Keeping our children and young people safe is our biggest priority at Severndale. Safeguarding is woven into our curriculum through PSHE (Personal, Social, Health and Economic), RSE (Relationships and Sex Education) and Computing lessons, assemblies and through special events and external visitors.

This page is designed for parents and families to help us work together.

There may be times as a parent or carer when you need help, advice or information when caring for your child or young person. This page provides links to other local or national websites where you can access further information on a number of subjects. If you require further information on a subject we have not covered, please let us know.

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Worried About a Child? How You Can Protect Children from Abuse


This guide explains what child abuse is and how to recognise that a child might be being abused or neglected. It tells you what you can do to help if you have concerns about a child or if a child tells you they are being abused.


Worried about a Child Guide
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Positive Parenting


Gives advice on setting boundaries for children, building relationships with them and keeping cool when children’s behaviour is challenging.



Postive Parenting Guide
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Home or Out Alone?


A guide to help you decide if your child is ready to stay home or go out alone.




Home or Out Alone Guide
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Handle with Care. How to Keep Your Baby Safe


Rough handling of babies can cause serious injuries. Handle with Care explains the dangers and gives advice on safe ways of holding and caring for a baby.



Handle with Care Guide
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Talk pants with the NSPCC!

With the help of the NSPCC’s  friendly dinosaur Pantosaurus, ‘Talk PANTS’ is a simple conversation to help keep your child safe from sexual abuse.

Talk PANTS helps children understand that their body belongs to them, and they should tell someone they trust if anything makes them feel upset or worried.

Meet Pantosaurus - the pant-wearing Dino! He wants every child to stay safe and strong, just like him, and he's on a mission to share an important message!


What to Do if Your Child is Being Bullied?


This resource is for parents and carers and offers additional support when your child is bullied or is accused of bullying, and they are also autistic. The booklet also outlines particular vulnerabilities of autistic children and some of the difficulties they may have with recognising, reporting and responding to being bullied.


Support for Autistic Children Experienceing BullyingA Guide for Parents and Carers
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Online Safety Advice and Links for Parents and Carers


The risks associated with online safety are changing. Some children and young people are rarely seen without a smartphone or tablet in their hand – sharing images, watching videos, posting on social networking sites, or exploring the Internet. As children and young people spend more time online and become more confident online users, the potential threats, from grooming and sexting to online bullying and radicalisation, inevitably increase. To help you as parents and carers, we have collated various information and resources that we feel are of great value. There are many websites available which offer advice to parents and carers which will support you to keep your children safe online. Some helpful links are detailed below.
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Internet Matters empowers parents and carers to make confident, informed choices about their children’s online safety.

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Safer Internet Day 2023


Safer Internet Day 2023 will take place on the 7th of February 2023, with celebrations and learning based around the theme ‘Want to talk about it? Making space for conversations about life online’.

It’s never too early or too late to start an online safety conversation and keep it going. See some tips and tools below to support your child’s digital journey.


How to create an environment for kids to talk
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Social Media Privacy Guides


If your child is using social networking sites to chat to friends and family or share their latest selfie, take a look at the list of social media guides to get you up to speed on the most popular platforms and help them set the right privacy settings.

More information can also be found at internet matters.org


Facebook
Facebook Messenger
Facetime

Instagram
Pintrest
Skype
Snapchat

TikTok
Twitter
Wattpad
WhatsApp
Yubo
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Supporting children with SEND Online


Children with SEND are more likely to experience content, contact & conduct risks online, but risks don't always lead to harm.

This Internet Matter’s guide helps parents & carers support children with SEND to recognise warning signs & avoid harm.


Supporting children with SEND Guide
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Online Grooming - What Parents need to know


Online grooming can affect anyone, so it's important to understand the signs and what you can do if you suspect a child has been the victim of grooming.

Learn more with Internet Matter’s  guide for parents.


Online Grooming Guide
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Advice for Online incidents


This SEND version of ‘So you got naked online…’ is a resource that helps and advises young people if they have been involved with a sexting incident.



Online Incident Guide
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Shropshire Child Exploitation - Leaflet for Parents/Carers


Child exploitation, how to recognise if your child may be being exploited, and what you can do to help reduce the risks.




Child Exploitation Guide