For safeguarding policies please visit the Policies Page
If you have any worries or concerns you can always speak to an adult in school. People who you can talk to are:
- Your Teachers and other adults in your class.
- Mrs Forshaw
- Mrs Adams
- Mrs Fearnley
If you are worried about yourself or others in your family then you can call ChildLine at any time, confidentially. 0800 1111
If you need to talk to someone scale at 1 or 2 and an adult will speak with you. You can also add your worries to the class worry monster and an adult will check in with you.
Everyone needs to know…
What is upskirting?
Upskirting is taking a photograph of underneath a person’s skirt or clothing without their permission. Upskirting is an alarmingly common occurrence and is usually performed in a public place, which is often crowded, which makes it hard to spot people taking such images. This is now a criminal offence and offenders can be arrested and sent to prison. Upskirting as a form of peer-on-peer abuse and what may seem like harmless fun can have deeper consequences for both the victim and the perpetrator.
More information available at: https://www.educare.co.uk/news/upskirting-what-do-you-need-to-know
What is County Lines & CCE?
County lines is a form of criminal exploitation where urban gangs persuade, coerce or force children and young people to store drugs and money and/or transport them to suburban areas, market towns and coastal towns (Home Office, 2018). It can happen in any part of the UK and is against the law and a form of child abuse. CCE refers to Child Criminal Exploitation.
More information available at: https://learning.nspcc.org.uk/child-abuse-and-neglect/county-lines
Signs a child may be involved in Criminal Exploitation
- frequently going missing from school, home or care
- travelling to locations, or being found in areas they have no obvious connections with, including seaside or market towns
- unwillingness to explain their whereabouts
- acquiring money, clothes, accessories or mobile phones which they seem unable to account for
- receiving excessive texts or phone calls at all hours of the day
- having multiple mobile phone handsets or sim cards
- withdrawing or having sudden changes in personality, behaviour or the language they use
- having relationships with controlling or older individuals and groups
- unexplained injuries
- carrying weapons
- significant decline in school results or performance
- being isolated from peers or social networks
- associating with or being interested in gang culture
- self-harming or having significant changes in mental health
FGM is a form of child abuse. It’s dangerous and a criminal offence in the UK. We know:
- there are no medical reasons to carry out FGM
- it’s often performed by someone with no medical training, using instruments such as knives, scalpels, scissors, glass or razor blades
- children are rarely given an anaesthetic or antiseptic treatment and are often forcibly restrained
- it’s used to control female sexuality and can cause long-lasting damage to physical and emotional health.
FGM can happen at different times in a girl or woman’s life, including:
- when a baby is new-born
- during childhood or as a teenager
- just before marriage
- during pregnancy.
More information available at: https://www.nspcc.org.uk/what-is-child-abuse/types-of-abuse/female-genital-mutilation-fgm/
Keeping Safe Online
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