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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. 

Safer Internet Day 2022: All fun and games? Exploring respect and relationships online

Safer Internet Day is celebrated globally in February each year to promote the safe and positive use of digital technology for children and young people, and to inspire a national conversation about using technology responsibly, respectfully, critically, and creatively. 

Safer Internet Day 2022 took place on 8 February 2022 and celebrated young people's role in creating a safer internet, whether while gaming and creating content, or interacting with their friends and peers. Online communities and relationships are very important to young people and have only become more important over the last few years. From gaming and chat to streaming and video, young people are shaping interactive entertainment spaces they are a part of. 

UK Safer Internet Centre has produced an impact report to highlight just how far Safer Internet Day 2022 reached. The report found that: 

  • 54% of children in the UK aged 8-17 heard about Safer Internet Day 2022
  • 90% of teachers say that Safer Internet Day plays a significant role in their school’s online safety provision
  • 91% said the day helped make pupils more confident about staying safe online 
  • 41% of teachers said the day led to disclosures about potential safeguarding issues online

You can read the full report here to get a complete picture of the impact of the day.

All of the resources created for Safer Internet Day 2022 are still available for use, including free education packs (for age groups ranging from age three to 18) which have already been downloaded over 125,000 times. The packs (available in both English and Welsh) include assembly presentations, lesson plans and videos. 

You can also access the research that UK Safer Internet Centre published on the day, which looks into young people’s and their parents’ experiences of online games, as well as read the Young People’s Charter which contains a set of changes that young people would like to see made

Sign up for the UK Safer Internet Centre newsletter to receive monthly news about Safer Internet Day, including the latest resources, launches and more.

First published 07 April 2022