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13/07/20

8A3 arriving for their assembly today ❤️ https://t.co/rp0Gw2UA9N

13/07/20

So lovely to see some of our Year 8s this morning https://t.co/TvpAUnqqaL

13/07/20

We can't wait for our celebration events this week. Today we have 8H1 at 9am, 8H2 and 10.30am, 8A3 at 12pm, and 8A4 at 1.30pm. Students should wear full uniform (but no bag) and arrive on time (not too early please!). We are so excited to see everyone! https://t.co/eqZJ8kibwi

10/07/20

Our final day of IID Week is Discovery Day. Discovery Day is all about embracing wider learning, and enriching our students with knowledge that they may not otherwise have access to. Lessons will be live on Teams all morning. Timetables for Yr 7 and 8 respectively are shown here. https://t.co/qiTwts9cLz

09/07/20

Our penultimate newsletter of the term features staff welcomes and goodbyes, information about next week, results of the Junior Maths Challenge, information about next year's music lessons, and lots more! https://t.co/d2mT1dto0d https://t.co/oWh3I6pRKE

09/07/20

On what would have been the day of the annual Harris Federation Sports Day at Crystal Palace, today we present our lockdown alternative: the HASU Virtual Games. We hope students enjoy this day - please send us photos of them taking part! https://t.co/iUvAYjINmh

08/07/20

Well done to all students who took part in Innovation Day yesterday. We had lots of fantastic contributions. Today is Integrity Day. The full timetable is shown here - note that there is a special live tutor time at 1.20pm. https://t.co/4aMZPh2ZHj

08/07/20

Retweetd From Steve Duffy

I am so excited for these assemblies and getting to see again! https://t.co/C0JRhHv6AS

07/07/20

Mr Fisher sent a letter home today inviting students to attend a celebration event at school next week. We really hope that lots of students are able to attend. Please complete the online reply slip in the letter so we know how many to expect. Thank you! https://t.co/pToEs5PqCA https://t.co/8PU9sMY6E3

07/07/20

Thank you to everyone who participated in IID Day yesterday. Today is Innovation Day, and the focus for both year groups is 'The Shocking History of Electricity'. The first assembly of the day is on Teams at 9am. Enjoy! https://t.co/LE9SLMtfew https://t.co/j7Cpp00kOQ

04/07/20

Thank you, that is so kind of you to say.

02/07/20

Retweetd From Steve Duffy

A massive thank you to the Hudson family for their exceptionally generous donation of a piano to the Music and Performing Arts departments. We cannot wait for our students to use it! https://t.co/b1sVVfZnsU

02/07/20

Congratulations to Isabelle C. Her artwork won our Year 7 art competition. https://t.co/w2R2DLK0iK

02/07/20

Congratulations to Mia W. Her self portrait ‘Through the window’ was the winner of our Year 8 art competition. https://t.co/7mffG4rRQH

02/07/20

Our weekly newsletter is now out! It features the incredible winners of our art competition, information about IID Week, and lots more. We hope you enjoy it. https://t.co/kbAIffQA3U https://t.co/ikes9jwWRz

30/06/20

The Virgin Radio 500 Word writing competition is for 5 - 13 year olds this week. https://t.co/DOvxdVoPqD Entries need to be submitted to the website by Friday at midnight. We know we have some amazing writers who want to share their voice. https://t.co/eEWY7gWJMp

29/06/20

Our students continued to work hard in the virtual school while HASU staff had an Inset Day today. It was wonderful that so many of our staff were able to attend. We loved meeting the new teachers who will be joining HASU in September. We can't wait for our students to meet them! https://t.co/NwwmB8Lvt0

25/06/20

Our weekly newsletter has just been published! It's full of news of life in lockdown, plus celebrations of students' work. We hope you enjoy it. https://t.co/VMHabpQ5Et https://t.co/LJDmvKOJfz

23/06/20

In this week's assembly, Mr Fisher discusses the importance of supporting one another in our academy and wider community. We also have a beautiful performance from Pranav in 8S5. https://t.co/b3C4CrRlUY

18/06/20

Bumper edition of the newsletter this week! https://t.co/r2C9GoxYyU. It includes half-term project winners, plus lots more. We hope you enjoy it. https://t.co/b2vgccDlZC

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Sexting

There is no single definition of ‘sexting’. Many professionals consider sexting to be ‘sending or posting sexually suggestive images, including nude or semi-nude photographs, via mobiles or over the Internet.’ 

