New Training Brochure 2022-2023 for Mandy Parry Training

Hi there everyoneThe eagle eyed amongst you may have noticed that I have not issued a newsletter in some time. I’m afraid I have been so busy this term that I could not allocate the time to produce newsletters.  But I am taking pause right now to touch base with you all and to send …

When should you call the police?

‘Teachers call POLICE on enterprising primary schoolboy, nine, selling air fresheners to boost his pocket money The mother of a nine-year-old boy who sold air fresheners to boost his pocket money has revealed his teachers called the police on him. Alicia McHale, from Gorton, east Manchester, said she was shocked when two officers were sent round …

Learning from Arthur and Star

In the weeks running up to the end of 2021, the stories of two children who died because of child abuse hit the headlines. Many members of the children’s workforce, including many of those I support through training and supervision, were upset, and concerned, and have closely examined their own knowledge and practice as a …

Questions you ask about bullying

‘Ask if someone’s OK. Say you’re sorry. Just say hey. In a world that can sometimes feel like it’s filled with negativity, one kind word can provide a moment of hope. It can be a turning point. It can change someone’s perspective. It can change their day. It can change the course of a conversation …

Overcoming Barriers to Children Disclosing Abuse

“How do you say what you don’t know? Words around sex and child sexual abuse are literally barriers to disclosure in that children do not have the words.” Mental health organisation “The repercussions are huge, threats to take children away, fear of losing everything and at the hands of white people who don’t understand my …

The growing crisis of child criminal exploitation: who really is at risk?

Case Study 1 (Suffolk Police): A 16 year old male had been reported as missing from London and was considered at risk due to his age and link to gangs. He had recently failed to appear at court for his alleged involvement in a stabbing. He was found in possession of a 6-inch kitchen knife …

Would you know how to support children with family members in prison?

When he got arrested it caused loads of fights in the family. People were really upset with him again. Mum didn’t know at first until someone told her. I felt upset at first, and I missed him all the time. But I was ashamed and didn’t want to tell people. We never got any information …

Going to Court

What to do if you have to go to court I say in my safeguarding training that it is rare that a frontline member of the children’s workforce should be called on to attend court to safeguard a child. On the other hand, it is possible, and when it happens it is vital that individuals …

Keeping Children Safe in Education

Welcome to September 2021, which for many settings is the start of the next academic year, and a time of new beginnings. As a safeguarding trainer who supports the professional development of designated safeguarding leads (DSLs), I am aware of the sense of overwhelm that many of them experience. And the publishing of new key …

Peer on Peer

‘Around 9 in 10 of the girls we spoke to said that sexist name calling and being sent unwanted explicit pictures or videos happened ‘a lot’ or ‘sometimes.  Inspectors were also told that boys talk about whose ‘nudes’ they have and share them among themselves like a ‘collection game’, typically on platforms like WhatsApp or …