Safeguarding Children & Young People
Welcome to Wiltshire’s Youth Safeguarding Board
Wiltshire Safeguarding Children Board are committed to keeping children safe.
In order for children and young people to have a voice and influence the work of the Board, WSCB have set up a Youth Safeguarding Board. We sit approximately every 2 months and are currently focussing on 3 key topics. Click the headings for more information:
Gaming online is everywhere but keeping safe can be confusing?! Get to grips with setting up the controls on your game consoles and keep your personal information private! You’ll find yourself in a safer position online. There are lots of other useful hints and tips on how to keep safe online, click the links below:CBBC Stay Safe NSPCC: Online Gaming Childline: Keep your online gaming safe and fun
We are now spending a lot of time online which is great for socialising, exploring and having fun but we are faced with many risks and dangers such cyber bullying or inappropriate content.
See the 5 SMART rules from Childnet and stay safe online!
Other useful information on how to stay safe online can be found at:CBBC Newsround – Advice and tips for staying safe online Childnet NSPCC – Online Safety Facebook – Safety Centre
What is sexting?
Sexting is when someone shares sexual, naked or semi-naked images or videos of themselves or others, or sends sexually explicit messages.
They can be sent using mobiles, tablets, smartphones, laptops – any device that allows you to share media and messages.
Sexting may also be called:trading nudes dirties pic for pic
Research recently conducted by the NSPCC with 1,000 young people found that of those who have taken naked pictures of themselves, half have shared it with someone else and 31 per cent have shared it with someone they didn’t know.
Did you know! Those involved in sexting may be committing a criminal offence…
Crime which involve indecent photographs of a person under 18 years of age fall under Section 1 of the Protection of Children Act, 1978, and Section 160 of the Criminal Justice Act.
Here are some useful links to help keep yourself safe:NSPCC Sexting Childnet: So you got naked online? On your Mind
Standing together against bullying!
Bullying is behaviour that hurts someone else such as spreading rumours, hitting, posting hurtful remarks online (cyberbullying) or threats and intimidation. It can happen anywhere – at school or at home.
Young people in Wiltshire created some podcasts during anti-bullying week. You can hear them talk about bullying and explain what helped them deal with their experiences. Click here to find out more.
What do young people in Wiltshire say about bullying:
“We don’t always know who to tell and what they will do to make it stop”
“Be our role models in the way that you treat people”
“Give us time to talk – we need to have a relationship with you to trust you”
“Come back and ask us if what you have done has helped and made a difference; if it hasn’t please try something else”
“Encourage and celebrate difference – don’t single us out if we are different, have difficulties, or have different beliefs and views”
Wiltshire Anti-Bullying Charter
The Wiltshire Assembly of Youth (WAY) helped shape a new charter which was launched during anti-bullying week.
The charter sets out what bullying is as well as a commitment from partner agencies (including schools) to help ensure that individuals and communities respect each other, embrace difference, are inclusive and work together in partnership to reduce bullying.
The charter was distributed to schools in January 2017, along with key messages from young people. Other organisations throughout Wiltshire also received a copy of the charter, which can be downloaded below:
Other useful pages to view:Think u know Don’t be a Zombie #Listentoyourselfie CEOP – Play Like Share Bounce back from bullying!