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JTM’s Monthly Safeguarding Bulletin – May 2019

Topics for this month:

Mental Health Awareness Week: 13th-19th May
The Mental Health Foundation is the UK’s charity for everyone’s mental health. Last year the Mental Health Foundation found that 30% of all adults have felt so stressed about their body image and appearance that they felt overwhelmed and unable to cope. Body image issues can affect everyone at any age and directly impact on your mental health. As part of Mental Health Awareness Week, the Mental Health Foundation will be publishing the results of a UK-wide survey on body image and mental health and look at body image issues across a lifetime – including how it affects children and young people, adults and people in later life.

How to get involved!

Did you know?

  • 50% of mental health problems are established by the age of 14, and 75% by the age of 24
  • 300,000 people a year leave the workplace because of mental health problems
  • Depression affects around 22% of men and 28% of women aged 65 years and over

What is mindfulness and how can mindfulness help me?

More than ever, people are talking about mindfulness, but what is it and how could it help you?

Mindfulness can help you manage your wellbeing and mental health and it can enable you to:

✓ feel less overwhelmed

✓ improve your sleep quality

✓ positively change the way you think and feel about your experiences (especially stressful experiences)

✓ increase your ability to manage difficult situations

✓ make wiser choices

✓ reduce levels of anxiety

✓ reduce levels of depression

✓ reduce levels of stress

✓ reduce the amount you go over things in your mind

✓ have greater self-compassion

Mindfulness is not nonsense or silly, nor is it a passing fad – but it does take effort and work to develop mindfulness skills and time to practice them. The scientific evidence and clinical research that underpins mindfulness is strong and growing. It shows positive effects on several aspects of whole-person health, including the mind, the brain, the body and behaviour, as well as a person’s relationships with others.

Please visit https://bemindful.co.uk/ where you can find out more information about mindfulness, access online resources, and undertake a free stress test.

Online Fraud

Whilst we often highlight the importance of children and young people keeping themselves safe online through privacy settings, it is important that we raise awareness of online fraud and common scams that are being used. Online fraud is becoming increasingly common and sophisticated scams are taking thousands of pounds from innocent people.

Please see below 3 links that cover:

Samaritans and Social Media Giants in Communication

Representatives from social media giants Facebook, Google, Snapchat and Instagram have been summoned by the Government to meet with Samaritans this month over plans to rid the internet of content promoting self-harm videos and suicide.  The social media companies and the Government have been under pressure to act following the death of 14-year-old Molly Russell in 2017 when the schoolgirl’s family found material relating to depression and suicide when they looked at her Instagram account following her death.

In a statement, a spokesman for Facebook, which also owns Instagram, said: “The safety of people, especially young people, using our platforms is our top priority and we are continually investing in ways to ensure everyone on Facebook and Instagram has a positive experience”. “Most recently, as part of an ongoing review with experts, we have updated our policies around suicide, self-harm and eating disorder content so that more will be removed”.

“We also continue to invest in our team of 30,000 people working in safety and security, as well as technology, to tackle harmful content. We support the new initiative from the Government and the Samaritans, and look forward to our ongoing work with industry to find more ways to keep people safe online”.

For more information on the Samaritans and support they offer, please access: https://www.samaritans.org/wales/how-we-can-help/support-and-information/

Additional Resources

Attached to this bulletin are two different posters that staff, learners and employers can benefit from which cover British Values and also, Self-Harm. Click here for Self Harm poster
Click here for British Values poster

The team attended a training session delivered by Liverpool Children’s Safeguarding Board and CAMHS on ‘Awareness of Young People and Self-harm’, and the leaflet includes the main topics and discussions that took place during the training.

For more information on CAMHS and the support they provide, please visit:
https://www.nhs.uk/using-the-nhs/nhs-services/mental-health-services/child-and-adolescent-mental-health-services-camhs/

Apprenticeships in Numbers

In this blog post we take a look at apprenticeships in numbers and see how business can benefit from them. You can find out were we got these from at the bottom of this blog post.

Most businesses aren’t aware that for apprentices they have under the age of 25 they don’t have to pay employer national insurance contributions.

infographic to show employers don't pay national insurance contributions for apprentices

With over 300+ apprenticeship standards to chose from there is plenty of choice which allows you to pick something to meet your needs.

Infographic to show that there are 300+ different apprenticeship standard to choice from

With over 96% of employers using apprenticeships say their business has benefited so why not take on an apprentice to see how your company will benefit.

