Welcome to the Parents & Carers’ section of the Croydon Safeguarding Children Board website
Please find available information aimed at parents, carers and members of the public. You may be concerned about a child, require information on keeping children safe, details of local and national resources, or require information on Child Protection or Private Fostering.
If you want to speak to someone at Croydon’s Children’s Services call 0208 726 6400 and ask to speak to a Social Worker (24 hours) who will be able to help you.
The websites detailed below can help you to keep your children safe, but please also visit our ‘Keeping Children Safe’ and ‘Local & National Resources’ webpages for further advice and information on a wide range of issues.
Latest News: Parenting Progammes Update
For information on parenting sessions, including the Triple P Parenting Programme in 2017, go to the National & Local Resources webpage.
Early Help for Families
To find out more about the support available for you and your family, and how to get the help you need please view our Early help leaflet.
Croydon’s Best Start programme gives their parents and parents-to-be support and help by coordinating the work of health visitors, midwives, early learning practitioners, family nurses, children’s centres and voluntary and community organisations.
This means parents only have to explain their situation once and the network of 400 professionals, who are part of the programme, can then tailor a package of support suited to each individual set of circumstances.
More information about Best Start is available on Facebook
Family Space Website
Available for parents, carers and members of the public is the Family Space website www.familyspacecroydon.co.uk
Currently under redevelopment, this is growing to be a really useful resorce for croydon parents and carers to support all their childcare needs.
It has really useful information about Childcare Providers as well as Schools:
The Foundation Years website – the broad range of information accessible on this site is developed by government, professionals and the voluntary and community sector and is continually updated with the latest news, information and resources.
In March 2015, they launched the What to Expect, When? guide to help you as a parent/carer find out more about how your child is learning and developing during their first five years
Disability and Special Needs
Croydon Council provides help and advice for parents and carers of children with a disability or special educational needs. You can find more information here:
Keeping Families Safe
Croydon Council has lots of information and advice to keep you and your family safe. Regularly updated with current news stories and advice. This website has a wealth of interesting and useful information, including advice on domestic violence.
Missing from Home (Young Runaways)
If you are aware that a child is missing you should report this to the Police (dial 101 or 999 in an emergency). Anyone can report someone missing.
The Runaway Helpline has been supporting young people for many years and is run by the UK charity Missing People. They can offer confidential advice to young people. Contact by Freephone 116000, TXT 116000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sexual Exploitation of Children and Young People
Child exploitation can take many forms including peer sexual exploitation, inappropriate relationships, organised networks and trafficking such as paedophile and exploitative rings. It is against the law and a form of sexual abuse that puts the child at risk of severe physical, emotional and psychological damage.
Forming close and positive relationships with children can make them less vulnerable. Making sure they feel good about themselves can stop them falling into abusive relationships. Know where your children are and be familiar with their friends and daily activities. However, even with the best parents and carers in the world, some children will be abused in this way. Parents and carers can often feel powerless to stop what can be a difficult and dangerous situation.
A specially-commissioned film ‘See Us, Hear Us, Help Us’ featuring a local young person talking about her own experiences of sexual exploitation was shown for the first time at the Croydon Congress Meeting on 26 November 2015. The film commissioned by Croydon Council portrays the devastating impact that this issue has on people’s lives. Please note: the young person’s account contains sexual references and some people may find the content disturbing.
Keeping Safe On-line
If you are worried about your child’s on-line behaviour, there is lots of advice and information available:
- Parents Against Child Sexual Exploitation (PACE) provide lots of useful up to date advice on what to do if you have concerns: visit PACE – Advice for Parents and Carers
- Think U Know – Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre: Call 08700 003344, or visit CEOP Safety Centre
- You can also access information aimed at parents and guardians via the Metropolitan Police website, including information about keeping children safe online.
- The Lucy Faithfull Foundation have produced a guide which you may find useful. This can be acessed here.
- Parent Zone and CEOP have come together to create Parent Info Site, a new site providing advice about how best to support a young person stay safe online.
- PLAY Virtual LIVE Real – The Breck Bednar Foundation aims to support young people and children stay safe online: visit Breck Bednar Foundation
- NSPCC Share Aware – Help your child use Social Media safely: visit NSPCC Share AWARE