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Safeguarding - Key Stage 1&2

Resources, Guidance and Articles

Safety alert: see how easy it is for almost anyone to hack your child's connected toys - Which?

Connected toys with Bluetooth, wi-fi and mobile apps may seem like the perfect gift for your child this Christmas. But we’ve found that, without appropriate safety features, they can also pose a big risk to your child’s safety.

Watch the video above to see just how easy it is for anyone to take over the voice control of a popular connected toy, and speak directly to your child through it. And we’re not talking professional hackers. It’s easy enough for almost anyone to do. Click here to read the full report

Children, Young People and Domestic Abuse - This pack aims to raise awareness of what domestic abuse is and the impact it has on the lives of people who are subjected to or witness it. There are many references to other avenues of support and the links with safeguarding responsibilities are highlighted. Below is a link to the Education Toolkit developed by Womensaid. It contains lesson plans for all ages from reception to years 12 and 13.

NSPCC - Get everyone talking PANTS! Resources to support teaching younger children about how to keep themselves safe.

My Body, My Rules: Information on FGM - FPA. Order your 2 free copies!

Guidance and Articles

'Time to Listen' - a joined up response to child sexual exploitation and missing children

Sexual Harassment in schools: a guide for teachers (The Guardian)

Will the deaths of these 5 girls from FGM spark a global wake-up call? - article in New York Times

Child Sexual Exploitation -  NHS England Advice for Healthcare Staff. Includes signs and possible indicators of CSE as well as what to do if you suspect a child or young person is at risk of CSE.

British Red Cross Provide Guidance in their Newsletter Article on how to discuss terrorist attacks with your pupils.

Think u knowTHINKUKNOW - Protecting your children from abuse online. Learn how to keep your child safe online, get advice, and learn what signs may point to child abuse or sexual exploitation. Videos are available for all age ranges.

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Click here for THINKUKNOW Parents


Latest news from Thinkuknow - July 2018 Summer is here! Just before many of you head off on a well-deserved break, here’s a heads up about a new Thinkuknow resource we hope many of you will find useful when planning for the start of next term.

Band Runner: new Thinkuknow game and website for 8-10 year olds   We’re delighted to say that Band Runner – our fun new runner-style game for 8-10 year olds – is now live on the Thinkuknow website.   The game features some familiar faces: Sam, Alfie and Ellie from the Play Like Share animations are continuing their adventures and helping children to  build their knowledge, confidence and skills to stay safe from sexual abuse and other risks they might encounter online.  

Band Runner is hosted on an all-new Thinkuknow website for 8-10 year olds.    A key area of the new site is the ‘Stay Safe’ zone where Sam, Ellie and Alfie share child-friendly advice based upon their adventures in the films. The zone is divided into six  topic areas: Play, Like, Share, Chat , Lock, and Explore.   Children can visit the ‘Worried About Something?’ page which provides advice and support on how to get help if something worrying has happened online.  

You can download the guidance for professionals, which includes a lesson plan on using Band Runner with children and young people here. The game and website can also be accessed by parents and carers with their children at home, and you can find information to share with parents and carers here.  

Please note that Band Runner will replace our older 8-10s resource the Cyber Café. The Cyber Café will stay live here until 21st December 2018 to give you time to wrap up any work in which it features, at which point it will be retired for good.    We hope you enjoy Band Runner and the new site, and look forward to hearing your feedback.  

 Useful Websites

Gloucestershire Domestic Abuse Support Service -Intervene at the earliest opportunity to prevent a situation escalating. Provide 'places of safety' in a crisis where necessary; support families back into communities following a crisis as soon as possible, linking them into other local services, contribute to safeguarding children by supporting stability in families and offering specialist advice to other professionals.

For more information about GDASS and the service it provides, please visit or call 0845 602 9035.


Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Briefing Sheet Winter 2016

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