Safeguarding over the summer holidays
Our team of Designated Safeguarding Leads will continue in their child protection duties over the summer break, so if you do have a concern that a student may be at risk of harm, please do contact the team; we have a dedicated email address which will be going live when school breaks up on Friday July 15th:
The member of staff with responsibility for Safeguarding and Child Protection is:
Mr A McClean
Mr McClean’s office is next to Student Welfare at the bottom of the Tower Block. Contact Mr McClean.
The Child Protection Governor is:
The health, safety and wellbeing of every child is our paramount concern and that is why we listen intently to our students and their concerns. We want to work in partnership with parents and carers to help our students achieve their full potential and make a positive contribution.
To promote a safe environment for students, our selection and recruitment policy includes all checks on staff and regular volunteers’ suitability, including Disclosure and Barring Service checks, as recommended by Buckinghamshire County Council, in accordance with current legislation.
In accordance with our responsibilities under section 175/157 of the Education Act 2002 and “Keeping Children Safe in Education“ Sept 2016, we have a Designated Safeguarding Lead for Child Protection (Andrew McClean) who is a member of the Leadership Team, and has received appropriate training for this role. It is his responsibility to ensure that all staff in contact with children receive Child Protection awareness training on a regular basis.
Occasions do arise when our concern about a child means we must consult other agencies. Whilst we would always aim to work in partnership with parents there may be exceptions to this when concerns are raised for the protection of a child.
On very rare occasions Social Care, whilst undertaking an investigation under s47 of the Children Act 1989, may want to speak to a child without a parent’s knowledge. This would be a decision made in collaboration with partner agencies and would only be done in situations where a child might be at immediate risk. To gain consent at this point may increase the level of risk to the child or cause evidence of a crime to be lost.
The procedures that we follow have been laid down by the Local Safeguarding Children’s Board, and the school has adopted a Child Protection Policy in line with this for the safety of all.
The Policy can be found below, along with links to our other key safeguarding policies and useful resources that may help you in supporting the health, safety and wellbeing of your child.
If you wish to know more about our procedures, please contact the school to speak to our Designated Safeguarding Lead or the Headteacher.
Useful sites for advice and guidance
- DfE Guidance for parents /carers on keeping children safe from abuse and harm
- Domestic violence Information
- Understanding Screen Addiction and Responsible Digital Use
Changing your privacy settings online - Barnardo’s RUSAFE in Buckinghamshire have shared with us the most up to date advice on staying safe online, particularly with regard to ensuring online privacy settings are secure
- The parents' Guide to Teaching your Teen Online Safety
- Thinkuknow OR youtube search: CEOP internet safety videos (We particularly recommend this one).
- UK Safer Internet Centre
- Get Safe Online
- StaySafe.org's Guide to Internet Safety for Teens
- Virgin Media
- On Line Safety Tips for Kids and Parents
- Bucks Family Information Service offers free, impartial information to families with children aged 0 to 19 years (or up to 25 years with a special educational need or disability), young people and professionals.
Parent Info is a free website and newsfeed for parents and carers. Its newsfeed function enables schools and family-focused organisations to host and share expert advice and information through their own websites.
Parent Info aims to raise parents’ confidence in digital parenting skills and help them to make informed decisions about addressing the risks their children face. To date, Parent Info has commissioned content from over 40 organisations specialising in topics such as sex, relationships, online safety, body image, peer pressure, radicalisation, extremism and mental health.
Parent Info is a collaboration between the National Crime Agency’s Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Command and Parent Zone, the leading provider of information, training and support, making the internet work for families.
Sign up is easy, visit www.parentinfo.org and click on ‘Register’.
- ADT Healthcare offers a free helpline dedicated to helping women and families suffering from drug, alcohol and mental health issues. ADT Healthcare was established in 2011 by people who overcame drug and alcohol addiction themselves
Thinkuknow has launched #AskTheAwkward, a resource for parents and carers of secondary-aged children to help them have regular conversations with their children about online relationships.
The resource includes three short films and a series of help sheets covering themes raised in the films including: exploring sex, sexuality and identity online; starting new relationships online; sharing nudes and semi-nudes; and unwanted sexual contact online.
Access the resources: Thinkuknow - Ask The Awkward
See also on NSPCC Learning Social media and online safety
The Children’s Commissioner for England has launched a guide and summary poster for parents and carers about online sexual harassment and how they can support children to stay safe online.
Issues covered include: online pornography; pressure to send nude pictures; sexualised bullying; editing pictures and body image; and peer pressure.
The guide includes a list of additional resources and sources of support.
Download the guidance: Parents Guide: Talking to your child about online sexual harassment (PDF)
Sexual Violence & Sexual Harassment Helpline
The NSPCC have launched a dedicated helpline for children and young people who have experienced sexual harassment or abuse at school, and for worried adults and professionals that need support and guidance.
To contact the NSPCC helpline, Report Abuse in Education, call 0800 136 663 or email firstname.lastname@example.org