Designated Child Protection Staff
Keeping Our Children Safe
At Woodthorpe Primary we are committed to safeguarding, and promoting the welfare and well-being of all of our pupils and adults. We recognise that some children may be especially vulnerable which can impact on other children either directly or indirectly. We always take a considered and sensitive approach in order that we can support all of our pupils and families.
Everyone working in our school has a responsibility to help keep children and young people safe by providing a safe environment for children and young people to learn and identifying children and young people who are suffering or likely to suffer significant harm, and taking appropriate action with the aim of making sure they are kept safe both at home and in school.
The best advice that we can give any child, or adult, if they feel that they or someone else is unsafe is to TELL SOMEONE!
The York MASH Team
The York MASH team provides professionals and members of the public with advice, information and support about services for children and young people who are vulnerable and at risk. The service aims to help practitioners to deliver the right help to the right children and young people at the right time and support practitioners to work in an integrated way with children, young people and their families.
The Underwear Rule
Simple conversations really can help keep your child safe, and that’s what we will help you do. We want to help parents and carers talk to their children about staying safe. The Underwear Rule is just one way that – together – we can prevent child abuse.
We teach our pupils the NSPCC’s Underwear Rule using the ‘PANTS’ acrostic.
PANTS stands for:
• Privates are private
• Always remember your body belongs to you
• No means no
• Talk about secrets that upset you
• Speak up, someone can help
National Help Lines and Websites
CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre) 0870 000 3344
The UK's national police centre for protecting young people and children from sexual abuse.
Childline (24 hours): 0800 1111
Free and confidential helpline for children & young adults in the UK.
Childnet 020 7639 6967
A non-profit organisation working with others to help make the Internet a safe place for children.
Contact-A-Family 020 7608 8700 Helpline 0808 808 3555
Support for families of children with disabilities.
Cry-sis 08451 228 669 Help line open 9am-10pm 7 days a week.
Help for parents/carers with persistently crying and/or sleepless babies.
Family Rights Group 020 7923 2628 Main Office. Helpline 0808 801 0366
Support with child protection procedures. 10-3.30pm Mon-Fri
Kidscape 020 7730 3300 Helpline 08451 205 204, or ring Childline 0800 1111
Deals with bullying, stranger danger, threats of abuse.
Lucy Faithfull Foundation 01527 591922
A child protection charity specialising in working with people perpetrating and affected by child sexual abuse.
NCH Action for Children 020 7704 7000
Supports and speaks out for the most vulnerable children and young people in the UK.
Netmums. 01923 639180
Web based parenting organisation to help parents share information and advice.
http://www.netmums.com 01923 639180
NSPCC Child Protection Line 0808 800 500
Acts in cases of neglect and abuse of children.
NAPAC (National Association for People Abused in Childhood) 0800 085 3330
For adult survivors of incest and abuse.
Respond 020 7383 0700. Helpline 0808 808 0700
Sexual abuse and people with learning disabilities.
Online safety tools for families.
Think You Know
Online educational resources for children and young people provided by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre.
Women’s Aid 0117 944 4411 Freephone 24 hr helpline 0808 2000 247
Emergency accommodation for abused women and children.