There is a wealth of information on the government website specifically aimed at parents and carers on keeping children safe from abuse and harm. A new report was published on the 25 June 2020 and can be accessed here .
This guidance brings together sources of information about the main risks children may be particularly vulnerable to during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and signposts you to help and support available. The guide includes Domestic Abuse, Teenage Relationship Abuse, Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation as well as County Lines, Crime and Violence and Gangs.
The essential measures to control coronavirus can potentially increase risks to children and this can cause concern for parents and carers.
This guide also includes information on the support providers who can help you have effective conversations with a young person, especially if you are concerned for their safety.
Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub
If you are concerned about a child or young person and want to speak to someone, or if you are a child or young person worried about your own safety or that of a friend, contact the Devon Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) on 0345 155 1071
or OUT OF HOURS 0345 6000 388
If you feel a child is in immediate danger please phone 99
If you are worried that your child is being groomed online or sexually exploited, you should report your concerns to CEOP.
It is not always easy to spot the signs of online grooming and sexual exploitation so if you have any concern at all you should get in touch.
You should always report if your child is or has been in contact with someone who is:
- Chatting online to your child about sex
- Asking them to do sexual things on a webcam
- Asking to meet up if they’ve only met them online
- Requesting sexual pictures
- Forcing them into sexual activity
- Making them feel unsafe
If you or anyone you know is worried about Child sexual exploitation or anything related to Internet safety please report to the CEOP reporting website: Ceop Police Reporting
The Prevent Duty
Since July 2015, schools have a legal responsibility to ‘have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism’. The prevent duty is about making sure we can identify worrying behaviour and know how to refer those students who may be at risk of radicalisation for appropriate support.
Educate Against Hate is a tool for parents and schools to give practical advice and help protect children from the risk of radicalisation and extremism. You can access the website here https://educateagainsthate.com/
Let’s Talk About It is an initiative designed to provide practical help and guidance in order to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism. https://www.ltai.info/what-is-prevent/
Digital safety is an integral part of children’s education in today’s digital world and is embedded in their learning at school. We also want to help our parents and children improve their own understanding of digital safety issues so they can learn to use the Internet and all digital media in a safe and secure way.
There is a great online tool designed for parents launched by the Department for Education called Parent Info. It has advice on everything from keeping children safe from online trolls to WhatsApp- A Guide for parents. http://parentinfo.org/
Internet Matters is another great site to use- it has advice on cyberbullying, how to talk to your children about Internet safety and a quick guide to different types of social media such as Instagram and SnapChat. You can visit the website on: https://www.internetmatters.org/
Childline is available 24 hours a day - No worry is too big or too small.
Call Childline free on 0800 1111
or get in touch online: https://www.childline.org.uk/get-support/1-2-1-counsellor-chat/
You can contact the NSPCC Helpline 0808 800 5000 to get advice or share their concerns about a child, anonymously if you wish.
The NSPCC website also has lots of helpful advice on helping to keep children safe. https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/
NSPCC – Learn the Underwear Rule
The NSPCC website has lots of information for parents on how to keep your children safe. You can find out how you can keep children safe. You can find out how you can keep children safe from abuse and other dangers, both online and in the physical world. There is a great section on the underwear rule which helps you to talk to children about staying safe from sexual abuse in simple language.
‘Talk pants and you’ve got it covered’
The aim of Devon Children and Families Partnership is to help everyone to understand the part they play in protecting children and helping them to live a healthy and fulfilled life.
Sexual health & wellbeing for under 25’s - Sexual Behaviours / Traffic Light Tool.
The Parents’ Guide to Teaching your Teen Online Safety
This guide contains plenty of helpful information such as:
- A practical guide for parents on how to keep teens safe online, including useful summaries of popular internet apps as well as the types of threats teens could be exposed to online.
- Safety tips for using apps such as Instagram, TikTok (which has gathered 1 billion users in only two years), YouTube, Snapchat, Twitter and Whatsapp. We also cover advice and safety tips for teens playing online multiplayer video games.
- Other online safety topics and advice such as sharing personal information, socialising online, cyberbullying, harmful content, influencers, body image and mental health for teens online.
- Links to additional Internet safety resources for parents from well-respected sources such as the NSPCC and the UK government’s own guidelines.