Going Too Far – Extreme or Not Extreme?

Update week commencing 8th November 2021

An Ofcom study found that 20% of child gamers chat to strangers. Can you spot extremist grooming techniques to stay safe and avoid breaking any laws?

#GoingTooFar by LGfL DigiSafe & The Department for Education has scenario-based activities & guidance discussion starters at Going Too Far? (lgfl.org.uk)

Report Harmful Online Content

Update week commencing 1st November 2021

Report Harmful Content is provided by UK Safer Internet Centre and operated by SWGfL.

UK Safer Internet Centre is a partnership of three leading organisations with one mission – to promote the safe and responsible use of technology for young people.

To report online harmful content visit: Submit a Report of Harmful Content (reportharmfulcontent.com)

Stream Safe – Netflix

Update week commencing 11th October 2021

Safer Schools have released guidance on their app about StreamSafe – Netflix Guidance to support with viewing restrictions, setting PIN codes and more.

See the helpful guidance on their website here: streamsafe_netflix.pdf (ineqe.com)

Learner Safeguarding Cards

Update week commencing 4th October 2021

We have been busy making changes to our Learner Safeguarding Card! Soon we will be sharing printed versions of this card with all learners. It contains helpful QR codes for you to scan with your smart phones to easily access key areas of our website.

Young Minds – Fighting for Young People’s Mental Health

Update week commencing 27th September 2021

Next week is ATTFE College’s Well-being week! During the week ahead ATTFE College staff and learners will be embedding well-being activities and raising money for Young Minds, as we celebrate #HelloYellow and raise awareness for mental health well-being 💛

Young Minds have lots of amazing advice and guidance on their website, and are there to help support you and your mental health. Check them out here: Mental Health Support For Young People | YoungMinds

Peer-on-Peer Abuse, Sexual Violence, Sexual Harassment and Harmful Sexual Behaviours

Update week commencing 20th September 2021

ATTFE College are currently focusing on Peer-on-Peer Abuse (POPA), Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment (SV/SH) and Harmful Sexual Behaviours (HSB) because, as you may have seen in the news and media, these have become forefront topics of societal concern. Even in schools and colleges, very recent research has revealed some shocking statistics:

  • Four out of 5 girls, and 2 out of 5 boys, are put under pressure to provide sexual images of themselves in school/college.
  • 64% of girls, and 24% of boys, experience unwanted physical touching in school/college.
  • 92% of girls and 74% of boys are subjected to sexist name calling in school/college.

ATTFE College does not tolerate any forms of peer-on-peer abuse or sexual harassment between students. Our new Safeguarding Manager Lisa Chapman will be carrying out our own research into students’ experiences of these areas next week and you may be invited to participate. We really value your contribution so if you would like to be involved anyway, or if you have experiences that you would like to share, please let your tutor know or contact Lisa on l.chapman@attfe.org.uk.

Life in Modern Britain – British Values

Update week commencing 13th September 2021

The theme of the month for ATTFE College is ‘Life in Modern Britain’ and the promotion of British values.

Remember, the ‘Fundamental British values’ comprise:

  • democracy
  • the rule of law
  • individual liberty
  • mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs, and for those without faith.

Safeguarding at ATTFE College

Update week commencing 6th September 2021

Hello and welcome to back to another academic year with ATTFE College.

We are a College that has the safety and safeguarding of students at our heart. You will receive lots of information and guidance about safeguarding from your tutors, and from the College, as you progress through your course.

However, we also want you to know that you can contact us at any time if you have any issues or concerns, whether that is for yourself, or for another student. Our staff will always listen to you and take you seriously if you have any problems that you want to talk to us about. We will help, and we have access to a wide range of organisations that can provide expert and specialist support for a wide range of problems.

You can speak with any member of staff who you feel most comfortable with. That might be your tutor, or it might be someone different. It doesn’t matter. You can also email us on: safeguardingreferrals@attfe.org.uk

You can also access our ‘I Want to Talk‘ button which means that you can use this raise any issues or problems online, at any time, from anywhere. It goes straight through to our Safeguarding Team and is completely confidential.

❗️ Action Counters Terrorism ❗️

Update week commencing 19th July 2021

Are you worried that someone you care about is at risk of radicalisation, but not sure what to do?

 #ActEarly and find out what support is available at www.actearly.uk

NSPCC Reporting Abuse in Education

Update week commencing 12th July 2021

If you are facing unwanted sexual behaviour whilst in education, please report this to a member of ATTFE College or contact NSPCC who are available to listen.

You can call them on 0800 136 663 for free and you can remain anonymous.

