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October 2023 Mon 23 Oct 2023

Hi everyone, This is Darren Minton, your Safeguarding Business Manager. As we move into the heart of autumn, the month of October brings with it a mix of nostalgia and reflection. The clocks turn back, gifting us an extra hour in bed, a luxury many of us eagerly anticipate. After being unseasonably warm, the weather has taken a chillier turn, prompting my thoughts of adding that extra layer. On colder days like these, my thoughts often drift to those living street-based lives, grappling with complex issues and now having to contend with frosty nights and dwindling daylight.



As a child, October seemed to stretch on endlessly, perhaps because of the eager anticipation of the 5th of November. But in the safeguarding realm, October holds significance for another reason: Hate Crime Awareness Week, which runs from the 14th to the 21st. I may be able to share details of some of the activity my colleagues undertook next month during this awareness week.

Spotlight: Hate Crime Awareness Week

This year, activities during the Hate Crime Awareness Week have been diverse and impactful. Highlights include a Service of Hope and Remembrance at Bradford Cathedral, an LGBTQ+ Zine Making Workshop in Saltaire, and an awareness stall run by Mary Street Residents focusing on Gypsy and Traveller traditions. There's also been a variety of  online training sessions.

Encouragingly, recent figures indicate a reduction in reported Hate incidents in the Bradford District by -1.28% between 2021-22 and 2022-23 and a further -3.62% reduction for the 12 months up to May 2023.

Anyone wishing to report a Hate Crime should contact West Yorkshire Police on 101. However, always call 999 in emergencies. For a deeper understanding of hate crime, you can visit the Bradford Hate Crime Alliance and the West Yorkshire Police website. Its really important we  get the response to hate crime right, and robust reporting procedures are in place to ensure this, which is a seamless link to our next section.

Sub-Group Showcase: Safeguarding and Professional Practice Sub-Group

Every month, I aim to shine a spotlight on one of our sub-groups, and this month, it's the turn of the Safeguarding and Professional Practice Sub Group. This group plays a pivotal role in coordinating the development of policies, procedures, and guidance for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people in Bradford. They ensure that all learning and improvement from reviews, panels, and audits are processed into practice, policies, and procedures. The group also contributes to developing and updating the West Yorkshire Safeguarding Procedures through the West Yorkshire Consortium.

As we move into the colder months, let's remember the importance of community, understanding, and safeguarding. Let's work together to ensure that every individual, regardless of age, race, or background, feels safe, valued, and protected.

With Halloween around the corner, it's a time of fun and spookiness for many. However, it's also a time to be mindful of our vulnerable or elderly neighbours who might feel intimidated by unexpected visitors. If you're planning to go trick-or-treating or know someone who is, please be respectful, careful, and safe. Remember, a little kindness can go a long way in ensuring everyone enjoys the festivities.


And as we look forward to the bright sparks of Bonfire Night, let's also remember the importance of safety. Whether hosting a fireworks display or attending one, always prioritise safety first.

Stay tuned for our November blog, where we'll delve into Adult Safeguarding Week with a focus on Financial Abuse.

Until then, stay safe, vigilant, and considerate.