The welfare and safety of children is paramount.
If you have any concerns about a child, please tell someone.
School Designated Safeguarding Leads
If you have concerns about the safety of a child or young person or fear that they are being abused or neglected please contact the Police by calling 999 in an emergency. In a non-emergency call Northamptonshire County Council on 0300 126 1000.
NSPCC: WWW.NSPCC.ORG.UK 0808 800 500
CHILDLINE: www.childline.org.uk 0800 1111
CHILD EXPLOITATION AND ONLINE PROTECTION (CEOP) - www.ceop.police.uk 0870 000 3344
24 Hour National Domestic Violence Freephone Helpline: 0808 2000247
Age Ratings for Social Media
This has been shared nationwide on social media by police services across the UK:
We know that many children are using social media when they are 'offically' too young to sign up to these sites. We know because they tell us!
Lots of them say that Mums and Dad have signed them up - sometimes years ago. There's nothing illegal in that, but please keep in mind that if you signed your 8 year old up to facebook 5 years ago, saying they were 13 years old - they now appear as an 18 year old on that site.
If an adult tries to groom your now 13 year old via social media, they will be able to argue that they thought they were talking to another adult.Remember to update their details, check their privacy settings and talk to them about what pictures they use for their profile, so they're safe online.