Useful information

Sexting

Team Safeguarding Voice© created a "Dangers of Sexting" short guide for children, parents/carers and professionals.  This has recently been sent to all parents in Telford and Wrekin, with the assistance of all schools.  Please click here for a copy.

Children who view sexually explicit images online

The Lucy Faithfull Foundation has launched a guide to support parents of children who have been in trouble for viewing or sharing sexually explicit images online - "What's the problem - a guide for parents on children and young people who have got in trouble"  Please click here for access to it. 

Children of Offenders - The Hidden Sentence

i-HOP provides professionals who work with the children of offenders (whether they are teachers, social workers, commissioners, health care workers, prison officers etc.) with a free online information hub providing all the up to date resources, strategies, policies and research to support work with these families. There is also a free helpline that professionals can access for support please visit the i-HOP website.

Child Sexual Exploitation

Please visit the Safeguarding CHILDREN e-Academy website for parents around child sexual exploitation.

Domestic Abuse

For further information in relation to domestic abuse and the support that is available within Telford and Wrekin please refer to the Safer Telford website.

Please visit Counselling Directory for information to help individuals find a qualified counsellor or psychotherapist in their local area. This is a confidential service which encourages those in distress to seek help. Counselling Directory is now the leading support network in the UK.

Female Genital Mutilation

For advice about the dangers of cutting, sunna or female circumcision, who is at risk and what you can do please visit the NSPCC.

For local information please visit the West Mercia Police website.

Gangs

1 in 6 young people aged between 13 -15 say they know someone in a gang. Young people's lives are ruined, and in some cases even ended, because of gangs. Those who become involved are frequently abused, exploited and put in dangerous situations. The NSPCC helpline service supports adults worried about young people involved in, or at risk from, gangs. Anyone with concerns can contact their 24 hour helpline anonymously on 0808 800 5000 or email help@nspcc.org.uk.

Sexual Assault 

The Glade Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) offers a dedicated service of care to anyone within West Mercia; Worcestershire, Herefordshire and Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin that has been raped or sexually assaulted, in a manner that will address the needs of the individual. All clients will be treated with dignity and respect.  For leaflets on their service please follow this link.

Underwear Rule

The underwear rule is a simple way that parents can help keep children safe from abuse - without using scary words or mentioning sex. The NSPCC developed a simple guide for parents and children to help you talk PANTS with your child.

Is my child ready to be left alone?

As your child gets older, they'll often want to have a little more independence.  But how can you make sure they're safe when they're not with you?  This NSPCC guide can help you decide what's best for your child, prepare them for being home alone and make sure they're safe.  You can make notes on it, customise it and tear out the section at the back to stick on your fridge.

Self Harm Guide

The University of Oxford's Psychiatry department has published a guide for parents on coping with their child's self-harm which is based on their in-depth research with parents. You can find the guide here.

MindEd For Families 

Is your child in crisis? Are you worried about them? Perhaps you just want some parenting tips. This site will help you understand and support your child.