Safeguarding means protecting the health, wellbeing and human rights of children at risk, enabling them to live safely, free from abuse and neglect. It is about people and organisations working together to prevent and reduce both the risks and experience of abuse or neglect.
The DFE have jointly published new guidance with the Home Office, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, and Public Health England on keeping children safe from abuse and harm. This guidance brings together sources of information about the main risks children may be vulnerable to during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and signposts you to help and support available.
The guidance can be found here:
The Safeguarding Team
Peer on Peer Abuse
Peer-on-peer abuse can take various forms and include serious bullying, relationship abuse, domestic violence, child sexual exploitation, harmful sexual behaviour, and/or gender based violence.
If you feel that you need to speak to someone about any of these issues please contact a member of the safeguarding team in school on firstname.lastname@example.org
Net Aware, produced by O2 and NSPCC, is a guide for parents to 39 of the most popular sites, apps and games that young people use. Using reviews from adults and children, it helps parents decide if a site is right for their child, if it’s age appropriate and explores what risks they might encounter, enabling parents or professionals to help keep their children safe online. The NSPCC have just launched a refreshed Net Aware site.
Thinkuknow is the education programme from NCA-CEOP, a UK organisation which protects children both online and offline.
Mental Health Resources
Place2Be is a children’s mental health charity with over 25 years’ experience working with pupils, families and staff in UK schools.
We provide mental health support in schools through one-to-one and group counselling using tried and tested methods backed by research. We also offer expert training and professional qualifications.
The Cheshire and Wirral NHS Partnership Trust have launched a mental health team for
Children and Young People (CYP), who are registered with a General Practitioner in the South Cheshire and Vale Royal areas.
Parent Guidance and Resources
Domestic abuse comes in many shapes and sizes. It involves any kind of behaviour that hurts people who are in a relationship or part of a family – from put downs and belittling, through to physical and sexual harm. Abuse or the threat of harm is often used to control or force people to do/not do certain things or stay in a relationship that they feel isn’t good for them. If you need further support about domestic abuse please click the link above.
WHAT IS CSE?
CHILD SEXUAL EXPLOITATION (CSE) IS A FORM OF SEXUAL ABUSE THAT INVOLVES THE MANIPULATION AND/OR COERCION OF YOUNG PEOPLE UNDER THE AGE OF 18 INTO SEXUAL ACTIVITY.
The confidential Stop It Now! helpline is available for anyone with concerns about child sexual abuse. Callers do not need to give identifying information, so can remain anonymous. We speak to thousands of people every year, and help them take action to protect children and young people from sexual abuse and exploitation.
The Stop It Now! helpline is available from 9.00am – 9.00pm Mondays to Thursdays and 9.00am – 5.00pm Fridays, and closed on weekends and bank holidays.
Triple P stands for Positive Parenting Programme and is designed to help you understand how your family works. It will also help you to:
- Understand positive parenting
- Encourage appropriate behaviour
- Manage problem behaviour
- Deal with risky behaviour
- Take care of yourself as a parent