Skip to content

Online safety

The internet is an exciting place for children and young people to play, explore and connect. But it is important to be aware of the risks - such as seeing inappropriate content, cyberbullying or having personal information stolen.

Private fostering

Private fostering is when a child or young person under 16 years old (or 18 if they have a disability) is looked after for a period of 28 days or more by someone who is not a close relative, guardian or person with parental responsibility.

Bullying

Bullying is behaviour that hurts someone else – such as name calling, hitting or pushing, spreading rumours, threatening or undermining someone. Bullying is not always physical and can have a serious, long-term effect on a child.

Cyberbullying

Bullying that occurs on social media, online gaming or via mobile phones is called cyberbullying. It can include spreading rumours about someone, or posting nasty or embarrassing messages, images or videos.

Sex and sexually harmful behaviour

Learning about sex and sexual behaviour is a normal part of a child's development. It will help them as they grow up, and as they start to make decisions about relationships.

Special needs and disabilities

Some children and young people have special educational needs or disabilities (SEND). This can present significant challenges if you are their parent or carer. If your child has special educational needs or a disability, speak to the professionals already working with your family, such as your health visitor, child’s teacher or GP.

Missing children

100,000 children and young people run away from home or care in the UK each year – that’s one every five minutes. Children run away for all sorts of reasons, including trouble at school or arguments within the family. They may leave on impulse or in protest.

Child sex offender scheme

The child sex offender disclosure scheme allows members of the public – whether parents, carers and guardians or another interested party – to formally ask the police to tell them if someone has a record for child sexual offences.

image of country lines dotted on a map
7 December 2018

County Lines: National Issue, local problem

What are “county lines”? Urban criminal gangs travelling to Devon and Cornwall to sell illegal drugs. “The brand” – a single telephone number, operated from outside the area, for “customers”

Placeholder image
7 December 2018

County Lines – Know the signs

Devon and Cornwall Police have today, Tuesday 3 July, launched a campaign to raise awareness of County Lines and how the public can help spot the signs of such criminal

gov.uk logo on a black baclground
7 December 2018

Working Together 2018

The new 2018 ‘Working Together for Safeguarding Children’ guidelines were realised on 4th July. Download your copy tri.x have kindly provided a strategic overview of the changes aimed at senior managers and Safeguarding

There aren't any news for this category.

If you are concerned that a child is being abused please call

0345 155 1071

or email mashsecure@devon.gov.uk.

If it’s an emergency call 999


Top
Beta
×

beta.devon.gov.uk

Welcome to beta.devon, a development environment for all of our web sites and an example of how our information and services are presented.

PLEASE BE AWARE - this is a test website. It may contain inaccuracies or be misleading. www.devon.gov.uk remains the official website for county council information and services.

Your suggestions will help us make this site better, so if you have any comments please leave us feedback.

N.B. This site uses 'cookies' and Google Analytics. Closing this page sets a cookie so you don't see it again. There's more information on cookies at AboutCookies.org.?