Infographic to show 96% of employers using apprenticeships say their business has benefited

With 83% of employers using apprenticeships say they rely on them to provide skilled workers for the future. Why not get an apprentice to benefit your company for the future

Infographic to show 83% of employers using apprenticeships rely on them to provide the skilled workers needed for the future

With 80% of employers using apprentices saying that they have noticed a reduce in staff turnover. Why not get an apprentice if you are worried about an ageing workforce.

infographic to show 80% of employers using apprenticeships say they reduce staff turnover

Employers that have hired an apprentice have said that they have noticed an increase in overall production. Why not get an apprentice if you want to boost your companies overall productivity.

infographic to show 76% of employers using apprenticeships say they increase overall productivity

59% of employers using apprentices say that training is more cost effective then hiring Skilled staff. So if you are looking to benefit your company for the future while saving money then hiring an apprenticeship is the answer for you.

infographic to show 59% of employers using apprentices say that training is more cost-effective than hiring skilled staff

Business saw a 20% improvement in staff retention by taking on apprentices which lead to a saving of £2,500 per person in recruitment costs.

infographic to show 20% improvement in staff retention saving £2,500 per person in recruitment

Employers noticed when hiring an apprentice they were saving £400 a month on office costs. The Strategic Development Network have found business that have taken on an apprentice have seen a reduction in office costs.

infographic to show save £400 a month reduction on office costs

According to the Strategic Development Network business could see an increase of £90,000 added to their bottom line through better productivity

infographic to show that £90,000 has been added to the bottom line through better productivity

A study found that the average value of economic output produced by an apprentice in England studying Business Admin was £24,780 and was a whopping £36,205 for Team leadership and management.

infographic to show £24,780 is the Average value of economic output by a Business Admin apprentice


A study found that the average value of economic output produced by an apprentice in England studying Customer Service was £20,817 and the study also found that childcare apprentices produced £18,005 of economic output on average.

Infographic to show £20,817 is the average value of economic output by a Customer Service apprentice

A study found the average annual organisational net benefit for hiring a business admin apprentice in England was £9,721; for a childcare apprentice it was £4,097 and for a customer service apprentice it was £5,039.

a infographic to show annual organisational net benefit for hiring an apprentice

We’ve found these numbers from across the web but you can find these statistics and more from the employers apprenticeship toolkit produced by the Humber LEP as well as a study carried out on the benefits of apprenticeships undertaken by Cebr on behalf of the Skills Funding Agency. You can find these two documents here and here

Finally, if these numbers have convinced you of the benefits of taking on an apprentice, get in touch on 0151 336 9340 or info@jarvis-eu.com and a member of the team will help you through the apprenticeship process. Or you can find out more about our apprenticeships at
http://jarvis-eu.com/

JTM’s Monthly Safeguarding Bulletin – April 2019

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Stress Awareness Month – April 2019
Stress Awareness Month has been held every April, since 1992 to increase public awareness about both the causes and cures for our modern stress epidemic. According to the Mental Health Foundation, 74% of UK adults have felt so stressed at some point over the last year, they felt overwhelmed or unable to cope.

What can 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.

Mental Health Toolkit for Employers

There has been a lot written about how to tackle ill mental health and promote wellbeing in the workplace. Business in the community has partnered with Public Health England to produce a free, online toolkit, to help every organisation support the mental health and wellbeing of its employees.

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E Safety Cards for Social Media

We have attached a number of e-safety cards produced by Ineqe to raise awareness of how young people can keep themselves safe online. The cards focus on a number of social media platforms such as: YouTube; Whatsapp; Instagram; Facebook; Twitter; Twitch; TickTok; Snapchat; and Kik, and outline the different privacy settings that can be set so that young people only talk to those that they know and trust.

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Helpline for Grief and Bereavement

Grief Encounter is one of the UK’s leading bereaved child charities, providing free, pioneering services and support to bereaved children, young people and their families.

On average one child in every classroom will experience the death of a parent or sibling before they reach 16 years of age; 44,000 dependent children bereaved a year. Adolescent grief has a devastating impact that can last for life, with research showing links to mental health issues, social and behavioural problems and more.

Grief Encounter offers a flexible and accessible service, which aims to professionally care and respond to bereaved children, young people and their families via counselling, group activities, family fun days, residential camps and interactive online services.

