Nitrous Oxide (NOS)
You may be aware of reports about the rise in use of Nitrous Oxide (NOS) over the past few months; whilst there is no firm evidence of the extent of use across Hampshire, we are aware young people are using it. Catch 22 have developed a useful factsheet that provides some further information about what it is, how it is used, what the effects are and details of how young people can access their substance misuse service. Please share the factsheet with your colleague, parent and youth networks to help raise awareness of the dangers.
Community Partnership Information Sharing Form (CPI)
The Community Partnership Information Sharing Form is a way for professionals to share non-urgent information with the police; having seen a somewhat expected decrease in submissions through the Covid-19 situation due to the changes to face to face encounters and services, we urge partners to continue to use the form where possible where the information known falls outside of a safeguarding referral or crime report. The form and all guidance can be found on the dedicated Safe4me page.
Free Knife Crime Education for Secondary Schools
As you may be aware, Hampshire Constabulary funded a Knife Crime Education pilot in several schools across the county areas prior to lock down; delivered by a specialist provider, sessions were delivered to both teaching staff and pupils. We are delighted to announce that we are able to extend our offer of more free workshops from September 2020.
We ask all secondary schools, including alternative provision and independent schools, to contact us to express your interest in receiving the workshops and to confirm your preferred delivery method from the options below:
- Face to Face (within Covid guidelines)
- Webinar (Live)
- Webinar (Pre-recorded)
Short films to help young people living with domestic abuse
Lizzie’s Story comprises of 3 short films, created in partnership with a young person who lived with domestic abuse, Phoenix Theatre, You Trust and North East Hampshire Domestic Abuse Team to reach out to children and young people living with domestic abuse at this time. Linked to live performances, the drama’s are normally delivered in schools to raise key safety messages, the importance of planning and talking to someone, reaching young people who may not be on the radar of schools or other services. The drama’s have been uploaded to the Vimeo website so that schools, organisations and individuals can view them for free.
The 3 part series is called ‘This Family: Lizzy’s Story’; the password to access the films is ‘phoenix’
Family Approach Protocol Toolkit
The Family Approach Protocol has been commissioned by the 4 Safeguarding Children Partnerships (4LSCPs) and 4 Safeguarding Adult Boards (4LSABs) in Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and Southampton in response to findings from a range of reviews across all Partnership’s and Board’s which highlight the need for professionals to work effectively together to achieve better outcomes for adults, children and their families across all areas.
The toolkit is free to access and available to all practitioners from any agency organisation working with children, adults with support needs, and their families, consisting of guides, tips, training resources and case studies to support and equip professionals.
Family Approach Webinar (Weds 19th Aug 9:30 – 11:00)
The HSCP is has organised a free Introduction to A Family Approach webinar, introducing the toolkit to professionals to understand how issues including, mental health, substance misuse, domestic violence, learning disabilities and neglect, affect all family members, including children (inc. unborn babies) and adults at risk. It will look at how the needs of children and/or adults living with hidden harm impacts on the whole family, the importance of early identification of needs and effective communication between services to support those at risk/families.
Links to the toolkit and webinar registration are located in the buttons below.
The Victim Care Service
The Victim Care Service (VCS) works on behalf of Hampshire Constabulary to provide a service across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight to help victims of crime cope with the impact/effects of crime.
The VCS have launched a new website with a 24/7 live-chat service and new social media accounts to ensure they are as accessible as possible.
The VCS Specialist Children and Young People Service
Offers emotional and practical support to help children and young people to:
Develop coping strategies ** Make positive changes ** Assess and address feelings about experiences (including safety planning) ** Plan for the future ** Reintegrate back into schools and communities ** Have a say in decisions made about them
All sessions are victim led and delivered in a way that best suits the child or young person, usually involving a lot of play, arts & crafts, reading of specialised story books and more.
VCS work with parents/carers and other professionals to identify the support needs of the child and discuss different support options. A support plan is created to detail what needs have been identified, how they aim to meet these and what resources will be used.
