Keeping Children Safe

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Parentline is a support service run by Scotland’s National Children’s Charity – Children 1st. If you’re worried about something that has happened to you or your child, would like advice or support, or simply want to talk, Parentline can support you. They will listen with kindness, help think things through and support you in whatever is affecting your family.

If you work with parents, families or kinship carers, you may wish to promote Parentline for anyone in need of a bit of extra support. 

There are a number of ways you can contact Parentline: 

For more information, please visit https://www.children1st.org.uk/help-for-families/parentline-scotland/


The periodic table of digital resilience

The periodic table of digital resilience is a free resource produced by ParentZone. The table illustrates some of the challenges and dangers facing young people when they go online. 

Download the table by clicking here [PDF].


KCS October Newsletter

Download issue three of the Keeping Children Safe bulletin, released in October 2018.

Top Ten Practical Safeguarding Steps (OSCR)

Safeguarding is the action that an organisation takes to promote the welfare of children and vulnerable adults to protect them from harm.  This includes making sure that the appropriate policies and procedures are put in place.  Safeguarding includes child protection but goes further and extends to all vulnerable beneficiaries.

Learn more about safeguarding on the OSCR website. 

Child Protection Guidance and Toolkit for Community Groups and Third Sector Organisations

The Highland Child Protection Committee have made available ‘Child Protection Guidance and Toolkit for Community Groups and Third Sector Organisations‘.  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.

6th Edition of ‘Digital Parenting’ magazine.

The 6th edition of ‘Digital Parenting’ magazine has been released. This edition features:

“Advice from teachers, parents and online safety experts on subjects ranging from Virtual Reality, to body image in the social media age, to live streaming. We have tips from online safety experts, parents and children and young people themselves.”

“We also have an updated guide to setting parental controls on apps and devices, and information on gaming and keeping kids safe while they play.”


You can read the online version of the magazine by clicking here, or order hard copies of the magazine by clicking here (minimum order of 50)

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


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Highland Child Protection Committee dedicated website launched!

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

National Action Plan on Internet Safety for Children and Young People

This internet safety action plan for children and young people is an important step to ensure that we have appropriate frameworks of training, support and information in place for professionals and families, including children and young people.

Download the National Action Plan by clicking here.


The SSSC’s new ‘professional simulator’ tool – help develop your assessment and decision making skills

Click here to be taken to the SSSC simulator tool.


Apps & websites for promoting mental wellbeing in young people aged 12–18 years

Click here to download a PDF guide to some of the apps and websites available to young people that aim promote positive mental health.


Supporting children and families – new legislation to clarify information sharing provisions

The following information comes from The Scottish Government, in relation to new legislation on information sharing provisions: 

Public bodies and other organisations are to have a duty to consider if the sharing of information will promote, support or safeguard the wellbeing of a child or young person.

The duty forms part of the Children and Young People (Information Sharing) (Scotland) Bill, which will also ensure that the sharing is compatible with current law and will introduce a new code of practice for information sharing with regard to the Named Person service.

Click here to read the announcement on the Scottish Government’s website.


Child Protection in Highland – a brief guide to: Female Genital Mutilation, Radicalisation, Sexting, Child Sexual Exploitation

This document provides advice on information on the following subjects: female genital mutilation, radicalisation, sexting and child sexual exploitation. The guide contains warning signs to look out for, as well as relevant organisations to contact.

Download the document by clicking here [PDF].


Practice Guide to Chronologies

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This useful guide supports practitioners work in this respect.  ELC practitioners might consider reflecting on aspects of the guidance  linking this in with self-evaluation eg. Quality Indicator 2.1 Safeguarding and Child Protection: Consider how well you do this, any actions required to improve and plan accordingly.

Click here to download “Practice Guide to Chronologies” [PDF].


The Highland Child Protection Committee

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The Highland Child Protection Committee website 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 website is due to launch on May 1st 2017 at the following address: www.hcpc.scot 

Safer Internet Day

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.

Impact of Coercive Control on Children & Young People

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].

