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Dorset Safer Schools and Communities Team have collated a number of resources from national and local services offering specialist support and advice on a wide range of needs, concerns and topics. These resources can be used to educate, guide and support children and young people in keeping safe.

 

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Rise Above for Schools

KS3/4

Rise Above for Schools from Public Health England provides free PSHE resources that support secondary school teachers when promoting positive health, wellbeing and resilience among young people aged 11 to 16 (Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4).

Use this lesson plan, PowerPoint and accompanying videos to explore with your class the reasons why some young people choose to drink alcohol, and the impact this can have on their health, wellbeing and overall lifestyle.

Using peer-to-peer discussion, scenarios and videos, students will be encouraged to identify and assess the risks associated with underage or irresponsible drinking, and how to deal with pressure from peers.

 

Teaching Drug and Alcohol Education with Confidence in Secondary Schools - CWP Resources

KS3/4

This resource provides a set of lessons for each year group at key stages 3 and 4 to support the teaching of a variety of issues within Drug and Alcohol education.

 

FRANK

FRANK is a national anti-drug advisory service jointly established by the Department of Health and Home Office of the British government in 2003. It is intended to reduce the use of both legal and illegal drugs by educating teenagers and adolescents about the potential effects of drugs.

 

We Are With You

Whether you are seeking help for yourself, a friend or family members this local service gives free, confidential support to people experiencing issues with drugs, alcohol or mental health.

 

EDAS - Better Together

Local support and advice if you are concerned about someone with a substance misuse problem.

 

Street crime (fearless)

Aimed at KS3, KS4

This is an educational resource for professionals working with young people throughout the UK. It provides exercises on a range of crime types that professionals can use to challenge young people’s perceptions, stimulate debate and encourage good citizenship.

Gangs - Managing risks and staying safe

Lesson pack to address the topic of gangs through PSHE education. The pack will help teachers explore with students why people might join gangs, the implication of carrying knifes and ways to get support with gang related issues.

 

Anti-Bullying: Are you a boy or a girl? (Stonewall)  

Aimed at KS2

This lesson plan has been designed to support you in your discussion of gender, gender stereotyping and gender identity with your pupils. The story, “Are you a boy or are you a girl?” lends itself to discussions of what it might mean to question your gender, and help support pupils who are gender variant and their classmates. There are some poignant questions at the end of the book that pupils could choose from, which allow for differentiation, a range of answers and method of completion.

 

Stand Up to Bullying – CBBC

Aimed at KS2

Video resources to start discussions in class. From how bullying makes you feel to why do people bully.

 

Anti-Bullying: Secondary Assembly (Stonewall)

Aimed KS3, KS4

This assembly explores some of the differences that exist within the LGBT community, specifically some the differences between the experiences of LGB and trans people. This assembly draws on what we know of young trans people’s experiences in schools in the UK today, as shown in our 2017 School Report, and seeks to empower secondary schools to tackle this type of bullying head on. It also aims to dispel common myths or misconceptions about trans people and encourage alliances in recognition of the challenges young trans people may face.

 

Rise Above for Schools

Aimed at KS3/4

Rise Above for Schools from Public Health England provides free PSHE resources that support secondary school teachers when promoting positive health, wellbeing and resilience among young people aged 11 to 16 (Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4).

Use this resource to explore the meaning and impact of bullying and cyberbullying. 

After the lesson, students can describe the meaning of bullying and cyberbullying, understand the impact this can have on an individual and explain where to seek support and advice on bullying and cyberbullying

 

Online CPD Training for Professionals (Bullying Alliance)

Aimed at Professionals

As part of our All Together programme the Anti-bullying Alliance has developed a suite of free online training for anyone that works with children and young people. The programme was particularly developed to reduce levels of bullying of disabled children and those with special educational needs (SEN) but applies to all children. 

 

Listen to your selfie (Childline)

Aimed at KS4

Childline has teamed up with OMD UK and Don’t Panic to launch the #ListenToYourSelfie campaign to highlight the signs of child sexual exploitation and what to do if it is being experienced.

