Safeguarding Annual Events

A reminder of the safeguarding and e-safety related events and activities held throughout the year


Calendar Apr 17In addition to the important dates such as examinations, residential trips and parents evenings, schools are encouraged to look at including awareness days into the school calendar to focus on issues which relate to the social and emotional well-being of children and young people.

The benefit for schools in engaging in these days is that the organisations who organise these events often have resources such as lesson plans, so that teachers don’t have to start from scratch when putting together lessons. Also, it is a good way of evidencing ways that you promote safeguarding and e-safety to others, e.g. parents, which can be included in any self-reviews or information for Ofsted.

In addition, awareness days often generate publicity from local or national media, so stakeholders may be more interested in attending events or receiving literature which relate to them. Many organisations offer speakers and who can come into school and offer an additional perspective when talking about these subject areas.

Whilst schools may not be able to cover all awareness days that relate to safeguarding and e-safety, it is important to pick out a couple, and establish them in the school calendar. Here are some suggestions:

January
BETT - 24th - 27th January 2018
Data Protection Day - 28th January

February
Children's Mental Health Week
Safer Internet Day - 6th February 2018
No Tech for Breck Day - 6th Feb - 17th Feb 2018
Sexual Abuse & Sexual Violence Awareness Week - 5th - 11th February 2018

March
National Safeguarding Month
SIAD: Self-Injury Awareness Day - 1st March
National Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day - 18th March

April
Stress Awareness Month
Childnet Film Competition

May
Mental Health Awareness Week - 14th - 20th May 2018

June
Child Safety Week - 4th - 10th June 2018
Stand up to Bullying Day - 13th June 2018
Stop Cyber Bullying Day - 15th June 2018
GoGadgetFree/Unplug

July
Disability Awareness Day - 15th July 2018
World Emoji Day - 17th July

August
International Youth Day - 12th August 2018

September
World Suicide Prevention Day - 10th September
Sexual Health Week - 24th - 30th September 2018
Pupil Voice Week

October
Bullying Prevention Month (Cybersmile Foundation)
World Mental Health Day - 10th October
National Hate Crime Awareness Week
Get Safe Online Day
Digital Citizenship Summit

November
National Stress Awareness Day
Wear Blue for Bullying Day
Anti-bullying Week
Child Internet Safety Summit

December



If you have an event that you would like to include in this list, please email tina@safeguardingessentials.com or use the comments section below.

Written by Safeguarding Essentials on April 26, 2018 08:30

National Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Raising Day - 18th March 2018

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Stop CSE Day 2018

National Charity NWG Network asks all to unite against child sexual exploitation for their National Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Raising Day – 18th March 2018.

Child sexual exploitation (CSE) is a form of sexual abuse that involves the manipulation and/or coercion of young people under the age of 18 into sexual activity.

The National Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Raising Day aims to highlight the issues surrounding child sexual exploitation; encouraging everyone to think, spot and speak out against abuse and adopt a zero tolerance to adults developing inappropriate relationships with children.

Previous National Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Raising Days have seen hundreds of events take place across the UK, ranging from poster and leaflet displays to whole authorities embarking on targeted campaigns across public services and shopping centres.

Working with over 14,000 professionals across the world to help prevent and raise awareness of child sexual exploitation, NWG Network continue to leverage the strength of that network in order to tackle the problem head on.

“The National Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Raising Day offers an opportunity for focus, for education and for discussion across society. In light of recent news reports it is timely that the 2018 National Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Raising Day falls on a Sunday, not only will this enable the public campaigning in shopping centres and public areas to reach a greater audience but it will also enable police forces, organisations and projects to focus on the issue of child sexual exploitation in sports, an opportunity to target the large audiences at football matches and other sporting events taking place over the weekend period.

Together we can create more positive outcomes for so many vulnerable young people.” Commented Sheila Taylor MBE, CEO.

Stop CSE Helping HandOn the 18th March 2018 NWG Network call for all to unite against child sexual exploitation.

Show your support by writing a personal pledge and posting to your social media with the hashtag #HelpingHands to help them raise awareness of CSE.