It is an offence to possess, distribute, show and make indecent images of someone under 18.  Indecency is not defined but for most purposes, if imagery contains a naked young person, a topless girl, and/or displays genitals or sex acts, including masturbation, then it will be considered indecent. Indecent images may also include overtly sexual images of young people in their underwear.

The law was devised to protect children from adults and not to criminalise children.  However, children who take or share sexual images of themselves or others are breaking the law.  Creating and sharing imagery can be very risky but can be the result of natural curiosity and exploration.  Young people often need educating, support and safeguarding rather than criminalisation.

Schools may respond to incidents without referring to the police.  If the police are involved, they can record the outcome of the investigation as “Outcome 21”.  This means that even though a young person has broken the law and the police could provide evidence that they have done so, the police can record that they chose not to take further action as it was not in the public interest.

Dealing with incidents

• The image must not be copied or stored on another device; it should not be viewed without good reason
• The incident should be referred to the Designated Safeguarding Lead as soon as possible to decide:
- Whether there is an immediate risk to a young person or young people.
- If a referral should be made to the police and/or children’s social care. 

An immediate referral to police and/or children’s social care should be made if at this initial stage:
1. The incident involves an adult or there is a significant age difference
2. The imagery involves sexual acts and any pupil in the imagery is under 13

3. There is reason to believe that a young person has been coerced, blackmailed or groomed, or if there are concerns about their capacity to consent
4. What you know about the imagery suggests the content depicts sexual acts which are unusual for the young person’s developmental stage, or are violent
5. There is reason to believe a young person is at immediate risk of harm owing to the sharing of the imagery, for example, the young person is presenting as suicidal or self-harming

Any incidents with aggravating factors, for example, a young person sharing someone else’s imagery without consent and with malicious intent, should generally be referred to police and/or children’s social care. The school will also take into account whether the child has been involved previously in any such incident.

Deletion of imagery

Students will be informed that possession of youth produced sexual imagery is illegal and that they must delete images.  They will be informed that if they refuse or it is later discovered they did not delete the images they are committing a criminal offence and the police may become involved.

Informing Parents/Carers

Parents/carers will be informed at an early stage unless informing them will put the student at risk.  A decision not to inform parents will usually be taken with social care and or the police.  Parents/carers will be offered advice, although this advice will vary according to the way in which their child has been involved.

All parents or carers whose child has been involved in any incidents will be:
• Kept updated about any actions that have been taken or any support that their child is accessing.
• Advised on the law around youth produced sexual imagery with regard to saving, sharing, or looking at naked or sexual images of children.
• Informed about sources of support for their child, in case they are feeling anxious or depressed about what has happened. This could include speaking to a ChildLine counsellor or a GP.
• Provided with information on where they are able to access support themselves if they are concerned or distressed.
• Directed to NCA-CEOP if they are concerned about child sexual exploitation or grooming.

Parents or carers whose child has lost control of a sexual image will be:
• Directed to encourage the young person to delete images from social media accounts, if they have uploaded them themselves.
• Directed to ChildLine’s partnership with the Internet Watch Foundation to see if it is possible to get the image removed if it has been shared more widely. This must be done as soon as possible in order to minimise the number of people that have seen the picture.

Parents/carers will also be informed about how to report sexual images on individual sites to get them taken down. If the image has been shared via a mobile, they will be informed that they can contact the mobile phone operator in order to get their child’s mobile number changed.

• Directed to services for Harmful Sexual Behaviour, such as the National Clinical Assessment and Treatment Service24 (020 7428 1500 or NCATS@nspcc.org.uk, an NSPCC service), if appropriate, or if similar incidents have previously occurred.

Parents or carers whose child has been sent a sexual image will be:
• Provided with suggested ways that their child could speak to the sender in order to stop future correspondences. Alternatively, if the young person prefers, informed about how to block the sender.
• Directed to NCA-CEOP if the images were shared by an adult, if their child is being contacted by adults and they are concerned about sexual exploitation or grooming

Reporting to the police

When it is considered that the police need to be involved, issues will be referred to the School’s Police. The School notes that when a report is made to the police they are not able to offer general advice on incidents. If the children involved are named or specifics are provided they are duty-bound to record and investigate all criminal activity reported.

Further information:

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/609874/6_2939_SP_NCA_Sexting_In_Schools_FINAL_Update_Jan17.pdf

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/647389/Overview_of_Sexting_Guidance.pdf