Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day 18 March 2019

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Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) is a form of sexual abuse that involves the manipulation or coercion of young people under the age of 18 into sexual activity or other forms of expolitation.

The National Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day aims to highlight the issues surrounding CSE; encouraging everyone to think, spot and speak out against abuse and adopt a zero-tolerance approach to adults who develop inappropriate relationships with children or children developing inappropriate relationships with other children.

Write and share a pledge

Write a personal pledge on your hands to show support for our Helping Hands campaign. Post your photo on social media with the hashtag #HelpingHands and #CSEDay19 to help us raise awareness of CSE.

Signs of child sexual exploitation include the child or young person:

  • going missing for periods of time or regularly returning home late
  • skipping school or being disruptive in class
  • appearing with unexplained gifts or possessions that can’t be accounted for
  • experiencing health problems that may indicate a sexually transmitted infection
  • having mood swings and changes in temperament
  • using drugs and/or alcohol
  • displaying inappropriate sexualised behaviour, such as over-familiarity with strangers, dressing in a sexualised manner or sending sexualised images by mobile phone (“sexting”)
  • they may also show signs of unexplained physical harm, such as bruising and cigarette burns

Visit our page to find out more: What is child sexual exploitation

Events for Fairtrade Fortnight


Fairtrade Fortnight 2019 runs from 25 February-10 March. This year the focus is on the people, particularly women, who grow the cocoa in the chocolate we love so much. Numerous events are being planned in Portsmouth and surrounding areas from Wednesday 20 February to Saturday 9 March. Details of events may be found on the Campaign Exchange website.

Wed 20th Feb Fairtrade coffee morning at St Joseph, West St, Havant with pancakes and a Fairtrade workshop.10 a.m. to 11.30 a.m.

Sat 23rd Feb Big Brew 40th Birthday party for Traidcraft. From 2.30-4.30pm International Hall Emsworth Methodist Church All welcome

Sun. 24 Feb Fairtrade breakfast St Thomas Cathedral. This will be between the two morning services – roughly 8.30 to 10.15 and after the 10.30 service – about 11.30 to 12.15.

Tuesday 26 Feb 10.30 -12 Fairtrade Coffee morning, hosted by the Mayor of Havant in The Public Service Plaza Havant Borough Council. Come and celebrate Havant’s 10 years as a Fairtrade Borough. £2.50 for coffee, biscuits and our celebration cake

Tue 26 Feb from 9.30 a.m. Fairtrade chocolate event at Wild Thyme Wholefoods in Palmerston Rd Southsea. Drinks, Cake, chocolate-tasting…

Wed. 27 Feb Group from Admiral Lord Nelson School attending Parliamentary Reception in London with members of the Portsmouth Fairtrade group

Thur. 28 Feb 9.30 am to 11.30 a.m. Fairtrade stall with free Fairtrade bananas Meridian Centre with the Mayor of Havant.

Thur. 28 Feb Fairtrade coffee morning Havant United Reformed Church 10-12

Fri. 1st March Fairtrade stall and free bananas in Cascades shopping Centre, Portsmouth from 9 a.m. Come and find out more about Fairtrade and try a free banana donated by Fyffes.

Fri. 1st March Town Hall, Gosport, 2.30 – 4.30 p.m. – invitation only as space is limited (contact us at Gosport, to find out if any places are available) – Mayor’s Fairtrade Tea Party – speaker: Cheryl McGechie, Director of Public Engagement at the Fairtrade Foundation.

Tue. 5 March – Fairtrade Breakfast St Mary’s 24 Church Rd, Hayling Island PO11 0NT from 8.30 a.m. to 11.45 to celebrate Havant’s 10 years as a Fairtrade Borough and Traidcraft’s 40th birthday. Try Fairtrade products. Goods on sale too.  No charge – collection

Tue. 5 March, 7 p.m. Shrove Tuesday Soup and Pancakes – Havant United Reformed Church, Elm Lane, Havant, PO9 1PP.  7pm to 9pm. A range of soups plus Fairtrade toppings for pancakes. Speaker: Chrysi Dimaki from the Fairtrade Foundation Campaigns team on #She Deserves

Tickets in advance £5 from the church or Sue on 92250267 or Maureen 01243377411.

Wed. 6th March, 1.30– 2pm – Catholic Women’s League meeting at St. John the Evangelist, Lee-on-the-Solent will include a talk about Fairtrade with a focus on women cocoa producers, and a stall of Fairtrade goods for sale.

Thurs 7th March.12-1 Fairtrade give-away at Christ Church URC Milton Portsmouth.

