Early Help

At Oak Hill First School we recognise the challenges that families face in bringing up children. There may be times when you need extra help and support. If this is the case please come and talk to us. There are many ways in which we can help as outlined in this offer of early help.

The diagram below shows the range of needs at different levels. We use this graduated approach to make sure we provide the best support for different families’ individual situations.

early help

Providing early help to our pupils and families at Oak Hill First School means we are more effective in promoting support as soon as we can. Early help means providing support as soon as a problem emerges, at any point in a child’s life, from Nursery through to Year 4.

At Oak Hill First School, SLT meet once a week to discuss any concerns.

This team includes:

Mrs Harris – Assistant Head teacher –Foundation Stage Leader-Designated Safeguarding Lead
Miss Kelly– Head teacher – Deputy Safeguarding Lead
Mrs Gilmour –Deputy Head - Deputy Safeguarding Lead - Inclusion Manager
Mrs Baker- Deputy Safeguarding Lead- KS1 Leader
Mrs Thomas- Assistant Head - KS2 Leader

At these meetings we discuss:

  • How the child presents
  • Behaviour
  • Attitudes to learning
  • Friendships
  • Family issues
  • Additional needs
  • Any support they receive
  • General progress
  • Other agencies involved

This allows us to identify any pupils and families that would benefit from early help inside or outside school and allows us to help families access any additional support needed.

FAMILY SUPPORT

All staff endeavour to support our pupils and their families and when they may need some additional support we can signpost them to relevant agencies.

We have strong links with Redditch Parenting Clinic who offer telephone consultations/support and then identify courses for parents to attend.

We also refer families to Early Help via WCC website. We enjoy a close relationship with several of the Early Intervention Family Support Workers and they complete 1:1 sessions and run group courses with our pupils.

Mrs Harris has meetings with our Community Social Worker to discuss cases causing concern, joint meetings with parents to offer additional support, multi-agency meetings as required to find ways forward for families.

PREVENT TRAINING – Radicalisation

Mrs Harris has received PREVENT training and has trained the staff team on how to identify the early stages of radicalisation and what to do. We follow the mantra:

  • NOTICE
  • CHECK
  • SHARE

All staff have completed the Channel online training.

Child Sexual Exploitation

All staff at Oak Hill First School have been trained to identify early cases of child sexual exploitation. At school we use the Worcestershire County training package to support early identification.

Female Genital Mutilation

All staff have received training on FGM. Teachers know how to identify if a child may be at risk. They know the signs to look for and most importantly how to refer, following the schools safeguarding procedures.

Meeting the Children's Needs

At Oak Hill First School we meet the needs of our children through a variety of ways:

  • Pupil Voice – pupils are actively encouraged to speak about any concerns they have to any member of staff or be directed to Mrs Harris/pastoral team. In lessons children are taught to speak openly about their emotions. Pupils know the staff take all their concerns very seriously.
  • NSPCC Speak Out Stay Safe assembly delivered to all KS1 and 2 pupils
  • E-safety presentation offered to parents and carers developed by our E-safety Council
  • The meeting room is available throughout the day for arranged appointments and also for unexpected issues
  • Staff CPD around pupil self-esteem and how to ‘fill children’s buckets’
  • Senior Leadership Team presence during structured or unstructured times
  • School nurse meets Mrs Harris each half term to discuss any concerns. The school nurse also offers drop in appointments for parents, attends Tea Days to share information and offer support on a wide range of health issues/concerns. Each year she delivers a presentation during Intake meetings for new parents.
  • A Relationship-based play consultant works weekly in school to support identified children
  • Termly meetings with parents for children with SEND needs

Attendance

Miss Kelly is the lead on attendance. She monitors this weekly with our Attendance Officer, Mrs Tominski and follows our attendance policy to support pupils and families with attendance below 95%. We also have regular visits from our EWO (Educational Welfare Officer). The aim is to offer help and solutions to any problems.

The school operates a first day calling system. We request at least 3 contact numbers from all families.

Safeguarding

  • All teachers and staff know precisely how to identify and report concerns, via staff training on induction and our regular updates on safeguarding.
  • Child protection files are kept by the DSL.
  • Non-class based DSL
  • Attendance Officer follows Missing from Education guidance.
  • All new staff complete safeguarding inductions including online training.
  • We have a designated teacher for children in care.

We have a record of annual recording that all staff have read Keeping Children Safe in Education (Sep 2019).

