The following are particular issues that affect a lot of children and young people in Birmingham.
School staff need to know how to identify pupils experiencing these and, how to support them and, the links with safeguarding.
Domestic Abuse. About 30% of children/young people are living in a household where there is domestic abuse and this can have a serious effect upon the child's welfare and well-being. A Serious Case Review recommendation was that all front-line staff need to have training on domestic violence.
Sexually inappropriate behaviour. How can schools help children understand what is acceptable behaviour and when does a child's behaviour become a child protection concern?
Sexual Bullying and relationship violence occurs between pupils and the wide availability of pornography is affecting pupils' perceptions of relationships.
E-safety. Use of the internet is part of most children's lives now but they need to know how to use it safely and how to keep their personal information private.
FGM (Female Genital Mutilation) is illegal in this country but still occurs to girls within Birmingham.
Forced Marriage occurs when one, or both, of the people getting married have been coerced into getting married.
Substance misusing parents. Some parents misuse drugs and/or alcohol and this can affect the level of care they provide for their children.
For further information and support please contact Tony Ayers, Education Adviser.