At Etone College we believe

“The Welfare of the Child is Paramount”

(Children’s Act 1989)

Safeguarding children is EVERYONE’S responsibility

  • What to do if you are concerned a child is at risk of or suffering from risk and/or harm

  • Stranger Awareness

    Given recent events within our area and reports from local schools, the following message has been sent from Warwickshire County Council:

    As promoted by Warwickshire Safeguarding Children Board’s Taking Care Scheme please do not teach blanket ‘stranger danger’ messages to children. The reason for this is that sometimes a stranger is the only person who can help us and is a far safer option than not talking to anyone. E.g. a child lost in a shop is far safer to tell a stranger they are lost than to wander off looking for the person they have separated from. We may choose to discuss the likely ‘safest’ strangers in such scenarios such as a mother with a pram or small children or someone who works in the shop.

    However, we do need to clarify the stranger issue as plainly there are situations we may want to warn children about for their own safety e.g.

    • not to get in a car with anyone (NOT just someone they don’t know) unless their parent/guardian knows who/ where/ when etc and has given permission.
    • not leaving school with someone other than who they were expecting unless their parent/guardian knows who/ where/ when etc and has given permission and they have checked with a school staff member. Sometimes a password system is used so that children are only released into the care of an adult who can give the correct password – this is usually changed as soon as it has been used once.
    • not to walk off with anyone (NOT just someone they don’t know) unless their parent/guardian knows who/ where/ when etc and has given permission.
    • if someone tries to grab them it is ok to break all the rules of politeness to others e.g. scream, kick, punch, bite…etc. Whatever they need to do to draw attention to themselves and alert others to the fact they are in danger.
    Please reinforce these safety messages to the children regularly without giving them the idea that ALL strangers are ‘bad’.
  • Emergency Situation Advice

  • Resources

  • Cyber Security

    Family Lives has a section on secondary aged children including communication, starting school, supporting your child at school, homework options, exam results and appeals. It also has a section on teenagers; violence at home, alcohol, drugs, teen depression, gay straight or bi, porn, you and your teen and gangs. www.familylives.org.uk/advice/teenagers.

    Chat health is a free service that enables 11-18 year olds across Coventry to send confidential SMS text messages to School Nurses who will provide impartial advice and support. The number to text is 07507 331949. All chats are confidential about health issues, including: sexual health, emotional health, bullying, healthy eating and general health concerns. Parent Line can be reached by calling 01926 626 590 between 5pm and 8pm Monday to Friday for parents to contact a school nurse to discuss any child health concerns they may have.

    REACH RISE website www.cwrise.com can offer support if you are experiencing emerging emotional Well-being issues.

    Dimension’s is an information tool that can be used by an individual or a parent/carer to understand a person’s strengths and difficulties to identify and find self-care and support. www.dimensions.covwarkpt

    www.internetmatters.org offers advice to parents on keeping their children safe online. The site is broken down into age brackets for specific age relevant advice. They also have a section on mental health and online safety.

    Common Sense Media improves the lives of kids and families by providing independent reviews, age ratings, & other information about all types of media. www.commonsensemedia

    Look at www.net-aware.org.uk provides a guide to the social networks children and young people use.

    There is www.saferinternet.org.uk. On the UK Safer Internet Centre you can find e-safety tips, advice and resources to help children and young people stay safe online.

    You & Co is Victim Support's youth programme that helps young people cope with the impact and effects of crime. www.youandco.org.uk.

    If you are worried about online sexual abuse or the way someone has been communicating with your child/young person online you can make a report to one of CEOP’s Child Protection Advisors. www.ceop.police.uk/safety-centre.

    Victim Support - free and confidential service that provides emotional and practical support to people who have been the victim of crime, or witnessed crime, and it has affected them. Support both adults and children around the effects of all crimes including, Bullying, Burglary, Assault, Hate Crime, Anti-Social Behaviour, and Cybercrime to name a few. call the local Warwickshire team themselves on 01926 682693, www.victimsupport.org.uk

    The Respect Yourself Campaign website can be a good resource www.respectyourself.info promotes healthy relationships.