Phone: 0808 802 0111 (Free to call; Monday – Friday 9am – 9pm)
Email: grieftalk@griefencounter.org.uk
Website: https://www.griefencounter.org.uk/

ConnectFutures

ConnectFutures are an organisation that provides independent expertise on radicalisation, extremism, terrorism and violence. They have produced an insightful short video telling the story of the Woolwich boys – a largely Somali-led south London street gang involved in county lines drug distribution. In 2015, police monitoring criminal gang activity first became aware of a possible radicalisation crossover after 20 members and associates of the Woolwich Boys were known to have travelled to Syria.

Watch the video: https://www.connectfutures.org/new-film-woolwich-boys-gangs-extremism-september-2017/
For further information about ConnectedFutures, please visit their website: https://www.connectfutures.org/

What is ADHD?

Attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD), is when a person can have lots of energy and find it difficult to concentrate and learn. It can also be hard to control speech and actions, for example talking too much, being restless and doing things on impulse without thinking first.

ADHD is the most common behavioural disorder in children and young people, symptoms usually become noticeable between the ages of 3 and 7.We don’t know what causes ADHD but experts think it runs in families, it could also be caused by an imbalance in brain chemicals. A related condition, ADD (attention deficit disorder) has similar symptoms, but there is less hyperactivity and the main problem is difficulty concentrating.

What to do about ADHD: Take the first step

If you feel a learner is struggling with ADHD encourage them to talk to someone they are comfortable with and trust, for example a Tutor, relative, counsellor or friend.

Support is available from their GP, who may offer to refer the child or young person to the child and adolescent mental health service (CAMHS). There is no set test for ADHD instead they can talk to an expert i.e. a psychiatrist or specialist paediatrician to find out the best way to help.

Treating ADHD

Medication, behavioural therapy, counselling, family meetings and special educational support can all help children and young people with ADHD.   

Young people can be given medication, children under 5 should not be given ADHD medication. Psychological therapy can also be offered on a one-to-one basis, older children may be offered group sessions to help with their social skills and behaviour.

For more information, please access: https://youngminds.org.uk/find-help/conditions/adhd-and-mental-health/

JTM’s Monthly Safeguarding Bulletin – March 2019

Topics for this month:

MOMO – Online Safety
Momo is a sinister ‘challenge’ that has been around for some time. It has recently resurfaced and once again has come to the attention of schools and children across the country. Dubbed the ‘suicide killer game’, Momo has been heavily linked with apps such as Facebook, WhatsApp, YouTube, and most recently YouTube Kids. The scary doll-like figure reportedly sends graphic violent images and asks users to partake in dangerous challenges like waking up at random hours and has even been associated with self-harm.

The National Online Safety organisation have provided a list of ‘top tips for parents’ to help prevent children in their care being affected by Momo:

  1. Tell them it’s not real
  2. Be present whilst children in your care are online
  3. Talk regularly with your children about their online activities to encourage confidence in discussing any issue or concerns they may have
  4. Utilise device settings and parental controls
  5. Make sure you talk to children about how they shouldn’t succumb to peer pressure and do anything they are uncomfortable with

For further support parents and carers can speak to their child’s safeguarding officer at school. It is also important for children to know where they can seek help if they have seen something distressing and who their trusted adults are. Counsellors at ChildLine can also be reached on 0800 1111.

Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month – March 2019

Every year 7,300 women in the UK are diagnosed with ovarian cancer and just one in five women in the UK are able to name bloating as a symptom of ovarian cancer.

Other symptoms can include:

  • Persistent bloating – not bloating that comes and goes
  • Feeling full quickly and/or loss of appetite
  • Pelvic or abdominal pain (that’s your tummy and below)
  • Urinary symptoms (needing to wee more urgently or more often than usual)

Occasionally there can be other symptoms such as:

  • Changes in bowel habits
  • Extreme fatigue (feeling very tired)
  • Unexplained weight loss

It is important that we raise awareness of Ovarian Cancer so that symptoms are identified as early as possible and appointments for GPs can be arranged quickly. The leaflet covers the symptoms leaflet that we would like you to circulate. More information can be found at: https://www.targetovariancancer.org.uk/information-and-support/what-ovarian-cancer/ovarian-cancer-symptoms

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Child Exploitation Awareness

Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) is when an adult coerces or gives a child something in exchange for allowing sexual acts to be performed by or on them. This could be in person, online or on camera.


