Keeping Children Safe bulletin – 3rd edition

The Keeping Children Safe bulletin contains useful information and links on child protection, with a focus on Highland and Moray. 

Some of the articles include: what to do if you have a child protection concern, contact details for child protection groups in Highland and Moray, information on upcoming child protection training, and advice on internet safety. 

Download the Keeping Children Safe bulletin by clicking here. 

The Child Protection Toolkit (developed by the Highland Child Protection Committee)

The Highland Child Protection Committee’s ‘Child Protection Toolkit‘ is an invaluable resource for third sector organisations and community groups in Highland.  Some of the topics covered in the toolkit include:

  • Recruitment of Staff and Volunteers
  • Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Act 2007
  • Transporting children and young people
  • Photographing, videoing and filming
  • Dealing with a Child Protection Situation
  • A sample Child Protection Policy

These are just a few of the topics covered in the toolkit.

If your workplace is involved in the care of children, it is highly recommended you download the toolkit, and keep it on your computer to act as a reference for child protection matters.

Download the Toolkit

There are two versions of the toolkit available to download:

Click here to download the Child Protection Toolkit and Guidance for Third Sector Organisations

Click here to download the Child Protection Toolkit for Community Groups

Who are the Highland Child Protection Committee?

Highland Child Protection Committee is a multi-agency partnership responsible for:

  • Raising public awareness of child protection issues
  • Co-ordinating prevention activities with children and their families
  • Providing child protection guidance and training
  • Implementing national child protection initiatives
  • Assuring the quality of responses to child protection issues

Child Protection Guidance and Toolkit for Third Sector Organisations in Highland

The Highland Child Protection Committee have made available ‘Child Protection Guidance and Toolkit for Third Sector Organisations in Highland‘.  Click the button below to download the toolkit.

This Guidance has been produced for larger Third Sector Organisations and those with a number of paid staff who should have robust child protection policies and procedures in place.

The guidance provides detailed advice on child protection issues, and tools to help support recruitment of staff and volunteers.


For smaller organisations primarily using volunteers to provide activities for children, young people and families in Highland you may wish to download the Highland Child Protection Guidance for Community Groups. This may include sports clubs, arts and crafts groups, religious organisations or any organised groups/activities which involve regular contact with children and young people.


Below you can find a video that provides more detail on what’s included in the Child Protection Toolkit. Click the thumbnail below to watch the video.


There is lots of other useful information and resources on the Highland Child Protection Committee website, such as:

  • Resources – where you can find  a copy of the Highland Child Protection Guidelines as well as a range of local and national resources which may be useful to you.
  • Training – here you can book on to training courses, access e-learning modules and find out what training you may need.
  • Help and Advice – An up-to-date list of contact details for advisors and professionals who can be contacted if you have a child protection concern.

New resource for 4-7 year olds – Thinkuknow needs you!

The following update comes from Thinkuknow, an organisation that delivers education and raises awareness of online child exploitation and abuse:

Work with children aged 4-7 and/or their parents/carers?

Thinkuknow are developing a brand new resource for 4 to 7 year olds and we would like to hear from you…
Children are using technology and exploring the online world from a younger age. Thinkuknow are developing a new resource to help build young children’s resilience online and give them the skills to explore all the digital world has to offer safely.

We need a comprehensive picture of the online behaviour of 4-7 year olds and hope you can help us by completing our Professionals survey and promoting our Parents/Carers survey.

Work with children aged 4-7 and/or their parents/carers?

Thinkuknow are developing a brand new resource for 4 to 7 year olds and we would like to hear from you…
Children are using technology and exploring the online world from a younger age. Thinkuknow are developing a new resource to help build young children’s resilience online and give them the skills to explore all the digital world has to offer safely.

We need a comprehensive picture of the online behaviour of 4-7 year olds and hope you can help us by completing our Professionals survey and promoting our Parents/Carers survey.

Professionals survey: Aimed at those working with children aged 4-7 years

We would like to hear from practitioners about what is most effective when educating children about online safety. Complete the professionals survey here.

 

Children who Experience Trauma in Early Childhood – a presentation by Dan Hughes

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Are you interested in finding out more about how trauma experienced by children in their early years affects the brain? Then you may find it worth watching a video presentation on the subject by Dan Hughes, creator of Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP) and Attachment-Focused Family Therapy. The full presentation ‘How Early Years Trauma Affects the Brain’ (53 minutes) is available on https://ddpnetwork.org/library/how-early-years-trauma-affects-the-brain/, alternatively there is a shorter (15 minutes) version on https://vimeo.com/153934150

Norma Ruettimann – Training Development Manager

Highland Child Protection Committee dedicated website launched!

