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
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.
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
Merchant City Festival 25 – 28 July
Summer Sessions 16 – 25 Aug
Pride Glasgow 17 – 18 Aug
Perth Rewind Festival 19 – 21 July
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
Great British Gin Festival 20 Jul
Stirling’s Highland Games 17 Aug
Dundee Fake festival 20 Jul
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.
Barnardo’s Scotland – media office - direct dial 0131 446 7022, National media team (24 hours) 020 8 498 7555, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Police Scotland – media office - direct dial - 01786 896021, Corporate News Team - 01786 896720, email Brenda.Iron-Roberts@scotland.pnn.police.uk