Contact the VCS if you have any questions or would like to discuss a child or young person that you are concerned about.
The VCS Freephone number is: 0808 178 1641 or visit the website.
HIOW CYP Crisis Line from MIND
Havant and East Hants Mind have launched a Freephone Crisis Line for young people aged 11-17 years old living in Hampshire & Isle of Wight (exc. Portsmouth & Southampton), giving immediate access to safe and confidential support with mental health. The service provides crisis de-escalation, healthy coping skills and signposting to useful web and app resources. The freephone number and service operation times are:
- Mon – Thurs 3pm – 8:30pm
- Freephone: 0300 303 1590
Contact Danielle Barnes (Children & Young People’s Service Manager) with any questions about the service: Danielle@easthantsmind.org
Please share with your colleague, parents and youth networks to support young people through the summer.
@YourPolice.uk for Young People
The NPCC have created an Instagram account to enable young people age 13+ to reach out to the police through private messages about crime, the law, safety, hosting a wide range of information for young people to find out more about issues that matter to them.
Since lockdown, the account has seen monthly private messages more than double as more young people have used it to get clarification about Covid-19 laws, seek advice, or disclose an experience or crime. The infographic below shows this data.
As we embark on the summer break, @YourPolice.uk can be useful connection for young people to have – please promote the Instagram page via your youth networks.
Growing Against Violence (GAV)
Growing Against Violence is a charity that aims to prevent youth violence and protect young people against exploitation by gangs and grooming on the streets and online, developed in partnership with the Metropolitan Police Service to deliver classroom workshops.
GAV sees violence as a disease that is preventable rather than inevitable, following the World Health Organisation’s ‘public health approach to tackling violence’; delivering evidence-based workshops targeting root causes of violence to help keep young people out of gangs, exploitative peer-on-peer relationships and ASB.
GAV provides online tutorials and resources free of charge for primary & secondary school age parents and professionals through their Youtube Channel linked into the button below, along with info about gang exploitation/county lines from The Children’s Society.
Communities Tackling Terrorism
With lockdown measures easing and more people returning to towns and cities, Counter Terrorism Policing are urging us all to return to being vigilant when out and about. We are supporting this message by pulling together official resources for professionals, businesses and young people to help us all in doing this.
Resources include the Action Counters Terrorism (ACT) free e-learning online training, the ACT App for business and the RUN HIDE TELL resources for KS3/4, developed in partnership with Counter Terrorism Policing, the PSHE Association and Girlguiding. The reporting suspicious activity website provides information about reporting and supporting film resources.
Articles, information and reports from NSPCC Learning
Click on the titles in bold below to access the linked information
More than 22,000 contacts to the NSPCC helpline (April -June) were made by adults with concerns for the wellbeing of a child, a 32% increase on the monthly average for the 3 months prior to lockdown. The main concerns were parental behaviour, physical and emotional abuse and neglect – around 40% of the contacts received were referred on to local authorities or police for further action.
Stress, trauma and survival responses during COVID-19 (Association of Child Protection Professionals (AoCPP)
Young carers and young adult carers: providing care during coronavirus (Department of Health & Social Care)
Guide for young people who look after someone else (PDF)
Education, health and returning to school
Working with NAHT to provide guidance for pupil’s mental health and wellbeing (Anna Freud Centre, National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) and PSHE Association)
CEOP - ThinkUknow
Online Safety Education provided by The National Crime Agency’s Child Exploitation Online Protection Command.
Online safety at home activity packs
ThinkUknow has launched it’s final online safety at home activity pack for parents and carers to deliver to their children – this pack focuses on how children can stay safe while connecting with others on social media apps and platforms. The packs are age specific and can be accessed by the age links below:
New video guide and accompanying information to help parents and carers to understand:
- The risks of using social media
- What they need to consider when deciding if their child is ready to use it
- How they can make social media safer for their child
Click here to access the video
Online Blackmail Education Resource for 15-18 year olds
The term ‘online blackmail’ refers to the act of threatening to share information about an individual (inc. sexual images/videos) to the public, friends and family, unless a demand is met. Anyone can be targeted, but as young people become more financially independent, this is a vulnerability offenders seek to exploit.