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Child Protection is Everyone’s Responsibility

Just a reminder for those of you who may have missed our previous blog, announcing this super new resource which serves as a hub for Child Protection in Highland. Just click on www.hcpc.scot and you’ll be able to access the following sections:

  • Help and advice
  • Resources
  • Training – book direct, no booking forms required, access free E-learning on an Introduction to Child Protection, Children Affected by Parental Substance Misuse and Child Sexual Exploitation
  • Children and Young People
  • Parents and Carers
  • Communities
  • Contact
  • Register for information updates

Norma Ruettimann, CALA Training Development Manager

Unveiling the Highland Child Protection Committee’s new logo…

Last Thursday, 30th March saw the unveiling of the Highland Child Protection Committee’s (HCPC) eye catching new logo at an event launching a focus on ‘Neglecting the Issue?’ at the Council Chamber. The logo was chosen from a super range of creative designs from over 350 entries from pupils age 5 – 18 years across schools in Highland.

 

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The winner Bodham Campbell age 9 from Plockton Academy, runners-up Aela Campbell age 8 also from Plockton Primary and Mackenzie Blyth age 15 from Dingwall Academy attended the event to collect their prize and certificates.

The distinctive logo is aimed at raising public awareness of the CPC and they work they do in protecting children in Highland. A dedicated web site www.hcpc.scot due to be launched on 1st May 2017, is currently under development and is intended to provide a one stop shop for news, training, information and guidance on child protection and related matters in Highland.

The launch was followed by an emotive and highly thought provoking presentation by BAFTA award winning actor Paul Branigan and conference the following day focusing on ‘Understanding and Working with Neglect’ the following day attended by over 170 practitioners.

How to become an ‘unfeartie’

The following blog article comes from Norma Ruettimann, CALA Training Development Manager:

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Following on from our recent article on Children’s Rights, we’d like to share how you can become an an ‘Unfeartie!’

The Children’s Parliament are marking their 21st anniversary by creating an ‘inspiring, brave band of ‘Unfearties,’ individuals who are not feart, are making a difference in children’s lives and who are willing to speak up for and stand alongside children.’

unfeartieJohn Carnochan OBE and Dr Suzanne Zeedyk are two very well known ‘unfearties’ along with a host of others who work with, for or alongside children who have keen interest in supporting children’s participation and engagement. Why to check out the web site: www.childrenparliament.org.uk and click on ‘About us’ then ‘Unfearties’ to join them. The ‘Our Work’ section shows the wide range of projects, activities and partnerships that the Children’s Parliament are involved in – why not have a look and gain some inspiration for supporting meaningful implementation of children’s rights.

Safer Internet Day – 7th February

Tuesday the 7th of February is “Safer Internet Day”.

From the Safer Internet Day website:

Coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre the celebration sees hundreds of organisations get involved to help promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and young people“.

In celebration of Safer Internet Day, why not take a look at ‘Play, Like, Share’, a series of three videos produced by Thinkuknow that aims to educate eight-to-ten year olds about staying safe online.

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Play Like Share is a three-episode animated series that aims to help this age group learn how to stay safe from sexual abuse, exploitation and other risks they might encounter online such as sharing content.

To download these videos and the corresponding resource pack, head to Thinkuknow’s resource website. To access the resources you’ll have to sign up for a (free) account with Thinkuknow.

Highland Child Protection Logo Competition

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Win a £50 voucher and a prize for your school/youth group.

The Highland Child Protection Committee (CPC) is a group of people who work together to try and make sure that every child in Highland is safe. This includes the Police, Social Work, Health and Education along with partners who work in our local communities.

We are looking for a new logo that helps people understand what the Child Protection Committee does. Most importantly, we’d like a logo that has been designed by a young person and that other young people would relate to.

Who can enter?

Anyone under 18 living in Highland can enter the competition and entries will be considered in each of the following age groups:

  • 8 and under
  • 9-14 years
  • 15-18 years

The overall winner will be decided by a panel and will receive a £50 voucher and a prize for their school or youth group. The two Runners up will receive a £25 gift voucher.

Now for the rules……

The logo should be simple and easy to reproduce, and reflect the key aims of the Committee.

  • Must have the words Highland Child Protection Committee in it
  • You can use up to 4 colours
  • 1 entry per person maximum
  • Only entries received on or before 17th February 2017 will be considered

Entries should be submitted electronically to [email protected] or by post on an A4 sheet to Highland Child Protection Committee, Kinmylies Building, Leachkin Road, Inverness, IV3 8NN. Don’t forget to include your name, age and school. Please note, final designs may have to be adjusted slightly for reproduction purposes.

Good Luck!

Impact of Coercive Control on Children & Young People

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The following blog article was submitted by Norma Ruettimann, CALA Training Development Manager:

“Whilst enjoying seasonal festivities, we need to be mindful that some children may experience domestic abuse, the potential impact of this and our role in supporting children and families.”

Click here to download an article written by Gillian Gunn, Development and Training Manager, Violence Against Women, entitled ‘Coercive Control on Children and Young People’.

News update from our colleagues at Safe Strong and Free

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Our friends at Safe Strong and Free have released their latest newsletter, which includes lots of informative, thought-provoking articles on a range of issues relating to child protection.

Download the newsletter by clicking here [pdf].