Meynell Primary School Safeguarding
Childline is yours – a free, private and confidential service where you can talk about anything. Whatever your worry, whenever you need help, we’re here for you online, on the phone, anytime.
The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children is a charity campaigning and working in child protection in the United Kingdom and the Channel Islands.
Think U Know
Thinkuknow is the education programme from NCA-CEOP, a UK organisation which protects children both online and offline. Explore one of the six Thinkuknow websites for advice about staying safe when you're on a phone, tablet or computer.
Are you worried about online sexual abuse or the way someone has been communicating with you online? Make a report to one of CEOP's Child Protection Advisors
Is my child ready to be left alone?
Need-to-know: is my child ready to be left alone? There is no legal age at which children may be left home alone, but parents can be prosecuted for neglect if it puts them at risk of injury or suffering. This guide gives sound advice and useful tips to help parents decide in which situations they may leave their children home alone, and what they need to do to ensure their safety and wellbeing. It explains the risks of leaving babies and younger children unattended, and provides helpful advice on what qualities and experience to look for when choosing a babysitter or appropriate childcare. There is a quiz for parents and children which explores how the child feels about being left at home alone and what they might do in different scenarios, such as a power cut or if someone came to the door. Parents can fill in the ‘while I’m away’ pull-out with times and contact numbers and stick it on the fridge before they go out.
Is my child ready to go out alone?
Need-to-know: is my child ready to go out alone? Getting the balance right between allowing children their independence and ensuring their safety when away from home can be difficult. This guide provides advice and practical tips to parents on judging if a child is ready to be out on their own and how to prepare them for different situations such as walking to and from school by themselves, attending sports or holiday clubs, or going out to play with friends. It explains the importance of parents talking to their children from a young age about the risks and how to stay safe when they’re out alone, such as what to do if they’re approached by a stranger, are bullied or get lost. There is also a pull-out that parents can fill in with important information on their child’s club, such as who they can talk to if they have any concerns.
Talk PANTS with your child (the underwear rule)
You’ve probably already talked to your child about things like crossing the road safely. Talking to them about staying safe from sexual abuse is just as easy with our PANTS rules. With our singing dinosaur video and fun activity pack, you can help them learn the key messages without using any scary words.
Let's talk PANTS
With the help of our friendly dinosaur Pantosaurus, PANTS is a simple way to talk to your child about staying safe from sexual abuse.
The Anti-Bullying Alliance is a coalition of organisations and individuals that are united against bullying.
The dangers of fake news - and how to avoid falling for it
Fake news is everywhere these days and it’s blurring the line between fact and fiction. But how can we expect kids to spot the truth online when us adults struggle? Here’s some advice to help your child spot when they’re being fed false or misleading information.
A safer start to social media
Children are using social media before parents have spoken to them about how to use it responsibly, with 48% being exposed to it by age seven*. Here’s some advice for a safer start when your child ventures into the world of likes and shares.
#Goldilocks: A fairytale for the digital age
New research suggests children are using social media before parents have spoken to them about how to use it responsibly, with 48% being exposed to it by age seven. To help parents have these important conversations with their children at a younger age, Vodafone UK and Andersen Press have teamed up with award-winning author Jeanne Willis and illustrator Tony Ross to produce a co-branded digital edition of #Goldilocks. The book is a modern twist on the classic fairy tale and offers a fun and accessible way for parents to discuss responsible social media use with their younger children. The book sees #Goldilocks getting into trouble with the three bears over her pursuit of likes on social media. It aims to help educate children about the potential consequences of being unkind, getting carried away with selfies or oversharing images in a light-hearted way. Download #Goldilocks along with a fun activity sheet for free.
Digital Parenting Magazine 6
Digital Parenting Magazine 6. The online safety guide for families is a partnership between Parent Zone and Vodafone. Advice from teachers, parents and online safety experts on subjects ranging from Virtual Reality, to body image in the social media age, to live streaming. Tips from online safety experts, parents and children and young people themselves. Updated guide to setting parental controls on apps and devices, and information on gaming and keeping kids safe while they play. The online version of the magazine includes live links in the Tools section to make finding out about parental controls even easier.
A dedicated resource area to help parents meet the challenges of the digital age. From internet safety magazines and online training, to parent guides on the latest digital trends and platforms.
PEGI games ratings explained
parentinfo.org article. We asked Andy Robertson, editor of FamilyGamerTV, to explain the PEGI ratings system for us
Secret Conversations on Facebook: a parent’s guide
There’s a little-known feature on Facebook that allows your child to send and receive private messages and images you won’t be able to see, even if you have the log in details to their account. Here’s what parents need to know about Secret Conversations
Setting Parental Controls
Parental controls can be used to block upsetting or harmful content, control in-app purchases or manage how long your child spends online. The good news is parental controls are really easy to set up.
It can be hard to keep track of what your child is doing on social networks, apps and games or know how to keep them safe. That's why the NSPCC have teamed up with O2. Together they are helping parents untangle the web and teach their children to be Share Aware. Just like in real life, kids need your help to stay safe online.
Protecting Pupils with SEND
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Sheffield Young Carers
Sheffield Young Carers is an independent charity that has existed in Sheffield since 1997. We are dedicated to supporting young carers across the city. We believe it is the right of every young carer to be recognised in their role and to have the same opportunities and life chances as other children and young people of a similar age.
Over the past 10 years Henry have supported thousands of families to transform family life for the better in all sorts of ways – including improved nutrition, emotional wellbeing, parenting skills, breastfeeding, and getting more active. They have worked with over 10,000 health and early years practitioners and collaborated with NHS trusts, local authorities, and many other partners.
The Corner, Sheffield Young Persons Substance Misuse Service – they work with young people aged 10-18 across the city who might have concerns, issues or worries regarding substance use. They are a free, voluntary and confidential service – providing young people with harm reduction focussed work, helping them to be safer when using substances or supporting them to cut down/stop using drugs or alcohol.
Operation Encompass directly connects the police with schools to secure better outcomes for children who are subject to or experience police-attended incidents of domestic abuse. Rapid provision of support within the school environment means children are better safeguarded against the short-, medium- and long-term effects of domestic abuse.