CSE can be very hard to spot. Sometimes young people themselves don’t realise what is happening. They may believe they are in a loving relationship. They may believe what they’re being asked to do is ‘normal’. If they do realise they are being abused, they may feel trapped. They may feel unable to tell anyone what is going on.

Every 3 minutes a child runs away from home or care and each year 100,000 children go missing in the UK. These children are at risk of sexual exploitation, involvement in crime, substance misuse and homelessness. But many children show signs long before they leave, and it is possible to spot these signs and act.

Included are useful awareness resources of CSE, published by Catch 22:

  • Prevent a young person going missing – spot the signs
  • CSE – Think boys! 1 in 3 victims of CSE is a boy
  • Positive relationships break – the CSE cycle
  • Child Criminal Exploitation – How gangs recruit and coerce young people
  • Push and pull factors – What causes a child to go missing
  • Different dangers, same signs

More information can be found via https://www.catch-22.org.uk/news/spot-the-signs-cse-awareness-poster-hub/?mc_cid=44cbca3415&mc_eid=d2a4253130

Jessie and Friends

For the first time, the National Crime Agency is engaging with children as young as four in a bid to help protect them online as the number of global child sexual abuse referrals has rocketed.

Parents, carers and teachers can use Jessie & Friends – a fun, friendly and age-appropriate education resource based on a three-episode series of animations – to help to keep 4-7 year olds safe online.

The aim of Jessie and Friends is to provide protective education to children before they begin to encounter such risks online, making children less likely to become victims and less likely to be targeted by high-risk offenders. Engaging activities, designed for classroom use, support children to recognise manipulative strategies in online chat – just like those typically used by offenders to groom children.

Crucially, Jessie & Friends helps children learn to ask a trusted adult for help whenever they feel worried.

The Jessie & Friends resources can be accessed via https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/jessie-and-friends

Did you know?…

According to a recent Ofcom report, 19% of 3-4 year olds and 43% of 5-7 year olds have access to their own tablets, and 52% of 3-4 year olds and 82% of 5-7 year olds go online for an average of nine hours or more each week. Therefore, experts at the National Crime Agency are encouraging adults to start the dialogue about online safety with children as young as 4.

JTM’s Monthly Safeguarding Bulletin – February 2019

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National Heart Month
The British Heart Foundation has long since made February, National Heart Month in the UK. There are many different heart conditions and problems, which together, are called heart disease.  This includes: angina; heart attack; heart failure and abnormal heart rhythms – as well as many other conditions including congenital heart disease and inherited heart conditions.  There are over two and a half million people in the UK living with coronary heart disease (CHD) and it causes over 82,000 deaths annually.

There are several aspects a person can influence such as managing diet, keeping fit, and watching their blood pressure are just a few important factors.  The British Heart Foundation’s webpage has information about heart diseases and ways in which you can beat them.  Healthy Performance are trying to encourage employers to raise awareness of the dangers of heart disease to their employees.  The most effective way is via onsite checks which cover blood pressure and total cholesterol checks.  You can get more information by visiting https://www.healthyperformance.co.uk/national-heart-month

The Education Support Partnership

The Education Support Partnership is the UK’s only charity providing mental health and wellbeing support services to all education and training staff and organisations. The organisation offers telephone support and counselling, email support and live chat, training and development, information and advice, and even grants.

There are many stresses on those who work in education and training – a challenging student, stress & depression, personal financial worries and so many more. That’s why the Partnership offers free, confidential help and support, no matter what the problem. Trained counsellors listen without judgement. No issue is too big or too small.

Free Helpline: 08000 562 561 (24 hours)
Website: https://www.educationsupportpartnership.org.uk/

Safeguarding Children and Protecting Professionals in Early Years Settings

The government have published new guidance on 4th February 2019, aimed at professionals working in EYFS settings. There are two versions, one for practitioners and one for managers. Please access the links below for further information:

For Practitioners
Safeguarding children and protecting professionals in early years settings: online safety guidance for practitioners
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/safeguarding-children-and-protecting-professionals-in-early-years-settings-online-safety-considerations/safeguarding-children-and-protecting-professionals-in-early-years-settings-online-safety-guidance-for-practitioners

For Managers
Safeguarding children and protecting professionals in early years settings: online safety considerations for managers
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/safeguarding-children-and-protecting-professionals-in-early-years-settings-online-safety-considerations/safeguarding-children-and-protecting-professionals-in-early-years-settings-online-safety-considerations-for-managers

Promoting Sustainable Living

WWF is the world’s leading independent conservation organisation and their mission is to create a world where people and wildlife can thrive together. It is important that we take necessary steps to reduce our carbon footprint as much as possible to make a real change in contributing to sustainable living. The WWF have an Environmental Footprint Calculator that calculates your carbon footprint using a series of questions about your day to day living habits.

