Lester, Psychological Trauma Consultant
  • Claire Jaunbocus, Senior Litigation Executive

Alfie’s Hardship Fund

At Embrace, we feel that the issues addressed in our series of webinars are made available to as wide an audience as possible.

We have therefore provided access to all the sessions free of charge. However, as a registered charity, the support we are able to provide child victims of crime and their families depends entirely on external funding and donations.

Should you feel able to make a contribution to Alfie’s Hardship Fund which has been set up to specifically to provide practical and emotional support to children and families harmed by crime during the current pandemic, please click here.

Webinar Supporters

We would like to say thank you all our supporters without whom this series of webinars would not have been possible.