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Safeguarding and support for pupils

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NAHT members are at the forefront of safeguarding children. School leaders are committed to keeping children safe, so they can learn well. NAHT believes that all pupils should receive the support they need to maintain their well-being and achieve their potential, both within school and from wider services including health and social care.

NAHT is campaigning to:

Enable schools to play their part in supporting pupils' well-being

  • Lobby for pupils and schools to get the support they need from wider services including health, social care, police and youth services
  • Influence the implementation of the proposals from the mental health green paper, including the senior lead for mental health and mental health support teams
  • Support schools to access relevant, high-quality training and resources to enable pupils to exercise their right to support for their mental well-being.


Support schools to safeguard and protect pupils

  • Engage with the DfE over proposed changes to the role of the Designated Safeguarding Lead
  • Influence changes to Keeping Children Safe In Education, Working Together and Sexual Violence and harassment guidance
  • Campaign to improve online safety for children and young people
  • Press the government to ensure home educated children are adequately safeguarded
  • Promote guidance and resources to support schools to protect children at risk of harm including involvement with violence and other crime.


Enable schools to support vulnerable groups of pupils

  • Campaign to ensure pupils with SEND can receive the support they need from schools and wider services
  • Press for improved alternative provision and collaborative approaches across communities to support pupils excluded from school
  • Provide information to schools to help them to support disadvantaged children
  • Enable schools to make informed decisions regarding parental requests to home educate
  • Ensure reforms to behaviour guidance and networks is evidence-based and appropriate for all schools and a diverse pupil population. 

Project deSHAME: resources for teachers and parents to tackle peer-based online sexual harassment

Project deSHAME, coordinated by Childnet and co-funded by the Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme of the EU and Facebook, aims to tackle peer-based online sexual harassment by empowering local communities to work together to increase reporting among young people.

Childnet has developed a range of resources for parents and carers as well as educators to be able to engage in meaningful conversations with children and young people on the subject of online sexual harassment. These resources can be tailored to teenagers or children between nine and 12 years old and aim to engage everybody on how they can reduce and prevent online sexual harassment. 

Free resources include:

  • an advice leaflet for parents and carers of nine- to 12-year-olds
  • film highlighting the issues that children can face when they want to tell adults about their experiences
  • lesson toolkit for educators containing a teaching guide, lesson plans, quick activities and quizzes.

Feedback from schools that trialled the lesson toolkit has been overwhelmingly positive, detailed in Childnet's impact report. Young people said that they had found the lessons interesting and had learned something as a result, as well as reporting that the lessons had made them consider the impact of their own online behaviour towards others.

First published 31 March 2021