We think this is an excellent tool to use to raise awareness of your carbon footprint and the small changes that you can make to improve and reduce your impact.

The questionnaire can be accessed here: https://footprint.wwf.org.uk/?_ga=2.54581163.101542398.1550231536-1907968609.1550231536#/

Did you know?…

Eight million tonnes of plastic is dumped into the sea every year. See below ten tips on how to reduce your plastic footprint:

  1. Fix your caffeine fix – Carry a reusable cup or flask.
  2. Bring your own bottle – Plastic bottles are one of the most frequently found items on ‘beach cleans’.
  3. Say no to plastic cutlery By reusing plastic cutlery or using a compostable alternative, each person could personally save 466 items of unnecessary plastic every year.
  4. Plastic straws – Plastic straws and stirrers can take up to 200 years to decompose. Opt in for paper straws, or ditch them all together!
  5. Stop using cling film – Cling film cannot be recycled, unlike foil. Make the swap!
  6. Teabags – Use loose leaf tea with a tea strainer instead of teabags that are sealed with plastic.
  7. Ditch chewing gum – Britons are the second biggest consumers of chewing gum in the world. Chewing gum is made from plastic and can be swapped for plastic free alternatives such as Chewsy.
  8. Glitter – Glitter is made from plastic of such a small size it’s lethal to our oceans. There are many eco-friendly biodegradable glitters available!
  9. Milk – Consider getting your milk delivered in glass bottles which are reused and recycled instead of the plastic containers in the shops.
  10. Wine – Choose wine bottles with natural cork stoppers instead of plastic stoppers or metal screw caps.

JTM’s Monthly Safeguarding Bulletin – January 2019

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Change4Life Campaign by Public Health England

Change 4 Life Campaign was launched on 2nd January 2019, as new figures show that children have already exceeded the maximum recommended sugar intake for an 18 year old, by the time they have reached their 10th birthday.

To help parents/carers and young people manage this, Change4Life is encouraging them to ‘Make a swap when you next shop’. Making simple everyday swaps can reduce children’s sugar intake from some products such as: yoghurts; drinks; breakfast cereals, by half- whilst giving them healthier versions of the foods and drinks they enjoy.

Please access the following link for more information:

https://www.nhs.uk/change4life/food-facts/sugar/sugar-swaps-for-kids

Autism ‘Attention Card’

By registering for an Attention card, your details are red flagged to say that you have a person with you with autism, which means that if you are in a difficult situation or an accident, responding officers will know that appropriate support will need to be put in place for that individual. The card is incredibly beneficial to children, teenagers and adults and is completely free.

The Attention Card confirms ‘The person you have with you will have a medical diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Condition’. They should be treated as a vulnerable person and PACE 1984 guidelines should be followed. When you apply for an Attention Card you are given the option for the applicant’s difficulties to be recorded onto Cheshire or Merseyside Police’s intelligence system. This means that in an emergency, irrespective of whether they are carrying the card or Autism Code Keyring, the issues they have will be acknowledged, and appropriate support given.

For more information about the Attention Card, and access to the application forms, please follow the link below:

Cervical Cancer Prevention Week
Cervical Cancer Prevention Week will be taking place from today, 21st – 27th January 2019. 2 women lose their lives every day to cervical cancer, whilst 9 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer every day. It has been highlighted that 75% of cervical cancers can be prevented by cervical screening.

It is important that all women and people with a cervix know how cervical cancer can be prevented. This means:

  • Attending cervical screening when invited
  • Knowing the symptoms of cervical cancer and seeking medical advice if experiencing any
  • Taking up the HPV vaccination if aged 11-18
  • Knowing where to find support and further information

For detailed information, please visit: https://www.jostrust.org.uk/get-involved/campaign/cervical-cancer-prevention-week

Safer Internet Day

Safer Internet Day will take place on Tuesday 5th February 2019. Please have a look at the posters and resources to see how you can get involved in Safer Internet Day, take part in a range of social media activities, information on handling disclosures etc.