SENCO

Mrs Stanton works with children and families with additional needs and can signpost parents to many different agencies.

Pastoral Support

Mrs Ajmal work with pupils and families to support their needs whilst also signposting them to relevant agencies. With family’s consent, we can refer families for further family support.

Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)

The DSL (Mrs Harris) ensures rigorous and robust systems are in place within the school to ensure the safety of all of our children.

Behaviour for Learning at Oak Hill First School

The school encourages positive behaviour from all who attend Oak Hill.

  • We follow instructions first time
  • We treat others kindly
  • We listen when someone is speaking
  • We take care of things inside and out
  • We always walk around school

Pupils are rewarded daily by the use of the class based zone board. Our school behaviour policy is followed for pupils displaying unwanted behaviours.

In Keeping Children Safe in Education 2019 it makes it clear that ALL staff should be aware of their local early help process and understand their role in it. In addition, this statutory document makes it clear that any child may benefit from early help, but all school and college staff should be particularly alert to the potential need for early help for a child who:

  • Is disabled and has specific additional needs;
  • Has special educational needs (whether or not they have a statutory education, health care plan);
  • Is a young carer;
  • Is showing signs of being drawn in to anti-social or criminal behaviour, including gang involvement and association with organised crime groups;
  • Is frequently missing/goes missing from care or from home;
  • Is misusing drugs or alcohol themselves;
  • Is at risk of modern slavery, trafficking or exploitation;
  • Is in a family circumstance present challenges for the child; such as substance abuse, adult mental health problems or domestic abuse;
  • Has returned home to their family from care;
  • Is showing early signs of abuse and/or neglect;
  • Is at risk of being radicalised or exploited;
  • Is a privately fostered child.

Everyone needs help at some time in their lives and therefore an ethos of early help is important for any school or PRU.

The coordinated Oak Hill offer of Early Help is outlined in the table below. We believe that early interventions for children or families, in many cases, will prevent children from experiencing harm.

All Oak Hill staff must be aware of the Oak Hill offer of early help. At all times, Oak Hill staff should consider if there is any offer of early help that we can make in order to help a child thrive.

National Support Organisations

We also liaise with other agencies and people within the local community. In the table below are some National organisations that can support children, young people and their families

Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) and Deputy DSLs of Oak Hill First School

If you have any safeguarding concerns regarding a child at our school or in the community, then please contact a member of Oak Hill’s safeguarding team on 01527 528523 or ask at the office for an appointment with Mrs Harris.

If you think a child or young person is at immediate risk of significant harm then you should contact the Family Front Door (FFD) – 01905 822 666 or in an emergency always call 999.

Pastoral support team

Queries should be directed to your child’s class teacher in the first instance, however if you feel you would like to have a chat with the pastoral team regarding more sensitive issues, please contact Mrs Stanton on 01527 528523

School nurse

Ridgeway’s school nurse is Karen Green. Karen holds half termly appointments with parents to discuss health concerns e.g. bed wetting, sleep issues etc. If you would like to make an appointment please contact the school office they can arrange an appointment for you. (Your child would not be expected to attend this meeting)

Parenting support

There are a number of services for families in Redditch. Contact Holly Trees on 01527 61360 for further information. If you would like a referral to the Parenting Clinic for support we would need your verbal consent- please speak to your child’s class teacher or book an appointment with Mrs Harris.

What is our Early Help Offer?

Early help guidance for professionals

What is Early Help?

Early Help means providing support as soon as a problem appears, to stop it from getting worse. This could be at any point in a child's life, from birth to the teenage years.

Anyone can provide early help – you don't need to be an expert professional. Early help is not about passing the issue on to an expert, but thinking about what is the best support you can offer.

You can provide effective support by:

  • listening
  • working with other people who could help
  • finding out about specialist agencies who could help
  • filling out an Early Help Assessment with the person you are helping
  • contacting Children's Social Care if you think the problem is more serious

http://www.worcestershire.gov.uk/eha

There is a lot of information and advice on the Advice, Care, Health and Support pages as well as detail of local services that can provide support for children, young people and families.

Download:Worcestershire Safeguarding Children Board – Early Help Strategy 2017 to 2020

Download:Worcestershire Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) strategy

The Front Door to Children’s Services (Previously: Children’s Helpdesk)

If a member of staff, parent/carer or member of the public thinks a child or young person is at immediate risk of significant harm they should contact the Family Front Door (FFD) – 01905 822 666. In an emergency always call 999.

