At Outwood Academy City we aim to provide a safe environment for your children, an environment where children know where to go and who to ask for when they require support and one where bullying is dealt with effectively and efficiently.
Peer Mentors have attended the Diana Award training for anti-bullying. Please follow this link for further information.
Cyber bullying is the use of the Internet and related technologies to harm other people, in a deliberate, repeated, and hostile manner.
Criminal exploitation, also known as ‘county lines’, is when gangs and organised crime networks exploit children to distribute and sell illegal drugs. Often these children are made to travel across counties and use dedicated mobile phone ‘lines’ to supply drugs.
The gangs/organised crime networks sometimes use violence to threaten the children and young people when recruiting them. The gangs/organised crime networks may violently assault children and young people working for them if they find their drugs or money to be missing. Weapons such as firearms, knives, bats and acid are sometimes used to make violent threats.
The gangs/organised crime networks recruit and use children and young people to move drugs and money for them. Children as young as 11 years old may be recruited; often using social media. They are exploited and forced to carry drugs between locations, usually on trains or coaches. They are also forced to sell drugs to local users.
Below are some signs which may suggest that someone you know might be involved in county lines activity.
If you are concerned a child or young person you know is engaging in county lines activity and may be in danger, call 999. Non-urgent information should be shared with the Police through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
If you are concerned about a child or young person’s welfare, contact Sheffield Safeguarding Hub on 0114 273 4855.