Protecting children from harmful sexual behaviour | NSPCC Learning

Women’s Aid – Keeping Safe Digitally

Update week commencing 5th July 2021

Women’s Aid have provided this useful advice on staying safe online. For more information visit: Online and digital abuse – Womens Aid

‘Many relationships that begin romantically can quickly become controlling, with partners reading emails, checking texts and locations of social media posts. This can be just the beginning, with a third of survivors who responded to a Women’s Aid survey on online abuse telling us that their partner or ex-partner had used spyware or GPS locators to track them down.’

The Sun and Skin Cancer – Teenage Cancer Trust

Update week commencing 28th June 2021

Mencap – Learning Disability Online Safety

Update week commencing 21st June 2021

Risk of Forced Marriage – Advice

Update week commencing 14th June 2021

ATTFE Safeguarding Reminder

Update week commencing 7th June 2021

Step Up, Speak Up!

Update week commencing 31st May 2021

‘As part of the Step Up, Speak Up! campaign to raise awareness around online sexual harassment, Project deSHAME has produced films for young people aged 13-17 to help identify, define and understand what online sexual harassment is.

These films set out to encourage the viewer to recognise that online sexual harassment is not acceptable and to take positive action if they see this happening.’ – Childnet International 

Put an end to online sexual harassment video.

Coercive Control – Where is the line?

Update week commencing 24th May 2021

Below is a YouTube video on Coercive Control, created by Ards and North Down PCSP, North Down and Ards Women’s Aid, South Eastern Sexual and Domestic Violence Partnership and Neep Pictures.

If you need support from the Domestic and Sexual Abuse Helpline you can call 0808 802 1414
or email help@dsahelpline.org.  For more information visit: DSA Helpline – DSA Helpline

What is online sexual harassment?

Update week commencing 10th May 2021

Below is a YouTube video on Sexual Harassment from Childnet International, which explains that online sexual harassment is not acceptable and positive steps you can take if you see this happening.

Inappropriate sexual behaviour or language

Update week commencing 3rd May 2021

At ATTFE we are committed to ensuring that learners and staff do not experience inappropriate sexual behaviour or language, and we are continuously working upon this to ensure that everyone in ATTFE has a common understanding and agreement about acceptable conduct, language and expressed attitudes.

A dedicated NSPCC helpline is now available to support anyone who has experienced sexual abuse in educational settings or has concerns about someone or the issues raised. The dedicated NSPCC helpline number is 0800 136 663 and more information is available at: Dedicated helpline for victims of abuse in schools NSPCC.

I Want to Talk Button

Update week commencing 26th April 2021

We have introduced a new learner safeguarding and welfare facility called I Want to Talk‘. This is a mechanism on our website that enables you to make online contact with us if you have any issues or concerns that you would like to raise/discuss further. If you select the ‘Learner Life’ tab, and drop down to ‘I Want to Talk’, by entering your email address (because we need to know who to get back to), a simple text box comes up that you can then type your message into. It is entirely confidential – no-one else can see it or would know about it other than us as the recipient. There is also a link to other advice and guidance contacts as appropriate, found here: Safeguarding Information.

Consent – it’s as simple as tea!

Update week commencing 19th April 2021

Below is a YouTube video on sexual consent, told through comparison of making someone a cup of tea.

Right-wing Extremism

Update week commencing 29th March 2021

Extreme right-wing organisations have deliberately used lockdown as a time to target and exploit people online, especially younger adults and teenagers, because everyone has been more isolated and spending more time online. This has been very much the case across north Nottinghamshire. Such involvement rarely ends well for the people who are recruited, usually leading to exploitation, violence and criminal convictions, even for younger people because it is viewed so seriously. However, there is a national programme (called CHANNEL) which is aimed at helping people (not criminalising them) if they are getting drawn into extremism. It means that they get advice and guidance and don’t have any kind of criminal record or conviction, so it’s obviously much better all round. Please let us know if you have concerns for any fellow students (or for yourself) who you think may be at risk of being drawn into extremism or who seem to have been radicalised. It may be that we can help before their journey into darkness goes too far.

You can see below a recent newspaper article on this issue in the national press.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/feb/14/how-far-right-uses-video-games-tech-lure-radicalise-teenage-recruits-white-supremacists

iREPORTit App – Report suspected terrorist activity

Update week commencing 22nd March 2021

See below a link to a new app – iREPORTit – which has been designed to help the public report suspected terrorist activity or concerns – available to download from the usual sources, please do so, it is designed for public use so people can immediately and easily report their concerns.

‎iREPORTit on the App Store (apple.com)

Online Safety Definitions

Update week commencing 15th March 2021

Below are some definitions of aspects of online safety you should be aware of as an Internet Citizen, provided by Be Internet Citizens.

Citizens Advice New Number

Update week commencing 8th March 2021

Please note that Ashfield Citizens Advice now have a new contact number.

They provide free, confidential and impartial advice and campaign on big issues affecting people’s lives in Ashfield.

