Children, young people and families

Contents

Worried about yourself or another young person?

Support for children, young people and families

Missing Children

Child Exploitation and Grooming

Online Safety

Sexual Abuse and Harassment

ICON programme

Private Fostering

Voice and Engagement

Further information and advice

If you’re a child or young person and you have any issues or concerns, you can contact Childline on 0800 1111 or visit www.childline.org.uk

Local information and advice is also available online about particular issues, for example:

  • Not In Our Community – protection against grooming and child sexual exploitation – www.notinourcommunity.org
  • Life Central – central local resource for information and advice about emotional wellbeing – www.life-central.org
  • SEND Local Offer website – The local offer website provides information on the support and provision available locally for children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities. www.northlincslocaloffer.com
  • SENDIASS website – The Special Educational Needs and Disability, Information, Advice and Support Service (SENDIASS) is a free service for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities and their parents and carers. They provide impartial, confidential information, advice and support in relation to special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and related health and social care matters – www.nlsendiass.org.uk

Other sources of information, advice and self-help is available on the below pages of our website:

Resources

Early Help

Worried about yourself or another young person?

Safeguarding children and young people and keeping them safe is everyone’s business.

If you are a child or young person and need help, you should speak to a trusted adult or a professional you already know.

If you think that a child might be the victim of abuse or neglect or they may be at risk of harm, you should always report your concerns.

Please contact North Lincolnshire’s Children’s Services Single Point of Contact on:

  • 01724 296500 (9am to 5pm Monday to Thursday, 9am to 4.30pm Friday)
  • 08081 689667 (free phone)
  • 01724 296555 (answerphone – out of office hours and at weekends)

101 – Police non-emergency

999 – Police emergency

You can also read the government advice for practitioners What to do if you are worried a child is being abused, this leaflet will also be helpful to the members of the public who are worried about a child.

Private Fostering

The law requires you to notify North Lincolnshire Council six weeks prior to:

  • Your child going to stay with someone who is not a close relative for 28 days or more; or
  • You looking after someone else’s child for 28 days or more

You are also required to notify the council if you know of someone in a personal or professional capacity that is privately fostering a child or young person.

For further advice and support please contact North Lincolnshire Fostering Service on 01724 297024

Voice and Engagement

Voice, engagement activity, co-production and working collaboratively with children and young people’s perceptions, aspirations and skills is an area of strength in North Lincolnshire.  Building on this strong foundation, safeguarding partners and agencies remain committed to engaging with children, young people and families at an individual, service and strategic level.  We work with established groups and forums and there are different mechanisms for young people to have their say.  Examples include:

  • Square Table Event – March 2019 – to consider young people issues as part of the wider children’s planning arrangements and Children’s MARs arrangements and opportunities for co-production – emerging themes and discussion points
  • Elected Home Education Event – November 2019 – members of the Children’s MARS team attended this event to gather the views of children, young people and families who are home educated. This was an opportunity to engage with those whose views may not be easily accessible through traditional forums.

Support for children and families

For advice, support and to find out what to do if you are worried about a child, North Lincolnshire Council has put together a handy guide on keeping children and families safe.

A poster has been developed which signposts families to local support in English, Polish, Bengali, Portuguese, Kurdish and Punjabi

Information is also available on the council website in relation to Family Support and activities for children and young people on the support for children and families page and services to children page.

The below leaflets signpost children, young people and families to support during the COVID-19 period.

Missing Children

The below leaflet provides guidance for parents and carers around what to do when their child goes missing. It also gives advice on what to do and how to react when they return home.

Not in Our Community – Missed Me?

Missed Me? is based on real life events and shows the different ways that children and young people can be pushed and pulled into situations of great risk and episodes of going missing.

Missed Me? has been created to help raise awareness of the reasons behind young people going missing and present them as victims rather than perpetrators of crime or the cause of situations including sexual and criminal exploitation.

Watch Missed Me? on Not in Our Community’s YouTube channel

Child Exploitation and Grooming

Not in Our Community – Anywhere Kids

Delivered as a collaboration with the Humber Modern Slavery Partnership, Anywhere Kids is an animation created by My Pockets which demonstrates the consequences around being groomed and exploited.

