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Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Events August 2022

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World Breast Feeding Week

Date: 1st-7th August

Encourages breastfeeding and to improve the health of babies.
www.worldbreastfeedingweek.org

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International Youth Day

Date: 12th August

Raises awareness of issues affecting young people around the world.
www.un.org

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Manchester Pride – The Big Weekend

Date: 27th-30th August

Manchester Pride is a registered charity that campaigns for equality and challenges discrimination; creates opportunity for engagement and participation and celebrates lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) life. The charity fundraises for LGBT and HIV projects in Greater Manchester by staging a number of events throughout the year, including the award wining Manchester Pride Festival.
www.manchesterpride.com

“The worst from of inequality is to try to make unequal things equal”

Aristotle

Special Days

1st-7th August

  • World Breastfeeding Week

6th August

  • Transfiguration – (Christian)

6th-7th August

  • Fast of Tisha B’Av (end of the three weeks of mourning) – (Jewish Observance)

7th-8th August

  • Ashura* – (Islam)

11th August

  • Raksha Bandhan** – (Hindu holiday)

12th August

  • International Youth Day

15th August

  • Assumption of Mary – (Christian)

18th August

  • Krishna Janmashtami** (Birthday Lord Krishna) – (Hindu festival)

27th-30th August

  • Manchester Pride

29th August

  • Summer Bank holiday

30th August

  • Ganesh Chaturthi** – (Hindu holiday)

JTM’s Monthly Safeguarding Bulletin – July 2022

Topics for this month:

Sexing

Sexting is when people share a sexual message and/or a naked or semi-naked image, video or text message with another person. It’s also known as nude image sharing.

Children, young people or adults may consent to sending a nude image of themselves. They can also be forced or coerced into sharing images by their peers or adults online.

Even if a child, young person or adult originally shares the image consensually, they have no control over how other people might use it.

If the image is shared around peer groups, it may lead to bullying and isolation. Perpetrators of abuse may circulate a nude image more widely and use this to blackmail them and/or groom them for further sexual abuse.

It’s a criminal offence to create or share explicit images of a child, even if the person doing it is a child. If sexting is reported to the police, they will make a record but may decide not to take any formal action against a young person

You should know what to do if you ever need to help a young person who has received or sent an explicit image, video or message; or had an image shared without their consent.

Children, young people, or adult who are involved in a sexting incident might have:

  • shared an image of themselves
  • received an image from someone else
  • shared an image of someone else more widely.

This may have happened with or without consent of all the people involved. And children may have been coerced or pressured into giving consent.

Sometimes a child/young person/adult might tell you directly that they have been involved in sexting. Or they might mention something which gives you cause for concern. Other times you might notice that a young person is behaving differently or being bullied, and the sexting might come to light when you try to find out what’s going on.

Sometimes you might overhear a conversation or see something that makes you worried.

Never wait for a child/young person to tell you directly that they have been involved in sexting. You should follow your organisation’s policy and procedures and make your nominated child protection lead aware of the situation as soon as possible.

Talking to a young person who has been involved in sexting.

If you’re talking to a young person who has been involved in sexting, it’s important to remain calm, reassuring and non-judgmental.  Give them time to talk and check that you understand what they have said.

They should talk to the young people involved, to find out what’s happened, how they are feeling and what support they need.

Your nominated child protection lead should try to find out:

  • if it’s an image, video or message
  • who sent it
  • who is featured in it
  • if there were any adults involved
  • if it’s on an organisational or personal device.

Safeguarding and child protection should be the main concern of any investigation into a sexting incident, and you should avoid criminalising young people unnecessarily.

What to do with a sexting image

It’s best practice never to view any sexting images. If the image is on a device belonging to your organisation, you need to isolate it so that nobody else can see it. This may involve blocking the network to all users.

You should never copy, print or share sexual images of a child or young person (Childnet, 2016; UKCCIS, 2017a and 2017b).

Getting an explicit image removed from the internet

To get an explicit image removed from the internet you can:

  • report the image to the site or network hosting it
  • contact the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF)
  • encourage the child or young person to get in touch with Childline

Help for children and you people call Childline on 0800 1111

How to respond if someone discloses, they are being harmed or abused.

The NSPCC have produced a short animated video to help in responding appropriately and sensitively to disclosures. Whilst it is aimed at child disclosures, the approach can be used in any challenging or emotive conversations.

https://learning.nspcc.org.uk/research-resources/2019/let-children-know-you-re-listening/

Increase your summer travel safety.

ProtectUK, the government’s new central hub for counter terrorism and security advice, have published guidance for those looking to travel abroad during the summer holidays.

As travel restrictions across the globe continue to ease, and more travellers begin planning their international travel, we want to remind you of the importance of staying safe abroad.

For some, going abroad is one of the many moments in the year to wind down, enjoy new experiences, and create great memories. 

Before going abroad, it is important to think about your security. You should be vigilant at all times when travelling, from preparation of baggage to exploring your new location. To help you stay safe, Protect UK recommend watching their Stay Safe Abroad video.

This video (link below) shows you how you can apply the RUN. HIDE. TELL. approach in the unlikely event of an incident. 

https://www.protectuk.police.uk/sites/default/files/2021-08/05%20-%20RHT%20International%20-%20Industry%20Film%20-%20Run%20Hide%20Tell%20%5BPresentations%5D.mp4

Remember:

RUN – to a safe place. This is better than trying to surrender or negotiate.

HIDE – it is better to hide than confront. Barricade yourself in, turn your phone to silent and use only when it is safe to do so.

TELL – Make sure you know the local emergency numbers in the country you are travelling to. For all EU countries call 112. 

They also recommend reading the latest travel advice on the country you are visiting before travelling via the Gov.uk website: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice

For more information, please visit: https://www.protectuk.police.uk/

Online Safety Bill put on hold

Plans for new internet safety laws have been put on hold until a new prime minister is in place in the autumn.

The Online Safety Bill aims to lay down rules in law about how platforms should deal with harmful content. The bill is currently at report stage, which means MPs can discuss amendments. It was expected to clear the Commons later in July before proceeding to the House of Lords.

The bill’s aims are to:

  • prevent the spread of illegal content and activity such as images of child abuse, terrorist material and hate crimes, including racist abuse
  • protect children from harmful material
  • protect adults from legal – but harmful – content

The legislation largely puts the onus on the tech giants, like Meta – previously Facebook – and Google, to figure out how it would meet those aims. It also empowers Ofcom as a regulator to police whether they do a good enough job.

Firms that fail to comply with the new rules could face fines of up to £18m, or 10% of their annual global turnover, whichever is highest.

The bill also requires pornography websites to use age verification technology to stop children from accessing the material on their sites, and there will be a duty for the largest social media platforms and search engines to prevent fraudulent advertising.

For more information on this, please visit: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-62158287

The infographic attached to this month’s bulletin shows what to expect when the bill moves into law, and also what can be done now to ensure a safer online world for children and young people.

Samaritans Awareness month July 2022

Throughout July, the Samaritans are running an awareness-raising campaign ‘Talk to Us’, to remind people that they are there for anyone who needs someone to listen. The message is whoever you are, and whatever you are going though and struggling to cope, you can talk about it to them and get help.

They aim to share one simple message: ‘Talk to us, and we will listen 24/7’

How can the Samaritans help & what they do?

Every 10 seconds, Samaritans responds to a call for help. They are there, day or night, for anyone who needs someone to listen without judgement or pressure.

Samaritans is not only for the moment of crisis, but also about taking action to prevent the crisis. They give people ways to cope and the skills to be there for others, and they encourage, promote, and celebrate those moments of connection between people that can save lives.

In Prisons, Schools, Hospitals and on the rail network, Samaritans are working with people who are going through a difficult time and training others to do the same.

Every life lost to suicide is a tragedy, and Samaritans’ vision is that fewer people die by suicide. That is why they work tirelessly to reach more people and make suicide prevention a priority.

During 2021, around 22,000 people volunteered their time for Samaritans.

  • Almost 20,000 trained listening volunteers responded to calls for help.
  • Around 2,500 volunteers supported the running of more than 200 branches and locations across the UK and Ireland.
  • Over 1,300 people in prison volunteered as trained listeners.

Exploring feelings alleviates distress and helps people to reach a better understanding of their situation and the options open to them.

Confidentiality- if people feel safe, they are more likely to be open up and talk about their feelings.

Non-judgemental- Samaritans want people to be able to talk without fear of prejudice or rejection.

People making their own decisions- they believe that people have the right to find their own solution and that telling people what to do takes responsibility away from them.

Human contact- Giving people time, undivided attention and empathy meets a fundamental emotional need and reduces distress and despair.

Contact and support

Whatever you are going through, you can call the Samaritans any time, from any phone for FREE- on 116 123

There is also a Samaritans Self-Help on their website to provide a type of support that you can use without having to discuss your feelings with someone else. It will help you learn safe, memorable techniques for coping with things that are troubling you, through a range of interactive features. It can also help you plan to stay safe in a crisis and keep track of things you can do away from the app to help yourself feel better.

