Safeguarding Children

Should wish to discuss any safeguarding concerns, please contact our Designated Safeguarding Lead: Mrs M Smith (Deputy Head)

Safeguarding your children

Safeguarding children is one of the main priorities for all staff at Saint George’s.  We are regularly  trained and keep abreast of current issues.  However, we realise that parents sometimes feel in the dark about what best to do to keep their child safe.

Parents and carers are always welcome, and encouraged, to contact the Designated Safeguarding Lead at Saint George’s to discuss any issues.

We always advise parents to take care with what access they allow their children to the internet and to social media.  We strongly encourage clear boundaries such as not allowing children out late at night alone, not allowing children to play age inappropriate video games or to attend age inappropriate events.

Below are a number of resources designed to support parents with safeguarding about some issues they may face.

Extremism and radicalisation propaganda

London  based group Families Against Stress and Trauma (FAST) have created an online guide for parents on the dangers of radicalisation.  Included are testimonies and YouTube clips.

http://www.familiesmatter.org.uk/

Online Safety and On Demand TV

Children these days tend to have more freedom than ever to be able to access online information which isn’t always age appropriate.  The website below is aimed  at supporting parents with these issues:

http://www.saferinternet.org.uk/advice-and-resources/parents-and-carers/safety-tools-on-online-services

Sexting

Unfortunately, sometimes youngsters are encouraged to send or post pictures of themselves with little or no clothes on.  Doing this is called ‘sexting’.  Some guidance for parents can be found on the websites below:

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

http://www.bbc.co.uk/webwise/0/25859561

Mental Health

With the increase of mental health concerns in the UK, Young Minds have put together some support for parents.  The support is relevant for all kinds of issues including self-harm.

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

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

FGM concerns are paramount in safeguarding children.  To learn more or to seek advice the NSPCC offer some useful advice.

http://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/child-abuse-and-neglect/female-genital-mutilation-fgm/

Child Sexual Exploitation

PACE (Parents Against Child Exploitation)  offer support for parents who may be concerned about their child being at risk.

http://www.paceuk.info/support-for-parents/

The Law and Young People

A new website for young people between the ages of 10 & 21 to help them understand and access their legal rights.

http://www.lawstuff.org.uk/

It covers topics such as:

  • Police and Law
  • Children’s Services
  • Education
  • Not from the UK
  • Home and Family
  • At what age can I
  • Abuse and bullying
  • Sex health and drugs
  • My rights
  • Online safety

 

Please find a link below to ‘The Safe Parenting Handbook’ from http://www.kelsi.org.uk/.

The Safe Parenting Handbook

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