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27/02/24

We're looking forward to National Careers Week, 4th-9th March 2024. We will be using the many resources available, such as a virtual careers fair, films, talks and booklets to inspire our students about their future options and pathways. https://t.co/kTXTWlyLix pic.twitter.com/RyYS0u3HQR

20/02/24

🎉 What an inspiring afternoon at our Careers Fair! Students explored a world of opportunities with leading employers, colleges, and universities. Their futures look bright! 🌟 Check out the highlights 📸 pic.twitter.com/D5uRNqGvDW

09/02/24

Congratulations to everyone you have done yourselves, your school and your Borough proud https://t.co/AxU7Tsxvjc

09/02/24

Congratulations to everyone you have done yourselves, your school and your Borough proud https://t.co/AxU7Tsxvjc

09/02/24

We are officially through to the Sports hall finals. We finished inside the top 3 of todays qualifier and now will be one of 12 schools in the grand finals on the 19th March! This is the first time in the 3 years we have achieved this! pic.twitter.com/hw1DbJxEo1

09/02/24

We have officially arrived at for the indoor sports athletics London finals representing to team Let’s go Garrard!! pic.twitter.com/op0BNKu50R

09/02/24

Look what arrived in the post! These adorable handmade worry monsters were ordered from over a year ago. Big thanks to the talented knitters - they will bring comfort to many. Therapeutic tools for little ones. pic.twitter.com/r6GhmtALKl

09/02/24

Love is in the air (and candy in hand!) at HGA! Y11s selling roses & lollipops to make prom dreams come true. Talk about initiative! pic.twitter.com/8T0vOCx0vU

09/02/24

HGA remembered the stories of the holocaust, assembly led by Mr Mukadam. pic.twitter.com/9BTdyy2beo

12/12/23

The girls at our school are selling baked goods all week to raise money for their cheerleading competition in February. The first day was a great success, and we thank everyone for their support! Come and grab some delicious treats to support the Legacy Cheer and Dance 2024 🍰🎉 pic.twitter.com/3Hs1IMb2M6

11/12/23

KS3 students have mastered functions and formulas, so it's time for a little light relief! They're creating pixel art using conditional formatting in Excel. It's a fun way to apply their skills and unleash their creativity. 🎨💻 pic.twitter.com/yOXsbDgDCG

09/12/23

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09/12/23

Our students had a blast at exploring science in action! 🔬🚀 They dived into the latest research and innovations at Queen Mary University of London. 🌟 pic.twitter.com/fpgvvUCun6

07/12/23

🎉 Excited to kick off our culture evening with standing room only to celebrate the different cultures of our student community through dance, music, and so much more! Let's embrace and enjoy the rich diversity of our school. 🌍💃🎶 pic.twitter.com/oih2zF1zwu

06/12/23

🎄✨ This week, the festive spirit has taken over Harris Garrard Academy! Our students and staff enjoyed a delightful lunchtime of festive dancing, getting everyone in the holiday mood. Wishing everyone a wonderful and festive time ahead! 🎅🕺💃 pic.twitter.com/QhTgEWzuOM

05/12/23

Lunchtime! 🥪 pic.twitter.com/yDxi9BRnaq

05/12/23

The last pic, a seemingly decrepit old computer? This was the world's first web server, marking the very beginning of what we know today as the World Wide Web. It first went online over 25 years ago at CERN, laying the foundation for the development of the internet as we know it.

05/12/23

Mr. Adams has unapologetically taken the liberty of sharing some nerdy and amazing photos from the computer section at the Science Museum! From technological innovations to really nerdy stuff, our Year 8 students are having a blast exploring the world of science and technology. pic.twitter.com/vwg14OrnpS

05/12/23

🦖 While Year 8 is exploring the wonders of science at the Science Museum, another group is stepping back in time at the Natural History Museum! They've even spotted a T-Rex dressed as Santa. Who said learning can't be festive? 🎅 pic.twitter.com/CgCoQPCBhj

05/12/23

🔬 Year 8 are off to the Science Museum today as part of our character education program! We're excited for them to explore the wonders of science and technology. Stay tuned for updates on their educational adventure. 🚀 pic.twitter.com/HDMxpNDLat

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Safeguarding

This page is designed to be a source of information about safeguarding for the community, parents and students - to help inform and educate everyone in our school community.