Samaritans Self-Help is a web application that you can use online in your browser or install on a computer or smartphone. It is not monitored by our volunteers, and we can’t see what you write in it. Any feedback you leave on it via the sidebar will also remain anonymous.

Writing a letter can be a personal and safe way for you to get your feelings across. It might be too upsetting to talk about certain things on the phone and writing everything down can help you work through it. This has proved to help people take the first steps to getting help…

If you do not have easy access to a computer or telephone, or just do not like email or talking on the phone, you can write free to:

Freepost SAMARITANS LETTERS

For more information or advice please visit

https://www.samaritans.org/how-we-can-help/contact-samaritan/

Disability Awareness Day

As part of Disability Awareness Day which took place on the 17th of July, INEGE, an online safety hub, have been looking at how technology can make a positive difference for people living with disabilities.

This article focuses on five apps and websites that can be used to support individuals with autism

Helpful Examples of How Technology Can Support Children with Autism – Ineqe Safeguarding Group

JTM’s Monthly Safeguarding Bulletin – June 2022

Topics for this month:

It’s Pride Month in the UK

Which marks the celebration of and focus on LGBTQ+ communities. It is also an important time to shed light on the difficult everyday situations which many young people who are exploring their sexuality or who identify as LGBTQ+ find themselves in.

According to the NSPCC, children and young people in the LGBTQ+ Community may ‘experience homophobic, biphobic or transphobic bullying or hate crime’. In addition, children and young people who are discovering their sexual identity may be more at risk of grooming and being encouraged to take part in underage sexual exploration.

Education is key. Understanding the context of their lives and lived experiences empowers us all with a greater level of understanding on how we can protect and support them. We have gathered some key statistics from national reports to illustrate the lived experiences of children and young people who identify as LGBTQ+.

4 in 5 transgender young people (84%) have self-harmed 

Young people who identify as transgender are subject to sustained bullying in schools, with 46% ‘frequently’ or ‘often’ hearing negative comments about trans people and their gender identity or experiencing physical violence. 45% of trans young people have attempted to take their own life. Recent findings suggest 68% of young people who identify as LGBTQ+  have also experienced suicidal feelings, compared to 29% of non–LGBTQ+ peers.

At least 2 in 5 young people who identify as LGBTQ+ have experienced a hate incident  

These include verbal harassment, intimidation, and physical or sexual violence. More than nine in ten of the most serious incidents are unreported, often because “it happens all the time.”  

45% of LGBTQ pupils in the UK are bullied at school

Less than a third of bullied LGBTQ+ pupils say teachers intervened during bullying. Seven in 10 LGBTQ+ pupils (68%) report that teachers or staff only ‘sometimes’ or ‘never’ challenge homophobic, biphobic and transphobic (HBT) language when they hear it. Those entrusted with safeguarding children and young people should take the lead in tackling HBT. This would promote inclusivity and acceptance within schools and helps young people who are exploring their sexuality and / or those who identify as LGBTQ+ feel protected by those in positions of power.

Whilst children and young people of the LGBTQ+ Community may face different adversities, it is possible to help mitigate these by providing support and understanding. Research has shown that acceptance and support from peers and family help provide protective factors against depression, drug misuse and self-harm amongst the LGBTQ+ youth. Support, such as family affirmation, can have incredibly positive effects on self-esteem, general wellness, and acts as a ‘buffer’ against poor mental health.

The importance of representation cannot be understated. 52% of LGBTQ+ pupils reported that seeing other members of the LGBTQ+ community makes the most positive difference in their daily lives.

How can you support a child or young person in the LGBTQ+ community?

  • Create a safe environment in which children and young people feel they can talk about their gender or sexual identity. Never force the conversation!
  • Affirm the conversation: Always thank your young person for talking with you, opening up and being honest.  This may also be a good opportunity to remind how much you love them.
  • Active listening: Take the time to stop, listen and acknowledge what they are trying to tell you.
  • Acknowledge you won’t always get it right. We all make mistakes, when we do it’s important to own it and apologise; It’s okay – we all make them! For example, if you accidently use the wrong word or phrase, don’t panic. Correct yourself and apologise. This can help your young person understand that you are listening and trying to support them.
  • Find age-appropriate resources. The danger of leaving young people to find their own resources is that they may encounter harmful or age-inappropriate content online, sometimes of a sexual nature.
  • Trusted Adults – Talk to your young person about who their team of trusted adults are and who they can talk to, if they don’t feel comfortable taking to you.
  • Don’t make assumptions. Young people may not disclose mental health issues, bullying or abuse in fear that their sexual or gender identity will be blamed. 
  • Seek out support for yourself! It’s okay if you need extra support as a parent or carer. There are multiple online and in person resources, including organisation specifically for parents and carers of LGBTQ+ people. We have outlined some of these in our Signposting and Further Resources section below.

Activitylearning packs that aims to help educate you a bit more about the experiences of individuals who identify as LGBTQ+🏳️‍🌈 can be found here SSZM-Pride-Pack-22_Update_v2.pdf (ineqe.com)    SSZM-Pride-Learning-Support-Pack-22_Update.pdf (ineqe.com)

Signposting

Here comes the sun, remember how to keep safe…

  • Who doesn’t love the feel of those first rays of sunshine on your skin, but sometimes this doesn’t go as smoothly as planned? When summer sets in, so too does the heat, with high UV rays, that can be very damaging to your skin if you do not take the right precautions.
  • Whatever your summer plans and with the expected hot weather over the coming months, do not forget how important sun protection is for you and your skin!
  • As well as more serious health risks, too much sun can damage your skin’s moisture barrier, leading to lost elasticity, dryness, prickly skin irritation and even premature ageing. It doesn’t have to feel hot for your skin to feel the sun’s damaging effects: rays can reach through glass, so do not forget the suitable SPF for when you are exposed to the sun. After sun’ lotion can help sunburnt skin feel better, but it can’t repair any DNA damage!
  • Too much ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun or sunbeds can damage DNA in your skin cells and cause skin cancer. The best way to enjoy the sun safely and protect your skin, is to plan time out in the shade, use protective clothing and sunscreen. The sun is strongest in the UK between 11am and 3pm from March to October.

When buying sunscreen, the label should have:

  • a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30 to protect against UVB
  • at least 4-star UVA protection
  • take extra care with children (SPF) 50

In the UK almost 9 in 10 cases of melanoma skin cancer could be prevented by staying safe in the sun and avoiding sunbeds.

  • Getting sunburnt just once every two years can triple your risk of melanoma skin cancer, compared to never being burnt.
  • Melanoma skin cancercan grow down through the layers of the skin and spread to other parts of the body.
  • Remember, when skin cancer is found at an early stage, treatment is more likely to be successful. If you have noticed any unusual changes to your skin, including a mark or mole that’s new, has changed or been there for a while, speak to your doctor.

Sun and Vitamin D

  • On a positive Vitamin production from the sun is one of the most well-known health benefits activated by sunlight exposure. Such as for our skeletal, cardiovascular, neurological, and immune systems. Vitamin D also fights to protect against disease, improves physical performance and also improves our well-being & mental health.
  • -The amount of time you need in the sun to make enough vitamin D in the UK depends on your skin type and the time of day or year.
  • -Many people don’t realise they don’t need to sunbathe for long, to get enough vitamin D the body needs. Most people in the UK can make enough by spending short spaced-out periods of time in the sun for example 10-20 minutes.
  • It is also very important to remember that skin damage does not only happen on holiday or in hot, sunny places. The sun is often strong enough to cause damage in the UK, even when it’s cloudy. To help us make vitamin D for healthy bones, it’s more about minutes rather than hours.
  • Whilst we all need some sun, and the benefits it brings we must keep in mind the dangers it brings too…
  • For more information, please see the links below-  
  • https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/seasonal-health/sunscreen-and-sun-safety/
  • https://www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-cancer/causes-of-cancer/sun-uv-and-cancer/sun-and-vitamin-d

More Sun Safety….

  • The Teenage Cancer Trust found that nearly two-thirds (61%) of young people aged 13-24 have avoided using sunscreen in order to get a better tan. As the weather gets hotter in the UK, we need to be more knowledgeable about keeping safe in the sun than ever before.
  • The damage done to young skin can lead to skin cancer developing in later life, so it’s vital to help young people protect themselves in the sun.

Teenage Cancer Trust Resources

World Wellbeing Week: 27th June – 1st July

What is World Wellbeing Week?

  • Now in its fourth year, World Wellbeing Week returns in June 2022 to provide the opportunity for participants worldwide to celebrate the many aspects of wellbeing, from meaningful, purposeful work to financial security, physical, mental and emotional health, social resilience and empathic corporate and civic leadership, community relations and care for the environment. Wellbeing has never been so important to our lives and livelihoods.
  • The pandemic has revealed a capacity for change, never before thought possible, with people adapting mentally and physically all over the world. It has brought with it different ways of thinking and a new-found resilience. The word on everyone’s lips has been: ‘wellbeing’.
  • World Wellbeing Week 2022 will celebrate these universal achievements when the world came together as one.
  • How to take care of your wellbeing:
  • We have included a link to a poster from Mind Charity below, which outlines methods you can take care of your wellbeing, from keeping yourself physically active, getting enough sleep, talking about the way you feel, setting yourself a challenge, and many more.
  • https://www.mind.org.uk/media-a/4538/blp-take-care-of-your-wellbeing-web.pdf
  • Every Mind Matters also outlines on their website “Top tips to improve your mental wellbeing” to find out more please visit:
  • https://www.nhs.uk/every-mind-matters/mental-wellbeing-tips/top-tips-to-improve-your-mental-wellbeing/

    Click here for Mental wellbeing advice and support

Do Summer Safely campaign.

