Teachers/Care Professionals
Barnardos have developed an educational tool called 'Wud U?', for those who interact with young people that might be at risk of sexual exploitation.

In August 2015 CCEA issued updated guidance for schools on Relationships & Sexuality Education (RSE).  These documents give advice to schools on further considerations particularly concerning the digital world that young people are now growing up in.  This guidance is for primary and post-primary schools.  If you need any support with policy development in this area please contact sharon.bingham@northerntrust.hscni.net

'Sexting' in schools: advice and support around self-generated images, what to do and how to handle it; is another support for schools navigating this issue.  It provides helpful strategies, pathways and training material for staff in schools.  NSPCC have useful information for professionals in navigating policy and procedures around sexting. 

Project DeShame has released a new report on 'Young People's experience of online harrassment' is an interesting read particularly in terms of how young people view risk and also the barriers for young people to seeking help.  Ch7 has some interesting discussion on Preventing and Responding to online sexual harrassment.  This report is part of a bigger project and it is hoped that resources to support these findings will be generated for use. 

Young Peple and Sexting: Attitudes and Behaviours (2017) is a useful reflection for consideration with RSE and Pastoral Care.  Prof Andy Phippen's analysis of the UK information and the experiences of young people in an educational setting will challenge our approaches in talking to young people around sexting.

The Police Service NI and FPA have each produced leaflets detailing legislation on Sex and the Law.  These are useful condensed versions of the Sexual Offences (NI) Order 2008

Youthnet, GenderJam NI and SAIL NI have produced a guidance resource 'Supporting trans youth'  to support trans and non-binary young people in formal & non-formal education. 

Keeping children safe online: Making your organisation safer
The following links provide useful information on how keep children safer online.
NSPCC: NSPCC through their joint e-learning programme with CEOP: Keeping Children Safe Online have great material to help organisations with 'online safety self-assessment tool' developing an 'acceptable use policy' and a proforma for 'E-Safety incident log'.  This training costs £20.  You can then print the material off. 
NSPCC inform: Child protection information advice and support for anyone working with children.
Childnet have some fantastic resources for schools, parents and young people.
CEOP's advice, help and report centre

CEOP's thinkuknow webiste

CEOP's YouTube channel

Beat Bullying
Get Safe Online
Internet watch Foundation: UK Hotline for reporting criminal online content and work with the internet industry, police and international partners to get it removed. Reports to the IWF are confidential and can be submitted anonymously. A report to the Hotline may help to trace and rescue a young victim from further abuse.
Social Network Safety Policies: Twitter, Youtube, Facebook

Preparing young people for Puberty
This Puberty Booklet was developed by the Southern Trust for young people, parents, guardians, foster carers, youth leaders, teachers and discusses the changes that happen at puberty, sex and sexuality, healthy eating and looking after yourself and relationships.  It is illustrated throughout with diagrams and pictures, and answers the kinds of questions that children and teenagers everywhere ask all of the time.

'Always' Puberty Education Programme have some very useful free teaching resources designed both for primary and post primary children aged 9-14 years.  Register with them to order your free class pack and samples and via their webpage you can download teacher guides, lesson plans, worksheets, classroom powerpoints and videos. 

Sexual Health Sheffield have some useful resources to purchase to support conversations with children and supporting material for parents around puberty changes.

Page last updated:19 December 2017