How should child protection records look like?

All Madrassah staff should know how to report safeguarding or child protection concerns and who to report them to. Each Madrassah or hosting Masjid must legally have a Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) on their team. The DSL is a member of staff who has received advanced training in addition to Level 1 Child Protection and [...]

How to Speak to Our children about Islam-hating Content Online

Many children spend an average of six hours a day online. Even with lesser exposure to the internet and social media, the chances that our children are stumbling upon and viewing Islam-hating material online are highly likely. Despite feelings of shock and disapproval, some may prefer to conceal there experience from their parents out of [...]

‘How safe are our children?’ NSPCC Report 2017

The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) has produced its latest 2017 report addressing the question of 'How safe are our children?' across the United Kingdom. Below are important outlines from the report. Homicide • Child homicide is in long-term decline. Child Suicide • After years in decline, suicide rates for 15 [...]

Muslim School Children Victims of Anti-Muslim Abuse in Edinburgh Schools

Parents often worry mostly about their children's safety on their way to and from school. What is coming to surface is a realisation that Muslim parents should sadly be just as cautious for their children's mental, emotional and even physical safety in schools. A new study carried out on Muslim school children in Edinburgh revealed [...]

How to Speak to Our Children about Terrorist Attacks

When a terrorist attack strikes and the perpetrators are thought to be Muslims, fingers of suspicion are pointed at the wider Muslim community. Our children are no exception. They are left to fend for themselves in schools and among peers and senior adults who would speak of 'Islamic terrorism', 'Muslim terrorists' or 'Islamic State'; constantly directly or indirectly [...]

What to do if a student faints in your Madrassah?

A person who is about to faint experiences some of these symptoms including; nausea (feeling sick), blurry vision or spots in front of his/her eyes, ringing in ears, confusion, fast, deep breathing and lightheadedness. It is caused by extreme emotional stress, sudden pain, suddenly sitting or standing, dehydration and even laughing, sneezing or coughing. If a [...]

Internet & Social Media Use and Safety Advice

Children in many Muslim households are spending more and more hours on the Internet and social media every day, often with minimal or no supervision from parents and guardians. With an increase in cyber-bullying, sexting, online pornography and grooming, children are more likely to become victims of those types of harms, unless parents and guardians [...]

Guide to Social Media- Safety Risks and How to Protect Children

Protecting children and young people against physical, emotional, psychological and intellectual harm is an Islamic obligation upon parents and guardians. All those types of harm -especially the last three- are existent online and some may be just a finger-tip away from your child. Intellectual harm includes indoctrination and brainwashing of a young person’s mind into [...]

Teachers Behaviour and Code of Conduct Policy

Having Madrassah policies and procedures written and documented in one place will improve the way the Madrassah functions, because it will enable all teachers -new or old- to access them and understand the standards that are expected of them. It will also prevent potential problems and conflicts arising. Given the importance of teaching to children [...]

Parents volunteering in Madrassahs

Parents who volunteer their time to help out at their child’s Madrassah on a regular basis are known as classroom or parent helpers. They are not the same as classroom assistants, who are paid staff. Parent helpers are a great asset to teachers and children at a Madrassah. They can make a big difference to [...]