The UK’s Counter Terrorism Policing HQ has launched its Summer Vigilance campaign. The campaign aims to encourage the public to report anything that ‘doesn’t feel right’ and to ‘trust their instincts’.

A range of promotional material has been produced to reach people celebrating some of this summer’s big events including the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, Women’s Euros, Commonwealth Games and other sporting, stadium and large events. This campaign complements the recently unveiled #BeSafeBeSound campaign which offers the same key messages for festivals and music events.

The purpose of this campaign is to: 

  1. Make the public aware of how we can all play our part in defeating terrorism
  2. Increase confidence in reporting something which doesn’t feel right and how to report.
  3. Encourage event organisers, staff and security to take action themselves to support the CT effort, and prepare should they need to respond to a terrorist attack.

For more information about the campaign, please visit: https://www.protectuk.police.uk/news-views/do-summer-safely-ctphq-launch-summer-vigilance-campaign

New Instagram and Meta Quest VR parental controls.

This month, Instagram will be making new parental supervision tools available for users in the UK. These are becoming available for the Instagram platform as well as the Meta Quest VR headsets. These features will allow parents to have more supervision over their child’s online activity, as well as provide options to set screen time limits and have more awareness when something is reported online by their teen.

Instagram Supervision Tools

Announced several months ago, the new parental tools for Instagram are looking to include the supervision option, which needs to be approved, by both the parent and the teen before features are made available. This option can also be switched off at any time. Once activated, parents will have the ability to:

  1. See how much time their teen spends on Instagram
  2. Be aware of who their teen follows and who follows them in return
  3. Receive notifications about when their teen reports someone on Instagram, information about the person who was reported and the type of report that was made.
  4. Set specific times when parents would like to limit their child’s screen time.

As part of the new features, teens will soon receive a notification (or nudge) that will encourage them to switch to a different topic if they are looking at something on Instagram consistently. This is not reserved for particular topics, but is there to allow teens to discover new things on the platform.

Meta VR Supervision Tools

Parental supervision tools are also being made available on the Quest VR headsets. For these new supervision features to be made available, teens will need to initiate the process with acceptance from both parent and teen to link accounts. Once approved, parents will be able to:

  1. Block and approve purchases on apps that are not age appropriate
  2. Block specific apps that may be inappropriate and have awareness on all apps that are owned
  3. Receive notifications when a purchase is made in VR
  4. See how much screen time their teen has had in VR
  5. See their friends list

For more information on these parental controls, please visit: https://familycenter.instagram.com/

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Events – July 2022

South Asian Heritage Month

Date: 18th July to 17th August

Celebrating South Asian Heritage Month. A month of activity to explore the shared cultures and histories of the UK and South Asia. South Asian Heritage Month (SAHM) exists in order to commemorate, mark and celebrate South Asian history and culture, as well as to better understand the diverse heritage that continues to link the UK and South Asia.

The Big Listen – Samaritans Awareness Day

Date: 24th July

Samaritans are challenging the UK to become better listeners by sharing expert tips on how to be a better listener. Throughout July, Samaritans branches are also holding events throughout the UK and Ireland to raise awareness of the services they offer in their local communities. Visit your local branch website to see what they’re doing during Talk To Us.
www.samaritans.org/media-centre/big-listen

World Hepatitis Day

Date: 28th July

Observed on July 28th every year, aims to raise global awareness of hepatitis – a group of infectious diseases known as Hepatitis A, B, C, D and E – and encourage prevention, diagnosis and treatment. Hepatitis affects hundreds of millions of people worldwide, causing acute and chronic disease and killing close to 1.34 million people every year.
www.worldhepatitisalliance.org/

Sparkle

Date: 8th-19th July

The National Transgender charity organises the Sparkle weekend in July each year. They also hold several events throughout the year to actively promote fundraising and Trans awareness. Sparkle also supports Trans Rights and the positive representation of Trans people in the UK and worldwide.
www.sparkle.org.uk

“Be with those who help your being”

Rumi

Special Days

8th-10th July

  • Sparkle Weekend

11th July

  • Feast of Saint Benedict – (Christian)

9th-13th July

  • Eid ul Adha* – (Islamic holiday)

11th-18th July

  • 9 Days – (Jewish Observance)

13th July

  • Asalha Puja (Dharma Day) – (Buddhist)

17th July

  • World day for international Justice
  • International Disability Awareness Day

17th July – 7th August

  • Fast of the 17th of Tammuz (beginning the three weeks of mourning) – (Jewish Observance)

18th July – 17th August

  • South Asian Heritage Month

24th July

  • The Big Listen – (Samaritans Awareness Day)

28th July

  • World Hepatitis Day

29th July

  • Al- Hijra* (Islamic New Year Begins) – (Islam)

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Events – June 2022

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This image shows the globe with the text Refugee week

Refugee Week

Date: 20th 26th June
Discovery and celebration of the contribution of Refugees in the UK
www.refugeeweek.org

Summer Solstice

Date: 21st June
The summer solstice is the longest day of the year. It’s the moment in time when the Earth’s tilt towards the Sun is at its maximum and the Sun reaches its highest position in the sky. Traditionally to mark the arrival of summer in the United Kingdom people gather at Stonehenge, in Wilshire to see the sun rise. The Heel Stone and Slaughter Stone, set outside the main circle, align with the rising sun.

Windrush Day

Date: 22nd June
Windrush Day marks the anniversary of the arrival of MV Empire Windrush at the port of Tilbury, near London, on 22nd June 1984. Those who arrived on the Empire Windrush, their descendants and those who followed them, have made and continue to make an enormous contribution to Britain.
www.windrushday.org.uk

this image shows a carer talking to a older person

Carers Week

Date: 8th-13th June
Awareness campaign which aims to improve the lives of carers and the people they care for.

Men’s Health Week

Date: 10th-17th June
Heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and to encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys.
Click here for more information

“It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength”

Maya Angelou

Special Days

2nd May

  • Spring Bank Holiday
  • Ascension Day – (Orthodox Christian)

3rd June

  • Platinum Jubilee Bank Holiday

3rd-10th June

  • Child Safety Week

4th-6th June

  • Shavuot* – (Jewish Holiday)

5th June

  • Pentecost – (Christian)

6th-12th June

  • Carers Week

10th-17th June

  • Men’s Health Week

12th June

  • Trinity Sunday – (Christian)

16th June

  • Guru Arjan Dev Martyrdom – (Sikh)
  • Corpus Christi – (Christian)

19th June

  • Father’s Day

20th-26th June

  • Refugee Week

21st June

  • Summer Solstice (season)
  • World Humanist Day

20th-26th June

  • Learning Disabilities Week

22nd June

  • Windrush Day

24th-30th June

  • Deaf Blind Awareness Week

JTM’s Monthly Safeguarding Bulletin – May 2022

Topics for this month:

Healthy Relationships Resource Pack (Safelives)

In 2019, SafeLives gathered the voices and perspectives of men and boys aged 11 and over, asking them about abuse, masculinity and what a ‘healthy’ relationship looks like. Almost a third of respondents said they had demonstrated behaviour within a relationship that they regretted.

Professionals working with young people are in the unique position to support them to have healthy relationships during this critical window – before they harm or are harmed.

To do this, professionals need to feel confident starting conversations about relationships. Building on the research, SafeLives have developed a resource pack that practitioners could use to start conversations with young people about relationships and explore what healthy looks like.  

Access the resource pack here:
https://safelives.org.uk/sites/default/files/resources/SafeLives%20Resource%20Pack%20-%20final.pdf

Keeping Children Safe In Education

The Department for Education (DfE) has published an updated version of its statutory KCSIE in England, which will come into force on 01 September 2022. Annex F of the of the new guidance sets out the changes made, including: a new paragraph on domestic abuse added to the list of safeguarding issues all staff should be aware of, new information on the importance of  talking to parents about children’s access to online sites when away from school, and a new paragraph highlighting the importance of ensuring that children understand the law on child-on-child abuse is there to protect them rather than criminalise them.

Read the guidance: Statutory guidance: keeping children safe in education
Download the guidance: Keeping children safe in education 2022 (PDF)

Online Bullying

Ofcom has released the second episode of their new podcast series Life online which explores themes around online safety. This episode centres on cyberbullying and includes three teenagers sharing their own experiences of online bullying.    

