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Safeguarding information

The Hereford Academy recognises that because Academy staff are in regular and frequent contact with children, they are particularly well placed to observe signs of abuse. The Academy is aware of the responsibilities which all staff have with regard to the protection of children from abuse and from inappropriate and inadequate care. Therefore, the Academy is committed to reacting in accordance with the Local Authority procedures in all cases where there is concern. The Governors and staff of The Hereford Academy take seriously our responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of all the children and young people entrusted to our care.

Mrs M Davies is The Academy's Designated Safeguarding Lead, Mr K Baldwin is the Deputy and Mrs J Miller is the Safeguarding Administrator. The Head of School shall advise the Governing Body and all members of staff of this and inform them of any changes.

For further information, please contact a designated staff member or view our Safeguarding Policy.

 

Important information - latest

Blue Whale Challenge

There have been a number of recent incidents nationwide regarding children/young adults committing self-harm.

They access the BLUE WHALE challenge website.

The game starts innocently but then dramatically increases in risk.

Some cases have resulted in serious self-harming.

The game encourages participants to commit suicide.

Some of the participants have tattoos showing a whale on their arm/s.

Known incidents have occurred in Harrow, Sussex and Manchester.

 

Breck Foundation

http://www.breckfoundation.org/

 

App warnings

It has been brought to our attention that there is a new app doing the rounds in Hereford. It is called ‘Calculator Plus’ and looks like this –

The App looks like a calculator but once you have keyed in the password to open the app, it is a photo and video storage app. Any photos and videos taken using this do not store on the phone camera roll. Children also have to set up a password in order to allow people to view the storage of the app.

Parents and teachers are being asked to be vigilant around what may be stored!

 

ROBLOX

Click here to read an article regarding dangers of the online game, 'Roblox'. 

 

MYLOLAPP

School tells parents to delete MyLOL app after concerns raised that it's being used by sexual predators

“We strongly advise that you talk to your child about this and our advice would be to delete the app and block the website.”

A school has sent out a warning to parents following concerns a teenage dating app is being used by sinister predators.

Alder Community High School in Hyde posted the alert on its Facebook page over concerns about MyLOL.

The warning came on Thursday after members of the public raised concerns over the app.

On further investigation, school bosses found ‘the app is being used for inappropriate activities against young people’.

The Facebook message states: “We strongly advise that you talk to your child about this and our advice would be to delete the app and block the website.”

On its website, MyLOL bills itself as the ‘#1 teen dating site in the US, Australia, UK and Canada’ and claims to have more than 300,000 members around the world.

It invites users to meet ‘thousands of teenagers like you’ and then goes on to describe how users can ‘chat with members or privately with someone.’

Teenagers are encouraged to update a profile and share pictures.

This is what the MYLOL app looks like...

It’s not the first time concerns have been raised about dating apps aimed at young people.

Back in November, the NSPCC warned against new app Yellow, labelled ‘Tinder for teens’, which could be used by predators to groom youngsters. Like Tinder, Yellow allows its users to swipe right and left to either ‘like’ or ‘pass’ another user, and if there’s a match, they can begin chatting.

A spokesman for NSPCC said: “Any app that allows strangers to send photos to children or vice versa is troubling – particularly where the images being exchanged are of a sexual nature.

"Yellow’s settings that enable adults to view children, through a service blatantly aimed at flirting and relationships, also creates an opportunity for sexual predators to target young people. “This needs to be urgently addressed.

 

Safer Internet Day

Click here to read more about Safer Internet Day.

 

Warwickshire Police

 

Pokemon Go Game

Click here to read more about the dangers of the Pokemon Go Game.

 

RACISM/RELIGION AND HATE CRIME 

Definition of racist or religious hate incidents and hate crimes

Racist or religious hate incidents can take many forms including verbal and physical abuse, bullying, threatening behaviour, online abuse and damage to property including graffiti.

When racist or religious hate incidents become criminal offences, they are known as hate crimes. Any criminal offence can be a racist or religious hate crime, if the offender targeted the victim because of their prejudice or hostility based on race or religion.