The new resource is informed by the latest research, NCA intelligence and engagement with young people and professionals.
The one-hour session can be delivered in schools, colleges, youth groups and other educational settings, helping young people to:
- Understand how this manifests in different ways
- Recognise the early signs of manipulative, pressurising and threatening behaviour
- Identify different people and organisations that can provide help if they need it.
Click here to access the Online Blackmail resources and information
Ineqe Safeguarding Hub
Safeguarding training provider offering free and charged for services, with free sign up to its regular newsletter containing useful information, articles and resources.
Click on the title links below to access the information.
The UK Council for Internet Safety has released the 2020 edition of its Education for a Connected World framework. The non-statutory framework outlines the digital knowledge/skills children and young people should have the opportunity to acquire as they develop.
Click here to listen to LGfL’s short audio summary of the changes to the framework.
- Sharp Rise in Child Sexual Abuse During Lockdown
- Online Harms Bill Delayed
- Leading Children’s Charities Warn Children’s Futures are in Jeopardy
- Loot Boxes Should be Considered Gambling According to Lords
- Facebook Auditors Reach Damning Conclusion
- Nintendo Condemns Competitive Gamers Accused of Abuse
- Back to School: supportive conversations
Parent Zone are experts in digital family life, providing support and information to parents, children and schools.
Include ParentZone’s new parent hub in your end-of-term comms to give families tools to make the most of tech throughout the holidays:
- Fun, free activities
- Fortnightly parent bulletin
- Be Internet Legends live-streams
- Digital noticeboard – for sharing Instagram posts and more
- Expert online safety advice
Click here for access to the Parent Hub
Click here for parent live-streams link – running weekly throughout summer
Click here for the Teacher Hub – ParentZone currently offering 50% off membership
Free Resources for KS2: Be Internet Legends curriculum pack and digital well-being module (order now!!)
From Google and Parent Zone, the resources are designed to teach 7 to 11-year-olds the skills and behaviours they need to be safer and more confident online. Developed with experts and schools, the PSHE Association-accredited lesson plans, teacher guides and promotional materials will help engage pupils and their parents.
The digital well-being module includes timely advice about reflecting on screen time, developing healthy habits and finding the right balance.
- Curriculum pack and digital well-being module come together and are limited to one per teacher
- Resources are allocated on first come first served
- Deliveries will arrive in September
- When providing an address, ensure someone will be there to receive the delivery – feel free to use a home address.
Click here to order your resources
OnlyFans ‘What Parents Need to Know’: The subscription-based social media platform OnlyFans has grown rapidly in recent months – its 18+ rating makes it clear it’s not suitable for children.
Uniquely Me from Dove – Free Resources for Parents: Lock-down life hasn’t been much fun for young people and the world’s been a bit scary – parents can help lift their child’s spirits with the free Uniquely Me Parent’s Guide from Dove, giving parents tools to engage their child about the importance of a healthy body image and self-esteem – empowering them to reach their full potential.
Childnet Online Safety Film Competition Winners
Childnet helps to make the internet a great and safe place for children, providing advice, tips and resources for parents and carers, teachers and young people.
2020 Video Competition winners: This year was the 11th annual Childnet Film Competition, open to all young people based in the UK. The challenge was to create a positive, short online safety film or a storyboard with a script in response to this year’s theme: ‘We want an internet where we’re free to….’
Childnet have published all winning entries, from all age categories, to their website and are urging professionals and parents to share them with children and young people as useful peer to peer messaging resources.
Please share with your colleague, parents and youth networks to support, celebrate and utilise the positive and creative work of children and young people.
Click here to access the films.
Schools are welcome to subscribe to a Parent Info feed for their own websites and use the content as they wish, set up is easy and can be completed in just three easy steps.