Raising awareness of child sexual exploitation with parents and carers and helping them to recognise the signs of sexual exploitation and how to respond is key to protecting children.
The Forest High school is committed to promoting the well-being of all our students and protecting them from harm. With this in mind we would like to share with you some useful websites and a free online learning tool covering Child exploitation. Child sexual exploitation does not always involve physical contact; it can also occur through the use of technology. As I am sure you are aware the need for parents to keep the lines of communication with your children as open as possible and work together to figure out what’s appropriate for them in terms of safety, privacy, and reputation whilst using technology.
Snapchat - There is a misconception with children that Snapchat is ‘safe’ because the appeal of having your messages or images disappear in seconds. This is not the case, 100% safe sharing does not exist. Did you know that snapchat has a minimum age of 13? CEOP has some useful information, and a parents’ guide to Snapchat. Click here - http://www.connectsafely.org/
According to a recent National survey, "78% of parents can't identify all the key signs of child sexual exploitation." (YouGov 2013). Raising awareness of child sexual exploitation with parents and carers and helping them to recognise the signs of sexual exploitation and how to respond is key to protecting children.
The GSCB (Gloucestershire’s Safeguarding Childrens Board) is promoting a free resource for parents developed by Parents Against Child Sexual Exploitation (PACE) in partnership with the Safeguarding Children e-Academy.
Click www.Paceuk.info to access this free learning tool. On the search button type Keep them safe, then click the interactive CSE learning tool. You can even print yourself a Certificate! This information will help you to:
Feedback from parents about Paceuk:
"It is very good at explaining not only the signs, but what to do if you suspect it is happening."
"I found it very informative, the voice over kept me focused, plenty of contact agencies for further information, help, advice and support. The course took just about the right length of time to complete and is parent friendly."
More Useful links to share with your child:
Below is a link to a free online course to helpl parents talk about the issue of self-harm with their children.
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