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The current evidence suggests that COVID-19 may have a disproportionate impact on people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) groups. This is in line with other health inequalities that we know exist for BAME and other population groups, such as people living in areas of deprivation.  As a direct response, across Kent and Medway we have developed a number of COVID workstreams that aim to address these inequalities. This includes a plan to protect our frontline health and social care workforce, improved clinical management, targeted test & trace and a social marketing project. The social marketing group was formed in June and is made up of a wide range of partners.


The group has been working hard to co-design a marketing campaign that aims to reach out to all residents and organisations in Kent and Medway. Through our collective efforts, we want to help protect our most vulnerable groups from the impact of COVID-19. The first phase of the campaign is focused on the headline COVID safety messages and symptom awareness, with phase two including broader healthy lifestyle messages. The first phase of resources are now freely available to download by any resident or organisation

Kent –  https://www.kent.gov.uk/social-care-and-health/health/coronavirus/protect-kent/protect-kent-and-medway-toolkit

Medwayhttps://www.medway.gov.uk/communityresources

To support us in reaching all residents and groups with these important messages, we are launching the COVID-19 Community Champions Programme. Please circulate the attached advert for this programme to any contacts that you have, that may be interested in becoming a champion.

Anyone can become a champion, and there is no set time commitment for those that do sign up. Ideally, we are looking to recruit residents who are trusted in their communities and have the opportunity to relay the key COVID messages, as they become relevant. Current messages include symptom awareness and advise on how we can all stop the spread. But as time progresses it will extend to other relevant calls to action, like encouraging people to download the NHS app which has just been released. The community insight work that was conducted revealed a real willingness for people to stay up to date with local statistics and facts, so champions will be provided with these via a fortnightly newsletter. The newsletter will also contain other updates from COVID experts such Directors of Public Health and our lead clinicians. The insight work also suggested that many residents do not trust the messages they hear through the media and from public sector bodies. The champions role is to help provide a clear and consistent voice for the most important messages.

The champions will be welcome to attend regular question and answer sessions with our local experts, although there is no expectation that they have to attend these and only need people dial in to the virtual meetings as their availability allows. This will allow the opportunity for champions to feedback and let us know what issues are being faced in the community.

So please do forward on the link to the resource centre to your various contacts and share the advert for the COVID Community Champions. To register or find out more about Covid Community Champions, if you live in Kent please email phworkforcedevelopment@kent.gov.uk and if you live in Medway email abmchampions@medway.gov.uk.

Kind regards,

 

Amanda Nyeke, MSc, BSc | Public Health Specialist | Public Health - Strategic Commissioning, KCC | Room 2.91, Kent County Council, Sessions House, County Road, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 1XQ | Telephone: (03000) 417654 | 07540 670320

amanda.nyeke@kent.gov.uk

 

Keeping a safety net around children in Kent

 

Kent Police is urging parents to look out for the signs of online grooming as children and young people in Kent spend more time at home.

The Covid-19 worldwide pandemic means that children who would normally be visiting friends and family or attending school around the county are now in lockdown and may be searching for things to do to keep them occupied.

With more people turning to the internet, Kent Police is reminding everyone of the steps that can be taken to keep young and vulnerable people protected from online abuse.

Detective Chief Superintendent Andrew Pritchard at Kent Police said: ‘This is an extremely worrying time for families who may be feeling anxious and dealing with new and difficult living situations. As a result it may be harder than usual to spot the signs of online abuse.

‘Whilst there is nothing to suggest more children are being groomed at this time, there is a potential for more young and vulnerable people to fall victim to predators who may take advantage of the health crisis and seek to enter homes without leaving their own.

‘Keeping children and vulnerable people safe is a top priority for us and significant resources are dedicated to tackling this issue. As the public continues to play their part in social distancing and saving lives, we will remain committed to keeping people safe both outdoors and at home.’

It is important that children using mobile phones, tablets and computers know what is right and what is wrong especially when using instant messaging services. They should only ever be speaking to people they know personally and report anything suspicious to their parents or the police.

Check what restrictions are in place, most devices or internet access will have parental controls available. Ask your child to be open and honest with you about their passwords and profiles.

