Safeguarding

EMTAS takes any issue relating to child protection very seriously and as well as ensuring our whole team is up to date with their Safeguarding training, we have several trained Designated Safeguarding Leads on staff

Information and guidance

A broad range of information, guidance and useful links is available on the Hampshire County Council Children’s Services Child Protection pages.

Keeping Children Safe in Education (DfE, September 2018) is the current statutory guidance to which schools and colleges must pay regard when carrying out their duties to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. Download the full DfE safeguarding documentation.

Read It’s not on the radar, a Barnardo’s report (2016) about the hidden diversity of children and young people at risk of sexual exploitation in England.

Published by HM Government in October 2018, this multi-agency guidance on female genital mutilation (FGM) should be read and followed by all persons and bodies in England and Wales who are under statutory duties to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and vulnerable adults. It replaces female genital mutilation: guidelines to protect children and women (2014).

This guidance should be considered together with other relevant safeguarding guidance, including (but not limited to):

  • Working Together to Safeguard Children (August 2018) in England

  • Safeguarding Children: Working Together under the Children Act 2004 (2007) in Wales

It is not intended to replace wider safeguarding guidance, but to provide additional advice on FGM.

The information in this guidance may also be relevant to bodies working with women and girls at risk of FGM or dealing with its consequences. See also Section 4 on this page where you can access NHS publications on FGM in various other languages.

Support

Support for children, young people and their parents/carers and professionals

Kidscape is a UK-based charity established specifically to prevent bullying and child sexual abuse. The site covers a range of issues relating to bullying, cyber-bullying, frenemies and sexting, providing information and signposting sources of support for young people. It includes a sections for parents and carers and for professionals.

Keeping young people safe online

Support for children, young people and their parents/carers and professionals

The NSPCC campaign Share Aware was launched in January 2015. It is aimed at parents and carers of children aged 8–12 years as this is the age when children start doing more online more independently. The campaign helps parents and carers understand what children of this age are doing online and what the risks might be. It support parents and carers to develop the confidence to talk to their children about online safety. ‘Share Aware’ provides information, tips and resources in English. For information in other languages please see Childnet. This information is available free in English and the following languages: Arabic, Bengali, French, Hindi, Polish, Punjabi, Somali, Spanish, Turkish, Urdu, Vietnamese and Welsh.

Support for parents in other languages

Information and advice from childnet for parents and carers on keeping young people safe online in the following languages: English, Arabic, Bengali, Hindi, Polish, Punjabi, Somali, Spanish, Turkish, Urdu, Vietnamese and Welsh.

Information about Femal Genital Mutilation (FGM)

The Department of Health has published leaflets about FGM in a range of languages. These were written for an adult audience: teachers who may have concerns about a girl in their school, adults who may have had FGM performed on them and who need support and parents who may feel under pressure from their communities to have FGM performed on their daughters.

Support for Muslim young people

Muslim Youth Helpline: 0808 808 2008

An organisation which provides pioneering faith and culturally sensitive services to Muslim youth in the UK. Free and confidential emotional support service available nationally via the telephone, email, internet and through the post.

Children as Interpreters

Using Children as Interpreters for Families for whom English is an Additional Language

Behaviour and Attendance

This is a support site for general queries and advice related to Hampshire school's policies and practices in the areas of general teaching and learning and pupil behaviour and attendance at school.

Behaviour and attendance

How to protect from extremism, terrorism and radicalisation

Guidance for schools in their work to protect children and young people from extremism, terrorism and radicalisation

The Government’s Prevent strategy includes a section on education. ‘Prevent’ work relates to the duty placed on schools to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people. Schools can help to protect children from extremist and violent views in the same ways that they help to safeguard children from drugs, gang violence or alcohol. Schools’ work on Prevent needs to be seen in this context. The purpose must be to protect children from harm and to ensure that they are taught in a way that is consistent with the law and our values. Awareness of Prevent and the risks it is intended to address are both vital. Staff can help to identify, and to refer to the relevant agencies, children whose behaviour suggests that they are being drawn into terrorism or extremism.

Promoting fundamental British values as part of SMSC in schools is non-statutory advice from the Department for Education. Maintained schools have obligations under section 78 of the Education Act (2002) which requires schools, as part of a broad and balanced curriculum, to promote the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school and of society. This guidance relates specifically to the requirements to actively promote fundamental British values in schools and explains how this can be met through the general requirement in the 2002 Act.

Support for Gypsy, Roma and Traveller Communities

Free resources to help Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities keep their children and young adults safe from Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) are available from The Children’s Society. Include leaflets and posters in Slovak, Romanian and English.

A short animation made by Gypsy and Traveller young people about staying safe online can be seen on YouTube.