 

Kayleigh’s Love Story (Leicestershire Police)

Aimed at KS4

With the support of Kayleigh’s family, Leicestershire Police made a film showing parts of the last 14 days of her life. Kayleigh’s Love Story is a warning to young people, both girls and boys, about online grooming and the dangers of speaking to strangers or ‘friends’ you only know online. The film highlights how quick and easy it can be for children to be groomed online without them even knowing it is happening. Its purpose is to protect children and stop another family losing a child in this way.

 

Picture This (Childnet)

Aimed at KS3/KS4

A practical educational sexting resource that addresses and questions the sensitive issue of sending sexually explicit messages or photos electronically with 11-16 year olds. By asking young people to step into the shoes of the characters within Picture This, they explore the law, impact and consequence of sexting and are encouraged to contemplate their online behaviour. The pack comprises of a 25-minute play script and lesson plans that seek to educate and enlighten young people about the consequences of creating and sending indecent images. Young people can decide their own ending for this play, formed from all that they have learned throughout the lessons. 

 

Stay safe, don’t send (The Children’s Society)

Aimed at KS3/4

Stay Safe; Don’t Send has been produced by a group of young people from Gypsy and Traveller communities for their peers. They felt that there was a lack of specific tools and resources relating to child sexual exploitation (CSE) and online safety which were authentic to Gypsy and Traveller lifestyles. So, supported by The Children’s Society, they were keen to create their own innovative resource.

 

Exploitation (Thinkuknow)

Aimed at KS3, KS4

Become a CEOP Ambassador and have access to resources including the resource park Exploited. Exploited is an 18-minute film which educates young people to identify features of an exploitative friendship or relationship in contrast with the development of a healthy relationship, and gives them clear information about how to report abuse and access support.

 

County Lines (Fearless)

Aimed at KS3, KS4

This is an educational resource for professionals working with young people throughout the UK. THE resource explores the threat, risk and harm of County Lines involvement.

 

Online Blackmail (Thinkuknow)

Aimed at KS4

Online blackmail is a new education resource which aims to help young people identify key characteristics of how blackmail manifests online, understand the impact it can have, and how they access help if they experience it. The term ‘online blackmail’ is used to refer to the act of threatening to share information about an individual (including sexual images or videos) to the public, or their friends and family, unless a demand is met. Anyone can be targeted by online blackmailers, but as young people begin to become more financially independent, this can be a point of vulnerability which offenders seek to exploit.

No Knives Better Lives (Scotland)

Aimed at KS2

Providing free education resources for KS2 (Playing it Safe), KS3 & KS4, as well as a section specifically for young people and parents to sign-post to and option to sign-up for the NKBL newsletter.

 

Weapons

Aimed at KS3/4

Weapon attacks involving young people hit the headlines too frequently. Here we explore the wider social, physical and physiological effects of this type of criminality.

 

#Knifefree (Home Office/PSHE Ass)

Aimed at KS3, KS4

These free-to-download lessons will inform young people of the consequences of carrying a knife and inspire them to pursue positive alternatives, using real life stories of young people’s experiences as a basis. Accompanying teacher guidance will help you plan the lessons into your PSHE curriculum safely and effectively. The included PowerPoint slides for each lesson will help you to deliver engaging and effective lessons.

Lee and Kim (ThinkuKnow)

Aimed at KS1

Lee and Kim is a short animated film designed for young children. It follows two primary school aged children who are playing an online game. The cartoon highlights the importance of being safe online, and helps children to spot important online behaviours such as being kind to other people and not talking to strangers. This video is available from the Thinkuknow website together with some fun activities and a song. Alternatively, the video is available from the CEOP YouTube channel and is also available with BSL or subtitles.

 

Smartie the Penguin (Childnet)

Aimed at KS1

Follow the adventures of Smarties the Penguin as he learns to be safe on the internet. There are Powerpoint versions of the story for EYFS, Year 1 and 2, a lesson plan and a song available. The material covers: pop ups and in app purchasing, inappropriate websites for older children, and online bullying.

 

Jessie and Friends (Age 4-7) (ThinkuKnow)

Aimed at KS1

Jessie & Friends is a series of three animations that follow the adventures of Jessie, Tia and Mo as they begin to navigate the online world, watching videos, sharing pictures and playing games. There’s also a storybook for each episode, to help you and your child keep the conversation going.

