Safeguarding Useful Documents

You might find the following documents and links useful. They have been gathered from a variety of sources and cover a range of safeguarding topics.

At Mental, they provide a resource for talking to your children about scary world news. You can access this here.

Keeping Children Safe In Education, From HM Government

Safe hands thinking minds poster

Useful self help webinars and courses from the NHS

Alcohol Awareness Week

The campaign – launched in Alcohol Awareness Week asks adults consuming alcohol at home while responsible for children a simple, but potentially life-saving, question – ‘when you drink, who’s in charge?’

It urges parents, and others with responsibility for children, to be aware of a range of potentially dangerous consequences of drinking alcohol while caring for children.

In the four year period ending in March 2020, 35 babies in the West Midlands region (Birmingham, Black Country, Coventry, Warwickshire, Solihull, Worcestershire, Staffordshire, Shropshire, Herefordshire, Telford and Wrekin) died while sharing beds or sofas with adults who had consumed more than two units of alcohol (or used illegal drugs).Two of these deaths were in Herefordshire in 2019-2020.

SUFFOLK Domestic Abuse 24/7 Helpline – FREEPHONE 0800 977 5690

Disrespect nobody– A website created by the Home Office, for young people affected by domestic violence.

Support for survivors of domestic abuse.

Restitute are a support service that helps parents and 3rd party victims of abuse.

NSPCC Abuse in Education helpline

The NSPCC have a dedicated helpline for children and young people who have experienced abuse at school, and for worried adults and professionals that need support and guidance, including for non-recent abuse.

Report Abuse in Education on 0800 136 663 or email

One Life Suffolk Webinars to allow children and families to take part in learning about healthier lifestyles during this period of social distancing.

Suffolk County Council Parent Hub -A single place for Suffolk parents or carers to find parenting advice and support to help their child’s development.

Support and self help guide

Mental health useful links

Mental Health, Emotional Wellbeing And Learning Disabilities Covid-19 Information Hub

NHS Every Mind Matters

NSFT have a 24/7 helpline called First Response offering immediate advice, support and signposting for people with mental health difficulties. NSFT Helpline

ChatHealth texting service is available all year round for children, young people (up to 19 years of age) and their parents or carers to seek help or support from the School Nursing Service. Texts are responded to by a member of the school nursing team between 9.00 am and 4.30 pm Monday to Friday (excluding bank holidays). You can text a school nurse on 07507 333356.

Self harm advice and information

Self Harm: A Guide For Parents and Carers

Coping With Self-Harm: A Guide For Parents And Carers

PAPYRUS is a national charity dedicated to the prevention of young suicide. PAPYRUS was founded in 1997 by a mother, Jean Kerr, from Lancashire following the loss of her son to suicide.

The organisation have recently published a guide for parents created by those who have experience of supporting a young person struggling with their mental health and also contains details of the HOPELINEUK Helpline.

The HOPELINK helpline is available to anyone under 35 who are experiencing thoughts of suicide, and anyone who may be concerned about them. Papyrus’ trained suicide prevention advisers are trained to help young people focus on staying safe from suicide. Their training enables them to provide advice and support to help forward and stay alive.

Access suicide awareness training from Zero Suicide Alliance

Childline has launched Report Remove, a service that allows children and young people under 18 to report and get removed from the internet a nude image or video of themselves that might have been shared online. The webpage includes links to services and information offering emotional and safeguarding support.

Have you done something online that you are now regretting? Or
perhaps you are trying to help someone who has done something? This helpful resource can offer advice and guidance on what to do next.

You can also view the SEND version of ‘So you got naked online…’.

Informed by cases received by the UK Safer Internet Centre’s helpline (POSH), they have adapted this resource to provide accessible information to help support young people (Key stage 3 and above) with particular vulnerabilities. This resource does not and will not be suitable for every child classed as having a special educational need.

Suffolk Constabulary’s School Liaison Police Community Support Officers are employed specifically to work with schools to co-ordinate and promote the constabulary’s new school engagement programme.  They work with students, parents and teachers to provide support and guidance on policing issues and crime prevention.

The School Liaison Officers also work with their PCSO colleagues in each of the 18 Safer Neighbourhood Teams across Suffolk to provide specific points of contact for schools and young people.

Our School Liaison Officer is PCSO Winn:

“I have worked for Suffolk constabulary for almost 15 years, most of that period has been working on the Lowestoft safer neighbourhood team.

From April 2021 I was fortunate enough to have been offered the role of schools liaison officer in the east of the county.

This is a very diverse role and I get to engage with all key stages and have an opportunity to play a part in the education and safeguarding of our future. I feel very honoured to be entrusted with such an important role.

I genuinely hope that the work I do in schools will make a difference to a child’s future. Building positive relationships with children, building trust and confidence with children and the police service, inspiring the next generation and providing tools to help children on their journey, makes me proud to do this role.”

To contact PCSO Winn for any non emergency issues, please use email address, [email protected]

To follow Lowestoft Police on Twitter, click here

To follow Lowestoft Police on Facebook, click here

Inspire Suffolk offer a free well- being service for virtual and face-to-face support and counselling to young people, aged 10-25 in Suffolk . You can book here.