Do not wait to discuss this with the DSL/DDSL but do report it afterwards.

Worcestershire Children First

http://www.worcestershire.gov.uk/safeguardingchildren/

Important information for parents and professionals across Worcestershire in relation to keeping children safe and avenues of support including early help options. Everyone should know how to access this website which has all of the agreed Worcestershire safeguarding and child protection processes on it.

Universal source of help for all families in Worcestershire:

Worcestershire Family Information Service (FIS)

Advisors give impartial information on childcare, finances, parenting and education. FIS are a useful source of information for parents and professionals. They support families, children and young people aged 0-19 years of age (25yrs for young people with additional needs) and professionals working with these families. They can help link parents up with other organisations that might be able to help or provide the information themselves.

Family information_service

Home-school support

Worcestershire Home Education Network

Home education is becoming an increasingly popular option for families in Worcestershire and we have a growing community that are able to offer each other support. Between us we have years of experience in educating children of all ages and are able to organise and put on a range of activities.

We hold meetings usually at least weekly, throughout term time at various locations round the county-for example:

  • Social gatherings occur monthly in North Worcestershire for all ages, with both indoor and outdoor games plus organised activities such as climbing/zip-wires/grass sledging for 8+.
  • Monthly meeting in Worcester with games, music and crafts for all ages.
  • Monthly social meeting in south Worcestershire, including indoor and outdoor games, group music session and a drama group.
  • Bowling or Ice skating most months.
  • "Education group" workshops organised regularly. Recent workshops have include: Marvellous Mosaics' 'Gunpowder plot' 'Medieval life', 'Making Music' and 'Creative Writing.

We also meet up with people from neighbouring counties and many of us go along to the national camps and gatherings that are organised by home educators throughout the year.

We have a Worcestershire Home Educators Newsletter (WHEN) that lists all of the activities for the coming month and run a Worcestershire Home Educators Internet support list.

Contact us on: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

E-safety (Online Safety)

Online Activity (phones, computers) can be a serious risk to children: The use of technology has become a significant component of many safeguarding issues.

Child sexual exploitation; radicalisation; sexual predation – technology often provides the platform that facilitates harm. With the right support, education and safety measures in place the internet and new technologies can also bring great benefits but we must all be vigilant

  • PACE (parents against child exploitation) UK is a useful website to engage parents with safety issues. www.paceuk.info/
  • https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/ - This is the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre. It’s a one stop shop for most information about online safety.

    https:www.thinkuknow.co.uk/teachers

    (excellent resources)

  • http://educateagainsthate.com/ - This is the government website to help parents and professionals understand the risks of children and young people being radicalised by extremists online and how to keep children safe from this.
  • www.internetmatters.org – A great site for helping parents keep their children safe online.

Mental Health

We have some useful self-help guides/leaflets available for you to access online. The guides are available for you to read online. The self-help guides can be accessed by typing the below link into your URL and selecting ‘Self Help Guides’: www.hacw.nhs.uk/a-to-z/letter-s/

Staying Safe
http://stayingsafe.net/

SANE
0845 767 800
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
www.sane.org.uk

Samaritans
116 123
(24 hour helpline)
www.samaritans.org.uk

Rethink Mental Illness
0300 5000 927
www.rethink.org

Mental Health Foundation
www.mentalhealth.org.uk

MIND
0300 123 3393 or
text 86463
www.mind.org.uk

Anxiety UK
08444 775 774
www.anxietyuk.org.uk

Bullying (including cyberbullying)/ Child death/suicide/prevention

Cyberbullying is using the internet, email, online games or any digital technology to threaten, tease, upset or humiliate someone else.

If the police consider a message or post to be potentially criminal, they will take appropriate action. This could involve arresting the person responsible or interviewing them under caution. Cases involving sustained abuse or where someone’s life is threatened will be treated seriously. The police will consider all of the circumstances when considering the best response to a report of cyber bullying. They will assess how vulnerable the victim is and what resources are required to trace the offender via social networking sites that often operate abroad and to different legislation. In certain cases it may be difficult to take action if the offender isn’t in the UK. They will work with the victim to bring about the most suitable and proportionate conclusion, this will include alternative options that include the officer in the case using their discretion and working with the offender to record an apology to the victim.

