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Keeping Children Safe


Momo is a sinister ‘challenge’ that has been around for some time. It has recently resurfaced and
once again has come to the attention of schools and children across the country. Dubbed the
‘suicide killer game’, Momo has been heavily linked with apps such as Facebook, WhatsApp,
YouTube, and most recently (and most worryingly)... YouTube Kids. The scary doll-like figure
reportedly sends graphic violent images, and asks users to partake in dangerous challenges like
waking up at random hours and has even been associated with self-harm. It has been reported
that the ‘Momo’ figure was originally created as a sculpture and featured in an art gallery in
Tokyo and unrelated to the ‘Momo’ challenge we are hearing about in the media.

A Comprehensive Cyberbullying Guide for Parents

Please see attached link relating to cyberbulling and a guide for parents/carers.  The link provides valuable information regarding trends and statistics, the signs of cyberbulling and what to do if your child is being cyber bullied.



Internet Safety

The interweb is a big and scary place, and that’s just for the grown-ups. While we think our kids may have it licked because they know all the memes and cool terms, they are still kids and can lack the experience and the discernment to know when something may put their privacy or safety at risk, especially if they have learning disabilities or are especially naïve.

Special Needs Jungle have some valuable information on their web pages for parents and carers and young people to consider how best to keep safe whilst using the internet.  Please click on the attached link for further details https://www.specialneedsjungle.com/interweb-safety-day-stuff-dont-know-parents/

Children in and around cars

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) began looking into the safety of children in and around cars after a toddler was tragically killed having been struck by a car on a driveway in 2007.  They acknowledge that "very parent knows that it is impossible to keep an eye on young children every second of the day.  Youngsters want to explore and try things out, without understandnig potential dangers."  

As part of the RoSPA and Iain's Trust research, their report concluded with the  advice:

- Never leave children alone in a car

- Make absolutely sure there are no children in the driveway or   road before moving your car

- Always keep your car locked when parking outside your   house

- Discourage children from playing ni the driving seat - a car is     not a toy

- Always keep your car keys in a safe place - consider fitting a       keybox with a combination lock

- Check if your car has a feature to prevent accidental starting     and look for this when you replace your car.

Please see attached the leaflets that deliver vital safety information.  Thank you.

Keeping Children/Young People Safe On-line

There is valuable information available from the Lucy Faithfull Foundation giving advice to parents/carer of children/young people who have got in to trouble on-line. The site has a wealth of advice which you may find useful.  Please use the attached link to the Lucy Faithfull Foundation website, for further details.



Child safety on-line - using social media

Please see attached some useful guidance for parents/carers whose children may be using social media.


ChildLine is a private and confidential service for children and young people up to the age of 19.  You can contact a ChildLine counsellor about anything, no problem is too big or too small.  

There is some really useful information on the website and you can access the site by using the following link.




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West SILC Child Protection Policy

Please find attached our latest Child Protection Policy.  If you have any queries or require further information, please contact one of our Designated Child Protection Staff by contacting the main site on 0113 3862450.


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