‘ThinkuKnow’- helping children and young people stay safe on and offline!

Monday 4 July sees two programmes launched, that are designed to help raise awareness with parents and professionals to protect children from the changing landscape of risk.

Thinkuknow is an award-winning on and offline safety programme for children and young people, professionals and parents developed by the National Crime Agency’s CEOP Command.

Delivered through a network of 100,000 qualified professionals across the UK, Thinkuknow provides accurate and informative, age appropriate advice and guidance about relationships, sex and internet safety to help prevent children and young people from becoming victims of abuse or exploitation.

The programme’s innovative and engaging films, cartoons, websites and lesson plans aim to help teachers, youth workers, police officers and health professionals to explore difficult and sensitive issues safely with children and young people.

Over 3.5 million children a year in the UK already benefit from Thinkuknow. We would like to make sure that every child or young person does so by asking you to promote the resources to the professionals and parents you work with:

Resources for professionals can be downloaded at: www.thinkuknow.co.uk/teachers

Resources for parents and carers can be downloaded at www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents – social workers may also find these resources useful for their professional development and for sharing with families.

ParentInfo, developed by CEOPs and internet parenting charity, Parent Zone, provides up to date, expert information for parents on a range of concerns they may have about children and young people, which is designed for schools to post on their own website. From advice on how much sleep a teenager needs to information about relationships, sex and internet safety.

ParentInfo’s content can be adapted for use in a variety of ways including: as advice for parents and carers; to explain the PSHE curriculum; or as a pointer to policies or guide to parents if issues arise. There’s also a specially-curated feed for primary schools, with information on topics of interest to parents of younger children.

Schools can find out more about and sign up to Parent Info at www.parentinfo.org.

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