Useful links

Bullying UK

Childline

KidScape:

Our resources provide information on issues surrounding bullying, online and personal safety. They can be used directly by young people and parents, as well as in the classroom within schools and youth organisations.

https://www.kidscape.org.uk/resources-and-publications/

Hollie Guard-A new personal safety APP

https://hollieguard.com/

Children & Teens

  • Hollie Guard keeps your entire family safe.
  • Keep an eye on your children while they’re traveling to and from school with Journey.
  • Teens can get help quickly while out with friends.
  • Parents, guardians, and caregivers are automatically contacted by both SMS and email.

Hate Crime

A hate crime is a criminal offense whose motivation can be shown to be race, national origin, religion or sexual orientation. A difference of race alone is NOT sufficient to make it a hate crime. There would have to be evidence of racial slurs or racial statements in addition to the crime (this does not trivialise other serious offenses that are NOT hate crimes).

Hate Crime:

West Mercia Police:

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Emergency number: 999

Non-Emergency number: 101

report online to True Vision

https://educateagainsthate.com/parents/

Call in at your local police station

Children with disabilities team (CWD)

The Children with Disabilities (CwD) Social Work Team provide services designed to meet the needs of children and young people who have complex disabilities.

The CwD Social Work Team is one of a range of services that can provide support to children and young people with disabilities and their families. Other services available are those provided by health, education, play and youth services as well as community resources provided by voluntary agencies.

The CwD team offer services to those children and young people requiring additional resources in respect of their disability, where the disability has a profound impact on the child or young person’s life.

An assessment will be offered where the child has a condition which is substantial, long lasting or permanent, is a physical and/or learning disability or a life limiting, life threatening condition. These may include:

  • severe learning disabilities
  • severe physical disabilities
  • severe developmental delay in motor and or cognitive functioning
  • profound multiple disabilities
  • severe sensory impairment (registered blind and/or profoundly deaf)
  • complex and severe health problems that arise from the disability, that are life threatening, degenerative illness or organic disorder resulting in severe disability
  • a diagnosis of Autistic Spectrum Condition with an associated learning disability and where the condition severely affects day to day functioning

SEN Services and Support Groups

  • 9 Tea Cups
  • autismlinks
    Links to events, services and information of use to families of people with Autism
  • Autism Spectrum Condition and Learning Disabilities Group , a group for family members and carers, Kidderminster Hospital
  • Autism West Midlands a support group for young people aged 16-24 with Asperger's Syndrome in the Malvern Hills area
  • Autism in Worcestershire
    ASPIE is a social self-help and motivation group for adults with Asperger's Syndrome. We provide a centre in Worcester where Aspies feel welcome and accepted.
  • Childrens Centres. Find out what's happening at your local Children's Centre
  • Community Paediatric Service
    Community Paediatric Service is concerned with developmental delay and learning disability; Motor difficulties such as cerebral palsy and muscular dystrophy; Neuro-developmental conditions including ADHD and ASD; complex behavioural difficulties; sensory impairment; statutory medical & educational assessments
    (The Community Paediatric Servic South Worcestershire, The Community Paediatric Service Wyre Forest and The Community Paediatric Service Redditch and Bromsgrove)
  • Core Assets:Core Assets deliver the Independent Support Service in partnerships with Worcestershire County Council. They provide confidential, impartial and independent information and support for young people and their families to find their way through the changes to the Special Educational needs and Disabilities (SEND) systems.
    ​​​​​​​Please note: Core Assets Independent Support Programme will be closing on the 31 July 2018. Independent Support was always intended to be a time limited resource, supporting the transition from statements to EHCPs. From August 2018 onwards, parents, children and young people will continue to be able to access information, advice and support on statutory assessment and annual reviews from your local SENDIASS.
  • Council for Disabled Children
    A host of useful leaflets on SEND issues many in Easy Read format to help children understand
  • Disability Information Advice Line (DIAL) Worcestershire
    Website of the disability advice line South Worcestershire; local info on: Mobility; Benefits and Finance; Carers Support and Respite; Community and Voluntary Support; Disabled Children's Services; Education and Employment; Health; Housing; Independent Living; Learning Disabilities; Legal Support; Leisure and Holidays; Mental Health; Mobility and Aids to Daily Living and Older People's Services
  • Dyslexia Parent Support Group. Find out more from theWorcestershire Dyslexic Support Group
  • Footprints Support for Bereaved Children and their Families in Worcestershire
  • Support for bereaved children and their families in Worcestershire
  • Learning Disabilities
    We work with people with learning disabilities, their families and the people who support them.

