Safeguarding Children in Banbury
SCIB Newsletter May 2020
CEOP COMMAND, run by the National Crime Agency, is set up to help young people. They can offer advice, guidance and legal support for anyone up to the age of 18 that is forced or tricked into taking part in sexual activity with anyone online or in the real world. They also have advice and support for other online problems such as hacking and cyber bullying. The button takes you straight to the reporting web page.
CEOP ThinkUKnow Advice for students, parents and carers and teachers. The latest information on the sites you like to visit, mobiles and new technology. Find out what’s good, what’s not and what you can do about it. If you look after young people there’s an area for you too – with resources you can use in the classroom or at home. Most importantly, there’s also a place which anyone can use to report if they feel uncomfortable or worried about someone they are chatting to online. All the information here is brought to you by the team at the NCA’s CEOP Command.
CEOP Thinkuknow Factsheets
CEOP provides a number of factsheets for parents. We would recommend you create your own account to access them independently but if this is not possible the Academy will help you to get a printed copy.
INTERNET WATCH FOUNDATION
Follow the TALK checklist to help keep your child safe online
The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) tells us that ‘since the start of the pandemic, the amount of ‘self-generated’ child abuse imagery has increased dramatically. In 2020, the IWF confirmed 68,000 cases of such imagery, a rise of 77% on the year before. It accounts for nearly half (44%) the imagery we took action on last year. In 80% of these cases, the victims were 11- to 13-year-old girls.’
The IWF has created a resource to help parents and carers understand the risks of ‘self-generated child sexual abuse imagery’ using the acronym ‘TALK’. To find out more, go to: https://talk.iwf.org.uk/
Parents Against Child Exploitation Support for parents and carers whose children are being exploited by offenders outside of the family: https://paceuk.info/
THAMES VALLEY POLICE
During this period of COVID 19, children and young people are increasingly using social media. TVP have launched a media campaign which highlights some of the safeguarding issues that this increased use can bring. The key messages highlighted in the campaign are as follows:
For children are:
- Don’t be afraid of coming forward and speaking to a parent, carer, guardian, teacher or other trusted adult.
- The Police are here to help and support you – you will not be in trouble.
- Know who you are talking to on-line. If something doesn’t feel right – tell someone.
Key messages for parents
- Trust your instinct for signs, you know your child better than anyone
- Have your children suddenly become very secretive?
- Are they sad or withdrawn but won’t say why?
- Do they seem distracted
- Do they have sudden mood swings?
- Are they unable to switch off from their phone or social media?
- Have open conversations with children about their internet usage.
- Use parental controls and seek guidance from the available free resource.
TVP is strongly advocating for information on staying safe the use of the NCA CEOP website www.thinkuknow.co.uk – this contains links to advice for children at different age groups, parents/carers and professionals including teachers. Read the TVP letter here.
NATIONAL ONLINE SAFETY
Guides for parents and carers (contains public sector information licensed under the Open Government Licence v3.0.)
What parents and carers need to know about Valorant
Advice from the Injury Minimization Programme for Schools with useful links for health and mental wellbeing.
First Point: Supporting Children – where to go for advice These pages give support and advice to young people if they are worried or frightened about something that is happening to them or a friend.