Child Protection and Safeguarding
Child Protection Officers
Mr K Ward (Assistant Head Teacher)
Ms S Thompson (Deputy Head Teacher)
Mr M Hoque (Head of Year 11)
As the key child protection officer for the school I ensure that I am continuously looking for current training and useful websites and keep staff, students and parents up dated. There are national concerns at the moment with regards to safeguarding around mental health, sexual exploitation and children being groomed. Below I have included some useful websites that you may find interesting to research and support with some key safeguarding issues. All of these websites are also on our Redden Court School website under the safeguarding area.
Mr K Ward, Assistant Head Teacher (Pastoral)
There are sources of help, advice and support available to people with concerns about child sexual abuse. These links are some of the organisations and agencies you can contact for information.
Stop it Now! UK
Helpline - 0808 1000 900
Stop it Now! UK and Ireland is a useful website for anyone with concerns about child sexual abuse. The Stop it Now! campaign operates a confidential Freephone helpline for any adult with concerns including those worried about the sexual behaviour or another adult towards children, those worried about their own thoughts or behaviour towards children and those concerned about the worrying sexual behaviour of a child or young person (0808 100 900 or email@example.com).
Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre
The CEOP Centre is the UK's national police agency set up to tackle child sexual abuse. If you are worried about someone's behaviour towards a child, online or offline, you can report this at www.ceop.police.uk. You can get help, advice and support on all issues related to internet safety for young people by visiting www.clickceop.net.
Helpline: 0808 800 2222
Parentline Plus is a national charity that works for, and with, parents. It works to offer help and support through an innovative range of free, flexible, responsive services - shaped by parents for parents.
NSPCC Child Protection Helpline - 0808 800 5000
The NSPCC is a UK charity dedicated to stopping child abuse. You can call their child protection helpline or contact them via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Citizen’s Advice Guide
Adviceguide provides information on your rights, including benefits, housing, family matters and employment, and on debt, consumer and legal issues. Produced by Citizens Advice, you can get information for all four UK countries - England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
The Lucy Faithfull Foundation
The Lucy Faithfull Foundation (LFF) is the only UK-wide child protection charity committed solely to reducing the risk of children being sexually abused. LFF’s staff work with all those affected by abuse including adult male and female sexual abusers; young people with inappropriate sexual behaviours; victims of abuse and other family members.
The Home Office Disclosure Scheme
Keeping children safe: your right to ask for a police check
If you are worried about someone in your child’s life, you can get them checked by the police to see if they have a record of child sexual offences. Find out what you need to do to get someone checked.
MOSAC (Mothers of Sexually Abused Children)
MOSAC is a voluntary organisation supporting all non-abusing parents and carers whose children have been sexually abused. They provide advocacy, advice and information, befriending, counselling, play therapy and support groups following alleged child sexual abuse. Visit their website or call their national helpline on 0800 980 1958.
Helpline: 0845 1221201.
Survivors UK provides information, support and counselling for men who have been raped or sexually abuses. Thousands of men contact them each year.
The Safe Network
Run by NSPCC, Children England & Child Accident Prevention Trust, the Safe Network works with voluntary and community organisations to help keep children and young people safe when taking part in activities. There is a wide range of free information and advice available, access to safeguarding standards, training materials and other vital resources.
The Internet Watch Foundation
You can report child sexual abuse images hosted anywhere in the world, criminally obscene adult content hosted in the UK and non-photographic child sexual abuse images hosted in the UK, to the Internet Watch Foundation at www.iwf.org.uk.
Parent Port is a website that has been set up to help parents, grandparents, guardians and carers make their voices heard in relation to media content they find inappropriate for children.
Parents Against Child Sexual Exploitation (Pace)
Parents Against Child Sexual Exploitation (Pace) works alongside parents and carers whose children are or are at risk of being sexually exploited by perpetrators external to the family. They also offer guidance and training to professionals on how child sexual exploitation affects the whole family. They were formerly known as CROP.
CCPAS (The Churches’ Child Protection Advisory Service) is the only independent Christian safeguarding charity which provides a 24 hour confidential helpline; Safeguarding policies; Professional training and advice; Disclosure checks; Breaking news updates and Support and resources. We exist to safeguard both children and vulnerable adults throughout the UK. We also work to help those throughout the UK who are, or have been, affected by child abuse and similar issues. They also produce literature for parents. Subjects include the development of children’s personal safety skills and helping children who have been abused. For more information, see their range of free downloadable Help! leaflets:http://www.ccpas.co.uk/InformationHelp.html.
The Blast Project
http://mesmac.co.uk/blast The Blast project is a the UK’s leading male only sexual exploitation project supporting and advocating for boys and young men. They deliver 1.1 emotional and practical support, group work in educational settings, and training and support for professionals. They also offer an anonymous reporting mechanism on their website for anyone concerned about a boy being sexually exploited (see http://mesmac.co.uk/report-now) in addition to online and phone support. Face to face is available in Leeds and Bradford and other services are available nationally. More information is available on their website.