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JTM’s Monthly Safeguarding Bulletin – August 2021

Topics for this month:

How to look after your mental health with exercise:

There are many reasons why physical activity is good for your body – having a healthy heart and improving your joints and bones are just two, but did you know that physical activity is also beneficial for your mental health and wellbeing?

We need to change the way we view physical activity in the UK in order not to see it as something we ‘have to do’, ‘should do’ or ‘ought to do’ for our health, but as something that we do because we personally value its positive benefits to our wellbeing.

As part of the Mental Health Foundation’s work to promote better mental health, they have produced the pocket guide attached, to show the positive impact that physical activity can have on your own mental wellbeing, including some tips and suggestions to help you get started.

Being active doesn’t have to mean doing sport or going to the gym. There are lots of ways to be active; find the one that works for you!

Click here for the guide

Five ways to wellbeing:

The Mind charity have developed 5 ways to wellbeing which include

  • Take notice
  • Connect
  • Give
  • Keep learning
  • Be active

The Mind charity have developed a tool for you to use when following the 5 steps, in order to take some time to reflect throughout your day – download the PDF today and start working towards your 5 ways to wellbeing!

No panic

No Panic is a registered charity that helps and supports those living with panic attacks, phobias, obsessive compulsive disorders, and other related anxiety disorders. No Panic also provides support for the carers of people who suffer from anxiety disorders.

No Panic believes each and every one of us will have a dip in our mental health at different times throughout our lives. Mental ill-health knows no class, gender, age or economic boundaries and can affect any one of us at any time. COVID-19 is further exacerbating this already alarming crisis.

No Panic provides crucial support that fills the gaps left by statutory services. Quite often people who contact No Panic have been waiting a long time for therapy or have been refused help as they do not fit the mandatory service criteria. No Panic offers support that can prevent certain situations from a reaching crisis point. No Panic have the insight to know that no one treatment will work for an individual. Enabling choice is paramount in helping people to discover their own potential which educates them on how to personally manage their mental health.

No Panic’s guiding philosophy is that people can and do recover from mental health issues (however severe they may be) and can go on to live lives of their own choosing if they are provided with tailored made needs. No Panic’s recovery programs use layperson Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and anxiety management as their base. Whilst no therapy guarantees success, this method has at the present time, the highest success rate.

According to the UK Mental Health Foundation:

  • One in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem in any given year.
  • In the UK, 70 million days are lost from work each year due to mental ill health (i.e., anxiety, depression, and stress related conditions) making it the leading cause of sickness absence.
  • 10% of children and young people have a clinically diagnosable mental health problem yet 70% of children and adolescents who experience mental health problems do not receive intervention at a sufficiently early age.

All of the services are provided over the telephone or internet which provide enormous flexibility, comfort, and confidentiality to those we support. For more information you can access – info@nopanic.org.uk and there is also a free service helpline number 0300 772 9844 (10am-10pm) 7 days a week for free advice involving toolkits, panic attack and anxiety disorder resources, coping/breathing techniques, and other information to help. (Additional charges may occur for counselling dependant on age and services required).

Online safety:

WhatsApp disappearing images

WhatsApp have now released their ‘View Once’ photos and videos function. If the “1” icon is chosen before you send a photo or video, it will vanish after being viewed once, much like Snapchat.

The image or video being sent will disappear in the chat if the ‘View Once’ option has been selected before it was sent. As with their disappearing messages feature, the image or video can still be saved by another user before it disappears by taking a screenshot or screen recording. Users are prompted about this, the first time they send an image/video using the feature.

By introducing this feature, WhatsApp are claiming to give users “more control” over images and videos they’re sharing

What are the safeguarding risks?

  • Users can still screenshot images and screen record videos. The sender won’t be alerted. Screenshots of images or videos can be used by a bully or an abuser to control, manipulate, or blackmail the original sender
  • Images can also be captured in other ways, such as through a second camera device
  • Just because an image or video disappears doesn’t mean the effect of sharing does. This feature could be used to spread inappropriate or harmful content without a user’s consent
  • The ‘view it once’ justification is often used by offenders to convince vulnerable children to share images ‘because they will disappear’ 
  • This feature can provide an illusion of safety for young people sharing images or videos that they believe will completely disappear, in group chats, friendship groups, or relationships

YouTube shorts

Ever since TikTok surged into popularity, especially with children and young people, every other social media giant has attempted to answer the accessible, trendy format with new features on their existing platforms. Instagram introduced Reels, Snapchat created Spotlight, and now video hosting platform YouTube is entering the mix with Shorts.

YouTube Shorts is a new feature within the YouTube app that allows users to create short videos (lasting no longer than 60 seconds) on their phones. The content of these videos can be anything. Current trends include exercise tips, dance challenges, and funny pet videos.

YouTube is aiming to make Shorts a feature that will bring overnight fame to users. There are already stories of creators increasing their following using the feature, which suggests YouTube’s algorithms are benefiting those creators. Incentives like this make Shorts more appealing to creators of all ages, who may feel they will have a better chance of being an influencer on a newer platform.

Users can choose from three options when uploading a short to YouTube: Public, Unlisted, and Private. Each refers to the viewership allowances on a particular short.

Public means anyone can see your video.

Unlisted means the video can be seen and shared by anyone with a link.

Private means only those invited by the user can view the video.

These privacy settings are the same as those included in the YouTube app itself. Users viewing shorts can report content, using the reporting function available on each short.

It should be noted that this feature is designed to make videos go viral. As shorts are meant to be seen by anyone and everyone, it is implied that successful shorts should be made public. If creators do not want their videos or audios to be used in a short, they must opt out manually for every single post when choosing the video’s visibility.

Because of the relaxed privacy settings, the YouTube Shorts feature poses several potential safeguarding risks to children and young people.

  • If a child or young person uploads a public video to YouTube, the audio can be used in a Shorts video by anyone. This means strangers may attempt to engage in interaction with them as their YouTube profile will be referenced in shorts that use it
  • Young people may be drawn in by YouTube’s eagerness for creators to become famous using Shorts. This can inspire a vulnerable young person to engage in fame-seeking tactics while using the feature, such as wearing revealing clothing, engaging with fans (strangers), or sharing personal information in an attempt to connect with ‘fans’
  • The Shorts feature is purposefully designed to be addictive. It may encourage excessive screen time in your child or young person
  • There is an increased risk of inappropriate or harmful content being posted to Shorts, as the shorter length and volume of videos may make it more difficult for moderators to check. TikTok has had this same issue, with inappropriate content often being looked over or “hinted” at by creators to obscure moderating algorithms
  • Users are not able to control the types of videos that appear within the feed, meaning your child might be exposed to inappropriate content

Should you stream it?

Ineqe Safeguarding have produced a guide for young people to become safer streamers with a helpful traffic light system! Share the PDF with young people today to help them to make more informed choices for their own safety.
Click here for the should you stream it PDF

7-minute briefings

This months’ 7-minute briefings focus on ‘Hate crime’ and ‘Domestic Abuse Act 2021’.

Hate crime – Hate incidents and crimes hurt and can be very frightening for the person subjected to them. They directly strike at who a person is, their community and their way of life and can be committed against a person or a property. People have often suffered abuse and hostility all their lives, just because of who they are. The 7-minute briefing covers: what a hate crime incident is; our duty; public trust and confidence; facts; ways to report and guidance.

Click here for the Hate crime briefing

Domestic Abuse Act 2021 – The Act was signed into law on the 29th April 2021 and the 7-minute briefing covers what the Domestic Abuse Act will do; key features of the act; and what will happen next.


Click here for information on the Domestic Abuse Act

JTM’s Safeguarding Bulletin – July 2021

Topics for this month:

Staying safe as lockdown restrictions ease

Despite restrictions easing on 19th July, we all need to do our bit to keep ourselves and others safe from COVID-19.  So, what can you do?

Get double vaccinated!

  • One of the most important things you can do is to get both doses of the COVID-19 vaccination. Whilst the vaccine doesn’t offer 100% protection against the virus – no vaccine can – it does reduce the chance of you catching or spreading the virus. If you do contract coronavirus, you’re significantly less likely to become seriously ill or die than if you were unvaccinated.
  • Vaccination appointments are now available to anyone over the age of 18. Vaccination is fast, safe and effective. You can book your vaccine appointments online through the NHS website or through a walk-in centre! You need to get both doses in order to get the full protection the jab offers.

Keep wearing your face mask!

  • Though wearing face masks and coverings are no longer required by law, the government is recommending that people wear face coverings in crowded places like public transport. Continuing to wear a face mask is a sensible and easy precaution to take to avoid passing COVID-19 to other people. Many establishments, including major supermarket chains, will be continuing to encourage customers to wear face masks and we will be encouraging our learners and employers to do the same whilst JTM staff are visiting/working with you.

Stay at home when you’re asked to!