Read the news story: Threat of online bullying greater than offline
Listen to the podcast: Online bullying in the digital world

Free CPD online training (anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk)


See also on NSPCC Learning 
Protecting children from bullying and cyberbullying

Mental Health Awareness Week ‘tackling loneliness’ 9th-15th May

One in four adults feel lonely some or all of the time, and there is no single cause and often there is no one solution. After all, we are all different, but the longer we feel lonely, the more we are at risk of mental health problems. Some people are also at higher risk of feeling lonely than others. 

‘Mental Health Awareness Week’ this year, is trying to raise awareness of the impact of loneliness on our mental health and the practical steps we can take to address it.  

Talking therapies can help 

Talking through your feelings with a counsellor or therapist can help you cope with your feelings of loneliness. Talking therapy can be hard to get – but if you can find a professional, it can really be of benefit. It will provide you with a safe space to work through your feelings and thoughts without judgement. Check out your local resources by visiting the NHS website.

Try to use social media in a positive way 

Social media can help your mental health, but it can also affect it negatively. The key is to use it in a positive way. Finding digital communities, you share interests and passions with can help. Most importantly be aware of how you feel when you use social media and focus on topics and activities that work best for you.

Try and do things that stimulate your mind 

Activities that occupy your mind can help with loneliness. This can include the benefits of taking courses or listening to podcasts on topics from comedy to fitness. This can be stimulating and something as simple as listening to the familiar voice of someone you like can help you feel less lonely.

Think about doing a physical activity 

Physical exercise can help with loneliness. It can be as simple as having a walk in the park when you are feeling a bit overwhelmed. Alternatively, you could listen to music and do a bit of dancing around your living room.

Try to engage with the people you meet in your daily life. 

It can be hard to talk to others when you are feeling lonely. However, trying to connect with the people you meet as you go about your day can be helpful. Even catching someone’s eye and saying “hi” as you walk along can make you feel better. Or it could be about saying hello to the postwomen or postman or going to the shops and talking to the person at the checkout. By sharing a polite greeting – you might find you give someone else a positive lift too.

Five warning signs of mental illness
  • Long-lasting sadness or irritability
  • Extremely high and low moods
  • Excessive fear, worry, or anxiety which takes over the mind
  • Social withdrawal and changes in character
  • Dramatic changes in eating or sleeping habits, as well as appearance

Living with a mental health problem can often have an impact on day-to-day life, making things that others might not think about more difficult. Common mental health disorders include- depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder to more extreme conditions such as schizophrenia.

Tips on how you can help mental health
  • Buy yourself something nice….
  • Cook a meal that nourishes your mind. …
  • Ring a friend who you have not spoken to in a while. …
  • Write yourself a letter, highlighting your good points to remind yourself about what a special person you are. …
  • Watch a funny film. …
  • Go for a walk in the country side
  • Look at happy photos or videos

If you feel you need some advice, support, or help with your mental health you can access Mind website https://www.mind.org.uk

or Young Minds https://www.youngminds.org.uk/

You can also accesswww.nhs.ukfor further mental health support and information.

JTM’s Safeguarding Team, including pastoral support is available to help and support you. You can contact the Safeguarding Team directly (details below) or contact your JTM Assessor.

A number of organisations have created resources for teaching staff to use:

Mental Health Awareness Week 2022 toolkit (Anna Freud)
https://mentallyhealthyschools.org.uk/resources/mental-health-awareness-week-2022-toolkit-of-resources/

Mental Health Foundations Resources
https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/campaigns/mental-health-awareness-week/resources

Mental Health Awareness Week (Mind)
https://www.mind.org.uk/get-involved/mental-health-awareness-week

FE resources Resource library : Mentally Healthy Schools

Coping with self-harm – for young people (Mind)

Self-harm involves emotionally or physically hurting yourself on purpose. You may also hear it being called:

  • ‘self-injury’
  • ‘cutting’
  • ‘self-violence’
  • ‘non-suicidal self-injury’
  • ‘self-injurious behaviour’.

People self-harm for many different reasons, and in many different ways. The reason or way they self-harm may be different each time too. And sometimes they may self-harm but not realise until afterwards.

Self-harm is often misunderstood. Let’s break down some myths and stereotypes you may have heard:

  1. Self-harm is only when you cut yourselffalse!

Self-harm can take many forms, including:

  • hurting or injuring yourself, like headbutting a wall
  • poisoning yourself
  • doing something that will put you in danger, like getting into fights or binge-drinking
  • not looking after yourself, like not eating meals or washing
  • sending hateful or abusive messages to yourself, or about yourself, online.
  • Any way that someone hurts or injures themselves on purpose can be seen as self-harm.

If you don’t realise what you’re doing is self-harm, it can be harder to recognise that you need help and support. So it’s important to try to understand the reasons behind the behaviour.

  1. Only girls self-harm’false!

Anyone can self-harm, no matter what their gender is.

More girls are seen by doctors or local services for self-harm, but that doesn’t mean they’re the only ones who hurt themselves on purpose. Boys and men are affected too. And it might be myths like this that make it harder for them to seek help. If boys self-harm, they may feel judged or misunderstood. Or if their self-harm is hidden by angry behaviour, it may take longer to be recognised and for them to receive help.

  1. Self-harm is contagious’false!

Self-harm is not contagious. It can’t be caught like a disease and being near someone who’s self-harmed doesn’t mean you will self-harm. Nor will being told about someone’s self-harm.

But there is a greater chance of self-harm if someone close to you has self-harmed. They could be physically close, like in the same class, or emotionally close, like a friend or family member.

Here’s some reasons why:

it can be seen as a ‘normal’ response within a group to deal with difficult feelings or experiences

someone may learn how to harm themselves from someone else it can be a result of peer pressure, like copying others to fit in. This is why we should be careful about how we talk about self-harm to others, and what we see or read online.

  1. ‘Self-harm is a coping strategy’true!

Some people use self-harm as a way to cope with a negative experience, thought or feeling. They may feel it’s the only way for them to cope with the situation, or their feelings, at that time.

However, self-harm is a negative coping strategy. It may get rid of some of the stress or emotion at first, but it doesn’t help deal with the reason you’re feeling distressed. If you start to rely on self-harm as a coping strategy, over time it stops providing a sense of comfort or release, and it helps less and less.

  1. ‘You can stop self-harming’true!

With the right help and support, you can reduce your self-harm and then stop self-harming. The longer you have self-harmed, the longer it may take to break down your reliance on it and replace it with something safer.

Recovery from self-harm is a process, not an end goal. Recovery may be about managing the urge to self-harm, rather than stopping completely.  Sometimes there may be setbacks, and that’s okay. It doesn’t mean you don’t want to get better, and it’s part of learning what does and doesn’t help you.

Wanting to change how you cope is a great first step to stopping self-harming.

Why do people self-harm?

People self-harm for different reasons. They might self-harm as a way of dealing with something difficult that is happening or has happened to them in the past. Or they might not know why they’re hurting themselves. Even if you don’t understand why you’re self-harming, you’re not alone and you can still get help.

Some reasons young people self-harm include:

  • living with health problems – like a physical health problem or an illness
  • living with a mental health problem – or experiences linked with poor mental health, like anger or hearing voices
  • living with conditions like ADHD or autism
  • stressful or upsetting experiences – like relationship problems, losing a loved one, bullying, abuse or money worries
  • intrusive thoughts – thoughts that you don’t want but keep coming to you
  • problems with how you feel about yourself – like experiencing racism or homophobia, questioning your sexuality or identity, having low self-esteem or body image worries
  • self-harm feeling ‘normal’ among your peers
  • seeing images of self-harm online
  • drinking alcohol or taking drugs.

Young people also told ‘Mind’ they self-harm because they want to:

  • show how they feel without speaking
  • be distracted from how they’re feeling
  • cope with, or escape from, painful feelings, thoughts or memories
  • punish themselves for something
  • stop feeling disconnected from themselves or the world
  • create a reason to look after themselves, like caring for wounds
  • manage thoughts of suicide.

How do I tell someone I’m self-harming?

Try to tell someone you trust as soon as you feel ready to reach out. Some people may not understand straight away. This could be because they don’t understand self-harm, or they’re upset and in shock.

Remember: this is not your fault, and there is always someone there to support you. This could be a parent or carer, a friend, a partner or a professional like a teacher, doctor or counsellor. JTM’s Safeguarding Team, including pastoral support is available to help and support you. You can contact the Safeguarding Team directly or contact your JTM Assessor.

RoleMember of staffEmailTelephone
Designated Safeguarding Lead and member of JTM’s Safeguarding TeamGina Stephensgina.stephens@jarvis-eu.com  07867260276
Deputy Safeguarding Lead and member of JTM’s Safeguarding TeamTom Sumnalltom.sumnall@jarvis-eu.com07741743618  
Deputy Safeguarding Lead, Pastoral Support and member of JTM’s Safeguarding Team:Janine Ridleyjanine.ridley@jarvis-eu.com07771672491

Before you talk to someone, you might want to think about:

  • Writing down how you feel – you could do this when you’re feeling calm, or just before or after you’ve self-harmed.
  • Practising what you want to say or speaking confidentially to Childline or The Mix first.
  • Who you want to talk to – you could think about who will be kind and supportive?
  • How you’d feel most comfortable telling them – this could be sitting down face-to-face, doing something together, talking over the phone or giving them a letter.
  • If you have low self-esteem – this can sometimes make you feel like you’re a ‘burden’ to others. This isn’t true but can make it feel harder to reach out. If you feel like this, you could try having a chat with a counsellor from Childline or The Mix. They could give you some encouragement or positive things to remember.
  • Looking at our information on opening up for more suggestions.

