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New for teens: When nudes get shared
We know that professionals often have to deal with cases of nude or semi-nude images being shared amongst schools and groups of friends. We want young people to understand that it's unacceptable for anyone to share an image in this way.

Share our new article with secondary-aged pupils to help them understand that it's wrong to share a nude image of someone else, and what to do if an image is being shared around.
New for parents: 7 questions parents ask about nude selfies
Many parents ask us about young people taking and sharing revealing pics of themselves.

In our new article, we answer 7 of the most frequently asked questions with the best advice on keeping children safe.

Why not share this article and our four animated films with parents to help them to understand why young people take and share nude selfies, and how to support their child if an image has been shared.
Work with primary-aged pupils and want to explore image sharing?
Episode 2 of Jessie & Friends looks at the importance of seeking permission before sharing a photo. Use our animations and resource pack to talk about image sharing, the importance of consent, and how to ask for help if they have a problem online.

For 8-10 year olds, the Play Like Share cartoons and Band Runner game explore sharing content online, helping children learn to identify risk and get support when they need it.  

Work with 16-18 year olds? 

Have your say Thinkuknow are developing new resources for 16-18 year olds to help safeguard them from the threat of online blackmail.
Complete our short survey to help us gather information which will help us create engaging learning resources for this age group.
The survey should take no more than 15 minutes to complete and is comprised of 14 questions.  Take the survey

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 Childnet have published a new  toolkit to explore online issues with young people aged 11-14.

 Myth vs Reality, explores the topics of online pornography, healthy relationships and body image. This toolkit is an extension of their successful practical PSHE toolkit 'Crossing the Line', which aims to generate discussions amongst young people aged 11-14 about their experiences online.

Myth v Reality can be found here: https://www.childnet.com/resources/pshe-toolkit/myth-vs-reality

Crossing the Line can download here: https://www.childnet.com/resources/pshe-toolkit/crossing-the-line

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Child employment

NSPCC  have added eight case reviews to the Collection this month featuring a number of issues including child sexual abuse, foster parents, professional curiosity, risk assessment.

Subscribe to NSPCC monthly case reviews update 

Click here to view WSB Serious Case Reviews

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Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)

Free places are now available on a behaviour change programme for men who want help to learn non-abusive ways of behaving in their relationships.

The programme has been commissioned by the Safer Wolverhampton Partnership and is delivered by My Time, an organisation with a wealth of experience working to help men change their controlling or violent behaviours since 2012.

The 30-week programme comprises of weekly two-hour sessions supporting men to recognise the triggers for abusive behaviours towards current or ex-partners, and providing them with strategies to make positive changes.

Penny Darlington, Chair of Wolverhampton Domestic Violence Forum, said: "We want to help individuals who are controlling, violent or abusive in their relationships to face up to how their behaviour affects their partner and family, understand what triggers their behaviour, and learn non-abusive ways of behaving.

"Taking part in a programme like this can make significant differences to the lives and relationships of all of those involved – including individuals themselves, their partners and/or ex-partners, and any children who may have be affected by their abusive behaviour.

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Private Fostering

Life Or Knife

Prevention and Advice;

Young men aged 15-19 are the most likely group to be in possession of knifes.

Knives and weapons have been used in a variety of crimes to threaten and injure victims. The most likely weapons to be used are kitchen knifes.

Mothers of teenage boys are being encouraged to look out for the signs that their son may be carrying a knife and talk to them about the very real danger, that by carrying a knife, they are more likely to be stabbed themselves. Many victims in the West Midlands have often found their own knife has been grabbed and used against them in an attack.

Visit our website (online) www.west-midlands.police.uk/your-options/knife-crime to see a list of some of the warning signs that your child may be carrying a knife.

For those mothers who do find their sons are carrying knives, the police are asking these mothers to encourage their sons to surrender their knife at one of the many knife surrender bins across the region.

Our **campaign**, find out more (online) www.west-midlands.police.uk/campaigns/life-or-knife

If you want to report this crime anonymously, you can do so using Fearless (online) www.fearless.org/en/give-info, a service which allows you to pass on information without giving your personal details.

