'At The Becket School we feel that it is important to support our parents to know how they can protect their children, where to find help and raise concerns if necessary.'
1. Do not give a guarantee that you will keep what is said confidential or secret – if you are told about abuse you have a responsibility to tell the right people to get something done about it (see below).
2. Always stop and listen straight away if your son/daughter wants to tell you about incidents or suspicions of abuse.
3. Don’t ask leading questions that might give your own ideas of what might have happened (eg “did he/she do X to you?”) – Just ask “what do you want to tell me?” or “is there anything else you want to say?”
4. If you don’t have the means to write at the time, make notes of what was said as soon as possible. Write down what they have said in their own words.
5. Never think abuse is impossible, or that an accusation against someone you know well and trust is bound to be wrong.
6. As soon as possible (and certainly within 24 hours) inform one of the Safeguarding team (Mrs B Nicholls, Mrs S Shenton, Mr M Griffin, Miss E Roberts or Mrs Z Virgo .
7. Matters of safeguarding must remain absolutely confidential and should not be discussed with anyone other than the proper authorities.
8. Never attempt to carry out an investigation of suspected or alleged abuse by interviewing people
The following video is to a film based on the true story of Breck Brednar who was a victim of online grooming through the gaming platform and was tragically murdered as a result.
You may wish to watch this video initially without your child present (it is rated 15 due to the nature of its content) and then potentially with your teenager to help initiate conversation about why we need to be so careful online.
All the websites below are for students and their families should they need them.
As well as skills which are taught within the specific curriculum of Religious Education, PSHE & RSE, please find below contact details for a variety of organisations who support parents and young people if they have any safeguarding, mental health or welfare needs.
(Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) Crisis Resolution Home Treatment Team) part of the Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.
This service is for young people experiencing a mental health crisis. This includes young people who:
Tel: 0115 8542299 or 0115 8440560
Open from 8am to 5pm, Monday to Friday
You will speak to a specially trained professional who will ask you some questions and talk to you about how they can help.
If you prefer, you can ask for help by completing an online self-referral form.
Check your child's online privacy and safety settings NOW!
Make sure they are safe. With these downloadable checklists
Learn About Cyberbullying