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Sexting - Information for Parents

 

In recent years there has been a rise in the number of sexting cases among young people being reported.  With more young people having access to phones and social media accounts, it is becoming easier for them to send and receive explicit messages and images.
What is sexting?

Sexting is defined as sending sexually explicit messages and/or suggestive images, such as naked photographs.
Free guide

Click on the link below for your free guide to help you understand what sexting is, how schools are protecting children from sexting and what parents can do to safeguard children.

It's Not Okay Week of Action

The latest It’s Not Okay Week of action – organised by the multi-agency Project Phoenix team – which ran from 31 October to 6 November and aimed to raise awareness of child sexual exploitation and, in particular, encourage people to stay alert to anyone who may be vulnerable while travelling.

 

During the Week of Action, Tameside Phoenix team visited train and bus stations, schools and Ashton Moss leisure complex to raise awareness of CSE safety messages. Tameside taxi and cab drivers also received training in spotting the signs of CSE. There was also multi-agency visits to Tameside premises where intelligence suggests there may be links to CSE activity.
 
New online safety sessions for parents and carers were also launched in Tameside libraries. Approximately 85% of CSE cases being investigated in Tameside involve online activity. Parents and carers are able to bring their children’s mobiles, tablets and laptops to the free sessions to get hands on help with updating security settings.  They can book on to sessions at  http://www.tameside.gov.uk/libraries/events/onlinesafety

Annual Safeguarding Report to Parents

Arundale Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff, volunteers and members of the wider school community to share this commitment.  For full details of our safeguarding arrangements please refer to the Safeguarding policy.

Should you have any concerns relating to the safety and welfare of a child at the school you should immediately contact our designated person(s) for safeguarding:- Mrs Wooding, Deputy Headteacher or Mrs Stocker, Child Protection Lead.


Should you have any concerns in terms of Safeguarding relating to the behaviour of a member of staff, you should immediately contact the designated person as above.  If the allegation concerns the Deputy Headteacher, Executive Headteacher or Child Protection Lead Teacher, you should contact: Mrs Dolan, Chair of Governors, via school who will arrange for her to call you as soon as possible.

Should you feel that your concerns have not been dealt with appropriately by the school/chair of governors, you should contact the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO), which can be found on the following website http://www.tamesidesafeguardingchildren.org.uk/professionals/managementofallegations.aspx

Educate against hate

 

We all want our children to live in a safe and loving environment so that they can grow up to become happy, confident adults. You will already know that your children can be vulnerable to risks both inside and outside the home, and will have taken steps to protect them so they can grow, learn and develop to their fullest potential.

Protecting your children from radicalisation and extremism is similar to protecting them from the other harms you may be more familiar with, such as drugs, gangs and sexual exploitation.

The Difference Between Safeguarding and Child Protection

 

People sometimes wonder what the difference is between the terms safeguarding and child protection.

 

In practice, Safeguarding is the policies and practices that schools and Governing Bodies employ to keep children safe and promote their well-being. This means everything from security of the buildings, to the safe recruitment of staff and everything in between.  This diagram sets out what Safeguarding means in schools:

 

 

As you can see, Child Protection is one aspect of Safeguarding.  Child Protection is a term used to describe the activity that is undertaken to protect specific children who are suffering or likely to suffer significant harm.

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Help and advice for parents

 

As parents, you want to make sure that your children develop healthily and thrive. We're here to help you with advice on how you can build strong relationships with your children and keep them safe. Here is advice and resources for helping parents to keep their children safe, advice for parents on keeping children safe out of school, at home and online, when using the internet, social networking websites and playing online games, help and advice for creating a safe and nurturing environment for your children.

 

For guidance, further details can be found from:

www.thinkuknow.co.uk

http://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/

www.youngminds.org.uk/for_parents/parent

www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/topics/stay-safe

www.bhf.org.uk/heart-health/children-and-young-people/primary-schools

 

Ways to contact the NSPCC

 

(The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children is a charity campaigning and working in child protection in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Channel Islands).

 

  • Provide as much information as you can about the child and the concerns you have.
  • If you have any details that can help to identify the child, such as their name or address, please share them too.
  • If you're requesting information, please tell us what you want it for.

 

Calls are free from landlines and most mobiles.

This service is free and we'll try to text you back within three hours.

We will try to read and act on your email within 24 hours.

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