The Academy Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) is:

  • Ms Craggs  - Assistant Principal (in Ms Cragg's absence another designated safeguarding officer will act as DSL supporting the DDSLs)

The Academy Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads (DDSLs) are:

  • Ms Rigby (Secondary Phase/ Senior DDSL)
  • Mr Murphy (Secondary Phase)
  • Mr Purchase (Primary Phase)

The BfLLs are allocated to Hubs as follows:

  • Ms Beattie - Active Science
  • Ms Dyer - Creative Voice
  • Ms Smith - Enterprise
  • Ms Butler - World Studies

Parents and members of the local community can contact the Safeguarding Team via the Academy telephone number or by email on safeguarding@harrisgarrard.org.uk. Students can contact the Safeguarding Team via the SHARPS system.


Harris Garrard Academy is committed to providing a safe, secure and respectful environment for all children, staff and visitors. We promote a child centred approach to wellbeing and safeguarding, ensuring that the individual rights and needs of the child are central to our decision making and actions. We foster an atmosphere of trust, respect and security by providing a caring, safe, inclusive and stimulating environment which promotes the social, moral, spiritual, cultural and physical development of all students.

We actively promote a climate in which children and adults are confident about sharing concerns about the wellbeing or safety of themselves or others.  At Harris Garrard Academy, we treat all matters of safeguarding and wellbeing in a sensitive, respectful and professional manner. Staff at Harris Garrard Academy are trained in response and reporting procedures frequently and are aware of the processes for making referrals to the HGA Safeguarding Team, Children’s Social Care and the Police.

On this page you'll find information about Child Protection and Safeguarding including topics such as E-safety, preventing harmful sexualised behaviour, PREVENT, FGM and Child Sexual Exploitation.  Our Safeguarding Policy, visitor leaflets and parent/carer guides can be downloaded from the bottom of the page.


Safeguarding aims

The aims of our Safeguarding policy are Prevention, Protection and Support in line with Child Protection guidelines. The Academy safeguarding procedures ensures that we:

  • Support our students' development in ways that foster security, confidence and  independence.
  • Raise the awareness and importance of recognising and reporting safeguarding, and of moral and professional responsibilities amongst all stakeholders including support and teaching staff, governors, students, visitors and parents.
  • Provide high quality training and awareness campaigns for staff, and to ensure that the SLT/DSL/DDSLs undertake appropriate training (including biannual level 3 training and safer recruitment training).
  • Provide a systematic means of monitoring all students, particularly those who are vulnerable or known to be ‘at risk’ of harm.
  • Emphasise the need for excellent communication between staff, students, parents and external agencies (including the Police, PREVENT duty teams, Social Services, Youth Offending teams and other key agencies and workers involved in supporting our students and families).
  • Develop, implement and review structured procedures within the Academy so that they are effective and can be understood and consistently followed by all members of the Academy community.
  • Maintain vigilance and an ‘it could happen here’ attitude, and that we build a holistic picture of each child’s needs by paying attention to each factor or piece of information.

The HGA Designated Safeguarding Team

The staff with overall responsibility for Safeguarding across the Academy are as follows:

  • Wayne Barnett - Executive Principal
  • Kristen Gringeri - Head of Academy
  • Lesley Craggs - Vice Principal and DSL
  • Claire Allen - Assistant Principal and DDSL
  • Kim Rigby - Secondary Phase/ Senior DDSL
  • Bruce Purchase - Primary DDSL

The Nominated Governors with responsibility for safeguarding are:

  • Beverley Johnston - Chair of Governors
  • Tina Staples - Nominated governor for safeguarding

The HGA Designated Safeguarding Team consists of trained and qualified staff who are highly skilled and experienced in dealing with safeguarding issues.  The poster pictured below is displayed in every classroom, office and in corridors around the Academy. This is to ensure that every member of the Academy community can report and discuss matters with trained staff.  Parents and members of the local community can contact the Safeguarding Team via the Academy telephone number or by email on safeguarding@harrisgarrard.org.uk.


