Child Protection Parents Leaflet
Meic - free confidential chat for children and young people
The Meic Helpline is free, confidential and bilingual and can be contacted by phone (080880 23456), text (84001) or online chat (www.meic.cymru). Children and young people can talk to one of our trained advisers about any question or issue they may have, big or small. Our advisers will then work with that child or young person to find the help that they need.
The Meic website is also full of useful articles which offer advice on a number of different subject. Visit the Articles section on the website to search through our previous articles, or use the magnifying glass on the top right hand corner to search a specific keyword.
The website also has a specific section for professionals full of resources designed to teach others about Meic. There are links to school resources and lessons on the Hwb platform, a list of some of our videos (more can be found on our YouTube channel), and links to download our flyers, posters and branding. You are welcome to print these yourselves, and use our logos to link to the Meic helpline from your school websites if you so wish. Meic has lots of resources included on the Hwb platform, and a number of links to Meic have been included in their recent Young Person's Mental Health Toolkit.
Meic can also be found on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, where we post engaging content for children, young people and professionals. We would be extremely grateful if you could share our details with your pupils and welcome any contact from you with further questions or requests.
Online grooming: close the door to abusers
(Information available on Hwb)
While the majority of people who use the internet have good intentions, in some cases, children are groomed, deceived or extorted into producing and sharing a sexual image or video of themselves. In 2020, the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF), the UK charity that finds and removes images and videos of child sexual abuse from the internet, reported a dramatic 77% increase in this category of child sexual abuse material.
As a result the IWF launched a prevention campaign in April 2021, with the core message for parents and carers that this method of abuse isn’t happening in the dark, hidden corners of the web, but in plain sight, on platforms and apps used by children and young people and their parents and carers. The campaign features the film below, aimed at parents and carers, highlighting the fact that children and young people with unrestricted access to devices can be contacted by groomers, even when they are in environments considered to be safe.
Child Sexual Abuse Prevention - What we all need to know!
What we need to know to protect our children
Most victims of child sexual abuse do not talk about it and cannot ask for help. So adults have to. By understanding the risks and putting in place family safety plans – we can prevent abuse from happening in the first place. This leaflet aims to provide the information we all need to put in place preventative measures, recognise the warning signs of child sexual abuse - and to build the confidence to do something about it.
NSPCC - Talk PANTS Guide
Tips and advice to help keep your kids safe
Talk PANTS helps children understand that their body belongs to them, and they should tell someone they trust if anything makes them feel upset or worried.
To help you start the conversation with your child, we’ll send you helpful tips, advice and materials by email.
Ending Physical Punishment in Wales
The Children Wales Bill was passed by the Senedd and received Royal Assent in March 2020 and the Children Abolition of Defence of Reasonable Punishment (Wales) Act 2020 will become law in Wales on 21st March 2022.
Please see more information for your information.
How does the Prevent strategy apply to schools?
All schools have a duty to safeguard children from radicalisation and extremism.
This means we have a responsibility to protect children from extremist and violent views the same way we protect them from drugs or gang violence.
The Prevent strategy is not just about discussing extremism itself, which may not be appropriate for younger children. However, it is about teaching children values such as tolerance and mutual respect.
Importantly, we can provide a safe place for pupils to discuss any issues so they better understand how to protect themselves.