During these difficult times our dedicated teams are working around the clock to continue looking after our young people. To facilitate social distancing, our office based support staff will be working from home wherever possible and can be contacted using the numbers on our Contact Us page. We are still reviewing all referrals, offering placements where relevant, and planning for young people to move into our homes where it is safe to do so. Despite the challenges we all face during these testing times, we are committed to supporting you and our young people.
This week saw the annual Come Dine with Me event at one of our Bedford homes. The young people get involved in preparing and serving meals for their peers and staff, and this time it took place outdoors around a fire pit.
The menu included:
Chickpea and lentil curry
served with Moroccan salad and pitta bread
The food sounds delicious and I'm sure it was enjoyed by all.
The staff and young people took the opportunity to discuss the importance of community kitchens and how they benefit the homeless and refugee communities. They also discussed the topic of health and safety around the fire pit.
As a follow up to our Safer Internet Week activities, we are appointing Internet Safety Champions in each of our homes to promote online safety and to embed the principles into our everyday practice. We are well aware that young people are increasingly living their lives online and make little distinction between the digital world and real life. This is why we are taking every opportunity to increase our young people's resilience in terms of online safety.
With Safer Internet day coming up on 11 February, our homes and schools have been preparing activities not just for the day itself, but for the whole week in the run up to it.
Check out some of our activities below relating to this important topic:
Information packs to be provided for all homes to enable them to cover internet awareness/ CEOP topic in a young people’s meeting
Launch the role of internet safety champion in each home
Launch the new young person’s internet safety risk assessment
Share current research from CEOP as shared learning and reflection
Launch a young person’s internet safety pack covering key working topics to assist keyworkers in discussing these topics with young people
Our schools will be mirroring these activities to reinforce the messages.
In our Bedford school, we have a member of staff who recently underwent training in ParentZone and we will be doing a series of sessions on this and how we can enable children to stay safe online / digitally. In our Congleton school, all classes will be looking at e-safety as part of PHSE and will be using the CEOP website to look at what information is appropriate to share and what is not.