Safeguarding children is one of the main priorities for all staff at St Martinís. All staff have regular training and keep abreast of current issues. However, we realise that parents sometimes are not aware or up to date about what best to do to keep their child safe. Parents and carers are always welcome, and encouraged, to contact the Designated Safeguarding Lead at St Martinís to discuss any issues. We always advise parents to take care with what access they allow their children to have on the internet and to social media. We strongly encourage clear boundaries such as not allowing children out late at night alone, not allowing children to play age inappropriate video games or to attend age inappropriate events. Also to avoid young people using their equipment in their room, unsupervised. Below are a number of resources designed to support parents with safeguarding about some issues they may face.
Extremism and radicalisation propaganda
London based group Families Against Stress and Trauma (FAST) have created a safeguarding guide for parents on the dangers of radicalisation. Included are testimonies and YouTube clips.
With the increase of mental health concerns in the UK, Young Minds have put together some support for parents. The support is relevant for all kinds of issues including self-harm: Anxiety and Phobias. The following resources may also be helpful: The Anxious Child from the Mental Health Foundation and Worries and Anxieties from the Royal College of Psychiatrists.
Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
FGM concerns are paramount in safeguarding children. To learn more or to seek advice the NSPCC website offers some useful advice.
Child Sexual Exploitation
PACE (Parents Against Child Exploitation) offer support for parents who may be concerned about their child being at risk.