‘Anywhere Kids’ uses aspects of real stories from real victims in our area to tell the story of how young people are groomed, coerced and trapped into exploitation such as drug dealing, forced criminality and sexual exploitation, and seeks to open a dialogue with younger children about some of the dangers they may face online or in person and how they might protect themselves from being targeted by exploiters and organised criminal gangs.

Watch Anywhere Kids on Not in Our Community’s YouTube channel

Not in Our Community – Trapped

Trapped is a short film produced in Scunthorpe about events leading up to and following the near fatal stabbing of a young boy involved in a drug dealing operation. A researcher interviews five characters to try to understand why a drug related stabbing left a boy with lifechanging injuries. As the interviewer delves into the backstory of two boys and a girl we learn about the push and pull factors that lead to them becoming involved in drugs and child exploitation.

Watch Trapped on Not in Our Community’s YouTube channel

Trapped lesson plan – this lesson plan provides examples of icebreaker activities to introduce young people to the topic of grooming and exploitation.

Online Safety

Gurls Out Loud is a resource for young girls which aims to encourage them to block, report and tell someone if an adult tries to engage with them via the internet

TALK Checklist by Internet Watch Foundation –  The TALK checklist is for parents/carers to use when they are worried about their child’s internet use. The website contains practical advice on how to have the conversation with the young person.

Their parents and carers guide helps parents know what to look out for, what to do and how to protect their child.

CEOP online safety game for 8-10 year olds

The CEOP Band Runner game is a fun way for 8-10 year olds to learn about safer use of technology

They will learn to:

  • distinguish between safe and unsafe behaviours online
  • feel more confident to seek help from a trusted adult when they need it
  • understand how they can use our 8-10s website to seek advice and support

The game can be accessed the CEOP 8-10s website here

Internet Safety Handouts for Parents – Parents Protect

This leaflet gives primary school aged children and young people aged 11+ information about some helpful websites to help them keep themselves safe online – 11+ children’s leaflet

This leaflet gives parents and carers useful information about risks to children associated with internet enabled devices including: sexting, online gaming, cyberbullying, grooming and social media including signposting to other resources and information – internet safety guide for parents

Sexual Abuse and Harassment

Parent’s Guide to Online Sexual Harassment

The Children’s Commissioner has launched some resources aimed at parents and carers about online sexual harassment and how they can support children and young people to stay safe online. The guide includes a list of additional resources and sources of support and covers issues, such as sexting, peer pressure and body image.

Parent’s Guide to Online Sexual Harassment

Stop Abuse Together Campaign

The new Stop Abuse Together website can help parents and carers learn to spot the signs, have regular conversations with their child which can help keep them safer, and know when it’s right to reach out for more support.

Advice for parents – Knowing the signs can help keep your child safe 

Find tips and advice on how to talk to your child about their relationships and safety – Speak to your child tips

You don’t have to be certain to talk to a trained professional about a concern. Learn about the support on offer

Parents Protect – Information leaflets and guides

Parents’ guide for when children are having problems online

Parents’ guide to protecting your children from sexual abuse

Smart rules for adults to share with their children to protect them from sexual abuse

Smart rules for adults to protect their children from sexual abuse

Guide to developing family safety plans

Simple conversations to keep your child safe from abuse

PANTS – Learn the underwear rule

Traffic Light Tools for parents

The below tools help parents understand the sexual development of children and what behaviours are age appropriate

Traffic Light Tool – Children aged 5 and under

Traffic Light Tool – Children aged 5 to 11

Parents Protect – Learning Programme

The below learning programme provides parents with information you need about child sexual abuse and sexual exploitation, how to create a family safety plan and who you can contact for further support.

Sexual Abuse Learning Programme – Parents Protect

ICON programme

The ICON programme has been developed to help parents, carers and families understand that increased crying between 2 weeks and 6-8 weeks of age is normal and helps families cope with a crying baby. It also raises awareness of the dangers of a baby being shaken, something that can be triggered by a baby crying, and the devastating injuries this can cause sometimes resulting in death.

The ICON website iconcope.org provides further advice for both parents and professionals working with children and families.

ICON Resources

Additional resources for professionals are available on the Resources page.