Safeguarding Links

Thinking Creatively to safeguard d/Deaf and disabled children and young people (NSPCC)

One group of children and young people whose safeguarding needs can be overlooked are those who are d/Deaf and disabled.

The NSPCC website has recently added information and resources to help understand the risks, developing policies that include young people’s views and reflect on the relevant legislation.

Find the information here:

What does d/Deaf mean?

Deaf (with an upper case ‘D’) generally denotes someone who was born Deaf, and predominantly uses British Sign Language and culturally identifies with the Deaf community.

deaf (with a lower case ‘d’) refers to someone who has become deaf over their lifetime and identifies with the hearing community. They will tend to use hearing aids or lip-reading

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Safeguarding of deaf children (SignHealth)

Deaf children can miss out on the key messages about abuse given through mainstream media and by word-of-mouth.

They cannot access information in the same way as their hearing peers, so deaf children and young people are largely unaware of support networks, or even what constitutes abuse.

Deaf children can be more vulnerable to abuse and neglect, and they are much more likely than hearing children to develop social, emotional or behavioural problems.

The Deaf Health Charity, SignHealth, report that they are increasingly working with deaf young people who have experienced extreme forms of abuse, particularly Asian girls.

Young Deaf Hope

Young DeafHope is a unique project working with young Deaf people of eleven years and older, to raise awareness of abuse and domestic violence.

The aim is to help young people change or avoid abusive behaviour, and to help them to have healthy relationships and stay safe.

You can find more information here:

Pants' Video in BSL (NSPCC)

The NSPCC's successful PANTs campaign is designed to allow parents to start easy conversations with their children without having to mention scary words like sex or abuse.

It teaches them that their privates are private and that their body belongs to them.

The NSPCC has created a video in British Sign Language with subtitles and aim to teach

deaf children about the Underwear Rule and encourages them to share secrets that upset them with a trusted adult.  

You can find the video here:

Relationships education, relationships and sex education (RSE) and health education: FAQs (DfE) (inc. Arabic and Urdu)

Perhaps the most controversial topic areas taught in school are those around sex, sexuality and gender. 

The DfE has published an FAQ document for parents to help them understand the forthcoming changes in statutory RSE from September 2020.

The FAQ is also available in Arabic and Urdu, and can be found here:

Keeping Children Safe in Education in other languages (LGFL)

All schools must ensure that all staff have read Keeping Children Safe in Education (Part 1). In our diverse schools, some staff may be more comfortable reading in their first language.

London Grid for Leaning has translated Keeping Children Safe into a number of other languages:

The translations can be found here:

Safeguarding children with communication needs (Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists)
The RCSLT have produced a fact-sheet 'Safeguarding children with communication needs' which can be downloaded here: has a new name - TikTok (Safer Internet Centre)

  The social network app has often given adults cause for concern, because of the way that children use it to generate and share their own short videos and lip sync to popular audio clips.

The app has a new name and new features, and now includes live streaming.

Although the app has an age-limit of 13 years old, in practice there will be younger children using it, and the content may not be suitable.

Profiles on TikTok are automatically set to public, so that any content you post can be seen by anyone within the app.  

There is also a Restricted Mode which can help to filter out inappropriate content and prevent  the user from being able to start their own live streams.

You can find out more here

‘Communication is Key’