Reporting racist or religious hate incidents and hate crimes

A hate incident or crime can be reported to the police. A hate incident or crime can be reported even if it wasn’t directed at the person reporting it. For example, a friend, neighbour, family member, support worker or simply a passer-by.

It is best to report all the incidents to help the police get the full picture.

Your local Citizens Advice Bureau can help with reporting a hate incident or crime.

Reporting racist or religious hate incidents and hate crimes using the True Vision website

True Vision is a police funded website designed to provide information about hate crime.

A hate incident or crime can be reported online on the True Vision website. Once the online form has been filled in, it’s sent directly to your local police force. The self-reporting form can also be downloaded and used which must then be sent to your local police. 

Reporting racist or religious hate incidents or crimes prevents these incidents from happening to someone else. Reporting makes a difference.

Tell MAMA

Tell MAMA supports victims of anti-Muslim hate and is a public service which also measures and monitors anti-Muslim incidents. It is not meant to be a replacement for the police service. More information on anti-Muslim hate crime can be found at the Tell MAMA website.

Other organisations that can help

The Community Security Trust (National Organisation for Jewish victims)

Forum Against Islamophobia and Racism (FAIR)

The Monitoring Group

National Assembly Against Racism

Southall Black Sisters

 

Anti-racism resources that may be useful

Anti-bullying alliance resources on race and religion

Show racism the red card

Institute of Race Relations resources

Stand up to racism

The Runnymede Trust resources

 

Thinkuknow news

Thinkuknow are launching a brand new public awareness campaign. Through social media, articles, blogs, films and more, we want to get parents and carers thinking and talking about the importance of discussing sex, relationships and the internet with their children.

Click here for further information.

 

Bullying

http://www.bullying.co.uk/advice-for-parents/how-to-talk-to-your-child-about-bullying/ 

 

Cyber Bullying

Below, is some very useful information for Parent/Carers regarding Cyber Bullying.
http://www.childline.org.uk/Explore/Bullying/Pages/online-bullying.aspx



Signs and Indicators of Sexual Exploitation

Below, is some very useful information for Parent/Carers regarding the signs and indicators of sexual exploitation.

Signs and indicators of Sexual Exploitation.pdf

 

Concerns around choking ‘game’ across Herefordshire

http://www.gaspinfo.com/en/home.html.

The Choking Game is a misunderstood activity causing death and suffering for thousands of families worldwide. It often begins with high-achieving teens choking each other as a way to get high without the risk of getting caught with drugs or alcohol. It ends with thousands of kids dying or suffering permanent brain damage each year. Set up by families of Choking Game victims, GASP is a global non-profit campaign that fights this “game” with the most powerful weapon at our disposal: education. Most people have no idea how dangerous the Choking Game is until it hits close to home—but we can prevent suffering by publicising the danger in our schools and homes.



Nude selfies - what parents need to know

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XjV0lKYpakk



Sexting

https://www.westmercia.police.uk/article/10764

SelfieCop - flier for schools.pdf

SelfieCop - flier for parents.pdf

SelfieCop - explainer.pdf



Parents Protect - protecting your children from sexual abuse

Parents Protect.pdf

 

MindEd for families

http://minded.e-lfh.org.uk/families/index.html

 

Radicalisation and Extremism

Parents who have concerns about their children may look to schools as a trusted source of advice on how to keep their children safe from these risks.  In addition to materials produced by local authorities and the police – such as the new “Prevent Tragedies” online campaign launched by the Police (http://www.preventtragedies.co.uk/) - there are online resources produced by civil society groups which provide valuable advice, for example ‘Families Matter’ (http://www.familiesmatter.org.uk/), (run by Families Against Stress and Trauma). 


Education Against Hate

This website gives parents, teachers and school leaders practical advice on protecting children from extremism and radicalisation.

http://educateagainsthate.com



Parents Guide to
Radicalisation and Extremism

Victvs Radicalisation and Extremism Parents Guide.pdf

 

Keeping children safe - self-harm

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/self-harm/

 

Start the school year safe online

Get the heads up on what children are doing when the go online, learn about possible dangers and parental controls available to you and your children. 

Click on the following link to be directed to an online safety guide with useful tips and advice on keeping your child safe online:

http://www.internetmatters.org/back-to-school/

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