A reminder of the safeguarding and e-safety related events and activities held throughout the year
In addition to the important dates such as examinations, residential trips and parents evenings, schools are encouraged to look at including awareness days into the school calendar to focus on issues which relate to the social and emotional well-being of children and young people.
The benefit for schools in engaging in these days is that the organisations who organise these events often have resources such as lesson plans, so that teachers don’t have to start from scratch when putting together lessons. Also, it is a good way of evidencing ways that you promote safeguarding and e-safety to others, e.g. parents, which can be included in any self-reviews or information for Ofsted.
In addition, awareness days often generate publicity from local or national media, so stakeholders may be more interested in attending events or receiving literature which relate to them. Many organisations offer speakers and who can come into school and offer an additional perspective when talking about these subject areas.
Whilst schools may not be able to cover all awareness days that relate to safeguarding and e-safety, it is important to pick out a couple, and establish them in the school calendar. Here are some suggestions:
BETT - 24th - 27th January 2018
Data Protection Day - 28th January
Safer Internet Day - 6th February 2018
No Tech for Breck Day - 6th Feb - 17th Feb 2018
Sexual Abuse & Sexual Violence Awareness Week - 5th - 11th February 2018
National Safeguarding Month
SIAD: Self-Injury Awareness Day - 1st March
National Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day - 18th March
Stress Awareness Month
Childnet Film Competition
Mental Health Awareness Week - 14th - 20th May 2018
Child Safety Week - 4th - 10th June 2018
Stand up to Bullying Day - 13th June 2018
Stop Cyber Bullying Day - 15th June 2018
Disability Awareness Day - 15th July 2018
World Emoji Day - 17th July
International Youth Day - 12th August 2018
World Suicide Prevention Day - 10 September
Sexual Health Week - 24th - 30th September 2018
Pupil Voice Week
Bullying Prevention Month (Cybersmile Foundation)
National Hate Crime Awareness Week
Get Safe Online Day
Digital Citizenship Summit
Wear Blue for Bullying Day
Child Internet Safety Summit
If you have an event that you would like to include in this list, please email email@example.com or use the comments section below.