Webinar addresses key issues impacting young people today

A webinar for parents, guardians and carers on key issues impacting young people today, has been organised next month by the Welwyn Hatfield Community Safety Partnership.

Parent Awareness session

Featuring expert speakers on mental health, online safety and youth violence and gangs, the free webinar provides advice and guidance on how to protect children: 

Gavin McKenna - Youth violence, gangs and county lines

Gavin McKenna is the pioneer behind Reach Every Generation.  He has journeyed from gang membership in London to born again Christian, using his past life experiences to set about influencing societal change.

Jessica Whittaker - Mental health and support for young people

Jess works for Herts Mind Network in the Children and Young People's team as the Spot the Signs Emotional Wellbeing Awareness Co-ordinator. She delivers a range of training and workshop sessions for youth professionals, trainers and young people as well as parents, carers and families.

Marilyn Hawes - Online safety and grooming

Marilyn tells the story of her experience as a parent to three boys who were victims of grooming and abuse. She's a regular speaker across the UK, educating people on preventing child sexual abuse and tuning into their instincts to spot the signs and take action.

Councillor Terry Mitchinson, Executive Member Leisure, Culture and Communications, said:

Exploitation and mental health issues can impact children and young people of all ages and backgrounds. The lockdown has increased these concerns, with schools closed for the majority of young people and many spending more time unsupervised on and offline. We hope this webinar will increase awareness of these issues and help parents, carers and guardians to spot the signs and know how to take action.

The webinar takes place on 11 March 2021. Register for your free place at https://parent-guardian-awareness-sessions-2021.eventbrite.co.uk/.