Practitioners

This section of the Isle of Wight Safeguarding Children Board website provides information for people from any organisation or agency working with children or families.

We all want better lives for children and young people. As part of everybody’s responsibility for safeguarding children and considering their welfare, we want to identify vulnerable children and young people earlier and work in a coordinated, integrated way to help them before things reach crisis point.
 
  • Child Abuse. If you think it, report it - A Government website providing sign and symptons to look out for,  the simple steps you can take to report your concerns and waht happens once you report it.
  • MASH Guide for Professionals
  • NSPCC Learning - Contains a wide range of tools, training and resources that you need to keep children safe in a number of areas.
  • Multi-Agency Thresholds Document - This IOW document provides a model of integrated working within children and young people’s services and gives practical guidance on making decisions across service thresholds.
  • 4LSCB Procedures Online - When concerns escalate to a point where there are serious child protection issues then Child Protection procedures must be followed as described within the 4LSCB Procedures online
  • Children's Society - Have created a range of worksheets and activity books that chidlren can use to think about difficutlies or worries they might have and how to deal with them. These can be completed by them alone or with someone they trust. Many of the worksheets focus on
  • The Serious Crime Act 2015 updated the Children and Young Persons Act 1933 and covers the offence of overlaying a baby. 
  • Safe4me is a website containing Information and Resources for teachers, professionals, parents and young people in Hampshire & The Isle of Wight to raise awareness of law and consequences and to promote safe and healthy choices.
  • Together, we can tackle child abuse is a Government campaign, led by the Department for Education. It encourages members of the public to help protect children and young people by reporting any concerns of abuse or neglect to their local council, NSPCC or the police. The campaign tackles the barriers that stop people reporting to get help to children and young people more quickly.
  • South West Grid for Learning (SWGfL) is a not-for-profit charitable trust providing schools and other establishments with safe, secure, managed and supported connectivity and associated services, learning technologies to improve outcomes, and the toolkit for being safer online.
  • The UK Safer Internet Centre have created taylored educational resources for 3-7 year olds, 7-11 year olds and 11-14 year olds on internet safety. 

Clever Never Goes! on the Isle of Wight

Isle of Wight Safeguarding Children Board are proud to be one of the first areas of the UK to sign up to the CLEVER NEVER GOES campaign. 
Clever Never Goes has been developed to replace the out-dated ‘stranger danger’ approach.
Whilst child abduction is relatively uncommon, it’s important that children can recognise the potential signs of danger. Teaching children simply to avoid strangers doesn’t work. Most strangers will help rather than harm children. Conversely, it is often people known to children that pose the greatest threat.
Whilst child abduction is relatively uncommon, it’s important that children can recognise the potential signs of danger. Teaching children simply to avoid strangers doesn’t work. Most strangers will help rather than harm children. Conversely, it is often people known to children that pose the greatest threat.
er Never Goes moves the focus away from strangers and instead teaches children to recognise when someone (anyone) is asking them to go with them. The programme features a child-friendly robot (called ‘CLEVER’) who helps children to refine their key ‘Go Spotting’ safety skills.
Clever Never Goes aims to give children practical safety skills which they can use as they get older and become more independent. It’s about safety – but it’s also about building children’s abilities to engage with the outside world, and giving parents the confidence to let them.

FREE RESOURCES:

  • Parents and carers can download a Home Pack with information and activities and can use the ‘Go Spotting’ comic strips online to talk to their children about the Clever Never Goes approach.
  • Primary schools can register to receive a free Schools Pack, including guidance for teachers with two lesson plans and activities for Key Stage 1 and early Key Stage 2 children, a set of classroom slides, and a series of short ‘Go Spotting’ practice films.
Visit www.clevernevergoes.org for more information.

The Isle of Wight Safeguarding Children Board offer multi-agency safeguarding and child protection training and further details can be found here, In addition, various resources and guidance documents are also available on our website which you may find helpful.
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