Useful Links

Nationwide

The Safe Network: Safeguarding Children and Young People
Run as a partnership between NSPCC and Children England, the Safe Network provides a website containing practical safeguarding information and advice for community and voluntary groups, as well as training events, a phone enquiry service, and community-based support through regional development managers and delivery partners.

Research in Practice
Supporting evidence informed practice within children and families. Providing a wide range of publications and products designed for different practice audiences.

NSPCC
The National Society of Prevention of Cruelty to Children provide an extensive range of useful tools and publications in relation to safeguarding and protecting children.

Coram – Children’s Legal Centre
Free information and legal advice to frontline practitioners on their legal obligations towards children in terms of child protection and safeguarding.

Disclosure and Barring Service
The primary role of the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) is to help employers make safer recruitment decisions and prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups including children. The DBS was established under the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 and merges the functions previously carried out by the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA).

Council for Disabled Children
The Council for Disabled Children (CDC) is the umbrella body for the disabled children’s sector in England, with links to other UK nations.

Homesecurity.org: Cybercrime
A resource investigating different forms of cybercrime and how one can be better prepared to combat the tech-enemy.

CEOP – Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre
CEOP works with child protection partners across the UK and overseas to identify the main threats to children and coordinates activity against these threats to bring offenders to account. We protect children from harm online and offline, directly through NCA led operations and in partnership with local and international agencies

Local and Government Organisations

Supporting children with medical conditions in schools:

Some pupils will have medical conditions that require support so that they can attend school regularly and take part in school activities. Schools and their employers should have policies on managing pupils’ medicines and on supporting pupils with medical needs. Please see this link to read more and to find templates for Individual Health Care Plans that can be used within schools.

Southampton Information Directory (SID provides a comprehensive online directory of resources and information, advice and support that helps people find information and solutions about local care and carers. SID brings together a range of information into one knowledge hub, including: child care, adult care, support for those with special educational needs and their carers, education, local family activities, and money matters and benefits.

Hampshire CDOP – Child Death Overview Panel
The four Local Safeguarding Children Boards in Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and Southampton have a joint Child Death Overview Panel. The Child Death Overview Panel has representatives from Public Health, Designated Nurse for Safeguarding, Paediatric Advisor, Hampshire Constabulary, Children’s Services Education and Social Care, South Central Ambulance Service and Midwifery Services. Other professionals may be invited to give specialist advice when required.

Time to Change – Lets end mental health discrimination

Time to Change is England’s biggest programme to challenge mental health stigma and discrimination.

Voluntary Services

Southampton Voluntary Services
(SVS) is the umbrella organisation in Southampton, providing voluntary groups and organisations working within Southampton an independant voice and support.

Lucy Faithfull Foundation
The Lucy Faithfull Foundation is a child protection charity committed to reducing the risk of children being sexually abused. Their specialist staff work with work with adult male and female sexual abusers; young people with inappropriate sexual behaviours; victims of abuse and other family members. They offer a range of child protection training options from bespoke training packages delivered at a location and on a date to suit the host organisation to a series of set one-day workshops and courses designed for smaller groups and individuals. Their course facilitators are child protection / child sexual abuse prevention experts and draw on their wealth of experience as well as the latest research. Set training days include:

  • Women who sexually abuse children: an introduction
  • Women who sexually harm children and other adults: therapeutic engagement
  • Reducing sexual reoffending by using strengths-based approaches
  • Assessing non-abusing mothers and partners – Did she know? Is she safe?
  • Fantasy and arousal management
  • Child sexual abuse and the internet
  • Working with sexual offenders with learning difficulties
  • Understanding child sexual abusers: A foundation course
  • Pre-pubescent children with sexual behaviour problems: An introduction
  • Adolescents who sexually harm others: An introduction
  • Working in residential settings with men who have sexually offended

Parents Protect
Parents Protect is a child sexual abuse prevention and awareness website which helps parents and carers do the best they can to protect their children from sexual abuse. The site is a useful resource of information, guidance and resources.

Stop It Now
Stop it Now is a useful website for anyone with concerns about child sexual abuse. The Stop it Now! campaign operates a confidential freephone helpline and email service 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, help@stopitnow.org.uk). The Stop it Now! England campaign is also hosting a serious of training events between now and 2013. Check the website for details.

Professionals Online Safety Helpline
The Professionals Online Safety Helpline (POSH)  has been set up by the South West Grid for Learning, as part of the UK Safer Internet Centre. The Helpline is a free resource which has been set up specifically to support professionals and volunteers who work with children and young people, who are experiencing issues relating to digital technology and e-safety.  The Helpline aims to resolve issues professionals face about themselves, such as protecting professional identity and online harassment by pupils or their parents, as well as the problems young people may be facing, for example cyber-bullying or sexting. It launched in April this year in the South West region, however due to demand it has just become a national service.

THISTLE awareness information
A short awareness film on Child Sexual Exploitation, made by young people for young people, with training materials to use the film as part of a lesson or group work.

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