specific safeguarding issues
Children who are cared for on a full-time basis by people who are not direct relatives are in a private fostering arrangement.
A private fostering arrangement is essentially one that is made, without the involvement of a local authority, for the care of a child under the age of 16 (under 18 if disabled) by someone other than a parent or close relative for 28 days or more.
Private foster carers may be from the extended family, such as a cousin or great aunt. However, a person who is a relative such as a grandparent, brother, sister, uncle or aunt (whether of the full or half blood or by marriage) or step-parent will not be a private foster carer.
If you know of a child in this situation, the law says you must notify the local authority so they can make sure the person caring for the child can receive information, support and advice and that the child is safe. Please call us if you are caring for, or you know anyone who is caring for someone else’s child on 0121 788 4300 or visit https://bit.ly/2krupeZ for more information.
The purpose of this guidance is to equip professionals in education settings to respond to concerns regarding girls at risk of FGM.
The contents include:
- General information on FGM & the law
- FGM risk indicators
- Requirements of the RSE guidance regarding FGM
- How to explore concerns with children and parents/carers
Kooth is an online counselling and emotional well-being support service for children and young people. Kooth is a completely safe and an anonymous website where young people can go to gain advice, support and guidance from our BACP qualified counsellors, up to 10pm, 365 days a year.
Our experienced counsellors, moderated message forums and magazine can offer emotional support to young people with a wide range of issues, from having a bad day or falling out with their friends, to more serious issues such as bullying, stress, anxiety, depression, family relationships, sexuality, eating disorders, self-harm, abuse etc. We can also support young people who are on the waiting list for CAMHS or those who do not meet their criteria.
For year 6 students who will soon be transitioning to secondary schools it may be an exciting time but may also cause anxiety and stress in others. Kooth has supported many year 6 students at this stage by discussing Kooth’s services and how it can provide additional support and guidance should they wish. Kooth can also support vulnerable young people who may experience isolation or low self-esteem and help build their resilience for the big changes ahead.
If you would like to have a discussion or arrange for a short presentation to be delivered to your students please contact Jas Hothi, firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07949 819503.