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Safeguarding

We are committed to ensuring that our children always feel safe and secure. This involves a wide range of policies, procedures and supportive arrangements. We have a strong culture of safeguarding and work tirelessly to keep your children safe, secure and well cared for. It is only when children feel safe and secure that they will be able to be happy and ready to learn.

 

If you have a safeguarding concern, please contact a member of our Safeguarding Team in person or via the school office: 01538 722378

 

Designated Safeguarding lead

Claire Scott

Deputy Designated Safeguarding lead. 

Sarah Baxter.

 

Safeguarding Governor.

Catherine Swinnerton.

Reporting a Concern

We all have a duty to protect children and young people from harm. If you have any concerns about a child or young person it is always best to share them.

 

If you think a child is in immediate danger, contact the police on 999.

 

Staffordshire Police:
Telephone: 101 and ask for M.A.S.H. (Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub)
Outside of MASH hours, report to the Area Communications Room
In an emergency always call 999

 

If a child is not in immediate danger but at risk of harm,

contact Staffordshire County Council's First Response Service. 

 

Staffordshire County Council's First Response Service:

Phone: 0800 1313 126

Open: Monday - Thursday 8:30am - 5:00pm and Friday 8:30am - 4:30pm
 
Emergency Duty Service:
(Out of Hours Service)
Telephone: 0345 604 2886

Mobile: 07815 492613

 

What will happen next?

Social workers will follow up every report where they believe a child may be at risk of harm. They will talk to other people who know the child and may be able to provide a clearer picture. This includes teachers, health visitors and members of the child's family.

After this several things could happen:

  • No further action will be taken
  • Help and support will be offered to the family
  • An investigation will take place

 

Further Advice

 

The NSPCC is a registered charity fighting to end child abuse in the UK. On their website you can find advice on how you can keep children safe, where to go for help, and the latest news stories relating to child safety.

Staff and Adults in the School

Staff:

• are advised to maintain an attitude of ‘it could happen here’ as far as safeguarding is concerned;
• should always act in the best interest of the child. 

The school is committed to safer recruitment practices when recruiting new employees to work for the school or when using volunteers. All adults working in the school will have undergone a DBS (Disclosure Barring Service) check. DBS checks are only one element of a wider framework of safer recruitment practices the school undertakes. Ordinary visitors to the school must be accompanied at all times when on visit.

 

Please complete the Confidential Safeguarding and Online Safety Form below if you have any safeguarding concerns about a child in our school.

Concern form

Please complete the Confidential Safeguarding and Online Safety Form below if you have any safeguarding concerns about a child in our school.

Helplines, APPs and Websites to support parents

 

Online Safety Advice for Parents and Pupils

  • Childline  

  • Childline is yours – a free, private and confidential service where you can talk about anything. Whatever your worry, whenever you need help, we’re here for you online, on the phone, anytime.

  • NSPCC 

  • The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children is a charity campaigning and working in child protection in the United Kingdom and the Channel Islands.

  • Think U Know 

  • Thinkuknow is the education programme from NCA-CEOP, a UK organisation which protects children both online and offline. Explore one of the six Thinkuknow websites for advice about staying safe when you're on a phone, tablet or computer.

  • CEOP 

  • Are you worried about online sexual abuse or the way someone has been communicating with you online? Make a report to one of CEOP's Child Protection Advisors

  • Internet Matters 

  • Supporting families online Get expert support and practical tips to help children benefit from connected technology and the internet safely and smartly.

  • Parent Info 

  • Help and advice for families in a digital world

  • Safeguarding Advice

  • Coronavirus (COVID-19): support for parents and carers to keep children safe online

  • Whilst there are huge benefits to being online in order to stay connected to family and friends during this period, the government recognises many parents may feel concerned about the activities and content their children are accessing. This guidance outlines resources to help keep children safe from different risks online and where to go to receive support and advice.

  • Netflix parents’ guide: what is it and is it safe for kids?

  • Parent guide to Netflix. Setting profile and access restriction instructions.

  • pegi

  • What do the labels mean?