DDNs (Dangerous Drug Networks)

DDN’s are drug dealing gangs who target vulnerable people in order to set up drugs distribution networks.

These criminals are using extreme violence to establish a presence, displacing an existing drug supply chain and intimidating rivals, witnesses and victims, this has resulted in local murders.

DDN’s exploit vulnerable teenagers to become drug runners for their network. Early intervention and intelligence are key to safeguard and protect the vulnerable.

Presentation For DDN's (PDF, 151.7 KB)

For professionals that work in health (PDF, 1.3 MB)

For professionals that work with young people (PDF, 1.3 MB)

For professionals working in housing (PDF, 1.3 MB)

Drug Gangs and Exploitation (PDF, 556.6 KB)

Child Criminal Exploitation
(County Lines)

Here is some guidance for frontline professionals on dealing with county lines, part of the government’s approach to ending gang violence and exploitation:

Criminal exploitation of children and vulnerable adults county-lines

Children who are trafficked, exploited or coerced into committing crimes are victims in need of safeguarding and support. Though perceptions are altering these young people are still often criminalised and perceived as having ‘made a choice’ to take part in illegal activity.

https://www.catch-22.org.uk/child-criminal-exploitation/

Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)

West Midlands Safeguarding ChildrenProcedures has a page dedicated to Child Sexual Exploitation. It provides information about child sexual exploitation, the roles and responsibilities of relevant agencies and the procedures practitioners should follow to ensure the safety and well-being of children and young people whom it is suspected have been sexually exploited or are at risk of sexual exploitation.

Key facts about CSE
  • It affects both girls and boys and can happen in all communities.
  • Any young person can be targeted but there are some particularly vulnerable groups: Looked After Children, Children Leaving Care and Children with Disabilities.
  • Victims of CSE may also be trafficked (locally, nationally and internationally).
  • Over 70% of adults involved in prostitution were sexually exploited as children or teenagers.
  • Sexual violence or abuse against children represents a major public health and social welfare problem within UK society, affecting 16% of children under 16. That is approximately 2 million children.
Documents Making a referral

The Local Authority has a duty to make enquiries where a child may be suffering harm or neglect. If you think thata child may be at risk then you can let us know via the referral form linked below

Useful Websites
  • Barnardo's spot the signs: Advice for parents, professionals and young people on the signs of sexual exploitation and how to keep safe
  • Department for Education (Gov.uk) National Action Plan for Tackling Child Sexual Exploitation
  • Parents Against Child Sexual Exploitationpace is the leading national charity working with parents and carers whose children are sexually exploited
  • NSPCC definitions, statistics, facts and resources about CSE.
  • NWG Network: Fighting against CSE and working to inform, educate and prevent child sexual abuse within the UK.
  • Spotting The Signs of Child Sexual Exploitation: a 15 minute YouTube clip from Health Education England

Domestic violence

Here is a very helpful website for what do to in many different difficult situations:

domestic violence_and_sexual_abuse

West Mercia Women's Aid: 0800 980 3331

0800 783 1359 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Further reading

Teenage relationship abuse

Here is a great PDF helping to understand teenage relationship abuse: Safeguarding Children Information for Parents and Carers

Crush

CRUSH is an awareness raising and support programme to help young people make safe and healthy relationships. The sessions are run in small groups and are specifically designed for 13-19 year olds.

http://www.westmerciawomensaid.org/crush/

Fabricated and induced illness
(FII)

Fabricated or induced illness (FII) is a rare form of child abuse. It occurs when a parent or carer, exaggerates or deliberately causes symptoms of illness in the child.

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/Fabricated-or-induced-illness/

Faith abuse

Faith and belief-based child abuse, including practices around ‘spirit possession’ and ‘witchcraft’, is a hidden crime, which makes it difficult to quantify in terms of magnitude. However, from our own experience and in consultation with communities, we know this kind of abuse is under-reported.

www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-actionplan-to-tackle-child-abuse-linked-to-faith-or-belief

Further contacts for advice can be found from the local representatives for some faiths.

