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SSCT Young people

We are committed to supporting young people in Dorset. If you have any questions or need advice please contact us here.

Youth Portal

COVID-19 has changed the ‘norm’ for everyone. With much of our lives now online, it is important to protect ourselves from the different risks that come from spending more of our time in a digital environment.

Luckily, online programmes have given opportunities for education to continue throughout COVID, but this also means that you are more vulnerable to online risks than before.

It is so important, if you are worried about something, or see or experience something online that concerns you, speak to someone you trust as soon as possible. Don’t suffer in silence.

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If you need help with bullying please speak up!

  • Bullying is behaviour that hurts someone else.
  • Cyber bullying is bullying that takes place online.

Unfortunately, with the majority of learning now being online, bullying can follow people wherever they go, via social networks, gaming and mobile phone.

When should I report bullying to the police?

Many incidents of bullying are not actually crimes, and therefore the best people to deal with them are parents, teachers or other responsible adults.

Police need to become involved in incidents of bullying when there is any:

  • violence involved
  • theft
  • harassment and intimidation over a period of time
  • anything involving hate crimes

Further advice and support is available from the Safe Schools and Communities Team. You can contact them online here.

Information and advice about cyberbullying can be found on the Internet Matters website here

Child sexual exploitation (CSE) is a form of child abuse and is illegal.

It is the deliberate exploitation of a child purely for the sexual gratification of adults.

CSE involves young people and children being 'groomed' and sexually exploited.  It can take many forms, such as through an apparently 'consensual' relationship with an older person or a young person having sex in return for attention, gifts, cigarettes or alcohol. It does not always involve physical contact; it can also occur through the use of technology.

Many young people who are being exploited do not realise they are at risk and will not ask for help. Some may see themselves as willing participants in such abuse, not realising that what is happening to them is illegal.

Children and young people who become involved face risks to their physical, emotional and psychological health and wellbeing.

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A person consents if he or she agrees by choice, and has the freedom and capacity to make that choice.

Consent is key – without it, any sexual act becomes a criminal offence. If someone is incapable of consenting (for example if they are too drunk or asleep), it is still sexual violence.

Sex with someone who doesn’t want to is rape.

It does not make a difference whether the people know each other or not, or what relationship they have. Rape and sexual assault do not have to involve physical force – threatening violence, or having sex with someone who is incapable of consenting (for example because they’re drunk or asleep) is rape.

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You & Co is Victim Support’s youth programme that helps young people cope with the impact and effects of crime. You do not have to report the crime to the police to get support. Click here for more information.

There’s a person attached to every body, respect both.

Healthy relationships are all about respecting each other. You should feel loved, safe and free to be yourself.

Relationships can be confusing and it can be difficult to understand what is and isn’t normal behaviour.

But disrespectful and unacceptable behaviour can come in many forms. It isn’t limited to just physical behaviour; it can also go way beyond that. For example, it’s not OK for someone to try and pressure you into sending a nude pic, or to expect the same things to happen that they’ve seen in a porn film. If someone makes you do something you don’t want to, makes you feel scared, intimidated or tries controlling you, it’s not acceptable and is never OK.

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Do you understand your legal rights? Click here for information and advice.

If you need to pass information or report a crime anonymously you can do so here. It is 100% anonymous - you don't need to give any of your details.

The court process can sometimes be difficult to understand, but there are lots of ways you can get support to help you find out what will happen and when.

Click here for more information about the court process, preparing for court and giving evidence.

Sexting is sending, receiving, or forwarding sexually explicit images, messages and photographs.

These messages are usually sent using mobiles, tablets, smartphones or laptops - any device that allows you to share media and messages.

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Police officers nationwide carry out street encounters with members of the public, to gain intelligence and assist in the detection of crime.

Street encounters are often referred to as ‘stops’ and ‘stops and searches’. There are three types of street encounters.

  1. Stop and account: a police officer stops someone in a public place and asks them to account for themselves.
  1. Stop and Search: a police officer stops someone and has reasonable grounds to search their clothes and anything they are carrying.

3. Stop of a Vehicle: a police officer can stop any vehicle and ask the driver for driving documents.

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