Children who need help

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Talking about terrorism: tips for parents and professionals

Children are exposed to news in many ways, and what they see can worry them.

  • listen carefully to a child’s fears and worries
  • offer reassurance and comfort
  • avoid complicated and worrying explanations that could be frightening and confusing
  • help them find advice and support to understand distressing events and feelings
  • children can always contact Childline free and confidentially on the phone and online.

More information can be found on the NSPCC website and by clicking on the pdf link below - Talking about terrorism: tips for parents and professionals.

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Being bullied? Get help

If you or someone you know is being bullied, it is important to get help. Healthy Peterborough has information on actions you can take and services you can access to help you deal with bullying.

Neglect and child abuse

'Neglect is the ongoing failure to meet a child's basic needs and is the most common form of child abuse.  A child may be left hungry or dirty, without adequate clothing, shelter, supervision, medical or health care.  A child may be put in danger or not protected from physical or emotional harm.  They may not get the love, care and attention they need from their parents.  A child who is neglected will often suffer from other abuse as well. Neglect is dangerous and can cause serious, long-term damage - even death' (NSPCC).

A comprehensive neglect resource pack to support professionals can be accessed from the Peterborough Safeguarding Children Board.

The Early Help team actively promotes a range of tools to identify areas of neglect and plan SMART actions to improve outcomes.  This includes the use of Outcomes Star and the Quality Assessment Tool.

Further information on how to engage in training for both of the above can be accessed via the Peterborough Safeguarding Children Board training programme.

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Step down from Children's Social Care

An assessment may be completed by Children’s Social Care (CSC) with a family, but following this they may not need to be offered any additional support at a CSC level. Alternatively, work may be completed with a family by Children’s Social Care but then support continues to the family without CSC’s ongoing involvement. In both cases family support may be offered under Early Help.

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Child missing from home

A missing person is anyone whose whereabouts are unknown, whatever the circumstances of disappearance. He or she will be considered missing until located and his or her wellbeing, or otherwise, established.

It is estimated that 100,000 children under the age of 16 run away from home or care each year across the UK. There are strong links between children and young people involved in sexual exploitation and other behaviours, such as, running away from home or care, bullying, self-harm, teenage pregnancy, truancy and substance misuse. In addition some children and young people are more vulnerable, for example, children and young people with special needs, unaccompanied asylum seeking children, those forced into marriage and those involved with gangs.

A return interview will be undertaken with all missing young people within 72 hours of return.

For more help or information contact the Runaway Helpline: Freefone 0808 800 7070, email runaway@missingpeople.org.uk or text 80234.

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Child/young person at risk of sexual exploitation/grooming

Sexual exploitation of children and young people under 18 involves exploitative situations, contexts and relationships where young people (or a third person or persons) receive ‘something’ (e.g. food, accommodation, drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, affection, gifts, money) as a result of them performing, and/or another or others performing on them, sexual activities (Department for Education 2009).

More information can be found on the Peterborough Safeguarding Children Board website.

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Family breakdown

Stable, healthy families are at the heart of strong societies. It is within the family environment that an individual’s physical, emotional and psychological development occurs.

From our family we should learn unconditional love, understand right from wrong, and gain empathy, respect and self-regulation. These qualities enable us to engage positively at school, at work and in society.

Yet tragically, half of all children born today will experience family breakdown by the age of 16; this breakdown is particularly acute in the most disadvantaged communities. Support can be found on the Relate website.

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Young carer in need of support

Young carers are children and young people under 18, whose lives are affected by caring for a member of their family. They may care for a relative who has a physical or learning disability, a long term illness, a terminal condition, mental ill health, or difficulties with drug or alcohol use.

How to access support

If you need to talk to someone about what options are available, Carers Direct advisers can give you information to help make decisions about your personal support needs and the needs of the person you are looking after. 

A range of websites can be found on the Young Carers page.

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