General Safety

Essex Safeguarding Children Board

Dear Parents/Carers,

In light of the allegations of historical child sexual abuse at various football clubs across the country the Essex Safeguarding Children Board has published Guidance for Parents on choosing out of school activities with Sports Active Essex and Essex County Council LADOs. This can be found on the new Safeguarding in Sport pages for Parents/Carers.

In light of the growing concern about Gangs, including the issue around ‘county lines’, the Essex Safeguarding Children Board updated Parents/Carers pages, to provide information on signs to look out for and how to support young people.

If you have any concerns or questions around these issues please contact your Head of Year or myself’.

Ms L Brammer – Child Protection Officer

Essex Safeguarding Children Board

Safeguarding when learning to drive.
We are aware that from time to time,  concerns are  raised by older students and their parents in West Essex about inappropriate conduct of driving instructors. We have been given the following information to help to safeguard those accessing driving lessons: (all instructors on the list will  have had a DBS check and passed all the qualification tests to become an instructor)

Supporting positive sexual behaviour in Young People
It’s important for parents and carers to be having open and non-judgemental conversations with young people  about exploring sex and relationships online.   CEOP have produced some useful materials to support parents with this.

Summer Time Safeguarding
Summer time, and particularly the summer holidays, can be full of hazards and risks to manage.   Here’s a roundup of some resources to help you help your children.

Water Safety

Beach Safety
Shore Thing (RNLI)

Sun Safety
Teenage Cancer Trust
Cancer Research
Skcin (including their school accreditation scheme)

Railway Safety
Network Rail – Primary school resources
Network Rail – Secondary school resources

Keeping safe away from home (NSPCC)
Keeping safe away from home (NSPCC)

Protection from sexual abuse
Whilst its an uncomfortable thought, parents need to ask questions of any childcare provider, play scheme or holiday centre children’s services, about how they prevent their workers harming a child.   The NSPCC has a useful video about the prevention of sexual abuse in particular and what adults can do to ask organisations about how they keep children safe. You can watch the video here: Preventing Child Sexual Abuse (NSPCC)