Training accredited by Derby City and Derbyshire Safeguarding Children Boards!

To infinity and beyond!

Today has been a really exciting day for me, the culmination of many months of hard work and critical reflection has paid off as my training has been approved and accredited by Derby and Derbyshire SCB’s. This means that the Boards have evaluated a range of my materials and lesson plans and have approved them as blummin’ amazing (I may be paraphrasing a bit there!), and they are happy to endorse my work and recommend me to the DSCB partners as a trusted and safe training provider with a sound safeguarding knowledge. I seriously could not be happier!

Over the last few months I have taken a really critical look at my materials and really changed them around ensuring that not only do they they still reflect best practice but the content is as up to date as it possibly can be.

I have always had a clear focus on empowering young people and ensuring they are at the heart of all we do, but I have also really considered parental engagement and I am currently looking at how we engage with parents better – there has to be a brilliant way of doing this so I am trawling through all the latest research to try and pick out some ideas which we can trial.

Also new in are specialist sessions which will engage ‘hard to reach’ families as part of the Troubled Families programme, early years (nurseries and childminders), governors and SEND students and of course I continue to push the 360 Safe, which is a free school self evaluation tool which takes a holistic view of Online Safety.

I am running several full day sessions in May on Managing Safeguarding Incidents and Evidencing Outstanding Practice with venues such as the Gothic Warehouse at Cromford Mill, Matlock and the Casa Hotel in Chesterfield – a buffet lunch is included (going for the big sell here folks!) Dates also to be announced for Derby City. These sessions are aimed at DSL’s and SLT’s who need a really good understanding of sexting and how to manage this within your setting and a good look at Ofsted and how we evidence best practice.

**You do not have to be a Derby City or Derbyshire school to attend these sessions**

If you are interested in booking a place or would like me to come into your setting to deliver training directly to your staff team, students, parents or governors please just drop me a line. I really look forward to hearing from you.

 

Online Safety for Parents – not scare tactics!

 

Hey parents & carers, how would you like to come and sit in school hall on a wet Wednesday evening and have some stranger scaring the heck out of you by convincing you the internet is full of weirdos, bullies and paedophiles?

No doubt you will come home from said session and remove anything that needs to be plugged in or has a charger and replace with slate and chalk, consider a move to the most remote part of the UK and insist on playing ‘old maid’, ‘snap’ and ‘go fish’ as they are a much safer alternative than Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat..

Whoa! 

Actually the internet is a really amazing space, it allows creativity, problem solving, education and fun to collide in a way that is producing some amazingly creative solutions to age old problems. Our kids are smashing boundaries, thinking outside of the box and exploring new technologies in ways we haven’t even considered – it really is ‘just wow!’

As parents we need to be aware of what our children are doing online, we need to engage and we need to support and give guidance. Our kids may know how to use that tablet or phone without looking through a manual, but they don’t instinctively know how to stay safe – we need to teach and guide the same way we would if they needed to cross the road or learn to swim.

We wouldn’t just say ‘make your way across that busy dual carriageway – be careful that you don’t get run over’… We would provide rules, boundaries, advice and bit by bit we would allow them the freedom to cross that road by themselves (even though we may be guilty of hiding round the corner and taking a cheeky sneak peek to make sure they are following the rules we set!)

Parenting online is no different to parenting offline, the same messages apply. We shouldn’t be scared by it and we shouldn’t be advised around what is safe by our children because we think they know or understand online risk better than we do.

So, come on parents – we have got this, we can do it…  start those conversations today, show an interest, set some realistic boundaries, perhaps around usage, screen free time before bed or which apps are ok to use,  but most importantly tell your kids that if something happens online that scares, worries or upsets them, you are a safe place to fall, you will catch them and you will help them…..and if they can’t tell you, they need to know that they can always tell Childline….