Support & Safeguarding

The action we take to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm – is everyone's responsibility. Everyone who comes in to contact with children has a role to play. Working together to Safeguard Children, August 2013.

Medina College fully recognises the responsibility we have to protect and support every student, member of staff, and visitor. Our commitment to act in a professional manner in accordance with relevant statutory procedures is at the forefront of the work that we do.

We understand that safeguarding covers a variety of situations in which a student might be at risk. This includes the full range of possible scenarios including cases of neglect, bullying, or even physical or sexual abuse.

The College is committed to ensuring that all staff are approachable and aware of how to deal with any potential difficult situations or disclosures, as well as how to pass the information on to designated staff.


The Child Protection Liaison Officer (CPLO) for Medina College is Michelle Butler. Working alongside Michelle are a dedicated team who are able to offer assistance with any concerns or enquiries that you may have.

Please feel free to contact the College on (01983) 526523 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">

 MichelleRobinson

SnapMaps

Last week SnapChat, used regularly by many children and young people, launched a new feature. SnapMaps allows users to see the location of their contacts. This feature allows others to accurately pinpoint where you are. There are three possible privacy settings:

  • Ghost mode, where only you can see your position;
  • My Friends mode, where any contact can see your location; and
  • Select Friends mode, just those who you choose can see you

ChildNet have posted a thorough explanation of SnapMaps and how to ensure users stay safe. Well worth a read to share with anyone you know who uses the app. Although I know many adults don't use these apps on a regular basis, if we are to protect children, we need to have at least a working knowledge of the risks and uses of such apps.

Further reading: Introducing SnapMaps (ChildNet)

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 children and parents.

Water Safety
RNLI
RoSPA
CanalRiverTrust

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 it’s 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)

FGM Information

External Support Organisations

CitizenAid
On Friday 15th September there was another terrible terrorist incident on a rush-hour London tube train. CitizenAid is an app created by experienced UK civilian and military clinicians to provide an easy use logical system of immediate actions. It is designed to guide the public to react safely, to pass effective messages to the emergency services, to prioritise the injured and to give life-saving first aid. The app can be downloaded for iOS, android and google.

Further Information: http://citizenaid.org

 Ditch The Label  

Dealing with unwanted requestes for sexual images

Voice Box, Childline’s weekly video chat, features Molly chatting about how to handle the pressure of being asked to send nudes, and what to do if you receive one. Childline has relaunched the Zipit app, which uses humour to help teenagers deal with unwanted requests for sexual images of themselves. The free app offers young people a gallery of images and animations which they can send in response to requests for sexual pictures and to deal with difficult sexting situations.

Source: Youtube
Date: 01 November 2017

Further Information: Zipit App

 

The 12 ways that Christmas shoppers can keep children and data safe when buying smart toys and devices (ICO)

Have you finished your Christmas shopping yet? Planning to spend a couple of hours in a Christmas Market or even on Amazon? This Christmas there will be more tech toys than ever before, and many of them will use bluetooth or wifi to link to apps and the wider internet. Some of these toys will have cameras and microphones recording the environment and the child's play. The Information Commissioner recently published an article looking at the risks of using smart toys and it is well-worth sharing it with parents.

https://iconewsblog.org.uk/2017/11/23/the-12-ways-that-christmas-shoppers-can-keep-children-and-data-safe-when-buying-smart-toys-and-devices/

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

Which? Magazine have also surveyed many connected toys and found that, without appropriate safety features, they can also pose a big risk to your child’s safety.

The Which video below shows just how easy it is for anyone to take over the voice control of a popular connected toy, and speak directly to children. Which? found that it is easy enough for almost anyone to do, not only skilled hackers.

https://www.which.co.uk/news/2017/11/safety-alert-see-how-easy-it-is-for-almost-anyone-to-hack-your-childs-connected-toys/