Secondary safeguarding poster

Secondary SG poster Oct 2023


Primary safeguarding poster

PrimarySG poster Oct 23


Reporting concerns

Parents and members of the local community can contact the Safeguarding Team via the Academy telephone number or by email on safeguarding@harrisgarrard.org.uk.

Members of the public are also able to make direct referrals to Social Care. Please find below details of Children’s Services in our local area.

For Bexley residents

  • Bexley MASH - 020 3045 5440   (Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm)
  • Bexley out of hours emergency team - 020 8303 7777 or 020 8303 7171 (Monday to Friday and weekends 6pm to 8am)
  • Bexley MASH email - Childrenssocialcare.admin@bexley.gov.uk
  • Bexley Postal address - Civic Offices, 2 Watling Street, Bexleyheath DA6 7AT

Link: Bexley MASH referral form can be accessed here

For Greenwich residents

Link:  Greenwich MASH referral form can be accessed here

The BEXLEY LADO (Local Authority Designated Officer) dealing with allegations against members of staff is Liston Williams who can be contacted on 0203 045 3236 and LADO@bexley.gov.uk

For safeguarding concerns about an adult, contact the person mentioned in the diagram below, depending on who the concern is about.

  IF THE ALLEGATION IS ABOUT:

  YOU MUST REPORT IT TO:

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR (CHRIS EVERITT)

HARRIS FEDERATION SECONDARY DIRECTOR (REBECCA HICKEY)

EXECUTIVE PRINCIPAL (WAYNE BARNETT) HARRIS FEDERATION SECONDARY DIRECTOR (REBECCA HICKEY)

HEAD OF ACADEMY (KRISTEN GRINGERI)

HARRIS FEDERATION SECONDARY DIRECTOR (REBECCA HICKEY)

A STAFF MEMBER

HEAD OF ACADEMY (KRISTEN GRINGERI)

A STUDENT

ACADEMY DESIGNATED SAFEGUARDING LEAD (LESLEY CRAGGS)


Harris Garrard safeguarding review committee

The purpose of this committee is to analyse and evaluate all aspects of safeguarding that have been reported through safeguarding systems within the academy, from external agencies or from other local trusted sources.

This is to ensure that the safeguarding measures, support and provision offered by the Academy fully meets the need that exists within the academy and local community. It will also ensure that the safeguarding provision at Harris Garrard Academy can evolve to meet new emerging safeguarding trends that may develop.

By reviewing this information, the academy leadership will be able to understand the contextual safeguarding implications and adapt the overarching safeguarding provision at the Academy.

This committee consists of the Executive Principal, Head of Academy, Head of Primary, Designated Safeguarding Lead (Vice Principal), Deputy Safeguarding Leads and Safeguarding Governor. The committee meets monthly and does not discuss individual safeguarding cases.


Monitoring online activity 

We monitor students' use of the internet by using filters and monitoring systems (Securus). Securus is monitoring software that can monitor a wide range of devices. It monitors against an inbuilt library of keywords and phrases organised into categories with each one given a default severity rating. 

The library is developed in partnership with a number of charities and specialist organisations within law enforcement and child protection. The programme monitors both online and offline material and recognises inappropriate or harmful content, words and phrases.

A screen shot (known as a ‘capture’) plus other details is taken of every incident triggered, showing what was displayed at the time, who was involved and when the incident took place. This information is shared with the DSL and Head of Academy, allowing Academy staff to implement further actions or interventions as required.  