  • It may feel inconvenient and frustrating but self-isolating is an incredibly important step we can all take to avoid passing the virus on to other people.
  • If you develop symptoms of COVID-19 – namely a new, continuous cough, a fever or loss of your taste or smell – then you need to self-isolate and stay at home.
  • If you start feeling unwell, stay at home and book a PCR test online. You can have one sent to your home or book to go to a testing site.
  • You should also self-isolate if anyone in your household has symptoms or tests positive, or if you are told to by Test and Trace.

Spend time with loved ones but take precautions

  • Spending time with other people is important for our mental health and overall well-being. But catching COVID-19 is sure to put a downer on a fun day with friends. When meeting up with people, take some precautions to stay safe.
  • Avoid mixing with lots of people, socialising close together or staying together for long periods of time. Spending time outdoors is still the safest way to socialise.

Get tested!

  • As well as ordering PCR tests when you have symptoms, it’s also a good idea to use lateral flow test kits twice a week and we encourage all of our staff to do this to keep everyone safe.
  • The tests can pick up an asymptomatic infection and give you a result in 30 minutes which can help you avoid unknowingly passing COVID-19 on to anyone else.
  • You can get lateral flow test kits online or from your pharmacist.

For further information, please visit:  https://patient.info/news-and-features/19th-july-staying-safe-as-covid-19-restrictions-ease?xnpe_tifc=bDBsb.B_hFe.hkn7hkn7hypJRfn-bD1DbDQL4dHAxdbD4GllxF4_tfPNOInAxDYd4Db84DU_4FENrFojxuoDbIVZ4fxZh.LshIoT&utm_source=exponea&utm_campaign=PA%20Newsletter%2073rd%20edition%2020/07/2021&utm_medium=email

Mental health support- CAMHS

Liverpool’s mental health services are here to help when children and young people find it hard to cope with family life, training, or the wider world. Please view the poster attached by CAMHS with further information regarding support services.

Domestic abuse

Domestic abuse and violence are a crime, it is when there is violent, abusive, or bullying behaviour or actions towards another person often a partner or former partner to scare and control them. It can happen at home or outside the home and at any time, and anyone can be a victim of domestic abuse, regardless of gender, age, ethnicity, religion, socio-economic status, sexuality, or background.

Domestic violence is a major contributor to ill health, it has serious consequences on your mental and physical health, including sexual health. This can include injuries, temporary or permanent disabilities, depression and sometimes self- harming that leads onto suicide. Domestic violence affects one’s thoughts, feelings and behaviours and can significantly impact one’s mental stability. Increased anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder and depression symptoms are commonly observed among survivors of domestic violence.

Recognise domestic abuse

Does your partner, ex-partner or someone you live with:

  • cut you off from family and friends and intentionally isolate you?
  • bully, threaten, or control you?
  • take control of your finances?
  • monitor or limit your use of technology?
  • physically and/or sexually abuse you?

Domestic abuse is not always physical violence. It can also include:

  • coercive control and ‘gaslighting’
  • economic abuse
  • online abuse
  • threats and intimidation
  • emotional abuse
  • sexual abuse

If you believe that you are a victim of domestic abuse, there are signs that you can look out for including:

  • being withdrawn, or being isolated
  • having bruises, burns or bite marks on you
  • having your finances controlled, or not being given enough to buy food, medication or pay bills
  • not being allowed to leave your house, or stopped from going to college or work
  • having your internet or social media use monitored, or someone else reading your texts, emails, or letters
  • being repeatedly belittled, put down or told you are worthless
  • being pressured into sex or sexual contact
  • being told that abuse is your fault, or that you’re overreacting

Get help and support

All forms of domestic abuse are not acceptable in any situation.

If you are experiencing domestic abuse and feel frightened of, or controlled by, a partner, an ex-partner or family member, it is important to remember that it is not your fault and there is no shame in seeking help.

It may seem like a difficult step to take, but there is support available and #YouAreNotAlone.

Free, confidential support and advice is available to victims and their concerned family members or friends, 24 hours a day.

Respect – Men’s Advice Line

The Men’s Advice Line is a confidential helpline for all men experiencing domestic violence by a current or ex-partner. They provide emotional support and practical advice and can give you details of specialist services that can give you advice on legal, housing, child contact, mental health, and other issues.

Freephone 0808 8010327

Website: www.mensadviceline.org.uk

National Domestic Abuse helpline

The National Domestic Abuse Helpline is a freephone 24-hour helpline which provides advice and support to women and can refer them to emergency accommodation. The National Domestic Abuse Helpline is run by Refuge.

Freephone: 0808 2000 247

Website: www.nationaldahelpline.org.uk

How to Develop Healthy Habits on Screen Time – Ineqe Group

Children and young people being glued to the screen is not a new issue for parents, but the culture of entertainment and social interactions has changed so much over the last year that it is certainly a much bigger challenge.

Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, children’s lives have adapted to include much more screen time as a necessity for meeting their educational, social and entertainment needs. Therefore, in order to promote a better relationship with our screens and devices, the Ineqe Group have released a Family Activity pack. This is based on the very latest research and is full of fun and exciting ways to promote healthy screen time habits – for the whole family!

Visit the following link for more information: https://ineqe.com/2021/07/09/down-the-devices-how-to-develop-healthy-habits-on-screen-time/?utm_campaign=Ineqe%20Safeguarding%20Roundup&utm_medium=email&_hsmi=139399131&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-9JBDZhaCTlY5Vowkvn-fko0DOoyI6lAqmjwlJa6nSn57LKY2j0A8hzAJeJZpGewTQyIpEEW9bPAPGhLSaCgTxZELK0UsB0Jm0lIKgz92GDA-VuZYI&utm_content=139399131&utm_source=hs_email

Cyberbullying

Bullying is not a normal part of childhood and should never happen in any form. Unfortunately, this is a common struggle for children and young people today, and advancing technology only increases the risk.

The long-term impact of cyberbullying on a young person’s physical and mental wellbeing can be profound. Cyberbullying, as with all bullying, can contribute to mental health disorders, substance misuse, and, in extreme cases, suicidal ideation. 

What to do if a Child or Young Person in Your Care is Being Bullied Online

Children and young people in your care may not use the word bullying to describe what is happening to them, so it’s important to listen if they mention things which are upsetting them or worrying them online. 

You can use the following advice if a child or young person describes an experience which sounds like, or is, online bullying:

  • Take the time to listen to them and try not to interrupt. It is important not to get angry or upset at the situation
  • Don’t stop them from accessing social media platforms or online games. This will likely feel like punishment and may stop them from confiding in you in the future 
  • Reassure the child or young person that things will change, and that they have done the right thing by telling you. This can help reduce any anxiety they might be feeling
  • Make sure the child or young person knows that it is not their fault and that they have done nothing wrong
  • As a parent or carer, it is important not to get involved or retaliate in cases of online bullying. This will likely make the situation worse for the child or young person
  • Talk to your child about what they would like to see happen. Involving them in how the bullying is resolved will help them feel in control of the situation

For more information, please visit: https://ineqe.com/2021/07/14/cyberbullying/

Monkey Web / App – Ineqe Safeguarding Group

Ineqe online safety experts have been alerted to an extremely dangerous website and app called ‘Monkey’, which allows users to have video calls with strangers.

The platform markets itself as ‘an alternative to Omegle, with a TikTok vibe’. Ineqe’s online safety experts reviewed and tested this platform and have found that it contains large amounts of inappropriate, disturbing, and harmful content transmitted via web cameras.

What is Monkey?

  • Monkey is an online video chat service that is similar to Omegle or Chat Roulette, with a TikTok style interface.
  • Users can talk to strangers from all over the world via webcam.
  • Once a conversation is finished, or one user wishes to leave the conversation or talk to someone else, they click ‘next’ and are presented with a new user who could be from anywhere in the world.
  • Users are asked to select their gender before meeting people.

What is the age rating?

The website states that all users must be over 18, but there is zero age verification. Users only have to tick a box to confirm that they are over 18. Google Play Age Rating: Parental Guidance.

The app is currently only available on Android devices.

Please visit Ineqe’s website to vie the article in full and read further information covering:

  • What the key functions of Monkey are
  • Key safeguarding concerns
  • Safety and privacy settings
  • Ineqe safety experts advice on ‘Top Tips for talking to your child about online risks’

Scam Calls

The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) is warning the public to be vigilant of scam calls that appear to be coming from numbers similar to their own.

Commonly, the first seven digits (07nnnnn) match the victim’s own number. The calls impersonate well-known government organisations, or law enforcement agencies, and will ask the recipient of the call to “press 1” in order to speak with an advisor, or police officer, about unpaid fines or police warrants.

In May 2021, Action Fraud received 2,110 scam call reports where the caller’s number matched the first seven digits of the victim’s own phone number. Of these, 1,426 (68%) referred to HMRC or National Insurance. Victims have also reported receiving these types of calls, and messaging, via widely-used messaging apps, such as WhatsApp.

