protection

Public protection website launched in Dumfries and Galloway

A new website offering information and support to vulnerable people across Dumfries and Galloway has been launched.

The region’s Public Protection Partnership unveiled the new online resource – www.dgppp.org.uk/ – this week.

It focuses on ways to protect children, adults and prevent violence against women and girls with advice, how to seek help and other resources.

It is currently leading how to prevent Child Sexual Exploitation – a national campaign that also has a Dumfries and Galloway focus.

Children in exploitative situations and relationships can receive gifts, money or affection as a result of performing sexual activities or others performing sexual activities on them.

They may be tricked into believing they are in a loving, consensual relationship; invited to parties and given drugs and alcohol; or groomed and exploited online.

The campaign seeks to raise awareness of the issue among children, young people, parents, carer, staff and the wider community and highlights how to spot the signs of abuse and where to turn for help.

It also has a preventative approach, encouraging children and young people to think about what a healthy relationship looks like and to encourage them to speak out if they have concerns or feel they are being forced to do something they are not comfortable with.