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New support available for children at risk of exploitation in Crawley and across Sussex

A leading children’s charity has launched a new service for parents and carers of some of the county’s most vulnerable children.



Barnardo’s ‘Dice’ programme, which was set up following a grant from the Police & Crime Commissioner’s Safe Space Sussex Funding Network, is welcoming referrals from families whose children may be at risk of exploitation. 

The Dice programme covers topics including teenage risk taking and the pressures young people face in today’s global world, recognising signs of exploitation (including grooming), the teenage brain and practical advice and information on local support available.

Working in partnership with a cyber specialist from Veritas Justice, a Sussex Based Stalking Advocacy and Support service, which focuses also on cyber and online safety, they will also deliver a session on digital dangers and how to keep safer online.

Lucy Ivankovic, Assistant Director of Children’s Services at Barnardo’s said: 

“Being told or realising that your child may be at risk of exploitation is an extremely stressful time for parents and carers, especially as they play such an important role in safeguarding and promoting the welfare of their child. We can help by providing practical advice and support. DICE also gives parents and carers the opportunity to meet others who are going through the same experiences in a positive environment.”

Katy Bourne, Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner said: 

“The challenge of keeping young people safe is becoming more difficult. Every day the police uncover the true scale of complex crimes like child exploitation, while technology creates new ways to commit these crimes. This is why it is so important to have support services in place to educate young people and their families/carers in the digital dangers and how to spot the signs of exploitation. 

“No child should ever be a victim of this kind of abuse and that is why I am pleased to support a programme which demonstrates a commitment to tackling exploitation at its early stages.”

The Dice programme is designed as a supportive and preventative service aimed at parents and carers of vulnerable and/or risk–taking children and young people aged from nine upwards (including young teenagers).

If you wish to find out more about Dice, please contact the Children’s Services Manager Jennie Bishop on or


B&M to open on 13th April in County Mall Crawley and there are jobs available!

It will be the second B&M store for the town and will open in the former BHS site.



It will certainly be a welcome boost to the local economy as a brand new store opens in the town.

Opening at 9am on Saturday 13th April, more than 50 jobs are being created.

A spokesperson from B&M said:

“We’re feeling really positive about the creation of more jobs for local people and we hope customers are going to be delighted with their new store.

“We are all really excited to get the doors open and welcome our new customers through the door in the a few weeks.”

Job roles are now advertised on the B&M careers website and range from sales assistant, to floor managers and cleaners.

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