What you need to do

  • Government and law enforcement agencies will not notify you about unpaid fines or outstanding police warrants by calling or texting you. Do not respond to any calls or texts you receive about these.
  • Always take a moment to stop and think before parting with money or your personal information, it could prevent you from falling victim to fraud. Remember, it’s okay to reject, refuse or ignore any requests. Only criminals will try to rush or panic you.
  • If you receive a suspicious text message, you can report it by forwarding the message to 7726. It’s free of charge.
  • Suspicious telephone/mobile calls can be reported to Action Fraud via their website: https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/report-phishing

UK’s biggest parenting website ‘Netmums’ teams up with Counter Terrorism

Launched on Tuesday 6th July 2021 to promote ACT Early (actearly.uk) among mothers specifically, this is the first ever digital partnership focused on supporting Prevent’s work. As you will be aware, ACT Early aims to encourage family and friends to share concerns about a loved one being radicalised.

The partnership comes at a time when the number of children being arrested for terrorism offences increases at an unprecedented rate, and the partnership will help parents protect their children from terrorist grooming.

By focusing the partnership on reaching mothers, rather than family members more broadly, it will enable Netmums to create the best possible campaign for that audience, tailoring content to them and their specific needs and concerns. Netmums is an established and trusted brand with a strong presence among mothers.

We have attached to this bulletin two posters shared by Netmums for your information.

Please click here to see Netmum’s poster on extremism.

JTM’s Monthly Safeguarding Bulletin – June 2021

Topics for this month:

Pride month

Celebrated in June to commemorate the Stonewall riots which instigated an international gay rights movement, Pride Month is a time to honour and call for the increased equality and visibility of LGBTQIA+ people around the world.

We recently shared some very useful resources focusing on the awareness of LGBTQIA+ and the importance of sharing information with learners and employers to ensure it is a focus within the curriculum. We have attached the slides delivered by West Yorkshire Learning Providers via GMLPN as a reminder, as well as important definitions for you to be aware of and understand.

FutureLearn also offer an array of online courses designed to educate, inform, and start vital conversations around LGBTQIA+ diversity, inequality, and inclusion.

To view the selection of courses, please visit:

https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/collections/pride-month-2021?utm_source=Iterable&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=fl_bau&utm_term=210628_GNL___UK

Click here for the LGBT Awareness Webinar
Click here for the Definitions

Affinity Health at work

Workplace wellbeing is becoming more and more relevant as businesses begin to understand the links between wellness, productivity, attraction, and retention. Promoting wellbeing can help prevent stress and create positive working environments where individuals and organisations can thrive.

Good health and wellbeing can be a core enabler of employee engagement and organisational performance.

Founded in 2006, ‘Affinity Health at Work’ is a niche occupational health psychology consultancy and research group. Their aim is to make a tangible difference in the way workplaces function – to humanise the workplace by improving levels of employee health and wellbeing and by enhancing people’s management and leadership skills. 

They have always believed that the knowledge, tools, and guidance that their research and work generates should be freely available to all.  This belief, along with their awareness that so many people face challenges in accessing good, evidence-based information to steer their practice and decisions, led to their conviction and commitment to create affinity in the workplace. 

There is a free access ‘Health and wellbeing Hub’ on their website which provides materials on a range of health, wellbeing, and engagement topics. For each topic, the materials included will be organised into three categories:

  1. Evidence
  2. Tools and Guidance
  3. National Policy Implications

The unique expert resources, tools and guidance are easy to find, access and read. Whether you are an employee, academic or Apprentice, with an interest in rigorous solutions to health and wellbeing in the workplace.

There are many topics to choose from, just pick your topic of interest (such as stress at work) and then explore the best, most up-to-date literature, tools and guidance for individuals, managers and for organisations, saving hours of time searching for information. And thanks to their sponsors the hub and guidance is free!

For more information visit the link:http://affinityhealthhub.co.uk/add-evidence-and-tools

Having a conversation with parents and carers about mental health (Young Minds)

Mental health is a very emotional subject to talk about. This is especially true of conversations between teachers and parents and carers. Sometimes it can be difficult to know how to approach the first conversation. Young Minds has created a guide to help navigate these conversations.

The guide can be downloaded here: https://youngminds.org.uk/resources/school-resources/having-a-conversation-with-parents-and-carers-about-mental-health/

The Young Minds Parents Helpline can be contacted on 0808 802 5544 (Monday to Friday 9.30am – 4pm, free for mobiles and landlines)

Self-generated images and taking back control – Ineqe Safeguarding Group

Self-generated child sexual abuse material (also referred to as self-generated sexually explicit material) can be understood as naked or semi-naked images or videos created by a child or young person depicting sexual activity. These may be shared consensually at first, then forwarded onto or obtained maliciously by offenders who will coerce and/or groom children online.

What to do if you’re worried a child or young person has shared an image online

It’s helpful to have a clear understanding of what you can do if a child or young person in your care loses control of an image before it happens.

You might want to talk to the children in your care about who they would talk to if they were worried about something online. You might have heard ‘what goes online stays online’ – this is not true. There is always something that can be done, and statements like these can remove all sense of hope from a vulnerable child.

Taking back control

Ineqe Safeguarding Group have identified some practical steps you can use if a child tells you that they have lost control of an image:  

  • Support the child in your care by helping them understand what’s happened. Thank them for telling you and calmly explain that there are some steps you can take together to ask for the image to be removed  
  • You should encourage the child to seek support from Childline, who can explain the process to them. Adults can speak to the NSPCC Adults Helpline for support.
  • Childline and the Internet Watch Foundation have released an online tool to help children and young people regain control of any nude image of themselves online. You can access this here 
  • Try to gather a list of where the image has appeared or who has received it  
  • Adults can make an online report to CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection Command) or contact the local police force for support if they have concerns a child is being groomed or sexually abused online  
  • Adults can also report the URL of images for removal directly to the Internet Watch Foundation  
  • Always save the URL instead of the image. It is important not copy or send the image to anyone, even the police – the image will constitute an indecent image of a child and should not be shared or saved.
  • Young people can upload their own image or URL to the Internet Watch Foundation’s Portal via their Childline account for removal  
  • If you have concerns about the immediate safety of a child, you should call 999 (emergency number)

More information can be found at:

Click here for some mental health tips

7 minute briefings:

This months’ 7 minute briefings focus on ‘County Lines’ and ‘Social Media and Mental Health’.

County Lines – is the term commonly used to describe the approach taken by gangs and criminal networks to supply class A drugs from urban to suburban areas across the country, including market and coastal towns, using dedicated mobile phone lines known as ‘deal lines’ or ‘graft lines’.

The 7 minute briefing provides valuable information on County lines such as how it works; why it matters; recognising vulnerabilities; spotting the signs; and what you can do if you think an individual is being groomed.

Social Media and Mental Health – Social Media has transformed the way society communicates. However, the speed at which the online environment has evolved has also magnified existing safeguarding issues, including those associated with Mental Health & Wellbeing. The 7 minute briefing covers why it matters; information on social media and how it is used; what to do as professionals; and questions to consider.

Click here for the social media briefing
Click here for the county lines briefing

Government incentive

Employers you could receive up to £4000 as an incentive payment for taking on a new apprentice.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak revealed his new incentive plans in his 2021 budget announcement. Beginning on the 1st April 2021 until the 30th September 2021, employers can receive a £3,000 incentive for hiring an apprentice. This is regardless of the apprentice’s age. This is in addition to the £1,000 payment for hiring apprentices between 16-18 and aged under 25 with an Education, Health and Care Plan. The chancellor stated that this apprenticeship scheme would support individuals of all ages to reskill and ‘level up’ the country’s economy.

This is a great opportunity for you to employ a new apprentice with your company.

Hiring an apprentice is a productive and effective way to grow talent and develop a motivated, skilled and qualified workforce.

  • 86% of employers said apprenticeships helped them develop skills relevant to their organisation
  • 78% of employers said apprenticeships helped them improve productivity
  • 74% of employers said apprenticeships helped them improve the quality of their product or service

An apprentice can be a sustainable investment in skills to support businesses as the economy recovers.

We will complete all the recruitment process for you by advertising your vacancy on the Government Recruit an Apprenticeship site and then vetting and selecting suitable candidates to refer to you to interview for your vacancy.

Once the apprentice is signed up, they will be allocated one of our specialised Assessors who they will complete the qualification with throughout their apprenticeship with you. Click the link below for more information.

  www.gov.uk/guidance/incentive-payments-for-hiring-a-new-apprentice

Kickstart Scheme


The Kickstart Scheme is the government’s £2b flagship programme targeting young people aged 16-24 who are claiming Universal Credit and at risk of becoming long-term unemployed. Employers can apply to host a Kickstart placement for up to 25 hours per week for up to 6 months. Employers can spread the start date of the job placements up until the end of December 2021.

What we do as your Kickstart Gateway

A Kickstart gateway helps an employer get a Kickstart Scheme grant. We also offer employability support to the young person on the scheme.

The job Placements created with Kickstart funding must be New Jobs. They must not replace existing or planned vacancies or cause existing employees to lose or reduce their employment.