Health and Safety

The medical needs officer is Sam Crouchman s.crouchman@harrisgarrard.org.uk

The strategic health and safety lead is Emma Neal e.neal@harrisgarrard.org.u

The operational health and safety officer is Paul Townley p.townley@harrisgarrard.org.uk 


Safer School’s Police Officers

We are proud to work with a number of different professionals and agencies, including the police. There are now over 450 Safer School Partnerships operating throughout England and Wales, with police officers and community support officers based in schools to work closely with staff and students.  

PC Kudliskis and PC Parrett are our Safer School’s Police Officers and work with staff, students and parents in both our primary and secondary phases.


Visiting Speakers to the Academy

Harris Garrard Academy utilises the expertise of a wide range of guest speakers, lecturers, authors and visitors to enrich and augment the curriculum and learning opportunities of our students. 

However, the safeguarding of our students is at the forefront of everything we do.  To ensure that guests' and visitors’ information is in line with our own values and ethos the Academy completes a rigorous process of checks.  By completing these checks, the Academy is confident that we are protecting our students from extremist views such as radicalisation and homophobia while enjoying the wide benefits of external speakers. All visitors to the academy are expected to follow the Visitors' Code of Conduct, which can be found at the bottom of this page.


Harris Garrard Academy and the PREVENT Duty

The Academy believes and actively supports the view that all students should be protected from radicalisation and extremism. Read more about how we approach Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural Education, including radicalisation and extremism. The Academy's designated, accredited PREVENT Duty Lead is Lesley Craggs.

The PREVENT duty has two specific strategic objectives to safeguard our students against radicalisation, extremism and any actions or beliefs that are contrary to British values and our academy ethos.

1.      Respond to the ideological challenge of terrorism and the threat we face from those who promote it.

2.      PREVENT people from being drawn into terrorism and ensure that they are given appropriate advice and support.

Our Academy opposes all forms of extremism. We define ‘extremism’ as vocal or active opposition to fundamental British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs.

The Academy works closely with the counter-terrorism referral programme “Channel”. The programme uses a multi-agency approach to identify and provide support to individuals who are at risk of being drawn into terrorism by:

  • identifying individuals at risk
  • assessing the nature and extent of that risk                           
  • developing the most appropriate support plan for the individuals concerned.

Key staff training

Staff

Role

Email

Accreditation/ training

Lesley Craggs Vice Principal l.craggs@harrisgarrard.org.uk

Safeguarding training for Designated Safeguarding Leads

PREVENT duty accredited  training

Positive Handling accredited training

Safer recruitment training

 

Christopher Everitt

 

Assistant Director, Harris Federation Secondary Education

 

c.everitt@harrisgarrard.org.uk

Safeguarding training for Designated Safeguarding Leads

Preventing and dealing with harmful sexualised behaviour training

Child Sexual Exploitation accredited training

Online safety accredited training

WRAP (PREVENT) training

Positive Handling accredited training

Advanced counter-extremism strategy training with "Since 911"

Leading Health and Safety in Schools

Raising Awareness of Peer-on-Peer Abuse Level 2

Sexual Violence and Harassment between Children and Young People Level 2

Female Genital Mutilation Awareness Level 2

Child Protection in Education Level 2

The PREVENT Duty Level 1

Kristen Gringeri Head of Academy k.gringeri@harrisgarrard.org.uk

Safeguarding training for Designated Safeguarding Leads

Preventing and dealing with harmful sexualised behaviour training

PREVENT duty accredited training

Female Genital Mutilation accredited training

Positive Handling accredited training

Safer recruitment training 

Leading Health and Safety in Schools

 

Lisa Dyer

 

Behaviour for Learning Lead

 

l.dyer@harrisgarrard.org.uk

Safeguarding training for Designated Safeguarding Leads

Preventing and dealing with harmful sexualised behaviour training

PREVENT duty accredited training

Female Genital Mutilation accredited training

Positive Handling accredited training

Child Sexual Exploitation accredited training

Online safety accredited training

Team Teach Positive handling

First aid at work

Gang Violence Awareness Workshop June 2018

 

