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Information for Parents and Helpers

If you are a parent or carer, we hope you will find the many web links below useful.  Please use the links below to support keeping children safe.


Safety at Music Festivals
Many young people will be spending time this summer attending festivals. Whilst they can be amazing experiences, there are hazards and people need to be aware of how they can keep themselves safe.  A website to help festival goers understand the risk can be found here:


Hot Weather Advice/ Water Safety
The recent deaths of young people from drowning has highlighted again the dangers of swimming in hot weather. It is perfectly natural to want to cool off when it's hot. Unsuitable rivers and quarries hide dangers below, not taking into account the hazards of freezing cold water and currents. Teenagers especially are drawn in by peers and a keenness for risky behaviours. Some of these resources might be helpful for assemblies or tutor sessions. RLSS


RLSS Water Smart Award
The RLSS have just launched their latest water safety initiative, linked to the school swimming curriculum, called the Water Smart Award. You can find more about the award, and find a local trainer here:

Derbyshire Fire & Rescue
Home & Dry – No More River Deaths (West Mercia Search & Rescue)
RNLI - Float to Live
NLI - Activity sheets and posters
Colin the Coastguard Posters
National Water Safety Signs - do you know what these mean?
Reservoir safety (United Utilities)
Don't be the one who watched their mate drown this summer
Particularly good package for use with teenagers



Sun Safety
The Teenage Cancer Trust found that nearly two-thirds (61%) of young people aged 13-24 have avoided using sunscreen in order to get a better tan. As the weather gets hotter in the UK we need to be more knowledgeable about keeping safe in the sun than ever before. The damage done to young skin can lead to skin cancer developing in later life, so it's vital to help young people protect themselves in the sun.

Teenage Cancer Trust Resources
Sun Safety
Tips for Staying Safe in the Sun (CBeebies)
Sun safety in schools (Skcin)
School sun exposure policy (NICE)
The National Institute for Clinical Excellence has an article about creating a school sun exposure policy, in conjunction with Alderley Edge School for Girls, in Cheshire.



Health Risks for children in YOUR area
All schools need to be aware of the safeguarding risks for their pupils. There are many places to find out the local risks, but a little known source of health data could help schools identify risks and better plan their PSHE programme, in the widest sense.
The data is on the Public Health England website here:

Once you have identified your school's age group and area, you can see where the 'red' data is and ensure that these topics are being covered across the curriculum.

Spot the Signs: Series of Child Exploitation and Missing Posters (Catch22)
The social enterprise Catch22 design and deliver services that build resilience and aspiration in people and communities across the UK. One of their aims is to improve the lives of children, young people and families by understanding the emotional and social issues that they face.

Catch22 have produced a series of posters to raise awareness of Child Criminal Exploitation in its many forms. Posters already published include:

  • How gangs recruit and coerce young people
  • Push and Pull Factors: what causes a child to go missing
  • Different Dangers, Same Signs
  • Positive relationships break the CSE cycle
  • Spot the Signs– a poster for parents
  • Think Boys and CSE
  • Staying Safe Online

You can find the posters here:

Other useful resources about safety issues include:-