Fri. 8th March 10-12 a.m. Fairtrade Coffee Morning for International Women’s Day, hosted by Stephen Morgan MP at his constituency office at 72 Albert Road, Southsea, Portsmouth PO5 2SL. Just drop in.

Sat. 9th March, 10 a.m. – 2.30 p.m. – “SHE DESERVES FAIRTRADE – You deserve chocolate!”  – a free, family-friendly event focusing on all things chocolate – informative and fun with: chocolate tasting, films and displays, Traidcraft stall, games, activities and challenges, quiz, and a raffle with Fairtrade prizes. At: Gosport Discovery Centre (in the Clarence Room). The Bookworm Cafe will be offering Fairtrade refreshments throughout Fairtrade Fortnight.

**Hopefully more if you let us know**


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University of Portsmouth Global Week, Monday 18 March-Wednesday 20 March

Global Week is the University’s annual celebration of worldwide culture and friendship for everyone. Whether you’re an international or British student, or a member of the local community, join us to celebrate our diversity. You can attend various free events throughout the week, including sports competitions, guest lectures, film screenings and our flagship event, the Festival of Cultures. With 4,000 international students from 150 different countries at the University, you’ll experience a huge range of cultures. Full programme


Be quiet and calm my countrymen: the story of SS Mendi, Wednesday 20 February, 6:00-7:00pm, followed by a drinks reception.

Be quiet and calm my countrymen: the story of SS Mendi, Wednesday 20 February, 6:00-7:00pm, followed by a drinks reception. University of Portsmouth, Richmond Building, Lecture Theatre 1, Portland Street, Portsmouth PO1 3DE

On February 21st, 1917, SS Mendi sank south of the Isle of Wight, killing 646 of those on board, most of whom were from the South African Native Labour Corps. In 1974, the resting place of the Mendi was discovered off the Isle of Wight by a local diver. The University of Portsmouth is delighted to host a commemoration event in partnership with the South African High Commission, to keep alive the memory of the bravery of those who lost their lives on this day over 100 years ago. Admission is free, but places are limited so please reserve yours on Eventbrite.


PCC Commemoration of the 102nd anniversary of the sinking of the SS Mendi, Thursday 21 February

  • Wreath Laying Ceremony and Service at Milton Cemetery (PO4 8RS), 10:45am-11:15am
  • Commemorative Plaque Unveiling Ceremony at The Point, Old Portsmouth – in front of the Spice Island Pub (PO1 2JL), from 12:00pm-12:30pm

Christmas Crime Prevention


We wanted to take this opportunity to thank the 1200 people who completed our Community Safety Survey this year. They have helped us to get a picture of crime and anti-social behaviour in the city and also to shape our Christmas Crime prevention messages. While worries about crime were far greater than actual experience of crime, we thought we should share with you the most common worries and the most commonly experienced crimes. Continue reading “Christmas Crime Prevention”

Domestic Abuse at Christmas (and why a brick may be the best Christmas present you buy this year!)

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Research shows that incidents of Domestic Abuse rise at Christmas whilst most of us will be ‘enjoying’ more family time this Christmas for some it will be a time of terror and walking on eggshells.

In Portsmouth a shocking 38% of all assaults take place in a family setting. Continue reading “Domestic Abuse at Christmas (and why a brick may be the best Christmas present you buy this year!)”

County Lines

County Lines

The Home Office has published updated guidance to help frontline workers identify and protect victims of county lines gangs

County lines is a model used by criminal gangs whereby urban gangs supply drugs to suburban areas and both market and coastal towns. These gangs frequently exploit children and vulnerable adults to courier drugs and money. Some vulnerable adults have their homes taken over by the gangs (cuckooing) using force or coercion.

More information for professionals, front line workers and the voluntary sector can be found on the Home Office website.


Family Fun Day – Celebrating International Day of Peace

Multicultural event
Partners from the Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service, Hampshire Constabulary and Portsmouth City Council are organising an International Day of Peace Community Celebration on Saturday 22 September 2018, from 11am to 4pm at Southsea Fire Station. 
This family fun day will be a celebration of the things that make this city great, and we are hoping to see all the cultures and communities in Portsmouth represented there.
Many community groups have signed up to deliver a range of activities, cook food, perform and volunteer on the day. We will also have fun activities for all ages, including a bouncy castle, interactive arts projects, henna tattoos, face painting, and balloon modelling, as well as food vendors.
Please join us as we mark this year’s UN International Day of Peace with an opportunity to celebrate our wonderfully diverse great waterfront city.