Staying Safe for Families

We all have a responsibility to look out for children and young people and take action if there is a concern.

If you are worried about a child contact or young person’s welfare and/ or safety contact Doncaster Children's Service Trust or the police on 999 if you think there is risk of immediate harm.

What is safeguarding?

Safeguarding is the action that is taken to support the welfare of vulnerable adults, children and young people and protect them from harm.

Safeguarding means:

  • Protecting children from abuse and maltreatment.
  • Preventing harm to children's health or development.
  • Ensuring children grow up with the provision of safe and effective care.

Visit the Doncaster Safeguarding Children Partnership webpage to see Doncaster’s safeguarding procedures.

Bullying

Bullying can occur either face to face such as name-calling or physical violence. There is also online bullying which can be on mobile phones through text or social media.  If you are aware of someone who is being bullied your first step would be to raise the issue with school. If the issue need escalating you can either report bullying or ask for advice by contacting Doncaster’s anti-bullying services or following Doncaster’s anti-bullying procedures. The Young Minds website is also a very good source of information for parent and on the site there is a very useful guide for parents     

You can also visit NSPCC, Childline and Kidscape for advice.

The Diana Award is an Anti-Bullying Campaign which involves a number of different projects aimed at reducing bullying in schools. On the website there is an anti-bullying parent page which is for parents who are seeking advice on bullying.

There is also advice available for if your child is bullying other children advice on preventing bullying.

Online Safety

The internet and digital technology is now widely used within schools and colleges. Some children and young people rely on using it at home to complete homework and also for entertainment. Using the internet also means that there are potential risks that the child should be aware of. It is important that children are made aware of how to stay safe online to make sure that they are using the internet in a safe way. It is important to make sure that you are doing what you can to protecting your children online and know how to tackle any concerns you may have.

02 have partnered up with the NSPCC on helping parents to keep their children safe online. If you are unsure about the privacy settings and parental control on your child’s phone or tablet you can take the device into any 02 shop (you don’t have to be a 02 customer) and they will help you change the settings on the device.

Reporting illegal or harmful information, pictures or videos you’ve found on the internet. Follow the online form to report online material.  

You can find more information below

Keeping Your Child Safe – Tips on keeping your child safe while they develop their independence

Talking About Difficult Topics - How to start the conversations about 'difficult' subjects that you need to have if you want to keep your children safe

Last updated: 18 September 2019 10:18:17