The key message throughout Jessie and Friends is that if a child is ever worried by anything online, they should tell a grown-up they trust, who will help them.

The animations and additional classroom activities give children great opportunities to learn about trust, being kind online, consent, and healthy and unhealthy behaviour on the internet.

 

Digiduck’s Big Decision (Childnet)

Aimed at KS1

An engaging online safety story for young children. Help arrives just in time for Digiduck® when faced with a difficult decision! Follow Digiduck® and his pals in this story of friendship and responsibility online. The Digiduck® collection has been created to help parents and teachers educate children aged 3 - 7 about how to be a good friend online.  The collection now includes a book, PDF, poster and interactive app.

 

Play Like Share (ThinkUKnow)

Aimed at KS2

Play Like Share is a three-episode animated series and accompanying resource pack that aims to help 8-10 year olds learn how to stay safe from sexual abuse, exploitation and other risks they might encounter online. There is an accompanying resource pack containing guidance, workbooks, materials to engage parents and carers and extension sessions designed to be delivered to particularly risk-taking or vulnerable children, that address; self-esteem, commercial risks, privacy and security and online grooming.

Band Runner (ThinkUKnow) 

Aimed at KS2

Band Runner is a fun interactive game that helps 8-10 year olds learn how to stay safe from risks they might encounter online.

 

Be internet legends (ParentZone and Google)

Aimed at KS2

Be Internet Legends is a programme developed by Google and Parent Zone which teaches children how to be safer and more confident online. Aimed at seven to 11-year-olds, the programme has evolved to support schools, pupils and families digitally and deliver content remotely. The lesson plans are accredited by the PSHE Association and teachers can order a supporting teaching pack.

 

I saw your willy (NSPCC Share Aware)

Aimed at KS2

Increasing numbers of primary school age children are known to be sharing personal images of themselves. This video would be suitable to children in KS2 who you might be concerned are at risk. Alex’s friend shares a picture of Alex with his friend Katie for a joke, but Katie shares it with lots of people online leading to Alex getting bullied and being upset. All resources have the PSHE Association Quality Assurance Mark.

 

#LiveSkills (ThinkUKnow)

Aimed at KS2, KS3, KS4

#LiveSkills is a package of resources for 8-18 year olds focusing on live streaming, one of the most popular online activities for children and young people. It explores the features of live streaming and the specific risks children and young people can face.

 

Trust Me: a critical thinking resource (Childnet)

Aimed at KS2, KS3, KS4

The main aim of the Trust Me resource is to educate young people around inaccurate and pervasive information that they might come across online. The primary and secondary education packs contain lesson plans, activities and presentations covering content and contacts online and the secondary pack also looks at propaganda.

 

Crossing the Line (Childnet) 

Aimed at KS3

This toolkit is comprised of four films and accompanying lesson plans which explore the idea of 'Crossing the line'. Young people like to push boundaries, and at times they might take a joke too far or engage in risky behaviour online. From behind a screen, they can't always predict the consequences of their actions. Through discussion and activities, this toolkit challenges young people to not only reflect on their own behaviour online and discover what 'crosses the line' for them, but so they also know who and how to report when/if aspects of their online lives go wrong. Using the short films as a spring board, the toolkit covers relevant topics such as cyberbullying, sexting, peer pressure and self-esteem. 

Online Blackmail (Thinkuknow)

Aimed at KS4

Online blackmail is a new education resource which aims to help young people identify key characteristics of how blackmail manifests online, understand the impact it can have, and how they access help if they experience it. The term ‘online blackmail’ is used to refer to the act of threatening to share information about an individual (including sexual images or videos) to the public, or their friends and family, unless a demand is met. Anyone can be targeted by online blackmailers, but as young people begin to become more financially independent, this can be a point of vulnerability which offenders seek to exploit.