The NSPCC’s Net Aware website provides handy guides and risk ratings for parents and carers on some of the most popular online gaming and social media apps that young people may be using.

Fortnite: https://www.net-aware.org.uk/news/fortnite-all-you-need-know/

Minecraft: https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/minecraft-a-parents-guide/

FIFA: https://www.net-aware.org.uk/networks/fifa-football/

Grand Theft Auto: https://www.net-aware.org.uk/networks/grand-theft-auto-san-andreas/

Risk ratings for popular social media apps: https://www.net-aware.org.uk/networks/

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Did you know?…

Technology is continuously expanding, and in every 60 seconds…

  • 168 million emails are sent
  • 694,445 search queries are made with Google
  • 11,000 iPhone applications are downloaded
  • 320+ new Twitter accounts are set up
  • 98,300 tweets are published
  • 370,000 voice calls are made on Skype
  • 100+ new LinkedIn accounts are set up

https://www.foundationonline.org.uk

JTM’s Monthly Safeguarding Bulletin – December 2018

Topics for this month:

Protecting Children from Criminal Exploitation, Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery

In the spring of 2018, Ofsted, the Care Quality Commission, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services and Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Probation examined ‘the multi-agency response to child exploitation and children missing from home, care or education’, looking specifically at the criminal exploitation of children.

This report sets out the inspection findings and is a useful read for schools working in higher risk areas. You can download the report here: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/756031/Protecting_children_from_criminal_exploitation_human_trafficking_modern_slavery_addendum_141118.pdf
 

Criminal Exploitation (Manchester Safeguarding Children Boards)
Manchester Safeguarding Children Boards have introduced ‘seven minute briefings’ to allow managers to deliver a short briefing to staff regarding on key topics, which can also be used to support reflective discussion with practitioners.

MSCB says that the 7 minute briefings are based on a technique borrowed from the FBI. Research suggests that seven minutes is an ideal timespan to concentrate and learning is more memorable as it is simple and not clouded by other issues and pressures. Their brief duration should also mean that they hold people’s attention, as well as giving managers something to share with their staff.

Download the Criminal Exploitation briefing here: 

https://www.manchestersafeguardingboards.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/2018-06-29-MSB-7MB-CriminalExploitation.pdf 

Others are available below for Manchester and Liverpool:

https://liverpoolscb.org.uk/lscb/training/seven-minute-briefings

JTM’s Monthly Safeguarding Bulletin – November 2018

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Mental Health Awareness – Free Resources

Virtual College have a range of free resources for Employees to help develop and promote strong mental wellbeing. Resources include: Activity Tracker and Planner; Work-life Balance Tracker; Warnings Signs Assessment; Stress management and many more. https://goo.gl/3uTW6a

Young People and Gambling

The Gambling Commission submitted its annual report last week focusing on young people and gambling for 2018. 2,865 young people aged 11-16 took part and results show that:

  • 14% of 11-16 year olds had spent their own money on gambling, which is up from 12% in 2017 but still lower than rates seen prior to 2017
  • This compared to 13% who had drunk alcohol in the past week, 4% who had smoked cigarettes and 2% who had taken illegal drugs
  • The principal forms of gambling are placing a private bet for money with friends (6%), National Lottery scratch-cards (4%), fruit/slot machines (3%) and playing cards for money with friends (3%)
  • Just in the last week it was discovered that nearly 90% of the pubs across England that were tested, failed to prevent children from gambling on their fruit machines. These are businesses that are not gambling companies but nevertheless have a duty to protect young people from being harmed.

https://www.gamblingcommission.gov.uk/PDF/survey-data/Young-People-and-Gambling-2018-Report.pdf

Knife Crime – The Knife Angel

There were 40,147 knife offences in the 12 months ending in March 2018 in England and Wales, a 16% increase on the previous year and the highest number since 2011.

A memorial has been designed by the artist Alfie Bradley, to those whose lives have been affected by knife crime. Alfie has created the ‘Knife Angel’ single-handedly at the British Ironworks Centre from 100,000 knives which were surrendered and collected during nationwide amnesties in 2015/2016.

The Knife Angel is a national monument against violence and aggression to highlight the issue’s impact of people’s lives. The sculpture has been placed outside the Liverpool Cathedral and will be there until 31st January 2019. The latest figures record more than nine hundred serious crimes involving knives on Merseyside last year.