The job roles must be for a minimum of 25 hours per week, for 6 months and be paid at least the National Minimum wage for their age group. The people will not be required to undertake extensive training before they begin the job placement, just a 1 week work placement preparation course.

In the final week the Kickstart worker will undertake an exit strategy course to decide and help them to take the next step into an Apprenticeship or permanent job.


If this sounds like something you are interested in then give our friendly recruitment team a call on 0151 336 9340 or email us at info@jarvis-eu.com to get you started.

Please see link below for further guidance on this;

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/kickstart-scheme

JTM’s Monthly Safeguarding Bulletin – May 2021

Topics for this month:

Top tips on connecting with nature to improve your mental health

There’s a lot of good research to support the role nature can play in protecting and supporting our mental health. However, for many of us, ‘being in nature’ may not be as easy as it sounds. 

The good news is, you don’t have to climb a mountain to feel the benefit – there are lots of simple ways to bring nature into your everyday.

The Mental Health Foundation have put together some top tips on how you can build your own connection with nature:

Find nature wherever you are

Nature is all around us. It might be a garden, a local park, a nearby beach or open countryside. Even in cities where nature can be harder to find, there’s things community gardens or courtyards to discover and explore. Look out for the unexpected – an urban fox on your way out for the early shift, changes in the weather or birdsong outside your window. Try to notice nature wherever you are, in whatever way is meaningful for you.

Connect with nature using all of your senses

Taking some quiet time to reflect in natural surroundings using all your senses can be a real boost to your mental health. Whether you’re relaxing in the garden or on your way to work, try listening out for birdsong, look for bees and butterflies, or notice the movement of the clouds. All of these good things in nature can help you to find a sense of calm and joy. 

Get out into nature 

If you can, try to spend time visiting natural places – green spaces like parks, gardens or forests – or blue spaces like the beach, rivers and wetlands. This can help you reduce your risk of mental health problems, lift your mood and help you feel better about things. If it feels daunting to get outside, try going with a friend or relative, or picking somewhere familiar.

Bring nature to you

Sometimes it’s hard to access natural places because of where you live, how busy you are, how safe you feel or your health. Why not try bringing nature into your home? Having plants in the house is a great way to have something natural to see, touch and smell – pots of herbs from the supermarket are a good start.

If you have a garden, allotment or balcony, think about how you can make the most of it. Grow flowers, plants or vegetables, get a bird feeder and take in the sights and sounds around you.

If planting isn’t your thing, you can also connect to nature through stories, art and sound recordings. Watching films or TV programmes about nature are also great way to connect with and reflect on nature.

Exercise in nature

If you’re physically able to exercise, try to do it outside – whether it’s a run, cycle or a short walk. Walking or running outdoors in nature may help to prevent or reduce feelings of anger, tiredness and sadness. Try leaving the headphones at home – unless you’re listening to nature sounds of course! Or why not try new routes that bring you closer to green spaces or water?

Combine nature with creativity

Try combining creativity with your natural environment. This could involve taking part in creative activities outside, like dance, music, or art. All of these things can help reduce stress and improve your mood. You could also increase your sense of connection by taking photos, writing, drawing or painting pictures of the landscape, plants or animals. Noticing the beauty of nature and expressing this creatively can help you find meaning and an emotional connection to nature that will stay with you for a lifetime.

Protect nature

Taking care of something can be a really great way to feel good. And what better thing to take care of than nature? Nature is truly amazing – do what you can to look after nature – in your actions and choices. This can be as simple as recycling, to walking instead of driving, or even joining community conservation or clean-up groups. Taking care of nature can help you feel that you’re doing your part, and that can make you feel more positive all round.

Click here for the mental health leaflet

May measurement month (Blood Pressure)

May Measurement Month (MMM) is a global awareness campaign led by the International Society of Hypertension (ISH), which represents the world’s leading scientists, clinicians, health care providers and allied health care workers, all with a common interest in hypertension (high blood pressure) research.

The No. 1 contributing risk factor for global death is raised blood pressure causing strokes, heart attacks and other cardiovascular complications.

10 million lives are lost each year needlessly due to raised blood pressure and hypertension.

Only half of people with high blood pressure, know it, so with raising awareness and increasing healthcare services these deaths are PREVENTABLE, this is why it is so important to ‘check your numbers’ as you can have high blood pressure without any signs or symptoms.

Blood pressure is the term used to describe the strength with which your blood pushes on the sides of your arteries as it is pumped around your body.

Volunteers in more than 100 countries screened people in cities, towns, and villages as part the largest free public blood pressure screening exercise the world has ever seen. All participants left knowing their blood pressure and anyone who registered as hypertensive was given advice about what they need to do next.

One way to take control is to use one of the many fitness trackers available on the market such as the Fit Bit. You can use the 24/7 heart rate to better track calorie burn, optimise workouts and uncover health trends that inspire you to make moves for your health and fitness goals. There are also free blood pressure tests offered in most Boots stores nationwide and blood pressure monitors are available to buy in Chemists and various healthcare stores to check and monitor at home.

Ideal blood pressure is considered to be between 90/60mmHg and 120/80mmHg. High blood pressure is considered to be 140/90mmHg or higher. Low blood pressure is considered to be 90/60mmHg or lower.

Here are 10 lifestyle changes you can make to lower your blood pressure and keep it down:

  1. Lose extra pounds and watch your waistline.
  2. Exercise regularly.
  3. Eat a healthy diet and drink enough water.
  4. Reduce sodium in your diet.
  5. Limit the amount of alcohol you drink.
  6. Quit smoking.
  7. Cut back on caffeine.
  8. Reduce your stress.
  9. Monitor your blood pressure.
  10. Get support from your Doctor.

For more information or advice regarding your blood pressure and the support and advice available please visit https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/blood-pressure-test/

UK Trauma Council

The UK Trauma Council (UKTC) is a group of leading experts, drawn from a variety of disciples across all four nations of the United Kingdom. They are the first UK-wide platform bringing together expertise in research, practice, policies and lived experience in the field of childhood trauma.

One in three children and young people are exposed to at least one potentially traumatic event by the time they are 18.

What has been recognised from decades of research is that such exposure can increase the risk of later mental health problems and difficulties in personal and social relationships, and of new stressful experiences. However, through improved understanding, appropriate support and timely intervention it is being proven we can reduce the negative impact of traumatic events on children and young people.

The UK Trauma Council offer ‘free, evidence-based resources’ to support Schools, Colleges and practitioners working with traumatically bereaved children and young people.

Symptoms of psychological trauma

  • Shock, denial, or disbelief.
  • Confusion, difficulty concentrating.
  • Anger, irritability, mood swings.
  • Anxiety and fear.
  • Guilt, shame, self-blame.
  • Withdrawing from others.
  • Feeling sad or hopeless.
  • Feeling disconnected or numb.

The UK Trauma Council have also launched with:

  • ‘Childhood Trauma and the Brain’ – an accessible and evidence-based portfolio of translating the latest neuroscience research, including an animation and additional resources.
  • ‘Beyond the Pandemic: Strategic priorities for responding to childhood trauma’ – a policy briefing on coronavirus and its implications for children and young people.
  • Coronavirus resources – including why childhood trauma in the past can influence a child’s response to the pandemic, as well as signs and symptoms of trauma in young people.
  • Research Practice Focus – a video on why some bereavements can be more difficult for children and young people, and what can help.

To view resources and access videos for more information, visit the UK Trauma Council website: https://uktraumacouncil.org/

Traumatic Bereavement Toolkit (UK Trauma Council)

Traumatically bereaved children and young people experience significant distress and difficulties, over and above a more typical grief. Traumatic bereavement can be easily missed or misunderstood by parents, teachers and even bereavement practitioners, meaning that children’s difficulties are not recognised.

These invaluable resources from UK Trauma Council will give school staff and practitioners the knowledge and tools they need to identify, help and support children and young people experiencing a traumatic bereavement.

Find the toolkit here: https://uktraumacouncil.org/resources/traumatic-bereavement

Online Grooming New Campaign (Internet Watch Foundation)

A new IWF safety campaign aims to help parents have conversations with their children about keeping their ‘door’ closed to child sexual abusers. The campaign includes a booklet for parents, explaining the risks, explaining why children are vulnerable, and suggests practice steps that parents can take.

The mnemonic used in the campaign is TALK:
TALK to your child about online sexual abuse. Start the conversation – and listen to their concerns.

AGREE ground rules about the way you use technology as a family.

LEARN about the platforms and apps your child loves. Take an interest in their online life.

KNOW how to use tools, apps and settings that can help to keep your child safe online.

For further details go to: https://talk.iwf.org.uk/

Online Safety Bill – New forthcoming government legislation

Social media firms will have to remove harmful content quickly or potentially face multi-billion-pound fines under new legislation.

The government’s Online Safety Bill, announced in the Queen’s Speech, comes with a promise of protecting debate. The draft legislation, previously known as the Online Harms Bill, has been two years in the making.