 

Picture This (Childnet)

Aimed at KS3, KS4

A drama-based educational sexting resource that addresses and questions the sensitive issue of sending sexually explicit messages or photos electronically with 11-16 year olds. By asking young people to step into the shoes of the characters within Picture This they explore the law, impact and consequence of sexting and are encouraged to contemplate their online behaviour. The pack comprises of a 25-minute play script and lesson plans that seek to educate and enlighten young people about the consequences of creating and sending indecent images. Young people can decide their own ending for this play, formed from all that they have learned throughout the lessons.

 

Stay safe, don’t send (The Children’s Society) 

Aimed at KS3, KS4

This is an animated resource about the effects of youth produced sexual imagery concentrating on the Gypsy, Roma and travelling communities as part of a project trying to keep young people in those communities safe from Child Sexual Exploitation.

 

Listen to your selfie

Aimed at KS4

Childline has teamed up with OMD UK and Don’t Panic to launch the #ListenToYourSelfie campaign to highlight the signs of child sexual exploitation and what to do if it is being experienced.

 

Kayleigh’s Love Story (Leicestershire Police)

Aimed at KS4

Kayleigh’s love story is an online grooming case from October 2015 that ended tragically. This video re-enacts the last two weeks of 15-year old Kayleigh Haywood’s life when she was groomed on Facebook by a 27-year old male and then went to visit the man. Kayleigh was raped and murdered by the man and his next door neighbour. Both men were subsequently convicted of serious offences and received substantial prison sentences. The video has been made with the support of Kayleigh’s family and would be rated 15 if it were to be shown in the cinema.

 

STAR toolkit (Childnet)

SEN

The STAR toolkit consists of practical advice and 15 teaching activities to help educators explore online safety with young people with autism spectrum disorders in Key Stage 3 and 4. The sections consist of Safe, Trust, Action and Respect. All sections feature the concept of friendship and have a focus on finding the balance between online and offline interaction. Most of the activities are not complete lessons, but starter activities or similar.

 

Josh and Sue (ThinkUKnow)

SEN

Young people watching the film will be introduced to the idea that, whilst the internet can be a great place to have fun, online actions can have unpleasant consequences such as making someone else unhappy or being at risk from strangers. Using clear facial expressions and showing visual clues such as ticks and crosses as part of a straightforward storyline, the film explores ways in which young people can take basic steps towards keeping themselves safe online. There are two different commentaries, one for those with mild to moderate needs and another for moderate to severe needs.

 

Gaming or gambling (Aimed at Professionals)

Parent Zone and GambleAware have partnered up to help professionals and families learn about the gambling-like risks children may face when playing online games - and simple, practical ways to keep gaming fun and make it safer.   

Stand Up Charity

Aimed at KS3+

Stand Up! was established in 2016 to provide anti-discrimination education, with a focus on anti-Semitism and anti-Muslim hate, to young people in mainstream schools. Through interactive workshops and by drawing on the unique knowledge of many partners in the Hate Crime field, Stand Up! empowers young people to act against all forms of discrimination, racism, anti-Semitism and anti-Muslim hate, whilst developing their sense of social responsibility to their local communities and British society as a whole. Free to schools.

 

Educate against Hate

Aimed at KS2/3

This resource is a virtual reality interactive lesson, in which pupils experience a ‘day in the life’ of three different young people facing discrimination. It aims to help pupils learn how they can promote social inclusion in their lives.

 

Educate and celebrate

Aimed at KS2

Citizenship lesson plan for Key Stage Two on hate crime and the communities and individuals that can potentially be targets. The lesson helps children to realise the consequences of anti-social and aggressive behaviours, such as bullying and racism, on individuals and communities. A series of activities and case studies can be used to build understanding of what a hate crime is and provoke wider consideration of the ethical and social aspects under consideration.

 

East Sussex Safer Communities

Aimed at KS3+

The Think: Protect: Connect toolkit is a resource to support schools, FE colleges and youth settings safeguard children and young people, including those with Autism Spectrum Conditions, from online radicalisation and extremism. It is delivered through a series of six hour-long workshops, designed to generate engagement, discussion and learning. It helps challenge the myths, misconceptions and stereotypes held by children and young people around individuals and groups. It also equips young people to critically assess and challenge sensitive topics including myths about race, racism, the use of online propaganda and extremist ideologies.

