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Speaking to educators

Your child should not be blamed or punished for being criminally exploited.

It is in your and your child’s interest to work with education professionals.

Education professionals do not spend as much time with your child, so they may not have seen the warning signs. They may ask for more evidence. You should try to be firm but polite. Make a note of any warning signs you have noticed, and what education professionals have said they will do to help protect your child.

Record times and dates when you have spoken to education staff. This should include a description of what was discussed, and any proposed actions.

Support for struggling students

The education setting should offer extra support to pupils who are struggling academically.

Regardless of ability, education professionals should have high aspirations for all children and young people.

Your child should have access to someone they trust and feel comfortable talking to within the school or college environment. This may be a teacher, teaching assistant or a youth support worker.

Your child should be made to feel safe in their education setting. They should also feel welcome and supported to learn.

Making them feel a part of something in school where they’re building their friendships and, for example, enrolling them in clubs – giving them a sense of responsibility – something that they can feel a part of.

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Support during transitions

You may want to ask for extra support when your child is making the transition from primary to secondary school, secondary school to college, or when moving into employment. Speak to education staff to see what help and support is available.

If your child is getting into trouble and at risk of being excluded, you should speak to a teacher, lecturer, Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL), or other education professional at the school about your concerns.