Thank you for visiting Oxfordshire’s Risk and Resilience Toolkit for education professionals, which has been created following recommendations from several Serious Case Reviews in Oxfordshire in recent years.
In Oxfordshire we know that there are strong links between children being abused through child sexual exploitation and other behaviours such as running away from home or care, bullying, self-harm, teenage pregnancy, truancy and substance misuse. In addition children with a history of abuse and those with parents who have mental health problems, disabilities, drugs or alcohol misuse or domestic violence and abuse are also particularly vulnerable to sexual exploitation.
Some children are particularly vulnerable, for example, children with special needs, those who are looked after, those leaving care, migrant children, unaccompanied asylum seeking children, forced marriage and those involved in gangs.
Preventative approaches need to include building resilience. Increasing children’s resilience increases their chances of happy healthy relationships.
The Safeguarding in Education Sub-Group of the Oxfordshire Safeguarding Children Board (OSCB) has been asked to provide a ‘space’ where education professionals can quickly and efficiently share and access appropriate resources to support the development of children’s resilience. The intention is to help them manage risk eg in situations related to alcohol, drugs domestic violence, bullying, exploitation of all kinds; and to promote their health and wellbeing, especially mental and emotional health, so that they can reach their full potential.
This webpage brings together:
- resources which have been considered appropriate by members of the Safeguarding in Education Group
- links to relevant webpages provided by bona fide organisations
- links to OCC anti-bullying resources
- relevant case studies from Oxfordshire schools
Currently Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) is compulsory in council-maintained secondary schools but not academies, free schools or primary schools, although in reality, most academies and free schools do provide these lessons. Parents are free to withdraw their children if they wish to do so. The only exceptions to this are the biological aspects of human growth and reproduction that are essential elements of National Curriculum Science. The education must be appropriate to the age and religious background of pupils. This toolkit is also intended to support schools in preparing for the new requirements in 2019.
We hope that you are able to find what you are looking for and that this page helps you in your valuable work to promote children’s resilience, whether through the curriculum, school assemblies, or other educational activities.
Please email SchoolImprovementTeam@Oxfordshire.gov.uk if you find that a link needs updating, have a query or have any resources you would like to suggest adding.
The following resources will support you with the prevention and management of bullying. If bullying is not appropriate managed this can have a severe impact on children’s self-esteem, mental health, school engagement and attendance.
The Anti-Bullying Homepage (with links to all areas of bullying) - Anti-Bullying
This is the main section for supporting you with your Anti-Bullying policy and practice and includes the following: National guidance from the government and other bodies, local Oxfordshire guidance including Schools Anti-Bullying Self-Assessment and Action Plan, Anti-Bullying policy checklist, Oxfordshire template for recording bullying, Oxfordshire E-safety Cyberbullying Toolkit, Oxfordshire Homophobic, Biphobic and Transphobic bullying toolkit, Oxfordshire sexting toolkit, Oxfordshire online bullying survey and more - Anti-Bullying - Policies and Guidance
Guidance, resources and links to support you with addressing homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying - Homophobic, Biphobic and Transphobic-bullying
Guidance, resources and links to support you with promoting online safety and managing cyberbullying -Internet Safety and Cyberbullying
Oxfordshire is an All Together local authority with funding from the DfE to address bullying of children who have SEN or a disability. This link takes you to the SEND hub provided by the Anti-Bullying Alliance and more information about the All Together programme including online CPD Anti-Bullying training for staff - Special Needs and Disability Bullying
Chelsea's Choice’ is an innovative and powerful production highlighting the very serious and emotional issue of child sexual exploitation. - http://www.alteregocreativesolutions.co.uk/chelseas-choice/
Oxfordshire Safeguarding Childrens Board (OSCB)
Oxfordshire Safeguarding Children Board (OSCB) is the means by which organisations in Oxfordshire come together to agree on how they will cooperate with one another to safeguard and promote the welfare of children - http://www.oscb.org.uk/
Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH)
MASH seeks to enable the sharing of information so risks to children can be identified at an early stage.