 

No Love for Hate

The No Love for Hate project aims to reduce the appeal of extremism to young people. It offers a positive alternative to the increasing pressure young people may feel from the world around them and the propaganda they may see online. It encourages pupils to be more accepting of others and to challenge hatred. Topics include hate crime, online risks, refugees, the rise of right-wing extremism and the push/pull factors of radicalisation. The resources are open access materials, including interactive Prezi presentations and Kahoot! quizzes, which can be adapted for different audiences.

Votes for schools – Extremism lesson plan

Aimed at KS2

A 45-minute lesson plan for primary students, developed by Votes for Schools, to facilitate discussions about extremism and radicalisation. The lesson plan centres around the question: “Can you understand why someone would become an extremist?” with students given the opportunity at the end of the lesson to vote on this discussion topic.

 

Fat Face – Lets talk about it

Aimed at KS2

Lesson plan and short film to teach Year 6 and above about radicalisation and all types of extremism. This resource seeks to support schools in building pupils’ understanding of these issues and building resilience to the methods and processes of radicalisation. The resource is a stand-alone unit that should be taught within a planned PSHE programme. It has been developed by the Let’s Talk About It Campaign.

 

Trust Me

Aimed at KS2, KS3

Childnet has created a resource which is designed to support teachers in exploring critical thinking online. The 'Trust Me' resource has been created with teachers in mind after hearing from schools that they wanted a resource which would start the conversations around extremism and extreme online content.

 

Secondary Getting on Together

Aimed at KS3, KS4

Two programmes of lessons developed by teachers in Wales to build resilience to extremism in secondary school pupils. GOT 1 aims to build the knowledge and understanding needed to counter the distortion of the non-violent message of the Islamic faith, while GOT 2 equips students to identify and reject extremist messages.

 

Run, Hide, Tell (PSHE Association)

Aimed at KS3, KS4

The Run, Hide, Tell resource pack has been produced by the National Counter Terrorism Security Office (NaCTSO), as part of their ACT for YOUTH campaign to inform 11-16 year olds of how best to react to a gun or knife terror attack.  While the chances of being caught up in a gun or knife attack are small, we know from case studies and testimony of people who have survived attacks that, if followed, this advice can save lives.  However, it is crucial that this message is conveyed to young people in a way that is sensitive and not alarmist.

 

No Love for Hate

Aimed at KS3, KS4

The No Love for Hate project aims to reduce the appeal of extremism to young people. It offers a positive alternative to the increasing pressure young people may feel from the world around them and the propaganda they may see online. It encourages pupils to be more accepting of others and to challenge hatred. Topics include hate crime, online risks, refugees, the rise of right-wing extremism and the push/pull factors of radicalisation. The resources are open access materials, including interactive Prezi presentations and Kahoot! quizzes, which can be adapted for different audiences.

 

Think. Protect. Connect.

Aimed at KS3, KS4

The Think: Protect: Connect toolkit is a resource to support schools, FE colleges and youth settings safeguard children and young people, including those with Autism Spectrum Conditions, from online radicalisation and extremism. It is delivered through a series of six hour-long workshops, designed to generate engagement, discussion and learning. It helps challenge the myths, misconceptions and stereotypes held by children and young people around individuals and groups. It also equips young people to critically assess and challenge sensitive topics including myths about race, racism, the use of online propaganda and extremist ideologies.

 

PREVENT for FE and Training

Aimed at Professionals

Online training modules and information.

 

 

Disrespect Nobody teaching resources on preventing teenage relationship abuse (Home Office)

Aimed at KS3

Discussion guides and session plans to support the Government’s Disrespect NoBody campaign aimed at preventing abuse in teenage relationships, developed by the PSHE Association with the Home Office and Government Equalities Office.

 

Managing Healthy and Unhealthy Relationship Behaviours

Aimed at KS3/4 & professionals

A timely resource for schools preparing for statutory RSE from September, the lessons will support your students to recognise the qualities of healthy relationships, exhibit healthy relationship behaviours, identify the features of unhealthy or unsafe relationships/family situations and know how to seek help if they or others are facing abusive circumstances.

