Catch22 have produced a video aimed directly at children and young people, given that we know they will be spending many hours a day on their devices and they are coming into contact with fewer adults who might otherwise have the opportunity to help safeguard them. You may already have seen the video as it has been shared with commissioners, across Catch22 social media nationally and a copy was even requested by the Met Police!
They have asked for schools across Staffordshire to share it with parents. You will see that the messages are in the form of abbreviations and emojis which will be familiar to many young people but perhaps less so to parents and professionals, who then fail to recognise the concerns. The attached materials should help parents understand some of the language and images that hide threats or requests for indecent images.
Who are Catch22?
Catch22 support children and young people who may find themselves in unhealthy relationships, who are victims of child sexual exploitation as well as children who missing from home.
Catch 22 are commissioned jointly by Stoke- on-Trent City Council, Staffordshire County Council and the Staffordshire Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner. They provide a range of services from early work and targeted support with families, and carry out return home interviews for all missing children.