Awareness of Forced Marriage

It is estimated that approximately 8,000-10,000 forced marriages of British citizens take place every year often resulting in devastating long term consequences for the victims. The following online course has been developed with the Forced Marriage Unit of the Foreign Office and aims to raise awareness, challenge perceptions and inform you of the correct actions to take should you suspect someone is at risk.

Find the course here: https://www.virtual-college.co.uk/resources/free-courses/awareness-of-forced-marriage

Citizens Advice
Citizens Advicepreviously known as the Citizens Advice Bureauis a network of 316independent charities throughout the United Kingdom that give free, confidential information and advice to assist people with moneylegalconsumer and other personal problems. Research conducted has found that 4 in 5 of citizen’s advice clients felt stressed, depressed or anxious and 3 in 5 clients felt their physical health decline as a result of their practical problem.

There is a growing body of evidence which shows that tackling practical problems through advice can considerably improve ‘health and wellbeing’. The national citizen’s advice impact research project reports that 70% of clients said they felt less stressed and 46% said their physical health improved after seeking advice. Of other citizen’s advice clients experiencing long-term conditions, 57% said they were able to manage their condition easier resulting in a better quality of life.

Further information can be found at: https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/

Did you know?…

The Citizens Advice can offer advice on the following: Debt and money; family Law; benefits; health; housing; work; immigration and consumer rights.

JTM’s Monthly Safeguarding Bulletin – October 2018

Topics for this month:

Are you familiar with the term ‘County Lines’?

Criminal exploitation is also known as ‘county lines’ and this can happen when gangs and organised crime networks exploit children to sell drugs. These children are often made to travel across counties, and they use dedicated mobile phone ‘lines’ to supply drugs. Gangs are deliberately targeting vulnerable children i.e. those who are homeless, living in care homes or trapped in poverty. These children are unsafe, often unloved, or unable to cope, and the gangs take advantage of this.

The criminals and gangs groom, threaten or trick children into trafficking their drugs for them. They might threaten a young person physically, or they might threaten the young person’s family members. The gangs might also offer something in return for the young person’s cooperation i.e. it could be money, food, alcohol, clothes and jewellery, or improved status, but the giving of these gifts will usually be manipulated so that the child feels they are in debt to their exploiter.

What are the signs of criminal exploitation and county lines?

  • Returning home late, staying out all night or going missing
  • Being found in areas away from home
  • Increasing drug use, or being found to have large amounts of drugs on them
  • Being secretive about who they are talking to and where they are going
  • Unexplained absences from school, college, training or work
  • Unexplained money, phone(s), clothes or jewellery
  • Increasingly disruptive or aggressive behaviour
  • Using sexual, drug-related or violent language you wouldn’t expect them to know
  • Coming home with injuries or looking particularly disheveled
  • Having hotel cards or keys to unknown places.

The Children’s Commissioner estimates there are at least 46,000 children in England who are involved in gang activity. If you think a young person is in immediate danger ensure you contact the police. If you are concerned about a young person or vulnerable adult’s welfare, please contact JTM’s Safeguarding Officer on 0151 336 9340.

Wirral Safeguarding Board – Survey

The WSCB recently carried out a survey of young people to identify their safeguarding priorities. 602 responses were received and the top 8 priority areas identified were:

  1. Mental ill health received the highest number of votes with 96
  2. Combatting physical abuse received 95 votes
  3. Online Safety received  90 votes
  4. Combatting sexual abuse and exploitation got 70 votes
  5. Bullying and online bullying received 69 votes
  6. Combatting domestic violence received 66 votes
  7. Self-Harm also received 66 votes
  8. Sexting received 51 votes

Young Minds Crisis Messenger

If a young person is experiencing a mental health crisis, they can text the YoungMinds Crisis Messenger for free, 24/7 support, by texting YM to85258. Texts are free from EE, O2, Vodafone, 3, Virgin Mobile, BT Mobile, GiffGaff, Tesco Mobile and Telecom Plus.

Young Minds aim to connect every texter to a trained volunteer in less than 5 minutes to provide support in a crisis. They will listen to the young person and help them to think through how they are feeling, and will aim to help them take the next steps towards feeling better. 

https://youngminds.org.uk/find-help/get-urgent-help/youngminds-crisis-messenger/?mc_cid=4117809a36&mc_eid=52c3e86d31#how-does-it-work?-

Halloween Safety Tips: Wednesday 31st October 2018

Lots of people decorate their doorsteps and paths with candlelit pumpkins for Halloween. They look great, but are an obvious fire hazard. One way to reduce this risk is to

  • use battery operated tea lights. They provide the same effect and substantially reduce the fire risk. LED tea lights are widely available at high street shops.
  • You could also try placing glow sticks or flashing bike lights inside pumpkins to give a more ghostly and spooky effect.
  • Choose the costume carefully. Avoid billowing, long trailing fabric, plastic capes or using bin liners as costumes. It’s a good idea towear natural fibres (such as wool, cotton or viscose) next to the skin, underneath a synthetic costume.

