We seek to do everything we reasonably can to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our students. I am sure you will appreciate that there are limits to this outside of school hours and especially during the current exceptional circumstances.

With Lockdown continuing for our students, we are re-sending the following information. Should you require any additional information regarding these issues or wish to make suggestions of items we could include in the future, please contact us at the following email address: Care_Guidance@ivanhoe.co.uk

We would recommend that you....

  • Monitor closely your child’s activity on social media. Many of the problems we have to deal with relate to antisocial behaviour that has taken place online during absences. If your child is being seriously abused online contact the police. Additional information can be found at http://www.ivanhoe.co.uk/protecting-your-child-online
  • Let us know if there have been any issues that we need to be aware of as soon as possible so we can respond promptly and appropriately when school reopens. We cannot guarantee that we will be able to respond to emails immediately during the current crisis.
  • Contact Social Services if you feel they should be aware of an issue. You can call the Social Services Central Duty Team on 0116 305 0005 or make an online referral via the following link https://www.leicestershire.gov.uk/leisure-and-community/community-safety/report-abuse-or-neglect-of-a-child
  • Contact the police straight away if you believe a child is in immediate danger

Other important information

Operation Encompass

Leicestershire schools are part of Operation Encompass. The police will inform us by 9.00am on the next school day if a child or young person has been involved in or witnessed a domestic incident.

E-Safety

As we all know keeping children safe online is an ongoing challenge. The following is an extract from our E-Safety Policy (the full version is on the College website).

Ivanhoe College recognises the Internet and other digital technologies provide a vast opportunity for children and young people to learn. More than any other mode of technology, the Internet and digital technologies allow all those involved in the education of children and young people to promote creativity, stimulate awareness and enhance learning.

Hand in hand with the College’s desire for its students to access every opportunity for learning, there will be the need to keep them safe from the perils of the Internet, digital and mobile technologies.

Ivanhoe College is committed to ensuring that all students will be able to use existing, as well as up and coming technologies safely. We are also committed to ensuring that all those who work with students; as well as their parents, are educated as to the dangers that exist so that they can take an active part in safeguarding children and young people.

We are also committed to following all relevant statutory guidance including ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ September 2020. In respect of this guidance we seek to ensure that we focus educating our students and staff on the three key areas of risk,

  • content: being exposed to illegal, inappropriate or harmful material.
  • contact: being subjected to harmful online interaction with other users.
  • conduct: personal online behaviour that increases the likelihood of, or causes, harm.

The Think U Know website is full of advice for young people and their parents and we strongly recommend that you make yourself familiar with this advice. https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/

When should I report to CEOP?

CEOP help children to stay safe online. Has someone acted inappropriately towards a child or young person you know? It may be sexual chat, being asked to do something that makes them feel uncomfortable or someone being insistent on meeting up. If you are concerned go to the CEOP website to find out further information and if necessary, make a report. https://www.ceop.police.uk/safety-centre/

Cybercrime

The following website offers important guidance for parents regarding cyber-crime and how to avoid young people becoming perpetrators or victims. https://www.cyber4schools.net/

Websites to support young people

Stress, wellbeing and mental health issues: Young Minds https://youngminds.org.uk/ 

Bereavement: Winston’s Wish https://www.winstonswish.org/

Drugs: Frank: https://talktofrank.com/

Bullying: http://www.beyondbullying.com/

Health Worries: Health for teens https://www.healthforteens.co.uk/

Relationships: https://www.relate.org.uk/relationship-help/help-children-and-young-people

Young Carers: Carers Trust https://carers.org/article/help-and-advice-former-babble-and-matter-members

Counselling: Kooth https://www.kooth.com/

For other issues or more information on the above : Childline: https://www.childline.org.uk/

 

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