It is a link between universal services such as schools and GPs and statutory services such as police and social care. - https://www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/cms/content/multi-agency-safeguarding-hub
*Information currently being added
Oxford Against Cutting (OAC)
Oxford Against Cutting is a rights-based group working to help prevent female genital mutilation (FGM) of girls and women living in Oxfordshire. - https://www.oxfordagainstcutting.org/
PSHE Association - FGM
Information sheet on addressing FGM in schools, recognising warning signs and external support. - https://www.pshe-association.org.uk/
Wow Challenge – walking to school - https://www.livingstreets.org.uk/what-we-do/projects/wow
Oxfordshire Sport and Physical Activity
Oxfordshire Sport and Physical Activity represents and supports key partners in providing sport and active recreation opportunities for Oxfordshire - https://www.oxspa.co.uk
Mental health and wellbeing (including self-harm)
Scheme of work example looking at Healthy Choices and Body Image - Healthy Choices (Lesson 3 & Intro) - pdf
Time to Change
Resources for schools and youth professionals designed to create an open, supportive culture around mental health.- https://www.time-to-change.org.uk/
A free educational resource on children and young people's mental health for all adults - https://www.minded.org.uk/
The aim of this toolkit is to make schools and college staff aware of the range of validated instruments that can be used to measure and monitor student mental wellbeing. - Measuring Wellbeing Toolkit
A range of resources and toolkits, provide by the YoungMinds charity which are specifically designed to help you to help improve children and young people's mental health.- https://youngminds.org.uk/resources/tools-and-toolkits/
Rise Above for Schools
Draws on the Rise Above website which features content co-created with young people. The website is designed for young people aged 11-16 and aims to delay and prevent them from engaging in exploratory risky behaviours and promote good mental health - https://riseabove.org.uk/
Under My Skin
Commissioned by Oxfordshire County Council’s Public Health Directorate, Under My Skin is a fast-paced, funny and hard-hitting play about self-harm, touring to schools across the county. - http://pegasustheatre.org.uk/shows/under-my-skin/
Mental Health in Schools Award
The Carnegie Centre of Excellence for Mental Health in Schools, exists to strengthen the mental health of the next generation by supporting schools to make a positive change at all levels of the UK's education system, thereby improving outcomes and life chances. - http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/carnegie-school-of-education/carnegie-centre-of-excellence-for-mental-health-in-schools/
Wellbeing resources pertaining to everyone in schools - http://schoolwell.co.uk/
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Training
Mental Health training to empower people to care for themselves and others - https://mhfaengland.org/
The sex education forum provides useful information about plans from the government to introduce statutory RSE http://www.sexeducationforum.org.uk/policy-campaigns/faqs-on-statutory-sre-2017.aspx . The following links to the relevant government publication: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/relationships-education-rse-and-pshe
The PHSE Association has a range of approved resources to support schools with the development of RSE. The following are examples of some that schools may find useful. Please search www.phse-association.org.uk for further details. Some resources are free and some require additional payment – full details on the website.
CPD programme for PHSE co-ordinators to support them with developing these resources - https://www.pshe-association.org.uk/curriculum-and-resources/resources/
Expect Respect Education Toolkit by Women's Aid
A comprehensive package of teaching materials focusing on abuse in relationships - https://www.pshe-association.org.uk/curriculum-and-resources/resources/
Online safety for primary schools including sharing inappropriate images, grooming online - PSHE Association. *Primary - https://www.pshe-association.org.uk/curriculum-and-resources/resources/nspcc-share-aware-resources
Betty for Schools
Lessons about menstruation for 8 -11 and 11+ *Primary - https://bettyforschools.co.uk/resources
Comedy drama on RSE. *Secondary - https://www.truetube.co.uk/film/screwball
Discussion guides and session plans to support the Government’s Disrespect NoBody campaign aimed at preventing abuse in teenage relationships. *Secondary - https://www.pshe-association.org.uk/curriculum-and-resources/resources/
SRE Covered (Islington Healthy Schools Team) - PSHE Association
Resources which address a wide range of sex and relationship education topics. These need to be purchased. *Secondary - https://www.pshe-association.org.uk/curriculum-and-resources/resources/sre-covered
