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Protecting Your Child – Advice on E-Safety, Bullying and CSE

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Bullying, E-Safety and Online Bullying

Drugs and Alcohol

For information and advice, look at the following links:

The Aquarius Service offers support to young people aged 11 – 19 (up to 25 for those with complex needs) in Oxfordshire who are suffering neglect because of parental or guardian substance misuse, or who are affected by current or historical substance misuse within the family.  Services on offer include play therapy, and support for young people at risk of developing a substance misuse problem. Aquarius workers are based in Oxfordshire’s Children and Family Centres.

Oxfordshire Drug and Alcohol Action Team website is no longer maintained, so the content should be treated with caution. You can still view their  short films on the dangers of drink and drugs:

 

Grooming and Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE): 

Please see our dedicated page on Oxfordshire’s CSE Promise

My name is Luzia (name changed to protect identity) and when I was 13 I was groomed and abused by a group of older men. I now know this is called Child Sexual Exploitation but at the time I thought they loved me and I thought what they did to me was okay – it wasn’t – I was a child. At first I didn’t know what to do but then I trusted a safe adult and told them and they helped stop the abuse.

I made this film clip to try and help other children and young people stay safe.

If something bad is happening to you SPEAK OUT, SHOUT LOUD, TRUST A SAFE ADULT AND TELL. DON’T BE ALONE – THERE ARE GOOD PEOPLE OUT THERE WHO WILL HELP YOU. PLEASE DON’T SUFFER IN SILENCE YOU ARE NOT ALONE. If you tell someone safe like a teacher, your social worker, the school nurse, your doctor, a police officer, a youth worker they will help you. There is ALWAYS HOPE so please don’t feel abuse is your path in life. If you tell the right people they will help you to stop it.

Anyone who is worried about themselves or another child should contact:

The Kingfisher Team on 01865 309196. 

 

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Sexual exploitation can involve swapping sexual favours for drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, and other presents. Or it may be having sex for money with several adults. Young people may feel they must have sex because an adult gives them something, or because they feel threatened or frightened.

If you are worried that an adult is trying to abuse you, or worried about a friend, tell someone you can trust. If you can, talk to your parents, your carer or a close member of your family. Sometimes it is difficult to talk about personal problems like sex. Perhaps you think your parents or carer will be angry or upset, or you will get into trouble with the police. Even so, it is better to ask for help if you are unhappy about the way you are being treated by an older person. Is there someone else you could talk to – such as a teacher or someone from your religion or local community? Tell the trusted person about your concerns.

Child sexual exploitation is a crime – the police and social services will act to stop it happening. If you think you are being abused or are worried about a friend call our confidential helpline number on 01865 309196. There are specialists in the team who can help stop the abuse.

For support and advice you can contact the Kingfisher Team on 01865 309196.

 

Neglect

Neglect can sometimes have obvious signs, though often it can take years for emotional and psychological symptoms to become apparent. These are a few signs which could indicate a child is being neglected:

  • regularly not having clean clothes to wear or enough to eat
  • a lack of medical or dental attention
  • frequent absences from school
  • poor hygiene
  • a child (under 16) who regularly has to look after themselves alone.

Mental Health

For more information and experiences of mental health in adults, children and young people, you can visit

Self Harm

A free downloadable guide for parents and carers who have a young persons self-harm.

https://www.psych.ox.ac.uk/research/csr/research-projects-1/coping-with-self-harm-brochure_final_copyright.pdf