Once you feel ready to talk, you could:

  • Think about how to start the conversation – there’s no right or wrong way to do this, but if you need some ideas, you could try:
  • ‘This is difficult for me to talk about, but I need to tell you something.’
  • ‘I need your support with something, can we talk?’
  • ‘I’ve been hurting myself because I feel…
  • Ask someone you trust to help you explain – or to tell someone for you, if they feel able to.
  • Try not to tell them too many details about how you self-harm. It may be upsetting for them to hear or a lot for them to take in at first.
  • Explain what you’d like from them – are you looking for someone to listen or to help you find support?
  • Ask them to let you know if they need to tell someone else – so you know what to expect.
  • Plan to do something kind for yourself afterwards – telling someone may not be easy, but it’s something you should feel proud of.

Visit the Mind website to understand more about self-harm and information relating to:

  • Coping with the urge to self-harm
  • Helping yourself long term
  • Self-harm and social media
  • Coping with scars
  • Coping with relapses

https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/for-children-and-young-people/self-harm/coping-with-self-harm/

Free training on self-harm and understanding young minds:

Virtual College has a free ‘Understanding Young Minds’ online training course that handles the subject of teenage self-harm and parental ways to support children, in a sensitive and informational way.

Virtual College have worked in partnership with SelfharmUK to create a free online course designed to help parents talk about the issue of self-harm with their children.

Thousands of children and young people in the UK are thought to be impacted by self-harm each year. Spotting the signs can be difficult, and approaching the subject with children can be an uncomfortable experience.

This online course, ‘Talking to your children about emotional resilience and self-harm’, has been designed to provide a basic awareness of the subject to help approach children with confidence about the issue.

https://www.virtual-college.co.uk/courses/safeguarding/understanding-young-minds

Drink and needle spiking’s

Drink and needle spiking’s are serious crimes, and can seriously affect the health of the person who’s been spiked.

Make sure you know how to stay safe from spiking and what to do if you think you or someone you know has been spiked.

What is spiking?

Spiking is when someone gives another person a substance without that person’s knowledge or consent.

Substances used in spiking can include:

  • Alcohol
  • ‘Date rape’ drugs
  • Illicit drugs
  • Prescription drugs

These substances can be added to a person’s drink, or injected into a person using a syringe. Shots of alcohol can be added to drinks to make them stronger, causing someone to get drunk much quicker than expected, or sometimes a drink can be spiked with drugs that are specifically designed to incapacitate someone.

Symptoms of spiking

The effects of spiking vary depending on what you’ve been spiked with. Symptoms could include:

  • Lowered inhibitions
  • Loss of balance
  • Feeling sleepy
  • Visual problems
  • Confusion
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Unconsciousness

The symptoms will depend on lots of factors such as the substance or mix of substances used (including the dose), your size and weight, and how much alcohol you have already consumed.

If you or a friend start to feel strange or more drunk than you should be, then get help straight away.

How to help a friend who has been spiked

If you think a friend has had their drink spiked, and they are showing any of the symptoms described above there are a few things you can do to help:

  • Tell a bar manager, bouncer or member of staff
  • Stay with them and keep talking to them
  • Call an ambulance if their condition deteriorates
  • Don’t let them go home on their own
  • Don’t let them leave with someone you don’t know or trust
  • Don’t let them drink more alcohol – this could lead to more serious problems
How to avoid drink spiking

Ensuring all venues are safe from assault and harassment such as drink spiking is a collective responsibility. All venues that are licensed to sell alcohol have a legal duty for public safety and the prevention of crime and disorder on their premises, and this is monitored by their local authority. These licenses to sell alcohol usually include conditions to ensure venues have appropriate security and staff training in place.

Some venues give out drink stoppers for the top of your bottle to prevent someone dropping something in your drink.

There are also testing kits that can be used to detect certain drugs. But these don’t test for all types of drugs, so don’t always work, and they can’t detect extra alcohol in your drink.

Reporting suspected drink spiking to a venue and the police is one way to ensure enough steps are being taken to keep people safe.

As individuals, there are also things we can do to help avoid being a victim of drink spiking.

Drink spiking can happen in any situation, at home or on a night out. However, there are a few things you can do to protect yourself:

  • Never leave your drink unattended, whether it’s alcoholic or not
  • Don’t accept a drink from someone you don’t know
  • Avoid drinking too much by sticking to the UK low risk drinking guidelines
  • Stick together with friends, and look out for each other
If you think you’ve been assaulted

One of the effects of date rape drugs can be amnesia, or loss of memory. That means it’s possible that you won’t be sure if you’ve been assaulted. But if you suspect you’ve been physically or sexually assaulted it’s important to tell someone. Try to confide in someone you trust like a friend or family member or JTM’s Safeguarding Team listed above.

You can go to the police or hospital accident and emergency department. If you don’t feel able to do that right away, there are Rape Crisis charity helplines you can call for support and advice:

Information used in this bulletin surrounding drink and needle spikings was taken from ‘Health Watch – Wigan and Leigh’.

Festival Safe

With the festival season appearing soon, the Festival Safe website have produced a guide to help festival-goers make informed choices about their time away.

Amongst help on picking the right tent and choice of footwear, the site includes a section on alcohol and other drugs, including:

  • Understanding The Law
  • General Harm Reduction Guide
  • Alcohol Harm Reduction Guide
  • Drugs Harm Reduction Guide
  • Drug Testing

Festival Safe can be found here: https://www.festivalsafe.com/information/drugs-alcohol

New WhatsApp Communities feature

Expected to release at the ‘end of the year’ as a new tab/section in the app, the Communities feature aims to bring together separate WhatsApp groups into one super group or ‘Community’. It will allow real-life communities to “communicate and coordinate” with each other (e.g., a neighbourhood, restaurant staff, or school parents’ groups) by allowing administrators to organise all relevant group chats into one page. Users will receive notifications and updates that are sent to an entire Community by admins, as well as individual messages for smaller groups within that Community. The goal is to allow up to “thousands” of users to connect with one another more easily.

Admins will be given new tools that will help them to manage the conversations happening across their Community on the platform. Users will have the ability to leave a group or Community silently if they so choose (unlike presently, where entire groups are notified if someone leaves) and will have more accessible blocking and reporting features.


What are the potential safeguarding risks?

  • While this change will be beneficial to groups and eliminate the number of notifications or messages a user receives, it also will make it easier for groups with harmful intentions to organise and share information and material on an encrypted platform.
  • The names of communities are not encrypted. This could mean harmful groups might go by false names, which makes it more difficult for investigators to access potential evidence if there is an incident. It could also mean someone might be invited into a Community without knowing what it is actually dedicated to.
  • Administrators will have more power for moderation than before, including multi-group broadcasting and linking groups in. This could result in instances of cyberbullying or online harassment that may go unchecked or un-investigated by WhatsApp moderators.

WhatsApp have said they will take action against any Communities who engage in abusive behaviour “such as distributing child sexual abuse material or coordinating violence or human trafficking.” However, they intend to do this through available unencrypted information (e.g., Community name or description) and will rely heavily on user reports to ensure groups are banned or disbanded.

For more info, please visit: https://ineqe.com/2022/05/13/your-safety-guide-to-whatsapps-new-features/

If there are any safeguarding areas which you would like us to cover, please do let us know and we will try our best to source the information and include in future issues.

Or, you have information which would be useful to share please send it through, and we will include it in the bulletin

JTM’s Monthly Safeguarding Bulletin – April 2022

Topics for this month:

Educate Against Hate

Is a website which provides practical advice, support and resources to protect children from extremism and radicalisation, with resources to safeguard learner from radicalisation, build resilience to all types of extremism and promote shared values for teachers, resources are designed for all stages up to Key Stage 5.  

The website has been developed by the Department for Education and the Home Office.

This video provides an overview of how the Educate Against Hate website can be used and the resources and materials available.

https://educateagainsthate.com/resources/educate-hate-training-video

This links takes you directly to the resources, but we recommend you explore the site there are lots of useful information and resources to support this area of your curriculum.

Classroom resources – Educate Against Hate

Child Mental Health

Whilst this podcast was released for Child Mental Health week in February, non the less, the information remains current and useful providing up to date statical information, particularly around the impact of Covid and top tips for talking to young people about mental health.

Talking to Children and Young People about Mental Health

Self-harming

As of January 2022, there are an estimated 57 million social media users in the UK. This is an increase of 6.9 million people since the beginning of the pandemic. Furthermore, we have seen a 200% increase in the use of mental health-related apps and the use of such apps to help prevent incidents, of which self-harm has increased by 76%.

What is self -harming?

