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May 3, 2017

Parents and Carers

Parents & Carers Resources

Safeguarding

What is prevent?

The Government definition of Prevent is: “Prevent is a government strategy designed to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorist or extremist causes”.

The Prevent strategy covers all types of terrorism and extremism, including the extreme right wing, violent Islamist groups and other causes. Prevent is not about preventing our learners from having political and religious views and concerns, but about supporting them to use those concerns or act on them in non-extremist ways.

Key terms:

  • Extremism: vocal or active opposition to fundamental British values such as democracy, the rule of law and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs
  • Ideology: a set of beliefs
  • Terrorism:a violent action against people or property, designed to create fear and advance a political, religious or ideological cause
  • Radicalisation: the process by which a person comes to support extremism and terrorism

More information can be found by reading our leaflet “Parents/Carers Guide to Prevent’ or by visiting external sources such as:

Download Parents/Carers Guide to Prevent

What is Child Sexual Exploitation?

Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) is when an adult coerces or gives a child something in exchange for allowing sexual acts to be performed by or on them. This could be in person, online or on camera.

CSE can be very hard to spot. Sometimes young people themselves don’t realise what is happening. They may believe they are in a loving relationship. They may believe what they’re being asked to do is ‘normal’. If they do realise they are being abused, they may feel trapped. They may feel unable to tell anyone what is going on.

Every 3 minutes a child runs away from home or care and each year 100,000 children go missing in the UK. These children are at risk of sexual exploitation, involvement in crime, substance misuse and homelessness. But many children show signs long before they leave, and it is possible to spot these signs and act.

We have attached useful awareness posters of CSE, published by Catch 22 that we would like to share with you which include:

  • Prevent a young person going missing – spot the signs
  • CSE – Think boys! 1 in 3 victims of CSE is a boy
  • Positive relationships break – the CSE cycle
  • Child Criminal Exploitation – How gangs recruit and coerce young people
  • Push and pull factors – What causes a child to go missing
  • Different dangers, same signs

Download CSE Posters

Jessie and Friends

For the first time, the National Crime Agency is engaging with children as young as four in a bid to help protect them online as the number of global child sexual abuse referrals has rocketed.

Parents, carers and teachers can use Jessie & Friends – a fun, friendly and age-appropriate education resource based on a three-episode series of animations – to help to keep 4-7 year olds safe online.

The aim of Jessie and Friends is to provide protective education to children before they begin to encounter such risks online, making children less likely to become victims and less likely to be targeted by high-risk offenders. Engaging activities, designed for classroom use, support children to recognise manipulative strategies in online chat – just like those typically used by offenders to groom children. Crucially, Jessie & Friends helps children learn to ask a trusted adult for help whenever they feel worried.

The Jessie & Friends resources can be accessed via: https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/jessie-and-friends

Did you know?

According to a recent Ofcom report, 19% of 3-4 year olds and 43% of 5-7 year olds have access to their own tablets, and 52% of 3-4 year olds and 82% of 5-7 year olds go online for an average of nine hours or more each week. Therefore, experts at the National Crime Agency are encouraging adults to start the dialogue about online safety with children as young as 4.


Autism ‘Attention Card’

By registering for an Attention card, your details are red flagged to say that you have a person with you with autism, which means that if you are in a difficult situation or an accident, responding officers will know that appropriate support will need to be put in place for that individual. The card is incredibly beneficial to children, teenagers and adults and is completely free.

The Attention Card confirms ‘The person you have with you will have a medical diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Condition’. They should be treated as a vulnerable person and PACE 1984 guidelines should be followed. When you apply for an Attention Card you are given the option for the applicant’s difficulties to be recorded onto Cheshire or Merseyside Police’s intelligence system. This means that in an emergency, irrespective of whether they are carrying the card or Autism Code Keyring, the issues they have will be acknowledged, and appropriate support given.

For more information about the Attention Card, and access to the application forms, please follow the link below: https://www.cheshireautism.org.uk/news/attention-card/


Change4Life Campaign by Public Health England

Change 4 Life Campaign was launched earlier this year, as new figures show that children have already exceeded the maximum recommended sugar intake for an 18 year old, by the time they have reached their 10th birthday.

To help parents/carers and young people manage this, Change4Life is encouraging them to ‘Make a swap when you next shop’. Making simple everyday swaps can reduce children’s sugar intake from some products such as: yoghurts; drinks; breakfast cereals, by half- whilst giving them healthier versions of the foods and drinks they enjoy.

Please access the following link for more information: https://www.nhs.uk/change4life/food-facts/sugar/sugar-swaps-for-kids


Promoting Sustainable Living

WWF is the world’s leading independent conservation organisation and their mission is to create a world where people and wildlife can thrive together. It is important that we take necessary steps to reduce our carbon footprint as much as possible to make a real change in contributing to sustainable living. The WWF have an Environmental Footprint Calculator that calculates your carbon footprint using a series of questions about your day to day living habits.

We think this is an excellent tool to use to raise awareness of our carbon footprint and the small changes that we can all make to improve and reduce our impact.

The questionnaire can be accessed via: https://footprint.wwf.org.uk/?_ga=2.54581163.101542398.1550231536-1907968609.1550231536#/

Did you know?

Eight million tonnes of plastic is dumped into the sea every year. See below ten tips on how to reduce your plastic footprint:

  1. Fix your caffeine fix – Carry a reusable cup or flask.
  2. Bring your own bottle – Plastic bottles are one of the most frequently found items on ‘beach cleans’.
  3. Say no to plastic cutlery – By reusing plastic cutlery or using a compostable alternative, each person could personally save 466 items of unnecessary plastic every year.
  4. Plastic straws – Plastic straws and stirrers can take up to 200 years to decompose. Opt in for paper straws, or ditch them all together!
  5. Stop using cling film – Cling film cannot be recycled, unlike foil. Make the swap!
  6. Teabags – Use loose leaf tea with a tea strainer instead of teabags that are sealed with plastic.
  7. Ditch chewing gum – Britons are the second biggest consumers of chewing gum in the world. Chewing gum is made from plastic and can be swapped for plastic free alternatives such as Chewsy.
  8. Glitter – Glitter is made from plastic of such a small size it’s lethal to our oceans. There are many eco-friendly biodegradable glitters available!
  9. Milk – Consider getting your milk delivered in glass bottles which are reused and recycled instead of the plastic containers in the shops.
  10. Wine – Choose wine bottles with natural cork stoppers instead of plastic stoppers or metal screw caps.

Promoting Sustainable Living

WWF is the world’s leading independent conservation organisation and their mission is to create a world where people and wildlife can thrive together. It is important that we take necessary steps to reduce our carbon footprint as much as possible to make a real change in contributing to sustainable living. The WWF have an Environmental Footprint Calculator that calculates your carbon footprint using a series of questions about your day to day living habits.

We think this is an excellent tool to use to raise awareness of our carbon footprint and the small changes that we can all make to improve and reduce our impact.

The questionnaire can be accessed via: https://footprint.wwf.org.uk/?_ga=2.54581163.101542398.1550231536-1907968609.1550231536#/

Learner Journey

Learner Journey Steps

  • 1-1 discussion with a member of the recruitment team or an assessor, who will offer initial advice and guidance.
  • Organised workshops
  • Completion of statutory documents
  • Learner surveys

Complaints Procedure

You can find and download a copy of our complaints procedure by clicking the button below.

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