Honour based violence (HBV)

Honour’ based violence (HBV) occurs when perpetrators believe a relative or other individual has shamed or damaged a family’s or community’s ‘honour’ or reputation (known in some communities as izzat), and that the only way to redeem the damaged ‘honour’ is to punish and/or kill the individual. ‘Honour’ based violence is a term that is widely used to describe this sort of abuse however it is often referred to as so called ‘honour’ based violence because the concept of ‘honour’ is used by perpetrators to make excuses for their abuse. There is a very strong link between ‘honour’ based violence, forced marriage and domestic abuse. The term ‘Honour Based Violence’ is the internationally recognised term describing cultural justifications for violence and abuse. Honour Based Violence cuts across all cultures and communities: Turkish, Kurdish, Afghani, South Asian, African, Middle Eastern, South and Eastern European for example. This is not an exhaustive list. Where a culture is heavily male dominated, HBV may exist. The police have made it a high priority to help communities fight back to tackle both honour based violence and hate crime. The ‘Honour Network Help line’: 0800 5 999 247

Female genital mutilation (FGM)

  • Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) comprises all procedures involving partial or total removal or the external female genitalia. FGM is illegal in the UK and as of October 2015 mandatory reporting commenced. If education staff or other professionals discovers that an act FGM appears to have been carried out on a girl under 18 years old there is a statutory (legal) duty on teachers for them PERSONALLY to report it to the police.
  • Read http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/female-genitalmutilation for NHS information and signs of FGM. Any suspicion of FGM should be referred to the Police and social care.
  • Annalise Price-Thomas (Head of Service) has completed the online home office training, ‘Female Genital Mutilation: Recognising and Preventing FGM’
  • E-learning package http://www.fgmelearning.co.uk/ for interested staff or professionals (free home office elearning)

Forced marriage

  • UK Forced Marriage Unit This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    Telephone: 020 7008 0151
    Call 999 (police) in an emergency.
  • Information on Forced Marriage: www.gov.uk/stop-forced-marriage.
  • Visit Home Office website to undertake Forced Marriage e-learning package https://www.gov.uk/forced-marriage.
  • GSCB one day awareness training delivered by Infobuzz www.gscb.org.uk
  • Please see ‘Multi-Agency Practice Guidelines- Handling cases of Forced Marriage’ for more information and detail: https://www.gov.uk/forcedmarriage
  • Prevention: Freedom Charity - Aneeta Prem ‘But it’s not fair’ book. A book for teenagers looking at forced marriage from the point of view of school friends of the girl who went to India and didn't come back. This book promotes discussion.
  • The Freedom Charity (UK charity) www.freedomcharity.org.uk have a helpline, text facility and app which can be downloaded to help to provide support and protection for victims of abuse, FGM or forced marriage. They can be contacted on tel: 0845 607 0133 or text 4freedom to 88802 or go to the website to download the app from the app page.

Gangs and youth violence

Preventing youth violence and gang involvement

This is a website for the Youth Violence Prevention Initiative: http://www.worcesterma.gov/youth-opportunities/youth-violence-prevention

Gender-based violence/violence against women and girls

violence-against-women-and-girls-evidence

For information about West Mercia Rape and Sexual Abuse visit: https://www.wmrsasc.org.uk/

FGM (Female Genital Mutilation) is violence against women and girls. Forced marriage and so called ‘Honour’ based violence are a violation against human rights and is a high priority area of the national and local Violence Against Women and Girls Agenda. It is, primarily an issue for young women and girls aged between 13 and 30 years.

Hope House SARC (Sexual Assault Referral Centre):

01452 754390

www.onyourmindglos.nhs.uk for ‘I’ve been raped or sexually assaulted’ information.

Gender Identity Issues

The Gender Trust is a listening ear, a caring support and an information centre for anyone with any question concerning their gender identity, or whose loved one is struggling with gender identity issues. People who might be Transgender, Transsexual or people who do not identify with the gender they were assigned at birth or those who are simply unsure. Address: 76 The Ridgeway, Astwood Bank, B96 6LX tel: 0845 231 0505 www.gendertrust.org.uk

Private fostering

National Fostering Agency (NFA)
Call on: 0808 284 9226
Kinship Care

Kinship care means that relatives or friends look after children who cannot live with their parents. Visit this website for more information: http://www.worcestershire.gov.uk/privatefostering

Preventing Radicalisation and
Extremism/HATE (PREVENT duty)

www.educateagainsthate.com is the government website providing information and practical advice for parents, teachers and schools leaders on protecting children from radicalisation and extremism.
Anti-Terrorist Hotline: tel 0800 789 321 also be raised by email to the Home office: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Let’s talk about it is an excellent website for parents: www.ltai.info/ as is www.preventtragedies.co.uk

While it remains very rare for school age children to become involved in extremist activity to the point of committing criminal acts, young people can be exposed to extremist influences or prejudiced views, including via the internet, from an early age. As with other forms of criminality or risk of harm, early intervention is always preferable. Schools, working with other local partners, families and communities, can help support pupils who may be vulnerable as part of wider safeguarding responsibilities.