SRE Project - ApauseToo Toolkit
ApauseToo (Added Power and Understanding in Sex Education) SRE packs for schools aimed at key stage 3 & 4. *Secondary - http://www.sreproject.org/apause-resources-available
The Shropshire Respect Yourself Relationship and Sex Education programme is a co-ordinated county wide approach for primary and secondary schools. The programme provides a comprehensive, spiral, cross phase scheme of work containing lesson plans, resources, assessment and teacher's guidance for year 1-11 - http://www.healthyshropshire.co.uk/topics/sexual-health/relationships-and-sex-education/
Teaching resources to support the delivery of a comprehensive SRE programme for Primary and Secondary Schools. - https://cwpresources.co.uk/resources/
£125 - Primary
£125 - Secondary
DO provides expert-led support and resources to ensure truly inclusive RSE is being delivered in our schools. Free resources for Key Stage 4 - http://www.dosreforschools.com/
The Alcohol and Drug Education and Prevention Information Service
The Alcohol and Drug Education and Prevention Information Service (ADEPIS) was developed by the prevention charity Mentor UK as a platform for sharing information and resources aimed at schools and practitioners working in drug and alcohol prevention - http://mentor-adepis.org/
FRANK helps you find out everything you might want to know about drugs (and some stuff you don't) Confidential advice and support. - http://www.talktofrank.com/
Transgender and gender questioning
Oxfordshire have been working with other local authorities to produce a trans toolkit for schools. This will be published shortly. Please contact Jo Brown for further details.
Jo Brown can also offer inset training to schools with a specific focus on supporting trans and gender variant children and young people.
Jo Brown - firstname.lastname@example.org
Stonewall’s guide “Supporting LGBT Young People” provides a very useful section on supporting transgender young people. - http://www.stonewall.org.uk/our-work/education-resources
Gendered Intelligence (GI)
A community interest company who aim to increase understanding of gender diversity. The work predominantly with the trans community and those who impact on trans lives; They particularly specialise in supporting young trans people aged 8-25. They provide training and workshops and a newsletter for parents and carers. - http://genderedintelligence.co.uk/
A charity that provide family and individual support for teenagers and children with gender identity issues. - http://www.mermaidsuk.org.uk/
Gender Identity Research & Education Society (GIRES)
GIRES provides information for trans people, their families and professionals working with them. They also provide http://www.gires.org.uk/education/information-for-educators which includes links to helpful documents e.g. Memorandum of Understanding produced by GIRES on the law and good practice for a pupil to be able to transition in a school environment; link to guidance from the former DCSF on preventing and responding to sexual, sexist and transphobic bullying http://www.gires.org.uk/assets/Schools/DCSF-01136-2009.pdf
Inspiring Equality in Education
School resources - £45.00 or £29 for download - http://each.education/resources/shop
Brighton & Hove Education & Enterprise Marketplace (BEEM)
Brighton has also produced a free toolkit for schools to promote inclusion of Trans and gender variant children and young people. - http://www.beem.org.uk/Article/40681
The Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (SABP) and the Gender Identity Research and Education Society (GIRES) have jointly developed an excellent e-learning resource on caring for gender nonconforming young people which is aimed at professionals and families. - http://cs1.e-learningforhealthcare.org.uk/public/GEV/GEV_01_001/story.html
Other useful links and information
A free, private and confidential service where you can be you. Whatever your worry, whenever you need help, however you want to get in touch. - https://www.childline.org.uk/
The leading children's charity in the UK, specialising in child protection and dedicated to the fight for every childhood. NSPCC are the only UK children's charity with statutory powers and that means they can take action to safeguard children at risk of abuse. - https://www.nspcc.org.uk/
School Health Nursing service provided by OH
The service provides advice, guidance and support with mental health and wellbeing, relationships and sexual health, smoking, alcohol and drugs, healthy eating and physical activity and long term health conditions - https://www.oxfordhealth.nhs.uk/children-and-young-people/oxon/school-health-nursing/
In-formed / Risky Behaviours Service provide by the Training Effect - http://www.thetrainingeffect.co.uk/in-formed
Aquarius, the Young Person’s Substance Misuse Service - https://www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/cms/content/aquarius-service