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Recognising child abuse & neglect

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Early Help

  •  Young Minds have launched advice for parents about supporting their children.

    Tips include:
    • Encourage your child to take revision breaks and find a balance between studying and doing things they find enjoyable and relaxing.
    • Make sure they are eating and drinking at regular intervals.
    • Reassure them – reinforce that you are and will be proud of them no matter what happens.
    • Remain positive and hopeful!
    • Let them know their feelings are valid and normal, but also offer support and solutions where possible.
    • Anxiety is often worst at night and this means it is useful to encourage good bedtime routine
    You can find out more here: https://youngminds.org.uk/find-help/for-parents/parents-guide-to-support-a-z/parents-guide-to-support-exam-time/
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Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)

National Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day is on Monday 18 March, 2019. Show your support by writing a personal pledge on your hand and posting a photo on social media using the hashtag #CSEDay19 making sure to tag in your organisation and @WVsafeguarding. 

​The pledge can be anything from speaking out about CSE to educating others about the issue and what signs to look out for.

Why not make a display of your hand photos in your own work place, or display campaign materials which you can click here to download.

Organised by the national charity NWG Network, it aims to encourage everyone to think, spot and speak out against abuse.

For full details about the campaign see http://www.stop-cse.org/national-child-exploitation-awareness-day

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Modern Slavery

The Stop It Now! helpline 0808 1000 900 | stopitnow.org.uk is a confidential helpline for anyone with concerns about child sexual abuse.

Experienced operators offer advice and support to a variety of callers – from people worried about their own thoughts or behaviour, to those worried about the behaviour of another adult or a young person, to adults concerned about a child who may have been abused, to professionals needing advice and information.

Callers do not need to give identifying information. 

The helpline number is 0808 1000 900 and people can visit stopitnow.org.uk to send the helpline a confidential message.

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Information sharing

You can talk to us about anything. No problem is too big or too small.

Call us free on 0800 1111 or get in touch online. However you choose to contact us, you're in control. It's confidential and you don't have to give your name if you don't want to.

When you call us on 0800 1111 you'll come through to our switchboard.

 This is where someone friendly will ask if you want to speak to a counsellor. If you log in for a 1-2-1 counsellor chat online, you might wait a little while before being connected with a counsellor. 

You can also send us an email from your locker.

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WSCB policies and procedures

 Click here Peer-on-Peer abuse toolkit

The guidance has been written by Dr Carlene Firmin from the Contextual Safeguarding Unit, lawyers Farrer & Co, and other experts including: Professor Andy Phippen, Dr Jonty Clark OBE, Judith Azzopardi, Cathy Wood, Julie Dugdale, Dr Jenny Lloyd, and Katie Rigg. 

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Publications and resources (children's safeguarding)

Following a flurry of scare stories, some schools have warned parents about the "momo challenge" - but fact-checkers say it is a hoax.

The character, shown with bulging eyes, supposedly appears on WhatsApp and sets children dangerous "challenges" such as harming themselves.

But charities say there have been no reports of anybody receiving messages or harming themselves as a result.

They warn that media coverage has amplified a false scare story.

See recent news: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-47393510

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Forced Marriage

Runaway Helpline. It's your call.

If you've run away, been forced to leave home, are thinking about it or are worried about someone, Runaway Helpline is here for you. We'll listen and offer support. Not judge or tell you what to do. It's your call.

 Whatever you tell us at Runaway Helpline we'll listen and offer support. Not judge or tell you what to do. It's your call.

Runaway Helpline is here if you are thinking about running away, if you have already run away, or if you have been away and come back. 

Click here to visit the Runaway Helpline website.

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Forced Marriage

Two services were commissioned last year to support children and young people around their emotional, and mental health wellbeing. They are:
1. KOOTH - provides free, safe and anonymous online counselling and support including online chat with friendly professionally qualified counsellors; a wealth of articles and resources written and / or suggested by young people; and live moderated forums.

See www.kooth.com for full details or contact Angela Jones (Integration and Participation worker) at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

2. WOLVERHAMPTON BEAM - is run by The Children's Society. It provides children and young people up to the age of 18 (up to the age of 25 for care leavers or anyone with a disability), parents/ carers & professionals with advice, signposting and support with any concerns relating to mental and emotional wellbeing. Support includes advice and guidance around anxiety, anger, mood management and self-esteem, and therapeutic and wellbeing groups / workshops for young people and parents/carers.

Drop-in - children young people, parents / carers, and workers can just visit one of the Drop-Ins (no appointment necessary) which currently run from:

  • The Way Youth Zone (School Street, WV3 ONR) on Mondays from 11:00am until 3:00pm
  • Eastfield Community Centre (Colliery Road, Eastfield, WV1 2QY) on Wednesdays from 1:00pm until 5:00pm

Click here for full details.

Local voluntary and community organisations also continue to provide a wide range of emotional wellbeing and mental health support through counselling and structured youth work approaches. These include Base 25, Believe To Achieve, Wolverhampton Relate, Aspiring Futures, The Haven, Compton Hospice.

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Honour-based violence

'Position of trust' is a legal term that refers to certain roles and settings where an adult has regular and direct contact with children. Examples of positions of trust include:

  • teachers
  • care workers
  • youth justice workers
  • social workers
  • doctors.

It's against the law for someone in a position of trust to engage in sexual activity with a child in their care, even if that child is over the age of consent (16 or over).

There are many roles which are not legally defined as being positions of trust, such as swimming coaches or faith group leaders. This means it's not currently against the law for people in these roles to have a sexual relationship with a 16– or 17-year-old in their care.

Click here to view NSPCC resources 

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Helping young men to navigate responsibly online - Protecting child victims from harm

In the United Kingdom taking, making, sharing and possessing indecent photographs [and pseudo-photographs] of under-18s is illegal.


Can you be sure the person in the pictures you're viewing online is over-18?. If you've come across indecent images online that you believe may be of under-18s, do the right thing and report it. If you need help navigating the internet safely and legally, get in touch in confidence.

If you are a victim of indecent images or have been asked to share indecent images and would like to talk to someone in confidence, please contact us.

If you are concerned about your behaviour online and want help to navigate the internet safely and legally, or if you are worried about someone else's behaviour, stop and seek help.

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VCS Safeguarding Forum

The courts in London have just convicted a mother in court for FGM on her daughter. 

This is the first conviction nationally and shows that FGM is happening here in the UK as we have suspected for some time. Please spread the word amongst your networks and partner agencies.


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Safe Network Standards

Place2Be launched the first ever Children's Mental Health Week in 2015 to shine a spotlight on the importance of children and young people's mental health. 

Now in its fifth year, Place2Be hope to encourage more people than ever to get involved and spread the word.

For Children's Mental Health Week 2019 (4-10 February), we're taking steps to be Healthy: Inside and Out. 

Click here for Resources for schools and youth groups

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Self-Assessment Toolkit

Safeguarding Autistic children and young people (National Autistic Society)

The guide aims to complement existing policies and procedures and will provide specific information and guidance in relation to children and young people with autism.

Let's Keep Safe - easy read version for people with learning difficulties

Safety Circles
Safety Circles is a project to help people with learning disabilities and/or autism to be safer on the roads or walking. The most recent addition to these resources is a newly produced animation about road safety.

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Safer Recruitment

Do you know a young person that may wish to take part ? 

This event is aimed at young people aged 10 - 18 from Wolverhampton, who would like to take part in a consultation looking at the layout and design of their section of the Safeguarding Board Website. If you have an eye for detail and enjoy being creative you are very welcome to attend this session. We will supply refreshments and travel expenses, but as a young person you will need to make your own way to the venue or be dropped off / collected by a parent/carer/organisation.

Places are limited to 12 young people, If you would like to attend and you are under 16, please ensure you have parents/carers permission.

** Parents / Carers will be required to complete a permission form - Please contact the Safeguarding Board on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to request the permission form**

 Please use this link -  https://www.facebook.com/events/294292474775454/?ti=as

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