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As part of our ongoing cause to support teachers and school staff in delivering effective safeguarding inside and out of the classroom, our team at the Child Protection Company have been working hard to deliver a host of resources that will empower teachers to extend a strong safeguarding message to their students. We believe that…

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Snapchat’s ‘Snap Map’ update shares your child’s precise location and activity with the world – a major child protection concern

Last week, the highly popular mobile app Snapchat introduced a new feature, the ‘Snap Map’, which enables users from across the world to access a map publicising the precise location of any user at all times unless they have enabled the so-called ‘ghost mode’. Unsurprisingly, this new feature has caused a great deal of concern,…

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Trainee teachers given less than a day’s worth of safeguarding training

A freedom of information request issued by the NSPCC has discovered that primary and secondary trainee teachers typically receive less than a day’s worth of safeguarding training over the course of the year. Meanwhile, students on three- to four-year undergraduate teacher training courses receive an average of 10.5 hours of safeguarding training, with postgraduate trainees…

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Government issues standard definition of Child Sexual Exploitation

This week, the government has issued a standard definition of Child Sexual Exploitation in their CSE Guidance document. While there have been several definitions in the past, there has never been an agreed definition, and concern was raised over previous definitions not accurately reflecting the role of the internet in CSE. The standard definition of…

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Talking to children about abuse

Talking to children about abuse is a difficult thing to do, how do you tell them enough to help them protect themselves but without making them overly scared.  The BBC has reported advice from Dr Nina Burrowes, a specialist psychologist.  Dr Burrows says that parents often warn children about “stranger danger” which is, in fact,…

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Sexting – most reports involve under 16’s

South Yorkshire police have reported that of the 408 cases of sexting they have received in the past year, more than half involved children under 16 years of age. This has highlighted the need for more e-safety education in schools to help raise awareness of the social, moral and legal issues around producing and sharing nude…

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Power For Good – Anti-Bullying week 2016

Anti-Bullying Week  takes place from the 14th to the 18th of November and this year’s theme is Power for Good. The week is coordinated by the Anti Bullying Alliance, who state the key aims of the week are: To support children and young people to use their Power for Good – by understanding the ways in…

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Childline is 30

Childline is celebrating its 30th birthday having been first launched by Ester Rantzen on 30th October 1986. Since its launch Childline has helped over 4 million children and young people, enabling the organisation to identify the different issues affecting children over time. Childline data has identified that there are certain issues and concerns which have…

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School nurses’ workloads could cause them to miss signs of abuse

The Children’s Commissioner for England has stated that school nurses are spending so much time on paperwork that they could potentially be missing children who are being abused or subject to neglect. In a recent report based on the responses from 775 school nurses, it was found that nurses were not getting enough time to spend on…

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Mother calls for action on cyberbullying

The mother of a  teenager who took his own life, after being bullied online, has written an open letter published in the Worcester News calling on people to do more to help anyone being bullied and prevent the further tragic loss of life. Mrs Alexander begins the letter by saying “I write this letter not for…

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