Parents should talk about the risks when uploading and sharing private information as you can never be sure whose hands it will end up in or who can see it.

DCS Pritchard added: ‘We have invested in educating young people about online dangers and the chances of a real child meeting someone they’ve met online and becoming a victim of this sort of offence is extremely low.

‘Rest assured the force has specialist detectives who are trained to work in this field and have the skills and resources needed to carry out investigations in the most appropriate way.

‘It is important we all continue to do our bit to keep children safe, not just at this unprecedented time but always.’

Further advice

 

  • Speak to your children. Understand the capabilities of the devices they use, and the websites that they use.
  • Keep the computer in a communal room. Explain to them the dangers of talking to strangers; whether that be in ‘real life’ or on the internet.
  • It's important that online privacy settings are checked regularly especially when updating apps – the same applies for location settings too.
  • Encourage the use of strong passwords such as three or more random words or capital letters, numbers and symbols.
  • ‘Stranger danger’ is as relevant on the internet as it is on the streets. You should not speak to strangers and we encourage children to raise any concerns with their parents.
  • Only speak to people you know and have met. Don’t accept social media requests from people you don’t know.

 

For more advice or to report online abuse visit https://www.kent.police.uk/advice/advice-and-information/caa/child-abuse/online-child-abuse/

 

PSE 59753 Adam Sackett

Volunteer & Neighbourhood Watch Liaison Officer

East Kent Police

Please see below an alert from Action Fraud in relation to a phishing scam, where fraudsters are impersonating Tesco.

The fake Tesco emails are offering ‘free vouchers’ during the coronavirus outbreak and you are asked to click on a link, which takes you to a convincing looking phishing website that is designed to steal your login, personal and financial information.

If you receive one of these, please do not click on the link and delete it and report to Action Fraud.

For more info and extra help on how to keep yourself safe online visit https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/

Use the A, B, C of scam awareness:

  1. never assume a caller, email or text is genuine.
  2. never believe a caller, email or text is genuine.
  3. always confirm by contacting a trusted number, family member, friend, your bank’s fraud department or the police to check if it’s genuine.

 

Kind Regards,

PSE 59753 Adam Sackett

Volunteer & Neighbourhood Watch Liaison Officer

East Kent Police

 

Scammers will continue to target people looking to buy medical supplies online. They will send emails offering fake medical support and trying to scam people who may be vulnerable or increasingly isolated at home. Once your money is sent, the supplies never arrive. If it looks too good to be true with miracle cures and promises of medical supplies, then it probably is.

Criminals are experts at impersonating people, organisations and the police. They spend hours researching you hoping you’ll let your guard down for just a moment.

They can contact you by phone, email, text, on social media, or in person. They will try to trick you into parting with your money, personal information, or buying goods or services that don’t exist.

If you are approached unexpectedly remember to:

  • Stop: Taking a moment to think before parting with your money or information could keep you safe.
  • Challenge: Could it be fake? It’s ok to reject, refuse or ignore any requests. Only criminals will try to rush or panic you.
  • Protect: Contact your bank immediately if you think you’ve fallen victim to a scam and report it to Action Fraud.
  • You can also report suspicious texts by forwarding the original message to 7726, which spells SPAM on your keypad.
  • The police, or your bank, will never ask you to withdraw money or transfer it to a different account. They will also never ask you to reveal your full banking password or PIN.
  • Do not click on links or attachments in unexpected or suspicious texts or emails.
  • Confirm requests are genuine by using a known number or email address to contact organisations directly.

To keep yourself secure online, ensure you are using the latest software, apps and operating systems on your phones, tablets and laptops. Update these regularly or set your devices to automatically update so you don’t have to worry.

Reporting to Action Fraud can be carried out online at https://www.actionfraud.police.uk or by calling 0300 123 2040. If you have Twitter, you can follow Action Fraud for up to date information on COVID-19 fraud on @actionfrauduk.

Kind regards and stay safe,

PSE 59753 Adam Sackett

Volunteer & Neighbourhood Watch Liaison Officer

East Kent Police