During a fire, synthetic material melts on to the skin and whilst natural fibres are still flammable they do provide further protection between the skin and synthetic material.

  • Keep flowing items like fake hair and capes away from candle and other flames.
  • Keep an eye on children at all times when around lit candles.
  • Teach children how to stop, drop and roll if their clothing catches fire.
  • If you like to decorate your garden and paths then use flashlights instead of garden candles and lanterns.

Firework Safety: Bonfire Night – Monday 5th November 2018

It is important that fireworks are purchased from a reputable shop to make sure that they conform to British Standards. This means that they should have BS 7114 written on the box. Sometimes shops open up for a short time before Bonfire Night but these may not be the best places to buy fireworks from. Staff in these shops might not be very knowledgeable about using fireworks safely and their fireworks might not meet British Standards.

Don’t buy fireworks from anywhere you’re not sure about, such as the back of a van or from a temporary, unlicensed market stall.

Did you know?…

  • It is an offence to let fireworks off during the night hours of 11pm-7am, except on Bonfire night (midnight), Diwali, New Year’s Eve and Chinese New Year (1am)
  • If you are under 18, you can’t: buy the types of fireworks which can be sold only to adults or, have fireworks in public places. If you do, the police can give you an on-the-spot fine of £80.
  • It is against the law to: set off or throw fireworks in the street or other public places. If found guilty by the courts, you could be fined up to £5,000 and can be imprisoned for up to three months. You may be liable for an on-the-spot fine of £80.

JTM’s Monthly Safeguarding Bulletin – September 2018

Topics for this month:

A new update (iOS 12.0) for IPhones – Screen Time

One of the new features recently released by Apple, focuses on ‘Screen Time’.  Screen time monitors how much time a person is spending on their device, from what apps they are using, to the number of times throughout the day they are picking up their phone to glance at the screen. Screen time can be used to set time limits on apps, set content filters and restrict app usage. The update also breaks down the time spent on different categories of apps, such as social networking, productivity and games.


For more information regarding the update, please access the following link: https://www.apple.com/uk/newsroom/2018/06/ios-12-introduces-new-features-to-reduce-interruptions-and-manage-screen-time/

Screen time is a good tool for learners, staff, and parents/carers to use to be mindful of how much time they are spending on their devices.

E-Safety: Did you know?…

Almost 1 in 4, of 8 to 11-year-olds and 3 in 4, of 12 to 15-year-olds has a social media profile (Ofcom 2017)

1 in 3 internet users are children (NSPCC 2015)

Healthy and unhealthy relationships – NSPCC

Childline has released figures which show that it held 3,878 counselling sessions about peer on peer sexual abuse in 2017/18 – a 29% rise since 2016/17. Childline has relaunched its #ListenToYourSelfie campaign about healthy and unhealthy relationships and is promoting the online tool ‘Looking out for Lottie’ to help young people recognise when a relationship doesn’t feel right.

For more information, please access the following link:

https://www.childline.org.uk/info-advice/friends-relationships-sex/sex-relationships/healthy-unhealthy-relationships/

Increasing concerns regarding KIK messenger

Kik messenger has been around since 2010, and has round 300 million users worldwide which is popular with children and young people. The NPCC (National Police Chiefs Council) reported last week that the number of Child Sexual Exploitation reports over the last 2 and a half years has quadrupled. It is important that everyone is aware of the dangers of this app and that if learners’ engaging in the app have any concerns, to contact JTM’s Safeguarding Officer on 0151 336 9340

Prevent and British Values

British values are a set of four values introduced to help and protect children and young people’s safety and welfare. They also help to ensure young people understand the importance of respect, and leave education and training fully prepared for life in modern Britain.The four values are democracy, rule of law, respect and tolerance and individual liberty.

British Values are an important part of the Prevent strategy, and it is the duty of all providers to follow these values and put them into every day practice; specifically to counter extremism.

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