It covers a huge range of content to which children might fall victim – including grooming, revenge porn, hate speech, images of child abuse and posts relating to suicide and eating disorders. But it goes much further, taking in terrorism, disinformation, racist abuse and pornography, too.

Late additions to the bill include provisions to tackle online scams, such as romance fraud and fake investment opportunities.

Resource – Dove – Reverse Selfie

It is estimated that by the age of 13, 80% of girls distort the way they look online.

This 1 minute video from Dove is really good as a conversation starter both with learners, and at home to discuss why some girls and boys, use retouching apps: is it pressure, self-esteem, confidence?

You can find the YouTube video HERE.

JTM’s Monthly Safeguarding Bulletin – April 2021

Topics for this month:

‘Heads Together’ – Mental health initiative

Too often, people feel afraid to admit that they are struggling with their mental health. The fear of prejudice and judgement can often stop people from getting help and can destroy families and even sadly end lives.

‘Heads Together’ wants to help people feel much more comfortable with their everyday mental wellbeing and have the practical tools and advice to support them and their friends and family.

Heads Together is a mental health initiative headed by ‘The Royal Foundation’ of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, which combines a campaign to tackle stigma and change the conversation on mental health with fundraising for a series of innovative new mental health services.

One in ten young people will experience a mental health difficulty, and many adults with lifetime mental health issues can trace their symptoms back to childhood. By having more mental health services the initiative is working hard to develop effective diagnosis and treatment for mental health.

Significant progress has been made to tackle stigma surrounding mental health in recent decades, but it still remains a key issue driven by negative experiences and language. Through this campaign, the Royal Highnesses have built on the great work that is already taking place across the country, to ensure that people feel comfortable with their everyday mental wellbeing and feel able to reach out and get the support they need through difficult times, so that stigma no longer prevents people getting the help they need.

‘Heads Together’ works in partnership with other organisations such as Mind, The Samaritans, Shout crisis and Calm, who run confidential helplines with counsellor’s and offer various online services staffed by volunteers who can relate to the difficult times you or someone you know may be going through.

After expanding further in 2019, the Heads-Up campaign was launched within Football across the country and spoken to players, fans, and managers about how we can all come together to change the conversation on mental health through Football. The campaign led to the FA Cup Final and a week of activity ensuring that, now more than ever, mental health is at the forefront of the game both for players and fans. It is also to encourage more men to feel comfortable talking about their mental health and feel able to support their friends and families through difficult times, in that is it ok as a man to say how you feel and if you are struggling.

‘Heads Together’ along with the ‘Head up’ campaign, offer lots of resources, tips and advice on how to reach out to help your mental health. You can also get involved and volunteer online.

For more information, please access the website: https://www.headstogether.org.uk

Mental health support for children, young people and adults

Adults aged 26+ in Liverpool now have access to Qwell.io to support their mental health and wellbeing.

Alongside https://www.kooth.com/ which is available for 10-25-year-olds in Liverpool, this service supports wellbeing by providing free, safe and anonymous peer support, self-help resources and online counselling.

Visit the website to sign up and find more information: https://www.qwell.io/

‘Shout out UK’ Prevent animation

Shout out UK, an organisation set up to counter extremism, have created a short animation about the dangers of right wing extremism and online radicalisation.

You can view the animation here: https://twitter.com/Shoutout_UK/status/1381543060316823554?s=20

More information about Shout out UK can be found on their website: https://www.shoutoutuk.org/

Ofsted’s thematic review into Sexual Abuse and Sexual Harassment in independent schools and Colleges

Due to the increasing level of interest in and news coverage of the distressing testimonials posted on the Everyone’s Invited website, Ofsted are undertaking a thematic review into sexual abuse across state and independent schools and colleges.

Read the document here for further information: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/ofsted-review-of-sexual-abuse/ofsted-review-into-sexual-abuse-in-schools-terms-of-reference

Sexual abuse, sexual violence and sexual harassment in any form are abhorrent and it is vital that reports of abuse are appropriately investigated and victims supported and protected.

A dedicated NSPCC helpline is now available to support anyone who has experienced sexual abuse in educational settings or has concerns about someone or the issues raised. The dedicated NSPCC helpline number is 0800 136 663 and more information is available at: Dedicated helpline for victims of abuse in schools NSPCC.

It is extremely important that with any safeguarding concerns, JTM’s safeguarding team are informed immediately, following the correct reporting processes so that the appropriate action and support can be put in place.

All staff have a duty of care to safeguard children and vulnerable adults at all times. We have included below a reminder of the following guidance to reiterate your roles and responsibilities when working with children and young people:

Keeping Children Safe in Education: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/912593/Keeping_children_safe_in_education_part_1_Sep_2020.pdf

Working together to safeguard children is very clear on how schools and colleges should work with their local multi-agency children’s partnerships as a relevant agency and how any concerns about a child should be referred.

It is important that we play our role so that our learners’ have the knowledge they need to recognise and report abuse, including emotional, physical and sexual abuse. To support this, a one-stop page has been published for teachers, including non-statutory implementation guidance ‘Plan your Relationships, Sex and Health Education Curriculum’ and teacher training modules, developed with subject matter experts and teachers. Each module covers safeguarding to make sure teachers, pastoral staff and the designated safeguarding lead are equipped to deal with sensitive discussions and potential disclosures.

YoungMinds Crisis Messenger

The YoungMinds Crisis Messenger text service provides free, 24/7 crisis support across the UK. If you are experiencing a mental health crisis and need support, you can text YM to 85258.

YoungMinds know that finding the right support is important, especially if you need someone to talk to right now. They aim to connect every texter to a trained volunteer promptly to provide crisis help. They will listen to you and help you think more clearly, enabling you to know that you can take the next step to feeling better.

It is free and confidential to text the service from the following major networks:

EE, O2, Three and Vodafone.

These include – BT Mobile, Tesco Mobile, Virgin Mobile, iD Mobile, Sky, Telecom Plus, Lebara and GiffGaff. Some Android phones issue a warning that you will be charged for texting YoungMinds, provided you are on one of these networks this warning is incorrect and you will not be charged. If you text them from a network that is not on this list there is a possibility that you may be charged for the messages and that they may appear on your bill, this is because some networks do not provide the capability to message short codes.

For further information: https://youngminds.org.uk/find-help/get-urgent-help/youngminds-crisis-messenger/#youngminds-crisis-messenger

MeeToo App for iOS and Android

MeeToo is a multi-award winning, free, anonymous app where young people can talk about difficult things.

Built on research showing the positive impact of peer support for mental health, MeeToo provides a safe, pre-moderated (by humans) space for young people aged 11+ to experiment with opening up about whatever may be on their mind.


Posts can be responded to by other users, as well as a team of trained university psychology students and MeeToo counsellors who help to guide discussions and ensure that no post goes unanswered.

Moderators check every post and reply before they go live to ensure the safety and anonymity of our users, and our counsellors uphold a sophisticated system for monitoring and tracking potential safeguarding risks.

MeeToo supports over 6,000 young people each month. It is featured on the NHS Apps Library and promoted by more than 1,000 schools in the UK.

You can see how MeToo works here: https://www.meetoo.help/how-meetoo-works

Cyber Safety posters

Police Digital Security Centre (PDSC) is a not-for-profit organisation, owned by the police, who believe that the majority of cyber-crime can be prevented by taking a few simple steps.

PDSC partners, ChildsafeVPN has created a set of useful infographics about cyber-safety aspects of the main social media apps and sites that young people may come across.

The posters are particularly useful for sharing with parents. You can view and download the posters here: https://www.policedsc.com/security-advice/safeguarding

7 Minute Briefings

County Lines: The 7 minute briefing on county lines created by Wirral Safeguarding gives information about what county lines is, how it works, why it matters, recognising vulnerability, what are the signs and what we should do.

Click here for the County Lines briefing

Domestic abuse: The NHS domestic abuse 7 minute briefing explains what domestic abuse is and a number of statistics about those who are victims to domestic abuse to understand how severe it is and therefore why it is important to raise concerns and follow them up using the correct referral channels.

Click here for the Domestic abuse briefing

JTM’s Monthly Safeguarding Bulletin – March 2021

Topics for this month:

Managing mental hygiene: Tips and tools! (Virtual College)

In addition to looking at your mindset and emotions, there are a number of exercises and actions that you can implement into your routine to help you to manage stress and develop a positive mindset. This includes:

Gratitude:

By writing three gratitude’s first thing in the morning, you are focusing on something positive at the start of your day and ensuring that you, figuratively, get out the right side of the bed. In the evening it is also beneficial to note something you feel has gone well in your day.