 

 

Brook LEARN

Aimed at Professionals

Talking about relationships and sex with young people isn’t always easy. To help you, we have developed high quality digital learning to empower, support and encourage you to deliver effective relationships and sex education (RSE) – based on our 55 years experience of working with under 25s.

 

 

Brook Resources

Aimed at KS3

Brook provides free resources which can be used to supplement relationship and sex education (RSE) Lessons.

 

Myth vs Reality: PSHE toolkit

Aimed at KS3

With Relationship and Sex Education (RSE) becoming statutory in all schools from September 2020, schools need practical, thoughtful and helpful resources to help them teach RSE. Myth vs Reality, our new PSHE Toolkit for 11-14s explores the topics of online pornography, healthy relationships and body image. This toolkit is an extension of our hugely successful practical PSHE toolkit ‘Crossing the Line,’ which aims to generate discussions amongst young people aged 11-14 about their experiences online.

 

Clever Never Goes

Aimed at KS1/2

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. Clever Never Goes moves the focus away from strangers and instead teaches children to recognise when someone (anyone) is asking them to go with them. We call this ‘Go Spotting’. In doing so, the programme aims to give children practical safety skills which they can use as they get older and become more independent.

 

NSPCC - Safeguarding Courses

Aimed at professionals

Training and resources to help keep you protect children from abuse and neglect.

 

FGM and forced marriage lesson plans from Freedom Charity

Aimed at KS3/4

Freedom Charity has produced a series of free FGM (Female Genital Mutilation) and forced marriage lesson plans for pupils aged 10 to 18. The lesson plans by Freedom Charity have comprehensive background information; clearly outlining key learning objectives and suggesting potential activities to use in lessons. The resource offers an opportunity for schools to consider these issues more widely and how best to support pupils who may be at immediate or future risk.

 

Forced Marriage E-learning (Home Office)

Aimed at Professionals

This online course has been developed with the Forced Marriage Unit of the Foreign Office and aims to raise awareness, challenge perceptions and inform you of the correct actions to take should you suspect someone is at risk.

 

Honour-based Violence Awareness Network

Aimed at professionals

An International resource centre providing a variety of information, resources and reports to support professionals.

 

SafeLives – Ending Domestic Abuse:

Aimed at professionals

Provides a wide range of information and film resource specific to HBV/HBA (includes Forced Marriage).

 

Karma Nirvana:

Aimed at KS4

Karma Nirvana have collaborated with Educare to bring a e-learning course to raise awareness of Honour-Based Abuse (HBA) and Forced Marriages (FM). The course is aimed at anyone working with children and young people aiming to raise their knowledge around HBA & FM.

 

Roadsafety

Aimed at KS2+

THINK! Have produced flexible content to support your students to be more road aware. Our resources support different learning styles and encourage peer-to-peer expression.

Advice and information

This advice is intended to explain schools’ powers of screening and searching pupils so that school staff have the confidence to use them. In particular, it explains the use of the power to search pupils without consent. It also explains the powers schools have to seize and then confiscate items found during a search. It includes statutory guidance which schools must have regard to.

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This is advice provided by the Department for Education (the department). Its focus is child on child sexual violence and sexual harassment at schools and colleges. The advice covers children of all ages, from the primary through secondary stage and into colleges. For the purposes of this advice, a child is anyone under the age of 18. Whilst the focus of the advice is on protecting and supporting children, schools and colleges should of course protect any adult students and engage with adult social care, support services and the police as required.

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This is advice from the Department for Education and the Association of Chief Police Officers. It is non-statutory and has been produced to help answer some of the most common questions raised by school staff in this area, as well as promoting understanding of the relevant powers and duties in relation to powers to search for and confiscate drugs, liaison with the police and with parents.

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This advice covers incidents on school and college premises where students have potentially committed a crime.

It provides guidance on what schools and colleges should bear in mind when considering contacting the police.

This advice covers the following situations:

  • Assault
  • Criminal damage
  • Cyber crime
  • Drugs
  • Harassment
  • Sexual offences
  • Theft
  • Weapons

This advice aims to support schools and college to make defensible decisions when considering whether to involve the police.