  • Includes any activity that intentionally injures the body such as cutting, burning, picking, high risk behaviours and excessive exercise or eating restrictions. 
  • Self-harm is fundamentally an attempt to cope with and control intense, difficult, and distressing feelings or thought patterns.
  • Self-harm can be a distressing topic for parents, carers, and safeguarding professionals to think about, but it is worth being clear that self-harm behaviours are less about ‘seeking attention’ and more of a signal and ‘cry for help’. 
  • Most self-harm will happen in secret and usually comes with feelings of guilt and shame.
  • Motivations are complex but young people report feeling a release or punishing themselves. 
  • This release is only temporary and when difficult feelings appear again, so too can the urge to engage in self-harm behaviours. This can cause a difficult cycle of high-risk behaviours to manage difficult feelings. 

The importance of appropriate self-harming support

The value of peer support and where appropriate, this should be encouraged alongside existing professional mental health support for children and young people.

There may be additional complexities where a child or young person who has sought support in online spaces does not get an appropriate response or receives negative feedback, which might discourage them from seeking further help. It is important to recognise and establish the quality of information or advice they receive and discuss this with professional help or the necessary support intervention.

Reasons why you might self-harm?

It is usually a symptom or sign that something stressful or upsetting is going on in your life that is difficult to deal with. This could be something like:

  • suffering abuse
  • experiencing a traumatic incident
  • family problems like a divorce
  • bullying
  • a sudden change in your life, like a death, or moving school, and extreme peer pressure
  • low self-esteem or issues with body image
  • loneliness and feelings of guilt, failure, or being unloved
How to stop self-harming and getting help

Talking about how you are feeling with someone you trust can feel like a relief. This person could be a friend, family member, teacher, school counsellor/nurse, or youth worker. Think about who you feel safe with and how you would feel most comfortable communicating, whether it’s face to face, over the phone, by text or email.

Small changes that can boost your mood

  • Consider how your use of social media is affecting your mood. Only follow accounts that make you feel positive and safe.
  • Make sure you get enough sleep and stay hydrated – this can reduce your stress levels.
  • Take time out when you need to and reach out for help talk about how you feel.
  • Think of three things you are grateful for each day.
  • Be as kind to yourself as you would be to your best friend – think about the advice and support you would give someone else if you heard they were struggling.

Young Minds offer lots of support over the phone, by text or email.

It is understandable if you are worried no one will understand you, or that people might judge you. But don’t worry, there are lots of trained people who do understand and really care and can help. That is because they speak to thousands of young people who are going through this too. Nothing you can say will shock them, and they are here to listen and support you. You are not alone and have support there to help you cope.

For more information, please visit the website below, you can also access peer support groups, and read stories & advice of successful self-harm recoveries.

https://www.youngminds.org.uk/young-person/my-feelings/selfharm/#HowcanIstopselfharming

Apple to roll out child safety feature that scans messages for nudity to UK iPhones.

Feature that searches messages will go ahead after delays over privacy and safety concerns

A safety feature that uses AI technology to scan messages sent to and from children will soon hit British iPhones, Apple has announced.

The feature, referred to as “communication safety in Messages”, allows parents to turn on warnings for their children’s iPhones. When enabled, all photos sent or received by the child using the Messages app will be scanned for nudity.

If nudity is found in photos received by a child with the setting turned on, the photo will be blurred, and the child will be warned that it may contain sensitive content and nudged towards resources from child safety groups. If nudity is found in photos sent by a child, similar protections kick in, and the child is encouraged not to send the images, and given an option to “Message a Grown-Up”.

All the scanning is carried out “on-device”, meaning that the images are analysed by the iPhone itself, and Apple never sees either the photos being analysed or the results of the analysis, it said.

The company is also introducing a set of features intended to intervene when content related to child exploitation is searched for in Spotlight, Siri or Safari.

Full article: https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2022/apr/20/apple-says-new-child-safety-feature-to-be-rolled-out-for-uk-iphones

Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) hotline.

IWF helps victims of child sexual abuse worldwide by identifying and removing online images and videos of their abuse. They search for child sexual abuse images and videos and offer a place for the public to report them anonymously. IWF then have them removed. They are an independent, non-profit charitable organisation working in partnership with a range of other organisations from the private, public and NGO sectors.

For more information about the IWF hotline, please visit: https://saferinternet.org.uk/hotline

Peer on Peer or Child on Child Abuse

Broadly speaking, peer-on-peer abuse is defined ‘as any form of physical, sexual, emotional, financial, and/or coercive control exercised between children and young people’; this includes intimate and non-intimate relationships.

This means that young people’s experiences of peer-on-peer abuse can fit within a number of other definitions of violence/abuse:

  • Domestic violence and abuse. Young people who experience peer-on-peer abuse in their romantic or dating relationships may also be experiencing domestic abuse.
  • Coercive control is an act or a pattern of acts of assault, threats, humiliation and intimidation or other abuse that is used to harm, punish, or frighten a victim.
  • Child sexual exploitation. Young people who are sexually exploited by peers will be experiencing child sexual exploitation as well as peer-on peer abuse.
  • Sexual violence and sexual harassment can occur between two or more children of any sex. It may also involve a group of children sexually assaulting or sexually harassing a single child or group of children. Sexually violent and harassing behaviours exist on a continuum. These behaviours, if they persist and are unaddressed can create environments in which sexually abusive assaults occur.
  • Harmful sexual behaviour. When a young person sexually harms a peer, they are committing an act of peer-to-peer abuse as well as displaying harmful sexual behaviour.
  • Hackett defines Harmful Sexual Behaviour as: ‘Sexual behaviours expressed by children and young people under the age of 18 years old that are developmentally inappropriate, maybe harmful towards self or others, or be abusive towards a child, young person or adult’. In addition, sexual behaviour between young people, where one of the pair is much older can be considered harmful (especially if there is more than two years difference, and if one is pre-pubescent and one is not). However, a younger child can still harm an older child.

Further information on Peer on Peer Abuse can be found here

Peer on peer abuse – Safeguarding Network

Violence against Women and Girls (Mayor of London/London Assembly)

In the UK, a violent man kills a woman every three days. Changing this starts with men reflecting on their own behaviour and the way they see, treat and talk about women. 

The Mayor of London and the London Assembly has launched a campaign called ‘Have A Word With Yourself, Then With Your Mates’. There are number of videos and other resources to encourage behavioural change from men and boys towards women. Find the resources here: https://www.london.gov.uk//content/have-a-word

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Events – May 2022

This image contains information on the religious ascensions of Ramadan and Buddha Day

Deaf Awareness Week

Date: 4th-9th May
Promotes the positive aspects of deafness’, social inclusion and general awareness raising. For more information please see the links below.
www.deafcouncil.org.uk
www.actiononhearingloss.org.uk

National day for Staff Networks

Date: 11th May
Recognising the added value of staff network groups. The day aims to raise awareness of the support and influence staff networks provide to employees.

International Day of Families

Date: 15th May
Provides an opportunity to promote awareness of issues relating to families and increase knowledge of the social, economic and demographic processes affecting them.

International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia & Transphobia

This image is showing the progress flag

Date: 17th May
Provides a platform for everyone to make a powerful statement to demand improvements for the quality of life for LGBT people.
www.idaho.org.uk

The Foster Care Fortnight Campaign

Date: 10th-23rd May
Showcases the commitment, passion, and dedication of foster carers. It also supports fostering services to highlight the need for more foster carers.
www.thefosteringnetwork.org.uk

Mental Health Awareness week

This image is to show the mental health awareness ribbon

Date: 9th-15th May
Mental Health Awareness Week is open to everyone. It is all about starting conversations about mental health and the things in our lives that can affect it.
www.mentalhealth.org.uk

“Just because you are struggling doesn’t mean your falling” – Nelson Mandela

Special Days

2nd May

  • May Day (Bank Holiday)
  • Ramadan Ends (dependant on sighting of new moon) – (Islam)

3rd May

  • Eid ul Fitr* – (Islamic holiday)

4th-9th May

  • Deaf Awareness Week

5th-6th May

  • Yom Ha-Atzmaut – (Jewish Holiday)

9th-15th May

  • Mental Health Awareness Week

10th-23rd May

  • Foster Care Fortnight

11th May

  • National Day for Staff Networks

15th May

  • International Day for Staff Networks
  • National Children’s Day

16th May

  • Buddha Day (Wesak) – (Buddhist)

17th May

  • International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia & Transphobia

19th May

  • Lag B’Omer – (Jewish Celebration)

26th May

  • Ascension Day – (Christian)

31st May

  • The Visitation of Mary to Elizabeth – (Christian)

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Events – April 2022

Stress Awareness Month

During Stress Awareness Month, people across the country will join forces to increase public awareness about both the causes and cures for our modern stress epidemic.