Nicola Smith

 

Behaviour for Learning Lead

 

n.smith@harrisgarrard.org.uk

Safeguarding training for Designated Safeguarding Leads

Preventing and dealing with harmful sexualised behaviour training

PREVENT duty accredited training

Female Genital Mutilation accredited training

Positive Handling accredited training

Child Sexual Exploitation accredited training

Online safety accredited training

Approach training positive handling

First aid at work

Child neglect accredited training

 

Kim Rigby

 

Secondary Phase/Senior DDSL

 

k.rigby@harrisgarrard.org.uk

Safeguarding training for Designated Safeguarding Leads

Preventing and dealing with harmful sexualised behaviour training

PREVENT duty accredited training

Female Genital Mutilation accredited training

Positive Handling accredited training

Child Sexual Exploitation accredited training

Online safety accredited training

Draw and talk

Approach training positive handling

First aid at work

Gang Violence Awareness Workshop June 2018 

 

Claire Allen

 

Assistant Principal Primary

DDSL

 

c.allen@harrisgarrard.org.uk

Safeguarding training for Designated Safeguarding Leads

Preventing and dealing with harmful sexualised behaviour training

PREVENT duty accredited training

Female Genital Mutilation accredited training

Positive Handling accredited training

Child Sexual Exploitation accredited training

Online safety accredited training

Safer recruitment training

 

Bruce Purchase

 

Learning Mentor Primary

 

b.purchase@harrisgarrard.org.uk

Safeguarding training for Designated Safeguarding Leads

Preventing and dealing with harmful sexualised behaviour training

PREVENT duty accredited training

Female Genital Mutilation accredited training

Positive Handling accredited training

Child Sexual Exploitation accredited training

Online safety accredited training

Gang Violence Awareness Workshop June 2018

Ly Nguyen Behaviour for Learning Lead L.Nguyen3@harrisgarrard.org.uk 

Prevent duty accredited training

Female genital mutilation

Child sexual exploitation accredited training

Online safety accredited course

Team teach positive handling
Stacey Butler Behaviour for Learning Lead S.Butler@harrisgarrard.org.uk    

Safeguarding training for Designated Safeguarding Leads

Prevent duty accredited training

FGM accredited training

Use of reasonable force

Child Sexual Exploitation accredited training

Online Safety Training

Positive Handling

First aid at work


'Published Staff Safeguarding Training'

Date

Safeguarding

Delivered by

Points covered

Audience

INSET

Safeguarding Part 1 KCSIE
HGA Contextual Safeguarding

DSL

KCSIE part 1 and your ‘to do list’
Who is responsible for Safeguarding?
Other policy documents you need to read
What is safeguarding?
Designated safeguarding team; roles and responsibilities
Wider safeguarding: curriculum, health and safety, managing risk
Personal use of social media
Whistle blowing
Safeguarding policy aims and application
Communication and information sharing
Why school staff are super important.
Early help
Signs of child abuse
Main categories of abuse
Dealing with a disclosure
Considering contextualised safeguarding and the effects of trauma and ACEs
Contextualised Safeguarding
The impact of trauma and ACEs
Mental health and wellbeing – application exercise
FGM - knowledge
CSE and CCE - knowledge
CSE – application exercise
Harmful sexualised behaviour – knowledge and application exercise
Extremism - INCEL – Knowledge
Securus IT monitoring

All staff inc contractors

26th Sept
Monday AM Briefing

Accurate Records, Logging and Urgency.

DSL

Designated safeguarding team; roles and responsibilities
Safeguarding policy aims and application
Dealing with a disclosure
Reminder of how to use CPOMs and how to access quickly

All Staff

Au1

Educare Prevent Training Course
This course meets national Police approved standards and is accredited by Secured by Design, a national police initiative designed to prevent crime.