There are many benefits of gratitude. Research suggests that keeping a gratitude journal can:

  • Make us happier (more resilient, happy memories, more relaxed)
  • Make us healthier (more energy and better sleep)
  • Make us more optimistic and less materialistic
  • Gives us more self-esteem and make us feel less self-centred
  • Make us less envious
  • Give us a friendlier disposition, enabling us to maintain better relationships and make more friends
  • Help our careers with increased productivity and better management and networking, decision-making and achievement of goals

Meditation:

There is research-based evidence that shows various benefits to meditation. These include:

  • Stress reduction
  • Less anxiety
  • More positive outlook on life
  • Enhanced self-awareness
  • Lengthened life span
  • Possibly reduce age-related memory loss
  • Increased generation of kindness towards self and others
  • High fight addictions
  • Improved sleep
  • Help control pain
  • Help decrease blood pressure

Take time out:

Taking a break is important to ensure you get time to recover, relax and breathe. It can be difficult juggling life responsibilities, but by ensuring you get some regular downtime, you will find that your resilience and wellbeing improve. This involves:

  • Making sure you take your lunch break and get away from your desk
  • Using your holidays wisely, spacing them throughout the year and ensuring that you use them to rest and recuperate
  • Ensuring you get time at home to have a break from chores and responsibilities. Maybe have a designated quiet time where family know not to disturb you
  • Making time to socialise with your friends
  • Getting some exercise, even just a light walk
  • Ensuring that you keep up with any hobbies you enjoy, or take up a new one!

Work-life balance:

Take a look at your own work-life balance:

  • Are you taking lots of work home with you or staying in the office late?
  • Are you spending time at home worrying about your work or deadlines?
  • Do you feel unhappy about the amount of time you devote to work?
  • Is work having a negative impact on your personal and family life?

Please visit the resource below and read how your look after your mental health:

https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/publications/how-to-mental-health/

Breathing exercises:

Key things to remember when doing breathing exercises:

  • You can do breathing exercises anywhere that is comfortable for you, a chair, the floor or your bed
  • Make sure you are wearing non-restrictive, comfortable clothing
  • Try and relax and don’t force it
  • Breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth

Try the following links to get you started:

Get outdoors:

Research has found that people walking in nature, as opposed to a busy urban setting with traffic, experience less anxiety and focus more on the positive aspects of themselves.

Allowing the brain to take a break helps us to feel rejuvenated so that we can then continue working with high mental performance. So a walk in the park at lunchtime can help productivity, and this positive effect can last up to seven hours.

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)

ADHD is not a learning disability; however, it does make learning difficult and can cause barriers to how you learn. For example, it is hard to learn when you struggle to focus or when you cannot seem to be able to sit down and pay attention.

Learning involves using executive functions of the brain particularly the ability to focus, pay attention, engage with a task, and use working memory. We know that ADHD affects all of these functions of the brain.

Hyperactivity and impulsiveness

  • being unable to sit still, especially in calm or quiet surroundings
  • constantly fidgeting
  • being unable to concentrate on set tasks
  • excessive physical movement
  • excessive talking
  • being unable to wait their turn
  • acting without thinking
  • interrupting conversations
  • Low awareness of boundaries

What can trigger ADHD?

Common triggers include stress, poor sleep, certain foods and additives, overstimulation, and technology.

Once you recognize what triggers ADHD symptoms, you can make the necessary lifestyle changes to better control episodes. Working out is perhaps the most positive and efficient way to reduce hyperactivity and inattention with ADHD. Exercise can relieve stress, boost mood, and calm the mind.

How attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is treated

Although there is no cure for ADHD, it can be managed with appropriate educational and workplace support/ advice alongside medicine, if necessary.

Medicine is often the first treatment offered to adults with ADHD, although psychological therapies such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) may also help and be offered to young people where appropriate.

For more information or advice please visit the website below

7 minute briefings

Please read the attached 7 minute briefings which cover the following information:

National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) guidance for Early Years Practitioners

Early Years providers are being encouraged to take their first steps to boost their online defences with first-of-its-kind practical advice produced by the UK’s cyber security experts.

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) – a part of GCHQ – has this week published its bespoke guidance for Early Years education and childcare settings, offering practitioners top tips on how to protect their devices and data from cyber incidents.

Nurseries, pre-schools and childminders are increasingly relying on technology to operate and are therefore an appealing target for cyber criminals due to the sensitive information they hold and payments they handle.

The guidance, which has been produced in consultation with major stakeholders, covers topics including setting up strong passwords on devices and accounts, how to communicate with families safely and dealing with suspicious messages.

The four key steps for practitioners to follow are:

  1. Backing up your important information – identifying what data you couldn’t operate without or are legally obliged to safeguard and creating a proper back-up
  2. Using passwords to control access to your computers and information – switching on password protection; using strong passwords and password managers; setting up two-factor authentication and communicating safely with families
  3. Protecting your devices from viruses and malware – turning on antivirus products and keeping IT devices up to date
  4. Dealing with suspicious messages (phishing attacks) – tips for spotting suspect messages and unusual requests, reporting these messages and what to do if you have already responded.

The full guidance can be seen here: https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/guidance/early-years-practitioners-using-cyber-security-to-protect-your-settings

National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) – Further targeted ransomware attacks on the UK education sector by cyber criminals

We have attached a document outlining an alert that has been issued in the last week by NCSC regarding ransomware attacks on educational establishments. As well as of interest to JTM staff, it may also be of interest to employers so please share this information.

Click here for more information

YouTube new parental controls:

New controls have been released by YouTube to give parents better filtering management. Previously the only filtering option was ‘Restricted Mode’ which basically meant videos flagged as 18+ were filtered out.

Called ‘Supervised Experience’ there are now filters for:

  • Explore – 9+
  • Explore More – 13+
  • Most of YouTube – all videos except 18+ (the current Restricted Mode)

YouTube released a handy explainer video, demonstrating how to set up the new safety restriction, and which can be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nhgvtv3FLSc

What is radicalisation?

Radicalisation is process by which a person comes to support terrorism and forms of extremism leading to terrorism.

A radicaliser is an individual who encourages others to develop or adopt beliefs and views supportive of terrorism and forms of extremism leading to terrorism.

What is grooming?

Grooming is when someone builds a relationship, trust and emotional connection with a child, young person or other vulnerable individual so they can manipulate, exploit and abuse them.

Radicalisation = Grooming

Radicalisation & grooming are virtually identical…Our response to them should be too! If you have any concerns that someone may be being radicalised or groomed, please contact JTM’s Safeguarding Team immediately.

Training / CPD

Reminder of the free ‘Side by Side’ training resource for learners and staff: https://www.etflearners.org.uk/

JTM’s Monthly Safeguarding Bulletin – February 2021

Topics for this month:

What can help your mental health and wellbeing? Gov. Guidance:

Think about your daily routine:

Life has changed for us all at the moment. Think about patterns you have fallen into and whether you could adapt them and create more positive routines. Try to engage in useful activities (such as cleaning, cooking or exercise) or meaningful activities (such as reading or keeping in touch with friends). You might find it helpful to write a plan for your day or week.

Consider how to connect with others

Maintaining relationships with people you trust is important for your mental wellbeing. If you can’t meet in person, think about how you can stay in touch with friends and family via telephone, video calls or social media instead – whether it’s people you normally see often or connecting with old friends.

Help and support others

Think about how you could help those around you – it could make a big difference to them and can make you feel better too. It is important to listen to and acknowledge other people’s concerns, worries or behaviours. Could you message a friend or family member nearby? Are there community groups that you could join to support others locally? Remember it’s important to do this in line with guidance on COVID-19 to keep yourself and everyone safe.

Talk about your worries

It is quite common to feel worried, scared or helpless about the current situation. Remember that this is a difficult time for everyone and sharing with family and friends how you are feeling and the things you are doing to cope can help them too. If you don’t feel able to do that, there are people you can speak to via NHS recommended helplines.

Look after your physical wellbeing

Your physical health has a big impact on how you are feeling emotionally and mentally. At times like these, it can be easy to fall into unhealthy patterns of behaviour which, in turn, can make you feel worse. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals and drink enough water. Visit One You for advice on improving your health and wellbeing, including ideas for healthy meals you can cook at home.

Be physically active. Doing exercise and other physical activity can have a positive impact on your mood, improve your sleep, and reduce stress and anxiety. There are lots of easy ways to get moving like walking or gardening. If you can’t exercise outside, you can find free, easy 10-minute workouts from Public Health England (PHE) or other exercise videos to try at home on the NHS Fitness Studio. Sport England also has tips for keeping active at home.

Look after your sleep

Feeling anxious or worried can make it harder to get a good night’s sleep. Good-quality sleep makes a big difference to how you feel mentally and physically, so it’s important to get enough.

Try to maintain regular sleeping patterns and good sleep practices, such as creating a restful environment and avoiding caffeine close to bedtime. The Every Mind Matters sleep page provides practical advice on how to improve your sleep.

Try to manage difficult feelings

Many people find the news about COVID-19 concerning. However, some people may experience such intense anxiety that it becomes a problem. Try to focus on the things you can control, such as managing your media and information intake – 24-hour news and constant social media updates can make you feel more worried. If it is affecting you, try to limit the time you spend watching, reading, or listening to media coverage of the pandemic. It may help to only check the news at set times or limiting yourself to checking a couple of times a day.