World Autism Awareness Week

Date: 28th March-3rd April

World Autism Week is filled with autism friendly events and educational activities to increase understanding and acceptance, and to foster worldwide support.
www.autism.org.uk

“Adopting the right attitude can convert a negative stress to a positive one” – Hans Selye

Special Days

2nd April

  • Hindi New Year – (Hindi)

3rd April

  • Ramayana begins – (Hindi)
  • Ramadan Start – (Islam)
  • Passion Sunday – (Christian)

7th April

  • World Health Day

10th April

  • Palm Sunday – (Christian)
  • Rama Navami – (Hindu)

14th April

  • Baisakhi (Vaisakhi) – (Sikh)
  • Maundy Thursday – (Christian)

15th April

  • Good Friday (Bank Holiday) – (Christian)

15th-23rd April

  • Passover – (Jewish)

17th April

  • Easter Sunday – (Christian)

18th April

  • Easter Monday (Bank Holiday) – (Christian)
  • Birthday of Guru Angad Dev – (Sikh)

22nd April

  • Good Friday – (Orthodox Christian)
  • Stephen Lawrence Day

23rd April

  • St. George’s Day – (Christian)
  • Shakespeare Day

24th April

  • Pascha – (Orthodox Christian) – Easter

29th April

  • Laylat al Qadr (Night of Power) – (Islamic observation)

JTM’s Monthly Safeguarding Bulletin – March 2022

Topics for this month:

Ukraine Invasion

Early on the morning of the 24th February 2022 in Ukraine, Russian troops poured over the border, and Russian planes and missile launchers attacked Ukrainian cities and airports. Amid the shock and horror, the attacks spanned much of the country, far beyond the border provinces where there has been sporadic fighting between both countries for years.

Ukraine’s government called it “a full-scale attack from multiple directions. It has triggered Europe’s largest refugee crisis since World Ward II, with more than 3.8 million Ukrainians fleeing the country. The devastating invasion has marked a major escalation of the on-going Russian-Ukrainian conflict, which first began in 2014.

The invasion has been widely condemned internationally, with many countries around the world including the UK imposing sanctions on Russia, which has hugely affected the economy of Russia and the rest of the world. Numerous companies have withdrawn their products and services from Russia and Belarus, and the invasion has been heavily broadcasted through the media and other online platforms as a catastrophic war crime on Ukraine worldwide.

The Russian leader Putin’s, initial aim was to overrun Ukraine and depose of its government, ending its desire to join the Western defensive alliance, NATO.

The ongoing military Russian attacks on Ukraine has disastrously grown to children’s homes, Schools, orphanages, and Hospitals affecting the most sick and vulnerable, and as of the 22nd March 2022 there was 2,571 recorded civilian casualties in the country, 977 of those killed and 1,594 badly injured. Sadly, millions of people have no safe place to call home, and hundreds of thousands of Ukraine people are trapped underground, have no heat or electricity.

Our thoughts and prayers are with all the people of Ukraine and the country and would like to support and help this crisis as much as we can.

You can donate to the International Red Cross, which will provide humanitarian relief to Ukrainians affected by the conflict. The aim is to provide food, water, a safe shelter, protection, hygiene kits & physiological support, especially to Ukraine women and children. Red Cross have distributed over 90,000 food, clothes & aid parcels, and set up metro shelter stations in Kyiv helping over 7,000 civilians.

https://donate.redcross.org.uk

‘Ukraine Take Shelter’ is a website that connects Ukrainian refuges with potential hosts of support and housing. The website was launched in March 2022 by two Harvard students, as a way to offer emergency help and to connect people to safe places in crisis as quickly as possible.

https://ukrainetakeshelter.com

Further links

Here are some additional resources to help adults support young people & children with the issues surrounding the Russian invasion of Ukraine

• How to talk to students: https://key.sc/3vFsVzU
• Parent information and support pack: http://key.sc/3IKqZtw
• How to adapt your curriculum: https://key.sc/3CaUgLD

How to talk to your teenager about the invasion of Ukraine (BBC Bitesize/Anna Freud Centre)
https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zbrdjsg

Worrying about Russia and Ukraine (Childline)
https://www.childline.org.uk/get-involved/articles/worrying-about-russia-ukraine/

Did you know that ‘National Stress Awareness Month’ is coming up in April?

Stress Awareness Month has been held every April since 1992 to raise awareness of the causes and cures for our modern stress epidemic. 

The last two years have been the most challenging we have faced and in 2020 services were overwhelmed by people that are struggling and seeking support. This year the Stress Management Society’s theme is Community.  They have chosen this theme because lack of support can cause loneliness and isolation, which in turn lowers people’s wellbeing, impacts mental health and can lead to mental illness.

The Stress Management Society has identified a number of ways that you can help to reduce stress, which include:

Adopt a positive mindset

Being in control of your thoughts increases your ability to find solutions to challenging situations and to deal more effectively with stress. Master your mind and you will never wonder how to deal with stress again.

The SMS have put together a helpful checklist for you to assess your mindset. Simply answer the questions below to get a picture of your wellbeing.

  1. Do you often find yourself worrying about all that could go wrong?
  2. Do you consider yourself a glass-half-empty kind of person?
  3. Do little things often cause exaggerated emotional reactions?
  4. When stressed do you feel confused?
  5. Do you find constant mind chatter distracts you?
  6. Have you ever become forgetful or suffered from a mental block when stressed?
  7. Do you control your mind or does it control you?

If you answered yes to all or most of these questions, you could do with some help resetting your mindset.

Get a good night’s sleep

A good night’s sleep is incredibly important for your health. Anyone who has had a good night’s sleep know the feeling of waking up well rested and feeling on top of the world. Sleep is just as important as eating healthy and exercising for your overall wellbeing as sleep is nature’s healer.

Here are 5 ways that sleep will improve your health:

  1. You will be ill less frequently

Even a small loss of sleep has been shown to impair immune function and your ability to fight off infection.  Study after study shows that if you skimp on sleep, you are likely to get ill. The more sleep you get the more you create the optimum environment for your natural defences to work well.

  1. You will be more relaxed

You will be able to cope better with the pressures of the day if you get enough sleep. You will help yourself avoid building up high libels of the stress hormones cortisol and adrenaline – then they are present you are unlikely to get a good quality deep sleep.

  1. You will be able to maintain your weight

Poor sleep is strongly linked to weight gain. Your body needs sleep to normalise weight-control hormones. In fact, short sleep duration is one of the strongest risk factors for obesity.

  1. You will improve your memory

Deep sleep dramatically improves how your brain works. It affects how nerve cells in the brain connect, governing everything from how the brain controls behaviour to the ability to learn or remember.

  1. You will be at greater risk of heart disease or stroke

It’s known that sleep quality and duration can have a major effect on many health risk factors. These are the factors believed to drive chronic diseases, including heart disease.  A review of 15 studies found that people who don’t get enough sleep are at far greater risk of heart disease or stroke than those who sleep 7–8 hours per night.

Get moving to combat stress

When your body goes into a state of stress, it is expecting some kind of physical activity. One way to take control of stress is to give your body what it was anticipating i.e. physical activity.

Have you ever engaged in exercise after a stressful day? Ask yourself how did you feel once you had finished?

The SMS have put together a helpful checklist for you to assess your exercise levels. Simply answer the questions below to get a picture of your whether you are doing enough exercise to combat stress.

  1. Do you get out of breath climbing the stairs?
  2. Do you NOT exercise to the point of perspiration at least three times a week?
  3. When you bend down then stand up, do you feel light-headed or see spots?
  4. Do you feel that exercise takes more from you than it gives you?
  5. Do you feel exhausted after exercise instead of exhilarated?

If you answered yes to most or all of those questions, you need some help. Click here to explore many practical suggestions on improving your fitness and getting enough exercise to build your resilience to stress:

https://www.stress.org.uk/category/10-step-stress-solution/get-moving-to-combat-stress/

Prioritise your health

It can be hard to constantly think about prioritising your health. Life is busy and most people have lots to juggle with work and home life. In order to prioritise your health, consistently and longer term it is critical to make a plan and hold yourself accountable.

Here are five simple steps for accomplishing this:

  1. Don’t try to change everything at once

It is completely unrealistic to change everything at one time. Sometimes the more we try to do, the less able we are to make any of these changes, and everything suffers. Pick one thing that is your priority and stick to it. If you are struggling to pick something make a list of everything you want to change. Think about how each item on the list affects the other, and which makes the most sense to start with. Once you have chosen set a tangible and achievable goal you know you can attain and look at this commitment each and every day.

  1. Change your environment

Depending on the goal you set this will mean different things. In order to achieve the goal it is highly likely that you will need to change something in your environment to help you achieve this. For example if your goals is weight loss, why not go through your cupboards and remove the unhealthy foods.

  1. Small changes add up

It doesn’t always have to be huge changes that you make, small things really do add up. It could be as simple as taking the stairs rather than the lift at work. Parking further away at the supermarket. Drinking more water rather than tea, coffee or fizzy drinks.

  1. If you lapse, get right back on the wagon

We are all only human. There will be times when we make poor choices and we do things that we know are not good for our health. Put that out of your mind and get back on track as soon as possible. You don’t need to overcompensate to try to undo what has already been done. This only makes getting back on track harder.

