Family Support Information

We have compiled a list of websites and resources that may be helpful. 

You can access the links along the left hand side and see explanations below.

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 2020 came into effect on 1 September 2020.

KCSIE is organised into 5 parts: 

  1. Safeguarding information for all staff.
  2. The management of safeguarding
  3. Safer recruitment
  4. Allegations of abuse made against teachers and other staff
  5. Child-on-child sexual violence and sexual harassment 

A link to download the document can be found on the left.

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 dhc.dorsetopendoor@nhs.net 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.

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.

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.

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:

  • are worried a child or young person is at risk of, or is being hurt or abused
  • know of a child or young person who may be vulnerable without additional help and support
  • want to know more about the services available to support children, young people and their families

AnnaFreud 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.

 

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.  

From Snapchat to Instagram, more and more young people are using video sharing apps to create and share their own content with their friends online. While it’s normal for kids to be curious about using these types of apps, it’s important to talk to them about what they’re sharing online and how they can use them safely.

This app is free with meditations for parents and children. They focus on relaxation, managing stress, concentration, and sleep, as examples.

Our Educational Psychology Service have put together these tips for supporting you and your family’s well-being during coronavirus. 

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. 

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