Safeguarding parents – updates from the Facebook groups

Vikkey Chaffe
Vikkey Chaffe
As we look at our policies and practices on how to safeguard children in schools, it begs a pertinent question - are we missing a vital part?

This week I have been looking at safeguarding children by directly safeguarding parents.

As we all know, children can be subjected to true terrors in their home, as through no fault of their own they can be witness to something that we have no control over. So, how can we spread our safeguarding awareness to the home?

 

I was watching a programme recently which was based in a hospital – on the wall was a poster that offered support to those who are domestically abused, and on the corner was a pack of blank yellow dots. These discreet dots were to be taken by someone who needs help to get away from domestic abuse. The victims then wear this dot and speak to any member of staff about anything e.g. what time is lunch today, just so they can see the dot. They then asked them in to talk about ‘lunch’ and then take it from there.

 

Whilst this is admittedly an imperfect method, as you could say that every parent would need to know what the yellow dots are, this idea does open the doors to creating opportunity for parents to ask for help in a discreet manner.

 

What about a ‘leave a comment box’ or ‘handing a slip in to the office’. There are a wealth of ideas that we could adopt to maintain the wellbeing of parents and, in turn, the children.

 

What do you think? Do you use any of the methods above, or have you got your own? Please let us know in the comments below or in our Facebook groups.

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