EMTAS takes all issues relating to child protection very seriously. We ensure our whole team is up to date with their safeguarding training and we have 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 2020) 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.
Published by HM Government in July 2020, 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.
This guidance should be considered together with other relevant safeguarding guidance, including Working Together to Safeguard Children (August 2018)
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 for children, young people, 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.
The Children's Society is a a national charity that works with young people facing abuse, exploitation and neglect. The issues they can support with include substance misuse, child sexual exploitation, county lines and being a young carer. Their services are open to all children and young people, including refugee and migrant children.
- Keeping young people safe online
The NSPCC campaign Share Aware was launched in January 2015. It is aimed at parents and carers of children aged 8 to 12 years as this is the age when children start going online with more independence. The campaign helps parents and carers understand what children of this age are doing online and what the risks might be. It supports parents and carers to develop the confidence to talk to their children about online safety.
For information in English and suitable for various ages, see Childnet International. Their free resources for parents/carers can help you understand key topics to do with online safety and highlight ways of tacking these with your child(ren).
Childnet International resources include: 'Smartie the Penguin' and 'Digiduck' stories suitable for use with 3-7 year old children.
For information in other languages, see Childnet. This information is available for free in English, Arabic, Bengali, French, Hindi, Polish, Punjabi, Somali, Spanish, Turkish, Urdu, Vietnamese and Welsh.
London Grid for Learning (LGfL) have an extensive collection of resources and information about keeping children safe online and beyond. Their content is all in English.
This guide, aimed at parents, carers and guardians, provides information about safeguarding and wellbeing, identifying some key risks to be aware of and advice on what to do should there be concerns about a child. Translated versions were produced by members of the EMTAS Bilingual Assistant Team.
- Safeguarding and wellbeing guide in English
- Safeguarding and wellbeing guide in Bengali
- Safeguarding and wellbeing guide in French
- Safeguarding and wellbeing guide in Greek
- Safeguarding and wellbeing guide in Hungarian
- Safeguarding and wellbeing guide in Italian
- Safeguarding and wellbeing guide in Mandarin Chinese
- Safeguarding and wellbeing guide in Nepali
- Safeguarding and wellbeing guide in Polish
- Safeguarding and wellbeing guide in Portuguese
- Safeguarding and wellbeing guide in Romanian
- Safeguarding and wellbeing guide in Tagalog
- Safeguarding and wellbeing guide in Turkish
- 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.
From Maslaha, YouTube videos for parents/carers about online safety - available in Punjabi, Polish, Slovak, Sylheti, Portuguese, Somali, Turkish, Romanian and Urdu.
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.
- 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.