    Young Minds www.youngminds.org.uk is a good resource which has also a parent line to ring telephone 08088025544 to help you support your child.
  • Emotional Well Being


    Family Lives is a good resource that provides advice and guidance. It covers from pregnancy to teens and all in between supporting with issues affecting families; it can be accessed at www.familylives.org.uk or the helpline 08088002222.

    Chat health is a free service that enables 11-18 year olds across Coventry to send confidential SMS text messages to School Nurses who will provide impartial advice and support. The number to text is 07507 331949. All chats are confidential about health issues, including: sexual health, emotional health, bullying, healthy eating and general health concerns. Parent Line can be reached by calling 01926 626 590 between 5pm and 8pm Monday to Friday for parents to contact a school nurse to discuss any child health concerns they may have.

    Dimension’s is an information tool that can be used by an individual or a parent/carer to understand a person’s strengths and difficulties to identify and find self-care and support. www.dimensions.covwarkpt.

    REACH RISE website www.cwrise.com/top-tips-to-help-you-feel-better  can offer support if you are experiencing emerging emotional Well-being issues.

    You can attend the RISE hubs for advice while awaiting support www.cwrise.com.

    Child line has trained counsellors who are accessible via telephone 08001111 or have an online counselling service www.childline.org.uk and chat.

    Safeline Young People (SLYP) (www.slyp.org.uk) Young people can learn new skills, increase self-esteem and develop resilience, empowered with the knowledge of how to stay safe and find the confidence to deal with difficult situations that affect young people.

    www.healthforkids.co.uk offers a fun way for children to learn about health with games, activities and quizzes.

    Young Minds www.youngminds.org.uk/contact which is a good resource which has also a parent line to ring telephone 08088025544 to help you support your child.

    The site.org  us an online guide to life for teens 16/25 years www.hatw.co.uk/helpline

    The Mix - www.themix.org.uk

    The Mix is there to take on the embarrassing problems, weird questions, and please-don’t-make-me-say-it-out-loud thoughts that people under 25 have in order to give them the best support through our digital and phone services. They have a helpline, one to one live chat, webchat and telephone counselling. Their website has useful information on that can help young people as well as apps and tools.

    Stem4 www.stem4.org offer support and advice on depression and anxiety, eating disorders, self-harm and addiction.

    #ItsOkNotToBeOk #mentalhealthawareness you text 07725 909090 when you are feeling really depressed, a crisis counsellor will text with you? Many people don't like talking on the phone & find it difficult to open up to friends and family. It’s a service run by Samaritans.
  • If your child is feeling suicidal

    PAPYRUS (www.papyrus-uk.org) (0800 068 41 41) is a voluntary organisation supporting teenagers and young adults who are feeling suicidal.

    Depression Alliance (www.depressionalliance.org) is a charity for people with depression. It doesn't have a helpline, but offers a wide range of useful resources and links to other relevant information.

    Students Against Depression (www.studentsagainstdepression.org) is a website for students who are depressed, have a low mood or are having suicidal thoughts.

    Samaritans (www.samaritans.org) (116 123) operates a 24-hour service available every day of the year. If you prefer to write down how you're feeling, or if you're worried about being overheard on the phone, you can email Samaritans at jo@samaritans.org.

    The Royal College of Psychiatrists Produces a series of 46 factsheets for parents, teachers and young people entitled ‘Mental Health and Growing Up’. These cover emotional, behavioural and mental health problems that can affect children. These can be downloaded free from (www.rcpsych.ac.uk/info) . They are also available from leaflets@rcpsych.ac.uk

    REACH run Groups and offer 121 accessible around the county accessible by a professional ie GP or a member of staff at school by completing a form I have included the link www.cwmind.org.uk  reach but it needs completing by a professional.

    Once a child reaches 16 years they can access adult IAPT service by self-referring to the service www.covwarkpt.nhs.uk telephone number is 02476671090. You could access the young person’s GP to discuss his behaviour and the feelings fuelling these behaviour/concerns and if appropriate a referral can be made to Children and Adult Mental Health Service, CAMHS.

    CalmHarm is a useful free app to help manage and resist the urge to self harm.

    With specific support around self harm www.youngminds.org.uk

    Other self harm dedicated sites are

    www.rethink.org/diagnosis-treatment

    www.selfharm.co.uk

    www.selfinjurysupport.org.uk
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