Educare

Understand the difference between extremism and radicalisation.
Learn about the different terrorist threats the UK faces such as Northern Ireland, right wing and Islamist terrorism.
A look at who may be at risk of being radicalised including information on how young people are radicalised.
Details on how groups make use of the internet to promote extremist materials, as well as how they use social media to recruit and radicalise individuals.
A detailed timeline of Safaa Boular, the youngest teenager to be found guilty of planning a terror attack in the UK.
A look at what Prevent is, and how it aims to reduce the threat of terrorism by stopping people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism.
Information on ‘The Prevent Duty’, which places a duty on specific bodies to have ‘due regard to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism’.
Learn about what is expected of those in leadership positions in specific bodies such as health and social care, criminal justice and all types of schools, colleges and universities.
A look at Prevent referrals and ‘Channel’, which identifies and provides support to individuals at risk of being radicalised.
Signs to look out for, what you should do if you have a concern and helpful contacts who can provide additional support.

New staff

As required

L3 training -  Cohort 1

Anne Marie Christian

Level 3 Safeguarding training

SLT, and DDSLs

 

 

 

 

 

Staying safe online

The online world is a wonderful place for young people to explore, with unprecedented opportunities for learning and creativity. But just like the real world there are risks and dangers they should be aware of, and which we can act to protect them from. Although the Academy teaches students e-safety as part of the curriculum, it is vital that parents are aware of the risks too, and what they can do to develop a culture of e-safety in the home.

This page has some helpful resources for parents that will enable you to help your child stay safe online. If you have any concerns about your child's e-safety, there is always someone at the Academy who is available to talk to you. Simply call the school and ask for our Designated Safeguarding Lead, Lesley Craggs, or speak to any member of staff. Our e-safety policy can be found below.


Think You Know

The Think You Know website is created by the police for parents of children at secondary school. It contains useful information about:

  • what children are doing online
  • how to talk to children about what they are doing online
  • what risks your child might face
  • what tools are there to help them stay safe.

Think You Know have also produced the Parents' Guide to E-Safety as well as the following booklets to provide parents/carers with helpful information on how to explore and monitor their children’s apps.


Sexting

The term ‘sexting’ describes the use of technology to share intimate images of yourself. It’s a word-mix of sex and texting. The content can vary, from text messages to images of partial nudity to sexual images or videos. For more information and guidance for parents and children visit the Childnet website. If you have shared something online that you are now regretting you might find the So You Got Naked Online leaflet helpful, produced by the South West Grid for Learning.


Other useful resources

Parents' guides to Instagram, Snapchat, WhatsApp and TikTok from the Online Safety AllianceDownload the guides.

List of helpful online resources produced by Childnet

www.childnet.com – Visit the ‘Know It All’ Section for an interactive guide about online safety

www.getsafeonline.org – Free up-to-date security advice

www.ceop.police.uk – Website of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre

www.bbc.co.uk/onlinesafety – guidance about how to make the most of being online while staying safe.

www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/share-aware - the NSPCC has launched the Share Aware campaign which provides straightforward advice to parents on how to keep their 8-12-year-olds safe on social networks

https://coramvoice.org.uk/ Coram Voice is for any child in care, leaving care, or who has a social worker or needs one. Coram Voice can tell you about your rights, make sure you get the help you need and get your voice heard. You can also call their Advocacy Helpline 0808 800 5792. Download the Get Your Voice Heard leaflet.

Squid Games -  What Parents Need to Know


Download 'Online Safety Tips for Children', from National Online Safety. Click on the image to download.

Online Safety Tips for Children

Download a '9 Top Tips to Get Smart About Children's Devices', from National Online Safety. Click on the image to download.

NOS Childs Devices 2019


Tracking peer-on-peer abuse and adapting educational provision

Harris Garrard Academy maintains a comprehensive peer-on-peer abuse tracker that records all incidents that relate to the follow areas:

  • bullying (including homophobic, transphobic and biphobic)
  • sexual harassment (including derogatory language, inappropriate touching, upskirting and intimidation)
  • sexual violence
  • racist incidents
  • physical incidents

This information is reviewed monthly by the safeguarding review committee and the information on trends and analysis is used to evaluate and adapt our Character & Mindfulness curriculum, our safeguarding curriculum and our assembly programme, at all key stages across the Academy.

