Keeping children safe



Safer Internet Day House Assemblies

In preparation for Safe Internet Day, House assemblies have been about how students can make a positive impact on social media.

To view the slides used in these assemblies, click here: Safer Internet Day 2018 assembly


Concerns over the use of e-cigs by children

Like many schools up and down the country, we have been having a recent increase in students being interested in electronic cigarettes (e-cigs) or vapes. It is illegal for retailers to sell   e-cigs and their related products to anyone under the age of 18. Likewise it is illegal for any adult to buy them for a person under the age of 18.

As a result, all e-cigs and related products are banned items in College and we will always contact parents when we have confiscated them. We believe these items are being sold between students for as much as £40 each and we are concerned that children may be at risk of exploitation if they are receiving these banned items for “free” from other young people or adults. We are also concerned that interest in e-cigs can then move onto interest in other illegal substances.

If you have any concerns about your child, please speak to a senior member of staff in College about your concerns and how we may help.

For a fact sheet about e-cigs, click here: E-cigarette fact sheet Jan 2018


Concerns over use of social media

We have been speaking to students about the importance of being very careful about what they post on social media, especially when it can be understood by others as a threat or as bullying, or if what is being shared on social media is obscene, indecent or false material which is being used to disgrace or attack the character of the victim.

We are holding an evening event for parents run by the multi-agency team on Tuesday 6 March 2018 to help parents with keeping your children safe online. More details will be given to you nearer the time.

To view the assembly slides click here: Social-Media-Assembly Jan 2018


See below more links to help and guide parents on helping to keep teenagers safe from harm:


See below a number of links to help and guide young people in keeping themselves safe from harm:


Updates from December 2017

Indecent videos and images on mobile phones

Derbyshire police have informed schools that there is currently an indecent video involving two minors being shared by young people via social media on their mobile phones. This video must be deleted from individual mobile phones as each time it is shared, the young person is committing a criminal offence. Students at HVC in Year 9 have been told about the dangers in a special assembly and some individuals have been spoken to by the police with their parents’ knowledge and permission.

The indecent video is being investigated by Derbyshire Police and other police forces as it is not thought to have originated from Derbyshire.

We urge all parents/carers to speak with their child about indecent videos and “sexting”/nude selfies and the risks they put themselves at by having such images on their phone or sharing them. Please see our links below for more help or assistance.


North Derbyshire drug alert to parents

A local secondary Headteacher in Derbyshire has shared with HVC and other schools,   real and specific concerns regarding local drug misuse. There is an immediate danger that this illegal activity could lead to tragic consequences for some families.

Individuals in North Derbyshire, High Peak and Derbyshire Dales are supplying and/or using cannabis, ecstasy (MDMA) and ketamine. There are dangers and risks of even first time use of any of these substances but particularly ecstasy and ketamine can result in fatalities. In addition, use can lead to serious mental health or other health issues.

Further, the UK is seeing an upsurge in the use of a prescription medication known as Xanax. This latter substance is being sold illegally and used in Noth Derbyshire and elsewhere. Two students at a nearby Derbyshire secondary school were hospitalised only last weekend as a direct result of Xanax use.

Xanax is a benzodiazepine prescribed in cases of anxiety as well as other conditions. It has a depressive effect on the central nervous system and renders the user particularly vulnerable to other substances including alcohol. It is reported that it is highly addictive.

Please be aware that school staff are not medically qualified and so the information provided here has been elicited from medical sources and should not be deemed complete or advisory.

Parents should complete their own search for information in order to fully ensure they are aware of how to keep their children safe. In any doubt, contact medical professionals or emergency services immediately.

Symptons of use may include difficulties in speaking or enunciating which could be mistaken for the impact of alcohol use however these can also move quickly to the loss of consciousness and unresponsiveness, coma or death.

Parents/carers and students should also be aware that drug related language may be used and the terms “Red Devils” is also used to describe “bars” or tablets of Xanax which are rectangular, pressed with Xanax across them and are red in colour.

We urge all parents/carers strongly to discuss this information with your children in order that they are fully aware of the situation. Young people don’t always make the right choice as a result of their age and experience and we must work together if we are to keep our young people safe.


Risk of exploitation 

HVC staff and local social care professionals believe that some young people in our community are currently at risk of exploitation and sexual exploitation by adults and other young people. Exploitation often involves the lure of alcohol and drugs (cannabis, ecstasy/MDMA, ketamine), gifts and being persuaded to hand over large sums of cash. Both young men and young women can be at risk of exploitation and sexual exploitation. Grooming can occur online, via social media, at parties unsupervised by responsible adults and festivals. Below is a link to help and guide parents on knowing the signs of child sexual exploitation:


See below more links to help and guide parents on helping to keep teenagers safe from harm:


See below a number of links to help and guide young people in keeping themselves safe from harm:
Why not download a new APP by Childline for your phone or tablet called “For Me“. It is FREE and provides discreet immediate help and guidance for your young people. The app uses all of Childline’s online services – from 1-2-1 chat function with a counsellor, the “Ask Sam” problem pages and entrance to a private locker, in which is a daily mood tracker and personal journal.