21/04/21 - SEND Online Safety Hub
The NSPCC have made available a brand new online resource which will be useful for parents. Net Aware has partnered with Ambitious About Autism to bring online safety tips, advice and activities specifically for parents and carers of children with SEND. Parents can find this link here: SEND Online Safety Hub (net-aware.org.uk)
20/04/21 - New NHS Guidance Released
The NHS have released further information for families and young people who are struggling with their mental health. The children and young people’s mental health service (CYPMHS) website gives advice on how to recognise symptoms of mental health concerns, and directions families to websites or charities for further help. Some of these include:
- Every Mind Matters
- The Mix
To access this guidance, click the following link: Children and young people's mental health services (CYPMHS) information for children and young people - NHS (www.nhs.uk)
31/03/21 – National update from the NSPCC
The Department for Education has announced a new dedicated helpline to provide support and guidance to adults and children who have been the victims of abuse. The new dedicated, confidential helpline will be run by the NSPCC and is available to current or past victims as well as parents, carers or professionals with concerns. The NSPCC helpline is due to open at 9am this Thursday (1 April), and the number is 0800 136 663. The helpline is free and anonymous and will be open Monday to Friday 8am – 10pm and Saturday to Sunday 9am – 6pm. Anyone with concerns can also visit https://stopabusetogether.campaign.gov.uk/ for further advice and help.
22/03/21 - Preventing Online Grooming
Are you a parent or carer and want to learn more about online grooming and exploitation? Westminster City Council's Prevent team and integrated gangs and exploitation unit are delivering virtual training sessions on online grooming and exploitation. Download the flyer for more information on how to join this session by clicking here.
09/03/21 - Self-harm Support Service
Youthscape have a website available here: https://selfharm.co.uk. This is a resource to support young people aged 14-19 and families affected by self-harm. They run a course called Alumina. The course is all online and facilitated by two trained staff and takes young people through 6 weeks of material aimed at helping them understand what is going on for them when they self-harm, a bit of CBT and helping them to find alternatives.
09/02/21 – Safer Internet Day 2021 blog
As part of Safer Internet Day 2021, Westminster City Council have published a new blog on Educate Against Hate, sharing their top tips to help young people stay safe online this #SaferInternetDay. The blog offers advice on being safe online, how to respond to negative things seen online and tips for keeping your data secure. Westminster have also compiled a list of websites for parents and teachers to use, particularly handy for parents who are home-schooling and would like additional activities.
https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/safer-internet-day/2021 - Safer Internet Day Tuesday 9th Feb 2021- free resources, quizzes and information
https://parentzone.org.uk/ Advice for schools and parents’ free resources and information
https://parentzone.org.uk/article/parent-zones-sister-organisation-launches-unique-content-platform-young-people-young-people - information on parent zones on a new sister site for their unique platform for 14-25 year olds
https://learning.nspcc.org.uk/research-resources/schools/safer-internet-resources - online safety training and resources
https://educateagainsthate.com/category/parents/online-safety/ A variety of online resources from different sources
https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/ Thinkuknow is the education programme from NCA-CEOP, a UK organisation which protects children both online and offline”- resources, toolkits & training
https://www.lgfl.net/online-safety/ Online Safety and Safeguarding
01/02/2021 – Westminster guide for parents released
Westminster Borough have released advice for parents and carers on serious youth violence, knife crime and gangs. Click here to download this information. Should you have any concerns about your child which you would like to discuss, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
30/01/2021 – Welfare services available
As the government have announced an extension of school lockdown, we would like to remind you of the welfare support available during this period. Our Pastoral Leaders for each year group are working tirelessly calling home to pupils who have been absent or who are having trouble logging on. If you would like to book a telephone meeting with your Pastoral Leader, please get in contact with them directly. Our onsite provision is running following the normal timetable for vulnerable students or children of key workers. For more information about this, email email@example.com. As always, should you have any concerns you would like to discuss, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
08/01/2021 – Welcome back
Unfortunately, we have entered 2021 in continued unprecedented circumstances, and the school has been forced to close to the vast majority of students. Despite the school closure, we are still committed to providing outstanding safeguarding.
During this lockdown, students will be expected to attend online lessons as per their normal timetable. This includes Tutor Time, which (alongside Pimlico News) is a means for Tutors to ‘check-in’ on their Tutees for wellbeing purposes. Pimlico Academy is in the process of handing out laptops to students who are in need, ensuring everyone has access to online learning.
Children of parents who are key workers, or children of families who are open to social care, are invited in to school as part of our onsite provision. To discuss this opportunity with a member of staff, please email email@example.com. Further to this, we have set up a safeguarding email address for parents and students to use should any concerns arise outside of school. To use this provision, email firstname.lastname@example.org for further support.