Channel guidance: Channel Duty Guidance

Sexting/Sextortion/youth produced imagery

sexting-sending-nudes/ (NSPCC website).

https://www.westmercia.police.uk/article/8206/Sexting (West Mercia Police website)

Children Missing in Education (CME)

Children Missing Education (CME) refers to 'any child of compulsory school age who is not registered at any formally approved education activity eg school, alternative provision, elective home education, and has been out of education provision for at least 4 weeks'. CME also includes those children who are missing (family whereabouts unknown), and are usually children who are registered on a school roll / alternative provision. This might be a child who is not at their last known address and either has not taken up an allocated school place as expected, or has 10 or more days of continuous absence from school without explanation, or left school suddenly and the destination is unknown.

This is the link for Children Missing Education on the Worcestershire website children missing education

Babcock Prime – Educational Welfare Team: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 01905 678138

Missing Children and Adults Strategy
(vulnerable children and adults who go missing)

Every year an estimated 200,000 people go missing in the UK. In some cases, missing adults may have made a choice to leave and ‘start their lives over again’, but the vast majority of missing people, children and adults, are vulnerable and need protection and support.

The strategy has three key objectives which provide the right foundations for any effective local strategy to tackle this issue:

  1. Prevention - reducing the number of people who go missing, including through prevention strategies, education work and early intervention in cases where children and adults repeatedly go missing
  2. Protection - reducing the harm to those who go missing, including through a tailored, risk-based response and ensuring agencies work together to find and close cases as quickly as possible at a local and national level
  3. Provision - providing support and advice to missing persons and families by referring then to agencies promptly and ensuring they understand how and where to access help. The police should be informed if any child or adult goes missing.

The Missing Children and Adults strategy can then be referred to for further information and help. It is a home office publication (2011).

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/missing-children-and-adults-strategy

missing persons strategy

Children with family members in prison

Approximately 200,000 children have a parent sent to prison each year. These children are at risk of poor outcomes including poverty, stigma, isolation and poor mental health. NICCO (www.nicco.org.uk) provides information to support professionals working with offenders and their children to help mitigate the negative consequences for these children.

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Children and the court system

Children are sometimes required to give evidence in courts, either for crimes committed against them or for crimes they have witnessed. There are two guides to support these children which can be found at www.gov.uk (young witness booklet for 5 to 11 year olds) which is a pdf. There is also a document called “going to court and being a witness age 12 to 17” which is also found at www.gov.uk. Making family arrangements via court can be stressful and entrench conflict in families. The ministry of Justice has just launched an online dispute resolution service. This can be useful to parents and carers. Got to www.gov.uk and search for “get help with arrangements.”

Stalking

General Advice:

  • If it doesn’t feel right it probably isn't!
  • Seek support from trusted family/friends
  • Report to the police and do this early
  • Keep a diary in a secure location
  • Screenshot emails etc and save them
  • Photograph/video your stalker if safely possible.
  • Get advice: Hollie Gazzard Trust, Paladin etc…
  • Tighten security; home, work and on-line

National Stalking Helpline

For advice and support. The helpline will operate a triage service for local support and make referrals -Phone: 0808 802 0300

Website: www.stalkinghelpline.org

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Paladin: National Stalking Advocacy Service

For advice and referral.

Phone line: 020 3866 4107

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Website: www.paladinservice.co.uk/

Hollie Gazzard Trust https://holliegazzard.org/

Sexual violence and sexual harassment between children in schools and colleges

Here is advice from the WCC webpage:

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Children and Young People’s Sexual Assault Referral Service 0808 196 2340 (Freephone)

West Mercia Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre: https://www.wmrsasc.org.uk/ 01905 724 514 Helpline opening times:

Monday: 7.30pm to 9.30pm

Tuesday:1.00pm to 5.00pm

Thursday: 7.30pm to 9.30pm

Friday: 10.00am to 2.00pm