Parents and carers are the most important partners we work with to support and develop our students. The care and protection you give to children is so important in keeping them safe, and helping to ensure they are best placed to learn, grow and succeed.
We appreciate that the environments in which our children grow up, and the pressures they face, are constantly changing and evolving, so it can be a challenge to know how best to keep them safe. This section of the website is designed to give you some helpful information and resources to support the care you provide, and make you aware of some of the current risks and issues facing children and young people.
At the college we have a dedicated safeguarding team:
- Karin Compton (Designated Safeguarding Lead) - email@example.com
- Martin Downs (Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead)
Coronavirus: Updates for Parents and Carers
- Health Update for Parents / Carers: Which NHS Service to use?
- Update for Parents / Carers from LB Tower Hamlets
- Information Poster for Parents / Carers from LB Tower Hamlets
- Updates from Tower Hamlets Council
- Updates from Hackney Council
- Updates from Lewisham Council
- Updates from Newham Council
Domestic Abuse and Covid-19
It's important to know that you are not alone. Even if you are unable to leave your home at the moment, you can still access support.
Follow this link to Safe Lives website for information and helplines.
For information regarding Economic Abuse and the COVID-19 outbreak please follow this link.
If you are in immediate danger, please call 999 and ask for the police. If it’s not safe to talk alert them by pressing 55.
If you are not in immediate danger, the following helplines are advised:
- Local support: Tower Hamlets Victim Support 020 7364 7957 /2448
- England: Freephone 24 hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline: 0808 2000 247
- Support is available from national Women's Aid's online chat service, open from 10am-12pm Monday-Friday.
- Men's Advice Line: 0808 801 0327
- Respect helpline: 0808 802 4040 (for anyone worried that they may be harming someone else)
Further information from Tower Hamlets Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) services can be found here.
Safety and Wellbeing
NSPCC - The NSPCC is one of the biggest charities in the country working to keep children and young people safe. They have information for parents and carers covering a wide variety of topics, including online safety, bullying, gangs and peer groups, leaving children home alone, and much more.
YoungMinds - YoungMinds is one of the country's leading mental health charities for children and young people. This section of their website has really helpful information for parents and carers, and they have a Parents Advice Line (0808 802 5544).
Educate Against Hate - This website provides parents with information about the risks of radicalisation, and extremist beliefs and actions. It highlights the nature of the risks posed to young people, and gives practical tips for discussing these risks with your children, and steps you can take to protect them.
Every Mind Matters - Online resources for wellbeing and mental health from the NHS.
Staying safe online (Online safety)
Net Aware - A partnership between the NSPCC and O2, this helpful website provides easy to understand information for parents and carers about apps and platforms that are popluar with young people. You can also download the Net Aware app for your phone, call the free helpline on 0808 800 5002, or book an appointment with an O2 guru in store (no matter what network you or your child use) for them to show you how to ensure you have the right security settings activated on your child's phone.
ChildNet - This website provides helpful information about staying safe online, and covers a wide variety of topics. It has a good top tips leaflet for parents, which is available in 12 different languages.
Think You Know - This website provides helpful information on a wide variety of topics relating to young people's socialisation and relationships online.
Parent Zone - This website provides parents with a number of guides covering different aspects of life, and how they may be affected by the use of technology.
Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)
Parents Against Child Sexual Exploitation (PACE) - Child Sexual Exploitation is a process by which under 18s are befriended by a peer or adult, they are made to feel special through gifts, attention or status, and then they are pressured to get involved in sexual activity. This is a form of abuse and can have devastating effects on young people and their families. Parents and carers need to be aware of this risk and speak to their children about healthy relationships and staying safe.
Barnardos - Barnardos have created an information video and booklet for parents about spotting the signs of CSE.
Gangs and Negative Peer Concerns
Gangsline - Gangsline is a non-profit organisation that seeks to work with all those affected by gang culture. They provide information and advice for parents and carers on their website and over the phone (01322 305 105 and 07753 351 256).
Gangs Information Leaflet - This information booklet has been produced by Westminster council, and provides helpful information to parents and carers, as well as signposting to further sources of support at the end.
Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND)
Contact - Contact is an organisation that supports families with children who have SEND. They have a lot of information and support options on their website, and run a helpline for parents too (0808 808 3555).
Tower Hamlets Parents Advice Centre - This service provides advice and support to families of young people aged 0-25 with SEND. You can contact them on 020 7364 6489, firstname.lastname@example.org or look at the website for times of the drop in service.
Substance Misuse (Drugs and Alcohol)
Family Lives - This website has helpful information about drugs and alcohol, warning signs to look out for, and advice on talking about this with your child.
FRANK - FRANK is one of the leading drug and alcohol charities in the country. This page has useful information for parents and carers.
General Support and Advice
Family Lives - An organisation that aims to support parents and carers through forums, videos, courses and a confidential help line (0808 800 2222).
Tower Hamlets Local Offer - This website provides information on a wide variety of services and opportunities for young people and their families, including youth clubs and leisure services, education, health and advice services.
If you want to know more information, or have any concerns regarding your child(ren), please speak to your child's Student Journey Lead, the Pastoral Manager or the college's Designated Safeguarding Lead.
Next Door is an app that can be used to connect to other local residents, allowing neighbours to help each other out, as well as finding out about local services.