West Cheshire College considers the Safeguarding of our students to be of the utmost importance. We work with many external agencies to ensure that we respond appropriately and effectively to any concerns raised by students and staff. Our Safeguarding policy includes all forms of abuse, bullying and harassment (including cyberbullying), grooming and ‘Prevent’ (risk of being subjected to radicalisation and extremist views).
We have information on our college website for students about how they can access support services both in college and via external agencies for the issues above and also for personal concerns regarding substance misuse, gambling, anger management etc.
We appreciate that, as parents, you may also have concerns about the issues young people may face. Below you will find links to helplines which can give you further information about all of the issues mentioned including online safety which is a huge issue in regard to bullying and harassment and grooming. We hope you will find this useful.
For further information please contact a designated Safeguarding Officer.
Ellesmere Port campus: Do Bedford 07825938537
Chester campus: Sharon Leadbetter 07887557892
You can also contact our main reception on 01244 656301/101 or your local Prevent Co-ordinator on 01606 362121
Share Aware guide
A guide produced to empower parents to keep their children safe online. It includes conversation starters to help parents discuss online safety and advice on what to do if things go wrong online. For printed versions of this resource, please see below on additional resources http://www.nspcc.org.uk/globalassets/documents/advice-and-info/share-aware.pdf
A comprehensive guide for parents on over 50 of the top social networks, apps and games that young people use. It includes key facts for each site, recommended age ratings, and information about safety features. http://www.net-aware.org.uk/
Talking to your child about staying safe online
Advice and tips on how to have effective conversations with your children about an array of online topics, including cyberbullying, online porn, and sharing images and information. http://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/talking-your-child-staying-safe-online/
Information on how parental controls can be used to help keep children safe online. Discusses the benefits of parental controls and gives practical advice on how to put them in place. http://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/parental-controls/
Advice for parents- information from the NSPCC, explaining what sexting is, what the risks are, and how to talk to your child about the issues. http://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/sexting/
Conversation starters for parents to help them discuss online porn with their children. http://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/online-porn/
Staying safe online
A ChildLine page offering tips to young people on online safety. Includes information on posting online, online communities, and online bullying. https://www.childline.org.uk/Explore/OnlineSafety/Pages/staying-safe-online.aspx
An advice page, looking at what online grooming is, how it happens, and what you can do to keep yourself safe. https://www.childline.org.uk/Explore/OnlineSafety/Pages/Online-grooming.aspx
Information on what sexting is, what the risks are, and what you can do if someone sends you a picture or asks for one. https://www.childline.org.uk/Explore/OnlineSafety/Pages/Sexting.aspx
Mobile phone safety
An advice page, focusing on how to use your phone safely. It covers what you should do if you are being bullied through your mobile or being pressured to share your phone number.http://www.childline.org.uk/Explore/OnlineSafety/Pages/MobileSafety.aspx
ChildLine content, giving advice on how to stay safe when gaming. It discusses voice chat, online bullying, and how to keep a record of abusive messages. http://www.childline.org.uk/Explore/OnlineSafety/Pages/OnlineGaming.aspx
Fact page, discussing what porn is, whether it’s normal to look at porn, and how porn makes you feel. It also gives advice on what you can do if you feel under pressure after watching porn, have been caught watching porn, or are concerned that you are watching too much porn. http://www.childline.org.uk/Explore/OnlineSafety/Pages/Online-porn.aspx
ChildLine’s first ever app, designed to help young people stay in control if they are asked to send a naked picture of themselves. It provides witty comebacks and pictures which enable young people to diffuse the situation and stay safe. It is free to download and available on Android, Blackberry and Apple smartphones. https://www.childline.org.uk/Play/GetInvolved/Pages/sexting-zipit-app.aspx
O2 NSPCC online safety helplineParents are able to call the helpline for advice and support on setting up parental controls, adjusting privacy settings, understanding social networks and more. They can access the helpline for free by ringing 0808 800 5002 or can find more information here- http://www.nspcc.org.uk/fighting-for-childhood/about-us/partners/nspcc-o2-online-safety-partnership/
From January 2016, we will be working with 02 to provide parent online safety workshops across the UK. Parents or organisations including schools or businesses can register their interest and request for workshops to be held in their area on the NSPCC website- http://www.nspcc.org.uk/fighting-for-childhood/about-us/partners/nspcc-o2-online-safety-partnership/online-safety-workshop-sign-up/.