This may result in resequencing of curriculum topics based on priorities identified from the peer-on-peer abuse tracker or by adding new safeguarding topics that have been identified within the local context or via the tracker trend evaluation.


Contextualised safeguarding

‘Contextual safeguarding’ is an approach to understanding, and responding to, young people's experiences of significant harm beyond their families. It recognises that the different relationships that young people form in their neighbourhoods, schools and online can feature violence and abuse. At Harris Garrard Academy we place our approach to safeguarding within the context of the community safety strategies and priorities of the London boroughs of Greenwich and Bexley. These are:

Greenwich

  • Creating and sustaining safer public spaces
  • Reducing the harm that alcohol causes
  • Tackling hate crime and supporting the vulnerable and repeat victims
  • Ending violence against women and girls
  • Countering the threat of terrorism and extremism
  • Preventing and reducing the harm from youth violence and gangs

Bexley

  • Safeguarding and supporting victims and families of domestic abuse and hate crime
  • Tackling identified antisocial behaviour
  • Continuing to reduce residential burglary and its impact on the community
  • Early intervention to safeguard people against violent crimes
  • Reducing substance misuse related to crime and antisocial behaviour

Contextualised safeguarding in action

Different contexts appears to have different ‘weights of influence’. For example, the influence of peers may outweigh that of parents/carers. There is also an interplay between different contexts and relationships. For example, the impact that young people’s experiences have on their relationships in school, and vice versa.

Context safeguarding

Diagram: Contexts of Adolescent Safety & Vulnerability (Firmin 2013)

Young people’s engagement in extra-familial contexts can also inform, and be informed by, what is happening in their homes. Therefore, when young people are exposed to violence or exploitation in their school, community or peer group it may fracture their family relationships and undermine the capacity of their family to keep them safe.


Gangs

A gang can be summarised as a group who see themselves and are seen by others as a gang, and for whom crime and violence are a central part of their activities. Children and young people face all sorts of pressures, including possibly feeling pressure to follow friends who may be in a gang. If you have any concerns or questions about gangs please do contact our safer schools police officers (see above). You might also like to read the Home Office leaflet Gangs: You and Your Child which gives advice to parents on gangs and how to help children make the right choices. Westminster Council have also produced a leaflet with advice and guidance to parents and carers about serious youth violence, knife crime and gangs.


What is a Money Mule?

More young people across the UK are being approached by criminals who want to use their bank accounts or pin numbers for criminal purposes. This is called being a ‘money mule’. A ‘mule account’ is used to hide money that comes from illegal activities. The young person may be asked to transfer money, allow access to their account or open up a new one. Sometimes criminals will try and force young people to become mules or they might offer financial incentives such as cash or mobile phone credit.

We need your support to help educate young people around this issue. Has your child been approached or asked for their bank account to be used? Check any bank statements. Is there money going in and out that cannot be accounted for? Ask questions if you are unsure about anything.

Bank accounts are private and must only be used by the account holder.  Any misuse could not only be criminal but could cause serious credit issues for the account holder. Police are working in partnership with many schools across London to combat this issue. If you have any concerns, speak to your Safer Schools Police Officer (see below) and/or Action Fraud (www.actionfraud.police.uk) on 0300 123 2040.


Drugs networks ('County lines')

The National Crime Agency, the UK body charged with fighting organised crime, is very concerned that crime gangs are taking over drug networks using telephone hotlines (called 'county lines') and recruiting vulnerable people, often children, to act as couriers and to sell drugs. Please see our information sheet about 'county lines' and 'cuckooing' - the practice whereby professional drug dealers take over the property of a vulnerable person and use it as a place from which to run their drugs business.


What parents need to know about MOMO

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

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