Published on
12 July 2019

Barnardo's Scotland is urging festival goers to have fun but stay safe and be vigilant of possible CSE activity taking place

It may be festival season but not everyone will be having fun if they fall victim to CSE predators.  Now that schools, colleges and universities have packed up and the summer festival season is underway, Barnardo's Scotland is reminding young people to keep safe and look after each other, and for the public to remain vigilant.

Barnardo’s Scotland, Police Scotland and Crimestoppers are warning young people to stay vigilant and keep safe when attending concerts, festivals and gala day events.  They are urging members of the public, including bar staff and stewards to look out for signs of CSE taking place at music or public events especially where alcohol is being served.

Music Festivals like TRNSMT, taking place this weekend in Glasgow, bring headline acts to Scotland like Stormzy, Lewis Capaldi and George Ezra, they also draw large crowds, the charity wants to ensure everyone attending this event, and others taking place across the country during the summer, has a good time, remains vigilant and stays safe.

Daljeet Dagon, national programme manager for CSE for Barnardo’s Scotland, said: “During the festive period Barnardo’s Scotland set up an anonymous Hotline as a joint initiative between Crimestoppers and Police Scotland to allow the public, and those working within the night time economy, where alcohol is prevalent, to share information and any concerns they have – but the risks apply equally during the day especially at events where alcohol is being served and people are off-guard, having fun.”  

She said: “If you see an adult who is sober giving a young person drink, if you have any worries or concerns around any suspicious activity that could be linked to CSE then use the Hotline to share the information”.

Barnardo’s Nightwatch Hotline is a dedicated line to report suspicious activity that could be linked to CSE. This includes details of victims/potential victims, details of facilitators and perpetrators, suspect locations and details of vehicles potentially involved in CSE.

You can give information anonymously by calling 0800 389 0131 or by completing a form at https://forms.theiline.co.uk/barnardosnightwatch

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Notes to editor

Music Festivals like TRNSMT draw large crowds; the charity wants to ensure everyone attending has a good time, remains vigilant and stays safe. Other festivals and events across Scotland are listed below.

Barnardo’s Scotland recently carried out research on the Public Awareness of CSE which revealed a relatively low understanding of the current level and nature of CSE in Scotland, as well as a failure to recognise that 16 and 17-year-olds can be victims.  It also found that people had a more relaxed attitude to boys being groomed and abused by older women.

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Crimestoppers is an independent charity helping communities to ‘Speak up. Stay safe.’

  • Every region of the UK has a Crimestoppers team responsible for raising awareness of our charity and running local campaigns about issues that affect their area.
  • Around 10 people are arrested and charged every day as a result of information given to Crimestoppers. 
  • Since Crimestoppers began in 1988, it has received over 1.9 million actionable calls, resulting in more than144,000 arrests and charges, over £136 million worth of stolen goods have been recovered and over £346 million worth of illegal drugs have been seized.
  • In 2005, Crimestoppers launched the UK's Most Wanted on its website which allows the public to view images of criminals and pass on vital information about their whereabouts. It has been highly successful, with over 4,100 arrests to date.

The night time economy is a diverse workforce including people working in hotels, and bars, door supervisors, taxi drivers, take away/shop staff, petrol stations attendants, refuse collectors, night bus drivers, paramedics, Emergency Accident  Department staff in hospitals- the list is extensive. Staff that sit within these different industries can, together, offer protection to the community as a whole, by simply joining together in opening their eyes to actually SEE what is happening in plain sight.

Festivals and events across Scotland include

Glasgow

Merchant City Festival 25 – 28 July

Summer Sessions 16 – 25 Aug

Pride Glasgow 17 – 18 Aug

Perth Rewind Festival 19 – 21 July

Ayr

Soundwave Festival 20 – 21 July

Troon Live@Troon Music Festival 13 -15 Sept

Argyll & Bute

Bute Pride 2019 13 July

The Arran Rock ‘n’ Blues Festival 27 Jul

Isle of Bute Bute Fest 13 – 15 Sept

Aberdeen / Aberdeenshire

House of Jack Music festival 20 – 21 Jul

Banchory Beer Festival 9 Aug

Stirling

Great British Gin Festival 20 Jul

Stirling’s Highland Games 17 Aug

Dundee Fake festival 20 Jul

Inverness

Highland Games 20 July

Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival 1 – 4 Aug

Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2 – 26 Aug

Linlithgow Party at the Palace 10 – 11 Aug

Dalkeith Midstock Festival 30 – 31 Aug

Dumfries Doonhame Festival 5 7 Sept

Barnardo’s Scotland works with more than 16,300 children and young people in over 140 specialised community-based services across Scotland, and more than 100 shops across the country directly supporting the services. Our work includes: fostering and adoption services and support; helping children break free from sexual exploitation; supporting young carers; helping young people in to employment and helping children living in poverty.   

Visit www.barnardos.org.uk/scotland to find out how you can get involved and show you believe in children.  Twitter: @BarnardosScot Facebook: Barnardo’s Scotland 

Media enquiries:

Barnardo’s Scotland – media office - direct dial 0131 446 7022, National media team (24 hours) 020 8 498 7555, email katrina.slater@barnardos.org.uk

Police Scotland – media office  - direct dial - 01786 896021, Corporate News Team - 01786 896720, email Brenda.Iron-Roberts@scotland.pnn.police.uk