Safeguarding

If you have any concerns of a safeguarding nature within school hours (9am to 3pm), please contact the academy on 01642 314750.

Outside of these hours, please contact the Multi Agency Children’s Hub on 01642 726004, email: MiddlesbroughMACH@middlesbrough.gov.uk or contact the police (if necessary). 

Message for parents/carers of children with additional needs

Dear Parent/Carer

As a school we take online safety seriously and to support all parents and carers and those parents and carers with children with additional needs we recognise the need to ensure you have handy access to useful links to help you navigate the world of online safety to support your child as best as practically possible.

We all, young people and adults alike, need to understand that although the internet and social media can be a fun, creative and enjoyable place.  We also need to understand it can be a place where there are multiple risks such as inappropriate content, inappropriate contacts or risks from conduct of others of all kinds.  For those whom may not feel a part of things or have other vulnerabilities, may be at even higher risk from exploitation and abuse.

Middlesbrough Council adopts a Digital Resilience model to tackle online risks in lines with the governments Digital Resilience Framework.  Digital Resilience is not a set of rules but rather an approach which shows that resilience is achieved through experiences rather than learning.  It empowers young people recognise and managed risks they come across, to have the confidence to confide in trusted relationships and reflect on their own behaviours with regular parental input along the way. 

Resilience approaches enable young people, with assistance from trusted adults, to thrive and flourish in online spaces and equip them with the skills to develop their own ways of protecting themselves against negative online experiences.

The basic principles of young people’s Digital Resilience are

  • Understand – The  risks online and make informed decisions about their digital spaces
  • Know – Where to go and what to do and how to seek help
  • Learn and Adapt – individuals can reflect and learn from experiences and able to adapt their future choices
  • Recover – Individuals are equipped with the confidence to recover from trauma and trusted relationships can offer strategies to help aid recovery

Discussing online safety concerns and knowledge with your child is one of the best safeguards there is, it really does develop resilience and is shown to have impact in their positive online decisions!  As a very minimum parents should know where to go and what to do when something happens in an online space, the time to find out is not during crisis!

To report exploitation or coercive behaviours online of any kind report to CEOP https://www.ceop.police.uk/safety-centre/ or contact police on 101.

To help your conversations and check apps and products our children use online are safe and secure you can visit organisations like

www.safrerinternet.org

E-safety Guides for Schools | National Online Safety

www.internetmatters.org/resources/the-online-facts-of-life/#guides

Online safety issues – advice to support children| Internet Matters

https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents and www.parentinfo.org

For children with SEND it is of concern to parents and carers to ensure they are safe online and therefore some additional resources have been sourced which you may wish to consider when helping your child increase their resilience online to keep them safe.

Childnet has a full section on supporting young people with SEND online which divides content into advice for parents/carers on starting a conversation  focusing on the 3 `c`s which are content, contact and conduct online.

You can access the link here https://www.childnet.com/parents-and-carers/hot-topics/supporting-young-people-with-send-online/

A parents and carers toolkit is also available from the Childnet page which helps guide parents and carers with having those initial conversations and making family agreements to support online safety.

Useful links

Useful Links

Reporting extremist Material Online (Report online material promoting terrorism or extremism – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk) ) This is a self reporting link to report extremist material online where the Counter Terrorism Policing Internet Referral Unit will investigate and if identified as extremist in content will seek to remove.

Act Early (ACT Early | Prevent radicalisation ) This is the link to Counter Terrorism Policing PREVENT website which provides information on spotting the signs of radicalisation and how you can get safeguarding support if you think a loved one or friend is at risk

Internet Matters ( Information, Advice and Support to Keep Children Safe Online (internetmatters.org) Internet Matters is a nonprofit organisation, based in London, England. It was established to help parents keep their children safe online and provides lots of useful practical advice across a wide age range all aimed and keeping young people safe online

UK Safer Internet Centre (UK Safer Internet Centre – Online Safety Tips, Advice and Resources | Safer Internet Centre) The UK Safer Internet Centre is funded under the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) programme of the European Commission. As such we contribute to the Better Internet for Kids (BIK) core service platform to share resources, services and practices between the European Safer Internet Centres and advice and information about a better internet to the general public

Barnardos (www.barnardos.org.uk): Barnardos run specialist services for children and young people who have engaged in harmful sexual behaviour or area risk of or experiencing child sexual abuse and exploitation

Childline (www.childline.org.uk): Childline is a free, private, and confidential service where children and young people can talk about anything either on the phone or online. Childline provides information and advice on a range of topics including nudes and semi-nudes and, with the IWF, offers Report Remove, a tool to help under 18s in reporting images and videos to get them removed from the internet. Childline also includes online safety advice for deaf children and young people

Childnet (www.childnet.com): Childnet provides free online safety information, advice and educational resources for young people, professionals and parents and carers. This includes session plans on online sexual harassment, healthy relationships and the sharing of nudes and semi-nudes. Learning resources for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities(SEND) are also available

NCA-CEOP – Thinkuknow (www.thinkuknow.co.uk): Thinkuknow is the online safety education programme from the National Crime Agency. It provides information and advice for parents and carers and children and young people on sex, relationships and the internet.

NSPCC (www.nspcc.org.uk): The NSPCC provides training and guidance for professionals and advice for parents and carers across a range of child safeguarding topics. The NSPCC also provides services that work to protect children against sexual abuse and free teaching resources and lesson plans that explore healthy relationships, concerning or abusive behaviour, and sharing images online. Learning resources for children and young people with SEND are also available.

Our school CP Policy is currently under its annual review. – September 2021

During this time our CP Policy will be followed in conjunction with statutory guidance in ensuring the safeguarding and welfare of our pupils.

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