NWG are committed to the fight against child sexual exploitation and supporting victims and their families who are subjected to this abuse. But they cannot succeed without the support of people like you.



Visit www.stop-cse.org to find out more about the National Awareness Raising Day and putting a stop to CSE.

Written by NWG Network on March 15, 2018 09:44

Young people spend more than SIX hours a day feeling stressed or worried

Today marks the start of National Safeguarding Month with UK Youth launching their #KeepMeSafe campaign

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UK Youth polled 1,000 18-25-year-olds and found that young people spend more than six hours a day feeling stressed or worried. Money, appearance and career worries as well as fears about the future mean a large chunk of their time is spent feeling anxious or under pressure.



One in 10 young people feel they have no-one to turn to discuss their concerns, leaving them battling through alone.

A further 67 per cent admitted they had come across problems in their life where they felt they had nobody to lean on for help.

As a result, 56 per cent have ended up in more trouble after keeping a problem to themselves rather than confiding in someone else.

A spokesperson for UK Youth said: “It’s concerning to see just how long young people spend feeling worried or stressed and how many of them have to go through these issues alone, without anyone to turn to for advice and guidance.

“Despite living in our ever-connected world, young people need safe spaces more than ever. For many, their local youth club is the only place that provides them with a trusted adult to confide in and access to the advice, support and guidance needed to feel safe and build bright futures.

“But to stop young people feeling worried or stressed in a society where issues of grooming, online peer pressure, extremism and hate crimes are rising, many youth services need to be supported with additional safeguarding resources and training to #KeepMeSafe.”

That’s why UK Youth have launched their new #KeepMeSafe campaign, which calls on all organisations working with young people to Stop what they’re doing, Look at their safeguarding policies, Listen to young people and take action during National Safeguarding Month.

Their study also found that despite spending such a huge amount of time feeling concerned, the average young person has just four people they feel they could turn to for help.

And although 18-25-year-olds having an average of 165 ‘friends’ on social media, 85 per cent still have moments where they feel lonely.

In fact, more than 40 per cent think social media only adds to their worries and stress with more than half of those saying it leaves them feeling under more pressure to keep up with everyone.

Others say they struggle with the lack of privacy, (29%), the pressure to impress others (40%) and feeling like they need to make their live sound better than it really is (33%).

But researchers found that even those who do have someone they can approach with a problem don’t always get the help they need with more than half admitting they have felt ‘fobbed off’ or ignored by someone.

And 68 per cent find it difficult to share problems in the first place.

This leads to more than six in 10 respondents being more likely to battle on alone than go to anyone else if they have a problem or need advice.

UK Youth’s spokesperson added: “Safeguarding has hit the headlines recently but it’s something we’ve been working to strengthen for a long time now. Research from our network and these new stats suggest the needs of young people have transformed in the last few years due to online/offline pressures and societal changes, which means an increased the level of support is needed to #KeepMeSafe.

“We’ve taken the positive approach to support our membership and work with colleagues across the youth sector to improve safeguarding and better support young people at a grass roots level in youth organisations across the UK. We’ve developed a safeguarding programme and assurance scheme to set a benchmark for youth organisations and support the delivery of a minimum level of practice consistent with operating a safe organisation.

“After the success of last year’s launch of National Safeguarding Month and in light of recent events, we hope our #KeepMeSafe campaign encourages all organisations working with young people take time to Stop what they’re doing, Look at their safeguarding policies, Listen to their young people and take action.”

#KeepMeSafe will run throughout National Safeguarding Month (from 1st-31st March) - Find out more about #KeepMeSafe here .

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Safeguarding Essentials will provide a comprehensive range of safeguarding resources including teacher training, classroom resources, policies, checklists and parent guides, to better equip schools in preventing and detecting current risks faced by children.

Our new service will be accessible anytime and anywhere, empowering teachers to have the latest knowledge at their fingertips to deliver outstanding safeguarding practices with ease.

Further information about the new resources will be coming soon. Existing E-safety Support members will be notified via your weekly email bulletin. If you are not already an E-safety Support member, you can register your interest in the new Safeguarding Essentials service.

Written by Safeguarding Essentials on March 01, 2018 10:23


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