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Pupil support and safeguarding

 
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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. 
 

Childnet International: ensuring that all children are educated about online safety

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Childnet works directly with children and young people from the ages of 3 to 18 as well as parents, carers, teachers and professionals.

At the heart of its work is the belief that when used properly the internet is a wonderfully positive tool for children and young people. It strives to take a balanced approach, making sure that it promotes positive opportunities, as well as responding to the risks and equipping children and young people to deal with them.

The website also provides a parent and carer hub where parents can find information and resources to help them support their child to have a happy and safe online experience.

There is an activity zone for primary aged children where they can access online safety advice, watch videos, play quizzes or learn the SMART rules and the Childnet Hub for young people aged 11-18.

 

First published 06 August 2021