We have compiled a list of websites and resources that may be helpful.
|If you’re struggling to keep your teenager in the house and sticking to lockdown rules, know that you’re definitely not alone. We explore why it happens, what you can do and how you can support them.
Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE) is the key statutory guidance that sets out what schools should be doing when carrying out their duties to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. KCSIE 2021 came into effect on 1 September 2021.
KCSIE is organised into 5 parts:
|County Lines Advice
|'County Lines' refer to the use of telephone/mobile numbers circulated to users in a particular area for ordering drugs such as heroin and crack cocaine (although cannabis and MDMA are also used). The telephone number is usually operated from outside the area. This is how the group builds their brand. Unlike other criminal activities where telephone numbers are changed on a regular basis, these telephone numbers are maintained and protected, often by gangs and organised crime groups which ‘target’ the areas, either because they have a good illegal economy (for example, a large number of drug users) or because they have decent transport links to London.
|BCP Family Information Directory
|BCP Council have an online directory that provides up-to-date information on local activities, childcare and services for all family members.
|Experiencing bereavement is difficult at any time but it may be particularly traumatic during the COVID-19 pandemic. There is a wealth of support available to you, and we have put together details of support services ranging from emotional support and peer support to practical advice and guidance.
|Dorset Open Door
|If you’re not sure what you might find helpful, Dorset Open Door can help. As a partnership of healthcare organisations and charities, they’ll explore your options with you and link you with the right service. You can call 01305 361 361 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Monday to Friday from 9.30am to 4.30pm.
Thinkuknow is an education programme from the National Crime Agency’s CEOP Command.
Since 2006, Thinkuknow has been keeping children and young people safe by providing education about sexual abuse and sexual exploitation.
Thinkuknow is unique. It is underpinned by the latest intelligence about child sex offending from CEOP Command.
Thinkuknow aims to ensure that everyone has access to this practical information – children, young people, their parents and carers and the professionals who work with them.
Alongside the Thinkuknow website the programme provides educational resources, including films, cartoons and lesson plans, to help professionals raise young people’s awareness.
CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection Command) is a National Crime Agency Division.
It is tasked to work both nationally and internationally to bring online child sex offenders, including those involved in the production, distribution and viewing of child abuse material, to the UK courts.
CEOP combines police powers with expertise from the business sector, government, specialist charities and other interested organisations.
CEOP is also a partner in an international law enforcement alliance – the Virtual Global Taskforce. This was set up in 2004 and provides an international alliance of law enforcement agencies across Australia, the US and Canada as well as Interpol in bringing a global policing response to censoring the Internet.
|It can be hard to know how to talk to your child about online safety. From setting up parental controls to advice on sexting, online games and video apps, the On-line Safety website from the NSPCC can help you to understand the risks and keep your child safe.
|Childnet International is a non-profit organisation working with others to help make the internet a great and safe place for children. It has advice, runs training sessions and lots of resources in this key area.
|Educate against Hate
|Government advice and trusted resources for schools to safeguard students from radicalisation, build resilience to all types of extremism and promote shared values.
|It can be hard to know what to do if you’re worried about the radicalisation of a child. We’ve got advice to help.
ZipIT is an app from Childline that helps children get flirty chat back on track, which has been designed with them in mind and to help them to take control of their chats.
If someone’s trying to get them to send nudes, children can use the Zipit app to keep the situation under control.
Respond to unwanted chat with the power of GIFs taken straight from the app. We’ve made our own and chosen a selection of top ones from GIPHY.
|Stop It Now
Stopitnow.org are at the forefront of work to prevent child sexual abuse. As a child protection charity, they campaign and raise awareness across the UK to help adults to do their part to stop child sexual abuse by addressing personal, family and community concerns.
Wherever they work, they build community strength and help families to know the steps to keep their children safe from sexual abuse.
|Early Help Advice Point for Families (EHAP)
BCP Council Early Help services
Sometimes you may need help with wider family matters. BCP Council has a range of Early Help support services for families.
Contact the BCP Council Children’s Services First Response Hub if you:
|Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families
Anna Freud is a national centre working to support children and families with mental health and wellbeing. They produce a helpful leaflet for parents and carers about talking to children about mental health issues.
You can download the leaflet here.
|Relate Advice on Parenting Teenagers
|Parenting teenagers can be challenging and many parents find it hard to adapt to changes in their child’s behaviour as they grow up. Here you’ll find lots of practical advice on how to deal with common teen issues.
|NSPCC Advice On Dealing with Shared Images
Children and young people use many different social media apps and sites. The most popular are Facebook and Instagram, with many others such as Snapchat, TikTok and Twitter.
There are lots of benefits to social networking. They can allow users to stay connected with friends and family. They can also learn many different things, from make-up or gaming tutorials to making slime, or how to create their own videos.
Like most things, there can be negatives too. For children and young people there are risks that you should be aware of, to help keep your child safe on social media.
|Our Educational Psychology Service have put together these tips for supporting you and your family’s well-being during coronavirus.
|See it Differently - Listening Room
|See it Differently aims to help parents resolve their conflict in healthier ways. Parents can book a secure web chat with a ‘listener’ to talk about their relationships.
|Guidance for parents and carers on supporting children and young people’s mental health and well-being during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. There is advice for a range of ages, as well as how to look after your own mental health.
|BBC Headroom - Parents' tips for mental health
|As part BBC Headroom, the Bitesize Parents' Toolkit brings you tips and advice on mental health and wellbeing for parents of children, teens and children with SEND.
|Tourette Syndrome (TS) is an inherited neurological condition. It affects one school child in every hundred and is more common amongst boys. Over 300,000 children and adults are living with TS in the UK. The key features are tics – involuntary sounds and movements, which must be present for at least 12 months to meet the diagnostic criteria. Up to 85% of people with TS will also experience co-occurring conditions and features which might include Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), and Anxiety.
|Stop Abuse Together Campaign
Child sexual abuse is a reality for thousands of children across our country, with at least one in ten estimated to experience sexual abuse before they turn 16.
But we can all play a part in protecting children and getting them the right help. That’s why it’s important to know how to spot the potential signs of child sexual abuse and where to go for support. This website brings together advice and resources to help you keep the children in your life safe.
Online safety, gaming and social media
Parent advice and guidance on almost every website, social media app and game available – will let you see ratings and reviews of all.
Additional advice on identifying children who are affected by domestic abuse and how they can be helped is available;
Advice on extremism and radicalism and how to prevent it and which signs to spot.
Information on how to spot the signs of criminal exploitation and involvement in gangs and what support is available for children and young people.
Water/Rail/Cycling safety information
Harmful Sexual Behaviours
Websites with advice and help on this important topic
Drug and Alcohol
Advice and help about coping with substance misuse and help others who misuse substances
Advice and guidance on how to recognise, report and support victim of bullying
Advice and guidance about sexual health, services available and support.