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‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ is statutory guidance for schools and colleges who must have regard to it in carrying out their duties to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. Alongside ‘Working Together’, ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ states:
What school and college staff should know and do
- Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined for the purposes of this guidance as: protecting children from maltreatment; preventing impairment of children’s health or development; ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care; and taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.
- Children include everyone under the age of 18.
- Where a child is suffering significant harm, or is likely to do so, action should be taken to protect that child.1 Action should also be taken to promote the welfare of a child in need of additional support, even if they are not suffering harm or are at immediate risk.
The role of the school or college
Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families has a role to play in safeguarding children. School and college staff are particularly important as they are in a position to identify concerns early and provide help for children to prevent concerns from escalating. Schools and colleges and their staff form part of the wider safeguarding system for children. This system is described in statutory guidance ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children’. Schools and colleges should work with social care, the police, health services and other services to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm. – Full document can be found here.
Safeguarding our pupils is a priority for St Wilfrid’s Catholic High school and its staff. We wish to provide pupils with access to support services for young people. The impact of distressing or difficult situations on young people can lead to confusion and an inability to access education consistently.
Mrs Gilroy, Mrs Murphy and Mrs James along with the pastoral team are here to assist you to access external support services, if you wish to contact any of the services below please click on the link or contact a member of the pastoral team – the students safeguarding & guidance booklet ( ‘Keep me Safe’) can be found here.
There are many areas we need to focus safeguarding resources on in school; this is often done through our PSHCE programme and specialist services coming into school. In addition to this, there are also charities and support services locally who can help.
If you feel you are in danger please contact:
Social care direct, Wakefield can be contacted on 0345 8503503 or the police in an emergency on 999 or in non-emergency situations on 101.
Safeguarding Information for all Parents: RE – ‘Momo’
Please click here for the safety guide for parents.
You may have heard on the news about a terrifying online game named ‘Momo’, which is currently sweeping the internet. This game has spread to other social media platforms such as WhatsApp, Facebook and YouTube (children’s version).
The game encourages children to text unknown numbers and we would advise all parents and carers to be vigilant when monitoring your children’s phones, social media and internet usage.
If you have any concerns over this game or any other please contact school.
Attached is a leaflet explaining further support regarding ‘Momo’ or follow this link https://parentzone.org.uk/article/three-minute-briefing-momo-challenge
Wakefield & District Safeguarding Children Board Summer Edition 2018 Newsletter
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Parent Info is a website for parents, covering all of the issues amplified by the internet. Its newsfeed function enables schools and family-focused organisations to host and share expert advice and information through their own websites. Parent Info provides support and advice to parents, with contributions from the leading experts and organisations in matters related to young people and families in a digital world. Scroll down to the bottom of this page to see the live news feed.
Friendly confidential drugs advice for young people and parents. Including what to do if you are worried about a child or adult in relation to substance misuse.
CGL service provides confidential drug and alcohol support for young people aged 18 and under living in Wakefield. The service also offers advice and information to parents, carers and professionals.
This is for a website which supports young people with areas such as anxiety, depression, eating disorders and addiction. They have an app which young people can use independently.
Advice and guidance on reporting a crime including web reporting, dealing with a crime advice and guidance for victims.
Net Aware is a good e-safety resource to keep your child safe in today’s digital world. Stay informed by signing up to their newsletter. For more information please click onto the NSPCC NetAware image above.
Stop Terrorists’ & Extremist’s’ Online Presence- a UK police and partners initiative to help prevent people getting drawn into violent extremism and terrorism.
After recent events, the attached document below may be useful to for explaining terrorism and war to your children.
Kooth online – is a counselling service commissioned by the local authority for young people. This can be accessed on evenings and weekends.
Advice and support for anyone experiencing a mental health issue. Mind aim to empower anyone experiencing a mental health program. They offer support and advice to all age groups.
Barnardo’s is a charity that supports vulnerable young people .Barnardo’s offer a range of support services in which can be accessed through there site . As examples they have support services for looked after children, children suffering from abuse, neglect and child sexual exploitation. School can refer pupils to the Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) support service .
ChildLine is a private and confidential service for children and young people up to the age of 19. You can contact a ChildLine counsellor about anything -no problem is too big or too small. Call free on 0800 1111, have a 1-2-1 chat online or send an email.
If you are an adult who is worried about a child contact 0808 8005000. If you are a child that needs advice please call 08011 111.
This document is from the Department for Education. All schools and colleagues must follow this document in order to keep children safe.
NSPCC have released this document as a need-to-know guide regarding child abuse.
Young Minds is the UK’s leading charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people. Parents helpline – 0808 802 5544
Pace is the leading national charity working with parents and carers of sexually exploited children. Pace believes parents are, and should be valued as, key players and partners in safeguarding children from sexual exploitation outside the family. For confidential help and advice, call Pace on 0113 240 5226
CEOP helps to keep children and young people safe online. CEOP helps thousands of children and young people experiencing exploitation. A simple confidential report can be created on the website to seek the help you may need, either if you are trying to support someone else or yourself.
Yorkshire MESMAC is one of the oldest and largest sexual health organisations in the country. We offer services to various communities including men who have sex with men, BME people, people misusing drugs, sex workers and LGB&T* young people and adults.
All of our offices provide:
- Free, rapid and confidential HIV testing
- Condoms and lubricant
- Information and resources
- Meeting rooms and training space
- Outreach to the commercial gay scene, cruising areas and public toilets
- Support for individuals and community groups
Leeds Contact: Tel: 0113 244 4209
Wakefield Contact: Tel: 01924 211116
Gaming Devices & Parental Controls
Many gaming devices now offer the ability to connect to the Internet and allow you to interact with other gamers. See the guides below on how you can apply parental controls in order to keep your child safe when using these devices.