Safeguarding and Online Safety
Below are some links that offer support on how to keep yourself and your child safe.
Keeping your cool- Advice for parents on managing stress and anger
Protect your child from abuse
Home alone- Keeping your child safe
Positive Parenting- Encouraging better behaviour
Improving Communication- Listening to your child
Please watch this video below- it is a simple way to teach your child about the 'underwear rule' and how to protect child against abuse.
If you don't feel safe then speak out.
From September 2021, Holy Cross Catholic Primary School will be taking part in a joint operation involving Birmingham Children’s Trust, Birmingham City Council, and West Midlands Police. This will formally be known as Operation Encompass.
Operation Encompass has been established to help schools provide in-school support to children who have been present at, exposed to or involved in any domestic abuse incident.
We know that children can be significantly harmed, physically and/or emotionally, during these situations, and that it also negatively affects their learning and behaviour in class.
Therefore, as part of the Operation Encompass procedure, and to help mitigate the resulting negative impact, the school will now receive a confidential phone call or email from West Midlands Police before 9am the morning after a child or young person has been witness to, or involved in, any reported domestic abuse incident. If you have any further questions about this, please do not hesitate in contacting the school office.
A Parents Guide to Technology: The UK Safer Internet Centre has created this guide to answer commonly asked questions and introduce some of the most popular devices used by children, highlighting the safety tools available and empowering parents with the knowledge they need to support their children to use these technologies safely and responsibly.
Internet Parental Controls: The four big internet providers - BT, Sky, Talk Talk and Virgin Media - provide their customers with free parental controls that can be activated at any time. Video tutorials on how to download and use these controls are available on the UK Safer Internet Centre website.
Safety Tools on Social Networks and other Online Services: Information and advice on the safety tools, age requirements and terms and conditions for a variety of online services popular with young people.
Online Gaming: Childnet’s guide contains helpful advice and information on supporting children and young people playing games online.
Music, Film, TV and the Internet: Childnet has developed this guide with the music, film and television industries to inform parents, teachers and young people about how to stay safe and legal when enjoying entertainment on the internet or via a mobile device.
Young People and Social Networking Sites: Aims to help parents understand the positive and creative ways young people are using social networking spaces (e.g. Facebook, Twitter and Instagram). It also points out the potential risks of using these sites and ways to minimise these risks.
Where to Report/Get Help
If you have any questions about Online Safety then please arrange with the school office to meet with Miss Crowley.
Need Help? Information about what to do if a child comes to you for help and advice about how to report online concerns such as cyberbullying, inappropriate content or illegal behaviour.
Child Exploitation and Online Protection: A police agency tackling child abuse on the internet. This website includes a unique facility that enables parents and young people to make reports of actual or attempted abuse online.
CEOP’s Think U Know website contains information for children and parents, as well as a link for children to report abuse online.
Internet Watch Foundation: Part of the UK Safer Internet Centre, the IWF is the UK’s hotline for reporting illegal content found on the internet. It deals specifically with child abuse and criminally obscene images hosted in the UK and internationally.
NSPCC: If you have concerns about the safety of a child then contact the NSPCC helpline on 0808 800 5000or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Children can talk to someone for advice and support at any time by contacting ChildLine on 0800 1111 or chatting to a counsellor online at
Family Lives: A national family support charity providing help and support in all aspects of family life. Useful advice and information is available online at www.familylives.org.uk and they provide a free confidential helpline on 0808 800 2222.
Parent Port: A website run by the UK’s media regulators, allowing you to report content unsuitable for children found in a programme, advert, film, video game, newspaper/magazine or other forms of media.
A powerful video teaching the reality of posting things online: