Welcome to our fourth ALNS safeguarding bulletin where we are hoping to share with you the latest knowledge, tips and support services for various issues in order that we can work together to keep your children safe. Each bulletin will focus on a different area of safeguarding.
Key Focus – Summer Safeguarding
“The activity of jumping into the sea from a cliff or other high point”
Even though our young people think they invented everything fun – this is not new!
I am told by my young contacts this is most likely to take place at Southsea Pier, Eastern Road into Langstone Harbour (by the Farlington Roundabout) and Hilsea Lido. They tell me it is all about the adrenaline rush and of course young people think they are invincible!
In the UK between 2005 and 2015 83 serious injuries and 20 deaths occurred as a result of tombstoning.
In all likelihood, they are going to do it regardless of what adults say so please have conversations about water depth, submerged objects being dangerous and the shock of cold water
Unicef tells us that 50% of 9–16-year-olds in the UK go online in their bedrooms or other private spaces.
Summer holidays can lead to an increase in online safety concerns – more free time and less chance for schools to support any friendship disputes or unkind behaviour.
As a recap from a previous bulletin – these days, its all about using open social media spaces – getting likes and followers for your content – the more the merrier.
An instant response is expected from people leading to pressure and FOMO (fear of missing out). Young people need to consider what they are posting, who they are interacting with and how – are they being kind?
Important contact details for the Summer!
- If you need to contact the school over the Summer for safeguarding reasons, you can ring the admin team on 02392364536 (during office hours). In an emergency, they will then contact the safeguarding team. Please remember though that staff are on their summer holidays.
- If you are concerned that a child or young person has suffered harm, neglect, or abuse, please contact Portsmouth Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH). You can contact the MASH during office hours on either 02392 688793 or 0845 671 0271 or email: [email protected] If it is during out of Office hours (5pm -8am weekdays, weekends and bank holidays) the number is: 03005 551373.
- If a child is at immediate risk of harm, call the Police on 999.
Know where they are going and who they are with
(as far as they will let you!)
Check their phones
the most common platforms for sharing material between young people are WhatsApp and Snapchat.
Changes in behaviour
Keep your eye out – you might spot both extremes – e.g. withdrawn or overtly “misbehaving”, emotional changes too – anything out of the ordinary is worth exploring. Most children will not disclose a problem and it is up to us as adults to notice something is not right
Spend time together
This can be tricky money wise – these places are doing “kids eat free or cheaply deals this Summer (some restrictions apply see this link from Heart FM) – https://www.heart.co.uk/news/restaurants-cafes-kids-eat-free-summer-holidays/ :-
- Asda (£1)
- Bella Italia (£1)
- Morrisons – free
- Hungry Horse – free
- Yo Sushi – free for under 10s
For those of you as old as me…remember this one….
“Ladies and gentlemen of the class of ’99
If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be it”
Baz Luhrman 1999
If you have any concerns you want to discuss at school please contact your child’s tutor, their Head of House or the Designated Safeguarding Lead – Mrs Holness.
For Mental Health Support: –
- Kooth – online resource for 11- 18-year-olds for anonymous counselling, peer support via chatrooms and online advice Kooth.com
- Shout – text SHOUT to 85258 – 24/7 text support available with trained volunteers. Giveusashout.org
For Online safety: –
- CEOP.police.uk – CEOP is a law enforce-ment agency, there to keep children and young people safe from grooming and online sexual abuse. You can make a report or seek advice
- Thinkuknow.co.uk – useful resources for parents and for children