Child Protection and Support/Self Help
In addition to the help pages above, there are lots of help links below. However please do not hesitate to get in touch if you need to talk to someone. The button will open a form for you to complete and a member of the Pupil Support Team will get back in touch with you.
We are here to help.
Pupil Support Team
Pupil Support and Child Protection (ID 1305)
Article 2: All children have these rights, no matter who they are, where they live, what their parents do, what language they speak, what their religion is, whether they are a boy or a girl, what their culture is, whether they have a disability, whether they are rich or poor. No child should be treated unfairly on any basis.
If you are missing, thinking of going missing, or someone you know is missing, we're here for you.
DUMFRIES AND GALLOWAY CHILDREN’S AND ADULT SOCIAL WORK SERVICES
Call 030 33 33 3001 and ask for duty if you know or believe a child is at risk, if there is an immediate risk of harm call Police Scotland on 999, or 101 for advice, for concerns out of hours call 01387 273660.
CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENT MENTAL HEALTH SERVICE - CAMHS
SLEEP SCOTLAND A really useful CAMHS Resource has been developed for children, young people, their families and professionals, with lots of resources, information, apps and short films on the one site: https://www.camhs-resources.co.uk/ #StayhomeSavelives
Sleep Scotland is a charity which provides sleep support and information to Scottish families with children and young people aged between 18 months and 18 years old. At this challenging time, we're aware that sleep is a problem for many young people. We'd like to highlight the support we can provide:
- Our website offers advice on sleeping well and why this is important - you can find this under the 'Gateway to Good Sleep’ section at www.sleepscotland.org/support/gateway-to-good-sleep/
- For teenagers, our 'Teen Zone' provides more tailored sleep advice at www.sleepscotland.org/education/teen-zone. From the Sound Sleep section at www.sleepscotland.org/education/sound-sleep/you can also download some sleep resources specially designed for teenagers - including advice on how to sleep well, a sleep diary, and suggested relaxation techniques.
- Our free telephone Sleep Support Line is still operating remotely. Parents, carers, or young people themselves can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org - we can then contact them to offer support by telephone or, if they prefer, by email. Our website provides more information on the Sleep Support Line at https://www.sleepscotland.org/support/sleep-counselling/sleep-support-line/.
SUPPORT FOR PARENTS AND CARERS FROM RESPECT ME ( HTTPS://RESPECTME.ORG.UK/ )
Children and young people may be spending more time online at home than usual. For most, the internet will remain a fun and helpful tool to stay connected, however increased time online also comes with risks, and in times of uncertainty incidences of prejudice-based bullying and hate crime can rise. We have created a new tip sheet to help parents and carers keep their children safe when it comes to online bullying.
Download '5 ways to keep your child safe when it comes to online bullying' here:
Lisa, our training officer, has also filmed a series of short videos aimed at expanding on the tip sheet and providing parents and carers with practical advice to deal with incidents of online bullying.
Watch the full playlist of videos here:
Finally, to stay updated on our continued service delivery please visit the news section of our website.
To keep up to date with our work, you can follow us on Twitter and Facebook.
LGBT YOUTH SERVICES
In digital groups, LGBT Youth Services are offering a wide range of groups, activities, and events for lesbian, gay,
bisexual and transgender young people and their friends. Any young person wishing to access groups can connect with them by visiting https://www.lgbtyouth.org.uk/groups…/findlocal-youth-groups/
D&G Youth Groups:
• Phoenix (13-17 years) Tuesday 6.00 to 8.00pm
• Up’n’Oot (18 -25 years) Thursday 7.00 to 9.00pm
• Spectrum (13-25 years) first Saturday of the month 1.00 to 3.00pm
• The LiveChat feature of the website is a fantastic way for LGBT young people to chat with trained youth workers in real time about what’s on their mind. This is a private place designed for them to comfortably chat with an online youth worker. Information with dates and times can
be found here - https://www.lgbtyouth.org.uk/yp-online-support
• 1:1 support with D&G youth workers. They are also offering 1:1 support via phone, text or messenger with local youth workers. Get in touch via email@example.com
CYBERCRIME PREVENTION – INFORMATION FOR PARENTS AND CARERS FROM POLICE SCOTLAND
With every school in the UK closed, children and young people will be spending more time online while they are attending to school work and maintaining social contact with their friends.
Children and young people effectively live their lives in two worlds, the physical world and the virtual world. Police Scotland want them to be as protected in the virtual world as they are in the physical world. It is important that everyone is aware that some people pretend to be someone else, a different gender, a different age group etc. in an attempt to lure, coerce, exploit, intimidate and do harm to children and young people.
Parents and Carers may need support to enhance children’s or young people’s safety, security and awareness at a time when they will be spending more time online. The information on cybercrime prevention, which can be accessed using the links below, is very informative, easy to follow and will provide the opportunity to start the discussion about online safety with the children and young people in your household.
Thinkuknow is the online safety education programme from the National Crime Agency. There are home activity packs to support children and young people between the ages of 4 and 14+.
OTHER USEFUL CONTACTS
If you feel worried or unsafe, here are some people you can speak to:
- Childline – 0800 1111 online chat to ChildLine options
- Cool2Talk website where young people aged 12 years and over can post questions relating to sexual health/sexuality and receive an answer within 24hours.
- The Samaritans call 116 123 (this is free – you do not need any credit in your phone. Website: The Samaritans
- Police 101 or in an emergency 999
- Social Work 030 33 33 3000
If you have your own Social Worker, make sure that you know how to contact them. If you don’t know, your named person will help you find out.