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1 ASSEMBLY Ms C Henley UNCRC - Article 3
All adults should do what’s best for you. When adults make decisions they should think about how their decisions affect children. Tuesday 25th September 2012

2 Safeguarding INFORMATION FOR STUDENTS September 2012

3 Overview  We believe that your safety and welfare is very important. Schools have a special responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of all students. This means we should: - notice if you are being treated badly - listen to you if you want to talk to us about a problem take advice from other professionals if you need extra help

4 What do we mean by Child Abuse?
If children and young people are hurt in some way by an adult or an older young person this might be what is called child abuse. If we think a student has been abused we have a set of rules we follow to help to protect you. These rules are called ‘child protection procedures’ and a copy is kept in reception if you would like to read it.

5 United Nations Convention Rights of the Child
Everyone under the age 18 has the same rights which are called children’s rights. These are set out in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). No one can take these rights away from you, even if you do something wrong. You have the rights regardless of your gender, nationality, religion, race, culture, ability or sexuality. You don’t need anybody’s permission to talk about your worries and you have the right to talk to anyone you wish.

6 Keeping Safe 1. Look confident. People are less likely to approach you. 2. Try to go to places with friends. If you do go out alone, always tell someone where you are going and what time you will return. Always return on time and if you are late, tell someone. 3. Talk to a trusted adult – someone in the family or someone at school if anyone says or does anything that worries or frightens you. 4. Don’t worry about breaking rules if you feel afraid. It’s OK to shout at or run away from an adult who may scare you. 5. If you have a mobile phone, put in emergency numbers – your parents, police, a trusted adult – on speed dial so you can make a call quickly if you need to.

7 Keeping Safe 6. If you are taking a bus or train, make sure you have enough money for the return journey. Don’t accept money from someone you’ve never met before. 7. Don’t accept a lift from someone you’ve never met before. Call someone to pick you up. 8. Stick to well-lit areas where there are people around if you need help. 9. Remember that alcohol and drugs can harm your health and can also encourage you to take unnecessary risks. 10. This may seem silly – but if someone is frightening you and you can’t get away, pretend you are going to be sick over them. It makes them move back, giving you a chance to run away.

8 Internet Safety • Don’t put up with abusive texts, photos or videos. Show them to an adult and make sure the person who sent them knows you are taking action to stop them. Report the person using the ‘Report’ button if you are online. • Think about the language you use in texts. If you wouldn’t like it said about you, don’t say it about anyone else. • Don’t lend your mobile to anyone unless it’s an emergency. • Don’t reveal your full name, address or phone number to people you meet on the internet unless you check it out with your parent or another adult first. • Don’t allow anyone online to trick you into doing something against your wishes or something you know you shouldn’t do.

9 Internet Safety • Remember that any s you send or photos you upload to the internet can’t be destroyed. They are there forever. Think before you post something you might later regret. • Never arrange to meet up with someone you meet online until you tell your parents or another adult. Most people are safe but some are dangerous. • Block any users who you are unsure about and break off contact with anyone who makes you feel worried. • Don’t use your real name in chat rooms or use any handle or nickname that reveals personal details, such as the town or street you live in. • You can report internet abuse at the click of a button on a really good website or CEOP.

10 Managing your anger - Count to ten to give yourself time to think and take a deep breath  - Move away from whatever/whoever is making you angry  - Distract yourself – do something else to take your mind off the problem  - Put your hands in your pockets to stop yourself getting physical  - Try to understand the other person’s point of view (even if you don’t agree with it)  - Make a phone call or go and talk to somebody else  - Think about the consequences of not staying in control - Think how good it feels to be in control of yourself

11 Where to get help If you, or you know a friend of yours are having problems with another student, or any adult, then please be a friend and share the information with an adult who will be able to support you. In school, your tutor would usually be the first person to talk to, but you can talk to any adult. If you dont want to talk face to face, then you can call any of support numbers, or go online. Help us, protect you – tell an adult.

12 Contacts You can always talk to any of the adults in school.
Other useful contacts  Childline NSPCC helpline  Asian languages helpline  Textline

13 Student Information Booklet
Every tutor has been given a copy of our student safeguarding information booklet which is displayed on the tutor group notice board for you to read at any time. Copies of this are available in the LRC and in reception if you would like to have your own copy.

14 REFLECTION Luck runs out but safety is good for life.
The safest risk is the one you didn’t take. Safety doesn’t happen by accident.  Safety isn’t just a slogan, it’s a way of life. Things happen to you to make you realise your true potential, strength, will power and heart . You can only let someone throw so many stones at you. Before you pick them all up, put them together and build a wall to keep them from doing it again.


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