Skip to content
Main content is below

Not In Our Community - Annual Report

NIOC Young People 1

Not In Our Community continues to have a huge impact on young people across the region by raising awareness of the signs of grooming and exploitation and where to get help.

In addition to commissioning the police service for the area, the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) also has responsibility to commission a range of other services that help cut crime, improve community safety and provide support for victims of crime.

The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) is proud to have been the primary funder of Not In Our Community (NIOC) during its development. Whilst management of the campaign has previously been maintained externally, new arrangements were introduced from 1 April 2020 that now see the campaign under increased OPCC control and oversight.

Now directly led from within the OPCC, these arrangements will provide enhanced accountability for delivery, an oversight of both value for money and performance scrutiny, along with helping to support and deliver targeted impact of this unique and valuable resource across our communities, ensuring its sustainability into the future.

There has been a delay in the release of this report due to the transition to these new arrangements and this report highlights NIOC activity from April 2019 to March 2020.

PCC Keith Hunter said: "In April 2020, as a direct result of the UK Covid-19 lockdown; more time indoors, boredom, vulnerabilities, mental health impacts, family pressures and simply more time online for those children with access, we were really concerned at the heightened risk facing children across our communities from online grooming and other online threats. We believed NIOC intervention should be tailored and available to support parents, teachers and the OPCC’s partners in safeguarding and youth intervention teams.

"The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner is proud to continue our support and building of this unique and valuable resource. Please do take time to visit the website and help us to share the resource, the news of our progress and our ambitious plans for the future. NIOC is delivered with our communities, for our communities. Education is power and prevention is key."

Click here to read the 2019-20 Annual Report

Posted on Tuesday 30th June 2020