The Every Mind Matters page on anxiety and NHS mental wellbeing audio guides provide further information on how to manage anxiety.

Do things you enjoy

When you are anxious, lonely or feeling low, you might reduce the time you spend doing things that you usually enjoy or stop doing them completely. Focusing on your favourite hobby, learning something new or simply taking time to relax should give you some relief from anxious thoughts and feelings and can boost your mood.

If you can’t do the things you normally enjoy, try to think about how you could adapt them or try something new. There are free tutorials and courses online as well as entertainment, such as online quizzes and music concerts.

Set goals

Setting goals and achieving them gives a sense of control and purpose. Think about things you want or need to do, particularly those that you can do at home, such as reading a book or learning something online.

Keep your mind active

This can help you feel in control and less low or worried. Read, write, play games, do crossword puzzles, Sudoku’s, jigsaws or drawing and painting – whatever works best for you.

Take time to relax and focus on the present

This can help with difficult emotions, worries about the future and generally make you feel better. Relaxation techniques can also help some people to deal with feelings of anxiety. For useful resources, see Every Mind Matters and the NHS mindfulness page.

If you can, get outside. If you can’t, bring nature in

Spending time in green spaces can benefit both your mental and physical wellbeing. If you can’t go outside, you can try to still get these positive effects by spending time with the windows open to let infresh air, arranging space to sit and see a nice view (if possible) and get some natural sunlight.

For more information please visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-the-public-on-mental-health-and-wellbeing/guidance-for-the-public-on-the-mental-health-and-wellbeing-aspects-of-coronavirus-covid-19

How your diet can affect your mental wellbeing – 7 things to take note of!

Eat at regular intervals

  • By eating regularly, you will keep your blood sugar levels consistent. When blood sugar drops, it leads to tiredness and irritability, and inconsistent blood-sugar levels have even been linked to mood disorders including depression and anxiety. If your blood sugar spikes, this will be followed by a dip and you’ll be hit by these issues. So eating erratically might be doing more harm than just leaving you with a rumbly tummy.

Drink plenty of fluids

  • Dehydration can impact your mental wellbeing by making it harder for you to think clearly and focus.

Eat a balanced diet

  • Healthier diets protect against depression. Given that depression is the leading cause of global disability, this is critical to understand.

Try to avoid junk food when you’re tired

  • Certain foods can impact digestion and make you feel unwell, and this is related to mood. An example is feeling uncomfortably bloated, which leads to sluggish feelings accompanied by a brain fog, and this then impairs mental clarity. It swings both ways, so if you feel tired, with this low mental focus, anxiety, irritation and mood, you may reach for refined foods low in vitamins and minerals, which give you a quick high that is short lived.

Cut back on processed food

  • While there is a relationship between regular consumption of processed food and low mood, it’s hard to distinguish between cause and effect. Foods and drinks with added sugars, such as soft drinks, are very problematic to health. Many studies from around the world show that diets high in these types of foods – as well as those with added fats, salt and highly-processed flours – are linked to worse mental health as well as obesity, heart disease, diabetes and other conditions.

Eat a diverse diet for your gut microbes

  • A good diet, particularly one that is diverse and high in plants and seeds, has been linked to reduced levels of depression in a number of studies. Conversely, a diet low in variety and fibre has been linked to a greater risk of depression.

Avoid binge drinking

  • One way we know that the gut is dramatically affected is through heavy drinking. Excessive (binge) drinking appears to damage the lining of the gut, which can promote inflammation. Inflammation, in turn, increases the risk of a host of diseases, including depression.

For more information please visit: https://www.bbc.co.uk/food/articles/diet_wellbeing

Controlling and abusive behaviour

Controlling people often prey upon those they are closest to, taking advantage of others’ introversion, submissive tendencies, or simple good faith. Controlling behaviour can come from just about anyone in your life. It could a family member, a friend, or most commonly your partner.

Being manipulated, used, or controlled by another person can lead to a number of harmful effects and sometimes in some instances being harmed. Some may be so subtle, that you do not realise until you are cemented into a toxic, controlling relationship.

The controlling behaviour can be all-consuming and can even lead to shame for ‘allowing’ yourself to be controlled. Remember it is not at all your fault.

People who manipulate use mental distortion and emotional exploitation to influence and control others. Their intent is to have power and control over others to get what they want. A manipulator knows what your weaknesses are and will use them against you.

Emotional manipulators often use mind games to seize power in a relationship. The ultimate goal is to use that power to control the other person. A healthy relationship is based on trust, understanding, and mutual respect. This is true of personal relationships, as well as professional ones.

12 Signs of a Controlling Personality

  • Blaming you.
  • Constant criticism.
  • Isolation and being locked away against your will
  • Keeping score.
  • Creating drama.
  • Intimidation.
  • Moodiness.
  • Ignoring boundaries.

If you are in a toxic relationship, you may recognise some of these signs in yourself, your partner, or the relationship itself.

  • Lack of support.
  • Toxic communication being made to feel small and unimportant.
  • Jealousy.
  • Controlling behaviours.
  • Resentment.
  • Dishonesty.
  • Patterns of disrespect and threats that scare you to keep quiet.
  • Negative financial behaviours.

Often, the person being controlled will turn a blind eye or not acknowledge controlling behaviours. That is understandable, but in the case of physical abuse, the control may have escalated without realising it – as the other person just keeps crossing a number of subtle fine lines over time, and this is when it can be fatal.

It is not always as obvious as punches and bruises. Getting beaten up is not the only form of controlling or physical abuse, even though it is the most common. Physical control can also look like restrictions on travel, the clothes you wear, or who you see breaking down support you could reach out to.

If you feel you could be a victim of domestic abuse, please visit the website below or call their 24 hour free phone helpline number on 0808 2000 247.

https://www.nationaldahelpline.org.uk/

Learning disabilities

A learning disability affects the way a person learns new things throughout their lifetime. A learning disability also affects the way a person understands and comprehends information and how they communicate.

A learning disability happens when a person’s brain development is affected, either before they are born, during their birth or in early childhood.

This can be caused by things such as:

  • The mother becoming ill in pregnancy.
  • Problems during the birth that stop enough oxygen getting to the brain.
  • The unborn baby inheriting certain genes from its parents that make having a Learning disability more likely – known as inherited learning disability or difficulty.
  • Illness, such as meningitis, or injury in early childhood

Sometimes there is no known cause for a learning disability.

This means they can have difficulty:

  • Understanding new or complex information
  • Learning new skills
  • Coping independently
  • Remembering tasks through memory
  • Adjusting to rules and guidelines
  • Struggle to keep up within mainstream of learning and development.

Around 1.5 million people in the UK have a learning disability. It is thought up to 350,000 people have a severe learning disability. This figure is steadily on the increase.

A learning disability can be mild, moderate or severe, some people with a mild learning disability can talk easily and look after themselves but may need a bit longer than usual to learn new skills and can achieve with extra support. Other people may not be able to communicate at all and have other disabilities as well. It depends on the person’s abilities and the level of care and support they require. People with autism may also have learning disabilities, and around 30% of people with epilepsy have a learning disability.

These are some of the characteristics of Autism:

  • problems with social interaction with others
  • unusual interest in objects
  • need for sameness and exact routine
  • great variation in abilities
  • under or over reaction to one or more of the five senses: sight, touch, taste, smell, or hearing
  • repeated actions or body movements
  • struggle with change

Children and young people with a learning disability may also have special educational needs (SEN)

The right support from professionals – such as GPs, paediatricians (doctors who specialise in treating children and young people), speech and language therapists, physiotherapists, educational and clinical psychologists and social care – helps people with a learning disability live as full and independent a life as possible.

For more information and how you can access support please visit the link below

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/learning-disabilities/

Omegle

Omegle is a popular free online chat website that allows users to socialise with others without the need to register. The service randomly pairs strangers in one-on-one chat sessions where they chat anonymously, communicating via instant messaging and video chat.

Young people are likely to use these chat rooms and chat room apps because they seem fun, and the randomisation of people can be exciting.  

Recent press reports have highlighted the potential dangers of this and other anonymous chatrooms. As young people spend much more time online due to ongoing lockdown restrictions, there is an increased chance that they will come across these sites. Content from Omegle is now being shared by popular influencers which could encourage young people to visit this platform. There are also instances where popular influencers are livestreaming reaction videos of them using the platform.  

Videos from Omegle are being shared widely across other platforms with trending hashtags, which could drive even more traffic. Despite young people seeing platforms like these as fun, they may not see the risks from those online with malicious intentions.  

What are the risks?

  • Young people are at risk of seeing distressing or highly sexualised imagery without warning 
  • They may be asked or pressured to remove clothing or reveal personal information 
  • They may be asked to have private conversations on other apps or platforms 
  • They may also be sent malicious links or spam

New Snapchat safety resources launched

Safety Snapshot – Snapchat’s New Discover Channel

Snapchat have launched a new Discover channel, Safety Snapshot, dedicated to online safety for Snapchatters. Twelve episodes will be released over the coming months that focus on topics like keeping your account safe, debunking myths, protecting your data, reporting illegal activity or bullying on Snapchat, and more.

