Safeguarding Children in Banbury
SCIB Newsletter May 2020


Thames Valley Police: During this period of COVID 19 lockdown children and young people are increasingly using social media. TVP have launched a media campaign which highlights some of the safeguarding issues that this increased use can bring. The key messages highlighted in the campaign are as follows:
For children are:

  • Don’t be afraid of coming forward and speaking to a parent, carer, guardian, teacher or other trusted adult.
  • The Police are here to help and support you – you will not be in trouble.
  • Know who you are talking to on-line. If something doesn’t feel right – tell someone.

Key messages for parents

  • Trust your instinct for signs, you know your child better than anyone
  • Have your children suddenly become very secretive?
  • Are they sad or withdrawn but won’t say why?
  • Do they seem distracted
  • Do they have sudden mood swings?
  • Are they unable to switch off from their phone or social media?
  • Have open conversations with children about their internet usage.
  • Use parental controls and seek guidance from the available free resource.

TVP is strongly advocating for information on staying safe the use of the NCA CEOP website www.thinkuknow.co.uk – this contains links to advice for children at different age groups, parents/carers and professionals including teachers. Read the TVP letter here.

IMPS
Advice from the Injury Minimization Programme for Schools with useful links for health and mental wellbeing.
First Point: Supporting Children – where to go for advice These pages give support and advice to young people if they are worried or frightened about something that is happening to them or a friend.

See the Help Zone for other useful websites for Health and wellbeing.

 

 

 

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