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Here you will find information regarding the Age of criminal responsibility, what happens if a child under 10 breaks the law? What happens if your child gets in trouble with the police and information on.

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Section 89 of the Education and Inspectors Act outlines the following:

The measures which the head teacher [of a relevant school in England ] determines under subsection (1) may, to such extent as is reasonable, include measures to be taken with a view to regulating the conduct of pupils at a time when they are not on the premises of the school and are not under the lawful control or charge of a member of the staff of the school.

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This policy document aims to provide guidance to operational police officers and police staff on the Force response to incidents which occur on school premises and specifically:

  • Outline schools’ responsibilities when incidents occur.
  • Give clarity on how the incident should be handled if the police need to be involved.
  • Give guidance on the type of incidents where the police should be involved and those that should be dealt with by the school.

It also intends to develop an agreed set of reporting standards to:

  • Ensure a consistent approach to dealing with school related incidents throughout Dorset.
  • Provide accurate data on school related incidents.

Click here to view the policy document.

prevent them becoming involved in terrorism by raising your concerns and making a referral. You may have concerns about a potentially vulnerable institution that is being exploited for the purpose of promoting an extremist ideology. In either case, a dedicated team is ready to help.

If you are from a partner agency (Prevent Duty partners only), please make a Prevent referral by completing the form below and emailing it to: PreventReferrals@Dorset.pnn.police.uk

Alternatively call our team directly during office hours on 01202 229337 to discuss your concerns.

If there is an immediate threat to life always dial 999.

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Where it is appropriate and there are no aggravating factors, schools and other education facilities are encouraged to deal with incidents of sexting following recent guidance issued by the UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS) in response to ‘youth produced sexual imagery’.

Home Office counting rules require all forces to formally record any reported incidents of sexting as crimes under the Sexual Offences Act 2003. All incidents of 'sexting' where children are involved must in the first instance primarily be treated as a safeguarding issue whilst following Home Office Counting rules.

The taking, making or distributing indecent photographs or possession of an indecent photograph of a child is a criminal offence and therefore all reported offences of youth produced sexual imagery to Dorset Police will be recorded as a crime. However, the guidance to forces also allows the police to use their discretion as to the best means of then resolving that crime report. In instances where there are no aggravating factors a closing outcome of 'Outcome 21' can be assigned to crimes which states; ‘further investigation, resulting from the crime report, which could provide evidence sufficient to support formal action being taken against the suspect is not in the public interest – police decision.’ This means that even though a young person has broken the law (and the police could provide evidence that they have done so), the police can record that they chose not to take further action as it was not in the public interest. The use of 'outcome 21' on a crime means that the young person does not have a criminal record and it is unlikely that the incident would be shared on future Disclosure and Barring Services checks - unless future incidents occurred which suggested a pattern of behaviour.

This publication provides guidance and advice for professionals and covers the following: responding to disclosures, handling devices and imagery, risk assessing situations , involving other agencies, including escalation to the police and children’s social care, recording incidents, involving parents and preventative education.

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This briefing note seeks to support law enforcement professionals to respond in a proportionate way to reports of children (under 18 year olds) possessing, sharing or generating indecent imagery of themselves or other children. This activity may constitute an indecent image offence and be illegal under the Protection of Children Act 1978 and Criminal Justice Act 1998.

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With the rise of sexting incidents involving young people, this guidance aims to help schools identify sexting incidents, manage them and escalate appropriately.

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Local advice

Sometimes you may feel you need a bit more help and support. Family Partnership Zones can help with this. It is made up of different professionals who work together to make sure you get the right help at the right time.

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Early Help is intervening as soon as possible to tackle problems emerging for children, young people and their families to improve their outcomes. Early Help is for pre-birth to age 19 (up to 25 if a young adult has identified Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities). Early Help allows for support to be put in place at the right time to meet families' needs prior to issues reaching crisis point. It draws upon families' own skills and promotes self-reliance. 

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Local support and advice for you or someone you know that has a substance misuse problem.

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Whether you are seeking help for yourself, a friend or family members this local service gives free, confidential support to people experiencing issues with drugs, alcohol or mental health. (formerly Addaction)

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