When the pandemic first hit, there was a 40% increase in reports related to hacked accounts. With that in mind, the first episode includes a swipe-up call-to-action to encourage Snapchatters to verify their email. 

Subscribe by searching for Safety Snapshot in app and clicking the subscribe button. Once done, you’ll receive safety and privacy tips and tricks as they’re released on the channel. Over the next year watch out for advice about digital literacy, combating hate speech and taking social media breaks.

Snapchat Parent Guide

Snapchat’s new 25-page UK Parent Guide is available through their Safety Centre and Support Site. The guide covers such topics as:

  • What is Snapchat?
  • Frequently asked questions
  • Top features
  • Our privacy principles
  • Helpful safety tips
  • Wellness resources
  • How to talk to your teen about Snapchat

The guide can be viewed and downloaded from here.

JTM’s Monthly Safeguarding Bulletin – January 2021

Topics for this month:

‘Every Mind Matters’ campaign

Every Mind Matters campaign has been launched to support people to take action to look after their mental health and wellbeing and to help support others such as family and friends. The new campaign aims to support the nation’s mental health, as half of adults say they are more worried during this current lockdown than in March 2020.

The campaign encourages people to get a free NHS-approved ‘mind plan’ from the Every Mind Matters website. By answering 5 simple questions, adults will get a personalised action plan with practical tips to help them deal with stress and anxiety, boost their mood, sleep better and feel more in control. Over 2.6 million mind plans have been created since it launched in October 2019.

There is also an Every Mind Matters COVID-19 hub which includes practical tips and support on how adults can deal with uncertainty, how to cope with money and job worries and how to look after both their own and their family’s mental wellbeing while staying at home.

The research found that almost half (49%) felt that the pandemic has impacted negatively on their mental health and wellbeing (53% of women and 45% of men). Of those surveyed, significant proportions of the population said they had been experiencing more anxiety (46%), stress (44%), sleep problems (34%) and low mood (46%) over the course of the pandemic.

The following were the most common reasons people thought the lockdown had negatively impacted their mental health:

  • 56% missing friends and family; and loneliness 33%
  • 53% uncertainty about the future; with financial and employment worries 27%
  • 53% worried about family’s safety and health

The campaign is supported by a coalition of leading mental health charities, including Mind, Samaritans, Young Minds and Rethink.

Better Health – Every Mind Matters also offers information and videos to help young people look after their own mental health and provides dedicated support to help parents and guardians look after the mental wellbeing of the children and young people they care for.

For more information, please visit this link – https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/

Women’s Aid

Women’s Aid is a national charity working to end domestic abuse against women and children. It aims to be a lifesaving frontline domestic abuse service, supporting women and children at the most challenging times of their lives.

What is domestic abuse?
Women’s Aid define domestic abuse as an incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, threatening, degrading and violent behaviour, including sexual violence. In the majority of cases by a partner or ex-partner, but also by a family member or carer. It is common in the vast majority of cases to be experienced by women and is perpetrated by men.

Domestic abuse can also include, but is not limited to the following –

•              Financial or economic abuse

•              Harassment and stalking

•              Online or digital abuse

•              Breaking down the victims contact with their family and friends.

When you contact Women’s Aid, they promise they will –

•              Never judge you or what you say.

•              Always have a fully trained female support worker available

•              Give you space to explore your options.

•              Support you to make safe choices for you and your children.

•              Keep everything you tell confidential

Women’s Aid Covid-19 resource Hub for survivors
If you are looking for support during the Covid-19 lockdown, there are a range of downloadable resources and advice available for survivors, friends and community members.

There is a survivor’s handbook on the website with advice, support and information for all aspects of domestic abuse, such as women’s housing, safety planning, and dealing with police.

There is also a forum where you can speak to other women in a supportive community of domestic abuse survivors.

You can also email: helpline@womensaid.org.uk which goes straight through to a Women’s Aid domestic abuse support worker.

The Women’s Aid Live Chat
Women’s Aid realise talking to someone else about your personal life can be hard, but getting in touch for help can be your first and most important step. If your behaviour has changed because of how your partner treats you or your children, this can be the sign of an unhealthy or controlling relationship. Please access the link for more information.

https://chat.womensaid.org.uk/

‘Ask for ANI’

Since the 14th January, victims of domestic abuse have been able to access much needed support from thousands of pharmacies across the UK, backed by the government.

The Ask for ANI scheme allows those at risk or suffering from abuse to discreetly signal that they need help and access support. By asking for ANI, a trained pharmacy worker will offer a private space where they can understand if the victim needs to speak to the police or would like help to access support services such as a national or local domestic abuse helplines.

As an essential retailer based on high streets across the country, and with specifically trained staff, pharmacies can provide a safe space for victims to sound an alarm if they are isolated at home with their abuser and unable to get help in another way.

Kooth

Kooth is a leading digital mental health and wellbeing company who provides a free welcoming space for digital mental health care. Kooth offers mental health and emotional support for children and young people aged between 11 – 24 years and is available up to 10pm every day.

1 in 5 children and young people suffer from a mental health illness in any given year. At Kooth, they believe every young person has the right to thrive and to access high quality mental health care.

Kooth.com is commissioned by the NHS, local authorities, charities and businesses to provide anonymous and personalised mental health support. With over 4000 logins per day, they provide end to end support whatever the need. The support is available and safe to access for children and young people seeking professional support.

Symptoms of mental illness in young people include:

•              Anger

•              Substance abuse.

•              Isolation, or being “a loner”.

•              Antisocial behaviour.

•              Delusions

•              Confused thinking

•              mood swings, changes in character

•              Hallucinations

Services offered by Kooth

  • Online chat service to chat with a counsellor for free mental health support and advice.
  • Daily journal to write about your feelings each day to track your emotions and worries and check how you are doing. There is also a coping box which can be used to help improve mental health and well-being, with coping strategies and techniques that may help to meet individual needs.
  • Discussion boards give an opportunity to start or join a conversation online with the Kooth community. The child or young person can interact with others to help mental health and well-being were appropriate.

You can apply online at www.kooth.com removing the need for Apple/Android accounts, data requirements and the stigma of mental health apps on your devices.

On every part of the Kooth platform, they ask for feedback on functionality and measure outcomes. 94% of the children and young people would recommend Kooth to a friend. https://www.kooth.com

Prevent Act Early campaign videos

As part of their ACT Early campaign, Counter Terrorism Policing have added two new animated 2-minute explainer films about Prevent to their ACT Early website and partners’ toolkit.

These can be viewed here:

https://actearly.uk/support/reach-out-for-help/

https://actearly.uk/working-together/how-we-help/

The films are aimed at a general public, concerned friends and family audience, and provide an introduction to Prevent and to the work of Prevent officers.

The aim of the ACT Early campaign is for more people to be encouraged and assured to seek help at an earlier stage where appropriate.

Tiktok – Family safety mode and screen time management

Early in February 2020, TikTok introduced a new feature, Family Safety Mode, which it refers to as ‘digital wellbeing’ features. Family Safety Mode allows a parent to link their TikTok account to their child’s account.

Once enabled parents will be able to manage the digital wellbeing features, which are:

  • Screen time management – control how long your child can spend on TikTok each day.
  • Direct messages – limit who can send messages to the connected account or turn DM’s off completely.
  • Restricted mode – restrict the appearance of content that may not be appropriate for all audiences.

How to enable Family Safety Mode

  1. To enable Family Safety Mode, you first of all need to have the TikTok app on your (parent/carer) device and be logged in to your account.
  2. At the top right you will see 3 dots. Tap on these which will take you into the Privacy and Settings menu.
  3. Scroll down to Digital Wellbeing and tap, you will be presented with the 3 options.
  4. Firstly, tap on Family Safety Mode in order to activate the feature. Tap on parent and your child will then need to scan the QR code in order to link the two accounts.
  5. You can now activate the screen time management feature, where you can manage the amount of screen time you allow (40, 60, 90 and 120 minutes). You will then set a password which prevents your child going over their allocated time.
  6. Once this is done, it’s recommended you activate Restricted Mode which is a feature to prevent your child seeing inappropriate content.
  7. It’s also recommended you limit who can send messages to the connected account or turn off Direct Messaging completely and also ensure your child’s account is set to Private

UPDATE: On 13/01/21, TikTok announced they would be making additional improvements to the app, specifically for younger users. All users who have registered as aged between 13 and 15, will now have their accounts set to ‘private’ by default, allowing children to make an informed choice about who they are sharing with.

This is a good decision by TikTok, but fundamentally relies on the user indicating their correct date of birth at sign-up. More info on this can be seen here: https://newsroom.tiktok.com/en-us/strengthening-privacy-and-safety-for-youth

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