The Safer Devon Partnership has developed an online toolkit to tackle the threat of exploitation. This toolkit will help frontline colleagues learn about, identify and report exploitation happening in Devon and the surrounding area.
The toolkit’s audience consists of anyone who, through their paid or voluntary work, may encounter individuals who are vulnerable to exploitation. This includes individuals working for statutory, commissioned and third-sector organisations.
The toolkit can be accessed through this link.
Exploitation is a major local and national issue, and within Devon increasing numbers of vulnerable children and adults are being identified as victims of exploitation. As illustration:
How the toolkit can help you
The toolkit will help your colleagues safeguard and support vulnerable people who are experiencing, or are at risk of, exploitation, abuse and harm, through:
The toolkit contains the following features:
As a web-based resource, the information in this toolkit can be updated to reflect changing information, priorities and reporting processes.
The toolkit can be used by all workers and volunteers operating in, and outside of, Devon – where Devon-specific reporting and referral processes are specified, we have also included information about the processes used by other local authority areas.
We have also produced training resources which can be used in formal and informal training settings, including training days, team briefings and supervisions. This training is designed to equip workers with the knowledge, skills and confidence to support people who are being exploited, or who are vulnerable to exploitation. All training resources can be accessed here.
How you can help us
We hope to encourage use of this toolkit amongst statutory, commissioned and third-sector organisations across Devon and beyond.
We are working with Safer Devon partners to help raise awareness of the toolkit amongst their organisations, and have produced some communication and publicity materials to assist with this. These include email and newsletter communications and posters, and can be accessed here.
We are also encouraging partners to consider incorporating our training offer into existing workforce development programmes and training/briefing sessions.
We would encourage you to consider how your colleagues could benefit from using this toolkit, and make use of the above materials to promote it within your organisations.