Citizen's Advice Number

Online Safety and Disinformation – From Educate Against Hate

Update week commencing 1st March 2021

Please see information written by ‘Educate Against Hate’ on disinformation. For more information see the full blog post.

Disinformation is the deliberate creation and dissemination of false information that is intended to deceive and mislead, either for the purposes of causing harm, or for political, personal or financial gain. It can lead to health scares, false accusations and potentially damaging hoax stories. Recently, there has been various kinds of false information about coronavirus and the vaccines designed to tackle it.

It’s not always easy to spot disinformation. To limit the spread of false information, students should use the SHARE checklist before sharing news online.

Share Checklist

Protect and Prepare – How to deal with the threat from terrorism?

Update week commencing 22nd February 2021

For more information on visit: https://www.counterterrorism.police.uk/

Safer Internet Day – Top Tips for #AnInternetWeTrust

Update week commencing 8th February 2021

On Tuesday 9th February 2021 It’s #SaferInternetDay , where organisations across the UK work together to make #AnInternetWeTrust

The theme this year is “Together for a better internet”, what can you do to help keep yourself and others safe online?

Find out more information at www.saferinternetday.org.uk 💻

Shout – Text 85258

Update week commencing 1st February 2021

Shout 85258 is a free, confidential, 24/7 text messaging support service for anyone who is struggling to cope. Since launching publicly in May 2019 Shout have had more than 500,000 conversations with people who are anxious, stressed, depressed, suicidal or overwhelmed and who need immediate support. As a digital service, Shout 85258 has become increasingly critical since Covid-19, being one of the few mental health support services able to operate as normal at this time.

 

shout 85258

Radicalisation PowerPoint – Learner Made

Update week commencing 18th January 2021

Please see this excellent PowerPoint about Radicalisation and Extremism made by our learner Stephen Mountjoy.  These issues are so important to understand in current times, with turbulent national and international political events, and domestic issues like Covid-19 and Brexit.  Events like these increase the risk of extremism significantly.  Please have a look through, and many thanks to you Stephen!

 

Radicalisation

Safer Schools App – Reminder to Download!

Update week commencing 11th January 2021

Prevent – 7 Minute Briefing

Update week commencing 4th January 2021

Youtube Safety Card from Safer Schools

Update week commencing 21st December 2020

Facebook Messenger Safety Card from Safer Schools

Update week commencing 14th December 2020

Instagram Safety Card from Safer Schools

Update week commencing 7th December 2020

Snapchat Safety Card from Safer Schools

Update week commencing 30th November 2020

Streaming – Staying Safe Online

Update week commencing 23rd November 2020

Staying Safe Online – Sharing Images Online

Update week commencing 16th November 2020

Staying Safe Online

Update week commencing 9th November 2020

Mental Health Over Lockdown

Update week commencing 2nd November 2020

Report Harmful Content

Update week commencing 19th October 2020

Report Harmful Content is provided by UK Safer Internet Centre and operated by SWGfL.

https://reportharmfulcontent.com/ 

Why can we help?

We have our experience of running two successful helplines, the Professionals Online Safety Helpline and The Revenge Porn Helpline. This experience has given us the unique set of skills, insights and relationships with industry to provide specialist support.

We studied the community guidelines of several different platforms to determine which types of content are likely to violate terms. We have worked hard to create a safe and effective platform to report harmful content.

There are some types of content for which Report Harmful Content cannot offer support. This is because there are dedicated, specialist services that exist already – for example, Action Counters Terrorism. Read the Advice section of our website for more information on these harms and to find simple and clear instructions on what you should do to find the best support.

E-Safety – Strong Passwords

Update week commencing 12th October 2020

E-Safety

Update week commencing 5th October 2020

Covid symptoms

Update week commencing 28th September 2020

Visit the BBC website for full details: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-51048366 

What are the symptoms?

  • New and continuous cough – coughing a lot for more than an hour, or having three or more coughing episodes in 24 hours
  • Fever – a temperature above 37.8C
  • Change in smell or taste – either you cannot taste or smell anything, or these senses are different to normal.

Public Health England says about 85% of people with Covid will have at least one.

Self-Isolation Legal Duty

Update week commencing 28th September 2020

New legal duty to self-isolate comes into force today

From today, people in England will be required by law to self-isolate if they test positive or are contacted by NHS Test and Trace. This law has been introduced to ensure compliance with self-isolation rules and to reduce the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Fines will also be introduced from today for those breaching self-isolation rules, starting at £1,000, in line with the existing penalty for breaking quarantine after international travel. This could increase to up to £10,000 for repeat offences and the most serious breaches, including for those preventing others from self-isolating.

Employers who force or allow staff to come to work who they know should be self-isolating will also be liable for fines of up to £10,000.

Learner Safeguarding Information

Update week commencing 21st September 2020