  1. Make time for your new habits

Ensuring you follow through and are committed to make long term change takes time. You are changing behaviours that you have had for years so it will take time and dedication to stay on track. Take time out every morning to note all the positive behaviours you are committing to for the day. Maybe it’s wake up earlier to work out, or make a healthy breakfast or walk a mile during your lunch break. If you do this every day your thoughts will be come your actions, and your actions will become your habits.

For more tips on how to prioritise your health, visit:  https://www.stress.org.uk/prioritise-your-health-in-5-steps/

The 30 Day Challenge

The Stress Management Society are encouraging a 30 Day Challenge for April where you pick one action each for your Physical, Mental and Emotional Wellbeing to carry out every day.

It takes 30 days to turn actions into habits, which is why this is a month-long programme.  The 30-day challenge will maximise your chances of turning useful knowledge and techniques into positive behavioural change.

Click below to gain the access to their free resources specifically created for the month of April. You can download the 30 Day Challenge, a Daily De-Stressing Planner, a Stress Guide, 7 Steps Achievement Plan, useful infographics on stress and much more!

What else could you do for Stress Awareness Month?

Talk about stress and its effects – work together to reduce the stigma that is associated with stress by talking about the topic openly and freely with friends, family and colleagues.

Share your coping mechanisms – if something has worked for you why not share it. It might benefit someone you care about and in the meantime, it might help you take your focus off your own challenges.

Be nice to those who are stressed and anxious – we are all undoubtedly going to experience stress and anxiety in our lifetime so treat others going through it with compassion and empathy.

Look after yourself – we all need to think more about self–care. Take time out of your day to relax or do something that you enjoy. Don’t forget to exercise and eat well, even when you feel too stressed.

The most crucial thing you can do when you are stressed or anxious is to make sure you are continuing to look after yourself. Make time to relax when you need to and learn to say no to requests that are too much for you.

For more information, visit: https://www.stress.org.uk/

International Trans Day of Visibility – 31st March 2022

What is Trans Day of Visibility?

TDOV takes place on March 31st each year to celebrate trans and non-binary people and raise awareness of discrimination faced by trans people worldwide.

Increasing media backlash towards trans people has begun in the wake of the NHS GIC consultation in 2017 and the upcoming consultation on the reformation of the Gender Recognition Act expected in Spring 2018.

At LGBT Foundation, they are aware that there is a lot of pressure on trans and non-binary people to conform, change and prove their gender to others. They believe that all trans people, regardless of identity, expression, or orientation, are enough just as they are. Therefore, for TDoV they would like to help empower trans people to celebrate who they are, and encourage allies to voice solidarity with the trans community.

The ‘I am Enough’ campaign aims are as follows:

Affirmation and Empowerment – For trans people, a message of strength, resilience and community. The aim of the campaign is to provide a message that ties together the following themes:

  • Acceptance of individuals in their chosen gender, just the way they are without the need for change/treatment/qualifying factors.
  • Promotion of self-deceleration of gender Identity
  • Visibility of non-binary identities.

Awareness Raising and Allyship – For non-trans/cis people to be able to stand up and show solidarity and support for their trans family, friends and colleagues.

To find out more about international trans day of visibility, visit the LGBT Foundation’s website: https://lgbt.foundation/who-we-help/trans-people/trans-day-of-visibility

Is there something on your mind?

LBGT Foundation are there to offer support and advice on a range of topics. Their service is non-judgement, and they are there to talk through whatever is on your mind:

  • Struggling with your mental health?
  • Feeling lonely or isolated?
  • Thinking about coming out?
  • Questioning your gender identity?
  • Want some information about sexual health or where to find sexual health testing?
  • Being harassed at work because of your sexual orientation or gender identity?
  • Need to report a hate crime?
  • Want to know about our services or what support is available in your local area?

LGBT Foundation understand how anxious you might feel reaching out for support. When you call, you will find someone on the other end of the line with a friendly voice and a listening ear.

Call them on 0345 330 3030 or email: helpline@lgbt.foundation

Online Safety Bill introduced into UK Parliament

Internet users are one step closer to a safer online environment as the UK government’s new world-leading online safety laws were brought before parliament on 17/03/22.

The Online Safety Bill marks a milestone in the fight for a new digital age which is safer for users and holds tech giants to account. It will protect children from harmful content such as pornography and limit people’s exposure to illegal content, while protecting freedom of speech.

It will require social media platforms, search engines and other apps and websites allowing people to post their own content to protect children, tackle illegal activity and uphold their stated terms and conditions.

The regulator Ofcom will have the power to fine companies failing to comply with the laws up to ten per cent of their annual global turnover, force them to improve their practices and block non-compliant sites.

Once the bill has been debated and then approved by each House of Parliament, and has received Royal Assent, it will then become law.

For more information, see: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/world-first-online-safety-laws-introduced-in-parliament

New Protect UK app

The UK’s National Counter Terrorism Police have recently revamped and relaunched their Protect UK app, the counter terrorism and security information sharing platform. The app gives a useful overview of counter terrorism guidance, including details on the current national threat level, incident response action cards, how to report incidents, plus news and updates from the NCTP.

The app is free to download and available from the Google Play Store and Apple App Store and you don’t require an account to use it.

Supporting young people with SEND on line

The internet can be a great place, but we need to be aware of the risks involved with being online. For children with SEND, they may encounter further challenges and therefore additional support may be required.

There is a lot of tailored information available to parents and carers and the following links are a great starting point:

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/online-safety-families-children-with-send/

Supporting children and young with SEND online | Internet Matters

Supporting young people with SEND online | Childnet

The above sites cover topics such as helping children browse safely online, setting appropriate parental controls, activities to help discussions about being online and the steps which can take to help protect children online.

Safeguarding Soundbite – Young Carers, Child Sexual Exploitation and Safeguarding News

Safeguarding Soundbites – Young Carers, Child Sexual Exploitation and Safeguarding News – Ineqe Safeguarding Group

Additional information

Young Carers

The lifestyle of being a carer is often a lonely one and for young carers any isolation can be tough to cope with.

In honour of Young Carers Action Day 2022, here’s a guide on how to spot, support and stand with the young carers in your communities!

Young Carers and Isolation – Ineqe Safeguarding Group

CSE Awareness Day

 To marked CSE Awareness Day which was on Friday 18th March 2022

 We all have a role to play in raising awareness about all forms of exploitation to enable safeguarding professionals, the public, parents and carers, as well as the children and young people in our lives, to recognise the signs of exploitation.

CSE Awareness Day 2022 – Ineqe Safeguarding Group

Child Q – Safeguarding Practice Review

Child Q who was strip searched by two female Metropolitan Police Officers in a school, even whilst being on her period. The review report by City and Hackney Safeguarding Children Partnership makes dreadful reading. There are a number of shocking aspects to the case, not least that no-one from the police or the school spoke to a parent. Child Q was so distressed about what had happened that her mother took her to the GP, and it was the GP that contacted Children’s Services.

Strip search of Child Q should never have happened

The review report is ‘clear that the strip search of Child Q should never have happened and there was no reasonable justification for it.’ The report found that the school was fully compliant with expected practice standards when responding to its concerns about Child Q smelling of cannabis and its subsequent search of Child Q’s coat, bag, scarf and shoes. ‘This demonstrated good curiosity by involved staff and an alertness to potential indicators of risk.’

School staff ‘deferred to the authority of the police’

The review found that the school staff ‘deferred to the authority of the police on their arrival at school. They should have been more challenging to the police, seeking clarity about the actions they intended to take. All practitioners need to be mindful of their duties to uphold the best interests of children.’

One member of staff from the school concerned to the review, ‘In hindsight I put my trust in the law; I know now that I need to understand the law better… For example, insisting on staying with a student at all times.’

Appropriate Adult

Appropriate Adults are there ‘to safeguard the interests, rights, entitlements and welfare of children and vulnerable people who are suspected of a criminal offence, by ensuring that they are treated in a fair and just manner and are able to participate effectively.’ Appropriate Adults are not merely passive observers, they are ‘expected to be an active participant. In order to be effective, they need to be assertive and speak up.’

Racism

The review evaluated the actions of professionals involved on the day of the strip search in the context of Child Q’s ethnicity and whether she was treated differently because she is Black. The report concluded: ‘the disproportionate decision to strip search Child Q is unlikely to have been disconnected from her ethnicity and her background as a child growing up on an estate in Hackney.’ As complex as racism is, one significant feature here is ‘adultification bias’ – where children from Black, Asian and minoritised ethnic communities are perceived as being more ‘streetwise’, more ‘grown up’, less innocent and less vulnerable than other children. This particularly affects Black children, who might be viewed primarily as a threat rather than as a child who needs support’.

Full review

https://chscp.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/Child-Q-PUBLISHED-14-March-22.p

Sexual Harassment in the Workplace?

Sexual harassment at work is something that can happen to anyone regardless of their background or identity

According to a 2019 survey 38% of women and 14% of men report having experienced some form of sexual harassment at work

Click here to read. If you have concerns for yourself or someone else in relation to any form of harassment or bullying, including on-line , please speak to your line manager or contact JTM’s Safeguarding Lead: gina.stephens@jarvis-eu.com or JTM’s Pastoral Support: janine.ridley@jarvis-eu.com

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