E-Learning Vouchers

Highland Council have released a flyer that advertises free access to our ‘Introduction to Child Protection’ online training course. To be eligible, you must work with children or family members in Highland.

To receive your unique code, or to check eligibility, please contact [email protected]

More information can be found on the flyer, which can be downloaded by clicking here.

Keeping Children Safe Reference Group

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Play Like Share – keeping 8-10 year olds safe online

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Play Like Share is a series of three videos produced by Thinkuknow that aims to educate eight-to-ten year olds on staying safe online. From the Thinkuknow newsletter:

 

“Play Like Share helps children to identify the signs of pressurising and threatening behaviour in an age appropriate way. This is explored through highly relatable characters and non-frightening peer-on-peer scenarios, where children recognise tactics such as flattery or bribery or that feeling you might get when something’s not right. The resources aims to develop children’s confidence and skills to respond to these situations and get help when they need it.”

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.

Learn more about Play Like Share on the Thinkuknow newsletter.

Respect Me – Scotland’s Anti-Bullying Service

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As we come to the last day of Anti-Bullying Week for 2016, we thought now might be a timely reminder of the helpful quality information, guidance and support materials available from  www.respectme.org.uk, Scotland’s very own Anti-Bullying service.

Information for children and young people includes: What is bullying, What are my options. For adults there’s Guidance for parents/carers, Policy, Anti-Bullying practice including: Creating the right environment, Ways to respond and a range of videos and booklets you can download.

Kinder Communities – The power of Everyday Relationships.

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We really liked the thoughtful approach behind this paper: Kinder Communities – The Power of Everyday Relationships by Zoe Ferguson a Carnegie Associate (Carnegie Uk Trust). It highlights how role modelling kindness, sensitivity and caring in our communities can help support positive relationships in a powerful way which have the potential to help keep our children safe. Thanks to the Moray Wellbeing Newsletter for bringing this to our attention.

Click here to download the paper.

Toolkit for Police Scotland’s Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) Campaign

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Following on from the public awareness campaign in the media earlier this year, Police Scotland have recently launched this helpful toolkit which includes key messages, communication methods and useful contacts.

Please support this campaign to help keep our children safe and spread the key messages.

You can download the toolkit by clicking here.

Safe Strong and Free news update

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Safe Strong and Free have released a video that details some of the amazing work they do to reduce the vulnerability of young children to abuse and assault. SSF have provided more information on their video:

“As many of you will be aware, Safe Strong and Free Highland is an abuse prevention program (the only one of it’s kind in Scotland!) Children attend a program of interactive puppet workshops to teach them strategies to use which will help them stay safe if they encounter bullying, an approach from a stranger or an unwanted/inappropriate approach from an adult they know. They are then given short story books that reinforce the messages.

This year, the team at SSF have been busy reviewing how they share information about the content of workshops with parents with a view to maximizing awareness. As a result, they’ve moved from Parent Workshops to an on line DVD clip which parents/carers can watch at a time and a place which suits them! The DVD clip, which is just over 7 minutes long, provides an overview of how the SSF staff work with children, the content of children’s workshops and the strategies used. Feedback received from parents who have viewed the DVD in advance of their child attending workshops has been very positive indeed. Why not have a look on the website http://safestrongandfree.org.uk where you’ll find the DVD and a range of downloadable resources for parents, carers, professionals and children which can be used to support the SSF messages after the workshops.”

My World Triangle

Learning gained from recent Serious Case Reviews in a few Local Authorities in Scotland included the need for adults involved with children and families to make accurate assessments of children an young people who may be at risk to take into account all factors with may impact on a child or young person to help identify support needs. This reminded us that the My World Triangle provides us with a framework to consider the whole child or young person. The Scottish Government have provided a colour version of this along with separate descriptors for each side of the triangle to support us in assessing risk to children and identifying and planning areas of support which you may find useful in helping to consolidate your thinking where you have concerns about a child or young person.

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You can also download the My World Triangles as a PDF by clicking here.