Useful Links - St Wilfrids Catholic High School and Sixth Form College

Virtual Talks Programme

We are pleased to announce the schedule for the Speakers for Schools – Virtual Talks programme for the week commencing 13th July.  The complete schedule can be accessed here

How to access VTalks

No logins are required and all attendees can stream the talks without downloading Microsoft Teams. Links should be opened in a browser that is not Internet Explorer. Students can view by clicking WATCH LIVE TALK HERE and then clicking ‘Watch on web instead’ and sign in anonymously. The speakers will appear at the set times e.g. 10am and 2pm.

If you would like more information about how to access VTalks, please see our Schools Guide.

You can now access previous talks on our Video Library.

Useful Careers Web Sites

There are a large number of web sites available to help with your future. Below is a selection of those that may be of benefit.

Prospects offer a large amount of information with regards to various career options.  This site enables you to see various careers giving details of each individual career, including; responsibilities, salary, working hours, what to expect, qualifications required, skills required, work experience, prospective employers, professional development and career prospects.

This has a variety of information including a job profiles section which has detailed information on a variety of careers/work areas.

This has a variety of information with regard to planning your future including advice on job hunting and interview skills.

Kudos –This site has a variety of information including career matching, CV development, action planning to help you map your career and careers information about a variety of careers. You can only access this site if your school or college subscribe -you will need a password/user name from school.

This site is aimed at 14-19 year olds with activities and information that promote and inform young people of the career opportunities with the NHS.

This site will enable you to explore all areas of construction, using blogs, videos and quizzes.

Information about the local job market and significant industry sectors in the region and key messages about growth sectors and jobs of the future.

This site has a variety of information about apprenticeships and contains a large number of actual vacancies. Young people can register on the site and be notified of suitable opportunities. For many companies this is the main way to make apprenticeship applications.

A useful parents guide to apprenticeships, explaining the benefits and progression routes of apprenticeships.

A general job web site but some companies advertise apprenticeships on here.

This site contains some apprenticeship vacancies and general information on job search/applications for young people.

This site has a variety of useful information for school leavers and is especially aimed at young people not wanting to go into Higher Education

This site contains a variety of information about Higher Education, you could check which universities offer courses that may interest you long term and the entry requirements.

This site is a single point of contact for information on Higher Education in the West Yorkshire area.

Bright Knowledge is a useful guide to careers, education and student life. It aims to help you with what you want to achieve and how you can get there.

The Russell group represents 24 leading UK Universities which are committed to maintaining the very best research, an outstanding teaching and learning experience and unrivalled links with business and the public sector.  The site has lots of useful information with regards to selecting a University and course.

Which University guide is a great guide to help you decide what to study, where to go and how to get there.  The site has University profiles, shares advice on picking the right A Levels, selecting Universities, courses and writing personal statements.

The official website for comparing UK degree courses.  It includes official data for undergraduate courses on each university and college’s satisfaction scores in the National Student Survey, jobs and salaries after study and other key information.

This site enables you to compare universities, degree courses, see course rankings and reviews.  The site also offers university profiles.

Information on volunteering

The National Citizen Service offer a great programme of activities for students aged 15 – 17 years old.  The programme is a great personal development, confidence building and something great to put on your CV.

This site has lots of information with regards to voluntary work and the opportunity to search for programmes in your local area.

Responding to initial Disclosures

It is important to stay calm and keep the environment you are in as relaxed as possible, this will help to support the young person. Remember, issues around sexting are a safeguarding issue, and you should therefore ensure you follow your setting’s safeguarding policies and processes.

If you are not a DSL, you should refrain from asking for further information about the imagery.

Remember not to use language that implies blame or judgment. Recognise the courage it has taken to speak up and reassure them that they have done the right thing by raising their concern. Let them know that you will need to pass on this information to the DSL and be clear that this is so that you can provide the best possible support for them.

You can find out more about how to handle a sexting incident with our downloadable guidance.

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Responding to a Sexting Incident as a non-DSL

The 2020 guidance from the UK Council for Internet Safety (UKCIS) shares the following guidance on how to respond to an incident involving sexting.

  1. Report it to your Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) or equivalent immediately, your setting’s child protection policy should be followed, and the young person should be reassured about the reporting process and support available from DSLs.
  2. It is illegal to view, share, save, or request that the young person share or download the imagery. If you do see the imagery by accident, you should report this to the DSL and seek support.
  3. Do not interfere with the imagery by deleting it or asking the young person to delete it.
  4. Do not request further information regarding the imagery from the young person.
  5. Do not share information about the incident to other members of staff, any young people involved, or parents and carers.

For further information, read the UKCIS guidance overview here.

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Responding to a Sexting Incident as a DSL

Every instance of sexting is different, and there are many factors to consider when responding to a sexting incident, including aggravating factors such as:

  • Adult Involvement
  • Intent to Harm: Instances of abuse, blackmail, and coercion.
  • Reckless Misuse: Images sent without consent or without thought, but without intent to cause harm.

To find out the full guidance on how to address and assess a sexting incident with consideration of any aggravating or experimental factors, DSLs should read 1.6 ‘Understanding motivations and behaviour' of the UKCIS Guidance.

As a DSL, it is important to gather as much information as possible, including:

  1. Information on whether the incident involves images, videos, or messages.
  2. Who is featured in the content.
  3. Who sent the content.
  4. If any adults are involved
  5. Where the content is located.

It is essential to record all decisions and steps taken during a sexting incident. Any documentation should explain why certain actions were or were not taken. Examples of this include explaining why it was not necessary to report an instance of sexting to the police, and why it can be handled internally. Remember, your approach should be child-centric and all decisions need to be justifiable and taken in the best interests of the child.

Once a sexting incident has been addressed, it is essential that your organisation reviews the case to see where procedures and responses can be improved or learned from. In line with your setting’s safeguarding policies and practices, you should ensure the child is provided with appropriate post-incident support as required.

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Reporting to the Police and/or Local Authorities

There are occasions where sexting incidents do not need to involve the police, such as when an incident is ‘experimental’ rather than ‘aggravated.’ An experimental incident involves the sharing of nudes or semi-nudes without adult involvement and with no apparent intent to harm or reckless misuse.

Aggravated or abusive incidents of sexting should always be reported to the police through the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH).

Once an incident has been reported to the police, they will be able to ensure a thorough investigation through the collection of all evidence. Any incident reported to the police will be recorded as an incident on their crime systems.

If a device needs to be passed on to the police, the involved devices should be disconnected from Wi-Fi and data and turned off immediately. The device should be locked in a secure place until the police are able to collect it.

To find out more information about the reporting process, you should read 1.9 ‘The Police Response’ of the UKCIS Guidance.

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Informing Parents

Generally, when incidents are disclosed, it is best to tell the parents or guardians of any young person involved. Exceptions can include when there is a risk or harm to the child by doing this, or if the young person expresses that this could cause a genuine problem.

Whether to tell the guardians or not is ultimately up to the DSL's discretion, however, they should always ensure to record and justify their decision within the establishment incident logs.

If the parents are informed, it is usually best to support the young person and involve them in deciding how to approach the conversation, by finding out what would make it easier for them (e.g. being present at the time or not).

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Reporting CSAM

Any incident that includes CSAM content online should be reported to the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF), who can identify and remove any content that includes child sexual abuse imagery.

You can also encourage children under the age of 18 to use Report Remove to help get an image or video of themselves taken down online. Report Remove is provided by IWF and Childline, and keeps the young person informed at each stage of their report, whilst providing further support when necessary.

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