  • Digital Parenting Magazine 6

  • Digital Parenting Magazine 6. The online safety guide for families is a partnership between Parent Zone and Vodafone. Advice from teachers, parents and online safety experts on subjects ranging from Virtual Reality, to body image in the social media age, to live streaming. Tips from online safety experts, parents and children and young people themselves. Updated guide to setting parental controls on apps and devices, and information on gaming and keeping kids safe while they play. The online version of the magazine includes live links in the Tools section to make finding out about parental controls even easier.

  • ParentZone

  • A dedicated resource area to help parents meet the challenges of the digital age. From internet safety magazines and online training, to parent guides on the latest digital trends and platforms.

  • Gaming or gambling

  • Parent Zone and GambleAware have partnered up to help families learn about the gambling-like risks children may face when playing online games - and simple practical things parents and carers can do to keep gaming fun and safer.

  • Is my child ready to be left alone?

  • Need-to-know: is my child ready to be left alone? There is no legal age at which children may be left home alone, but parents can be prosecuted for neglect if it puts them at risk of injury or suffering. This guide gives sound advice and useful tips to help parents decide in which situations they may leave their children home alone, and what they need to do to ensure their safety and wellbeing. It explains the risks of leaving babies and younger children unattended, and provides helpful advice on what qualities and experience to look for when choosing a babysitter or appropriate childcare. There is a quiz for parents and children which explores how the child feels about being left at home alone and what they might do in different scenarios, such as a power cut or if someone came to the door. Parents can fill in the ‘while I’m away’ pull-out with times and contact numbers and stick it on the fridge before they go out.

  • Is my child ready to go out alone?

  • Need-to-know: is my child ready to go out alone? Getting the balance right between allowing children their independence and ensuring their safety when away from home can be difficult. This guide provides advice and practical tips to parents on judging if a child is ready to be out on their own and how to prepare them for different situations such as walking to and from school by themselves, attending sports or holiday clubs, or going out to play with friends. It explains the importance of parents talking to their children from a young age about the risks and how to stay safe when they’re out alone, such as what to do if they’re approached by a stranger, are bullied or get lost. There is also a pull-out that parents can fill in with important information on their child’s club, such as who they can talk to if they have any concerns.

  • Screen time balance

  • Screen time can offer children opportunities to learn and develop new skills at a touch of a button but like anything, too much of it can have a negative effect on their wellbeing.

  • 8 tips for keeping on top of your child's screen time

 

Useful Websites:

Online Safety - keeping children safe online

Internet Matters - an independent, not-for-profit organisation to help parents keep their children safe online

Whisper - an anonymous online reporting system

Parent Info from CEOP - E-safety information for parents and carers

Safer Internet - Social media safety information for parents and carers

Think U Know - Information on how to keep children safe online

Gaming information for parents - Information about online games

Parents' Guide to Technology - Information about technology and safety issues

Setting up Parental Controls - Information about how to set up parental controls on your home broadband

https://www.net-aware.org.uk - Information about apps. 

Question Prompts Question prompts to support discussions with children about their usage of the internet.

 

 

  

 

Support Service

Phone

 

Website

Online chat

NetAware

Parents’ guide to apps/games/ social media sites to help keep children safe

 

 

https://www.net-aware.org.uk/

 

Shout

Crisis text messenger service

 

 

Text 85258

24/7

Free on most networks

 

https://www.giveusashout.org/get-help/

 

IMAlive

Online crisis messenger service

(based in US)

24/7

 

https://www.imalive.org/

Yes

Frank

Honest information and advice about drugs and alcohol

 

 

0300 1236600

Text 82111

confidential

24/7

 

https://www.talktofrank.com/

 

Drinkline

Confidential information and advice for you or someone you are worried about

0300 123 1110

Weekdays 9am–8pm, weekends 11am–4pm

free

 

 

 

CEOP

Reporting online sexual abuse or content

 

 

https://www.ceop.police.uk/safety-centre/

 

Samaritans

Free confidential support line for people who are feeling desperate

116 123

 

https://www.samaritans.org/

 

Pace

Telephone support and secure online forum for parents of exploited children

0113 240 5226

Office hours

£

 

https://paceuk.info/for-parents/

  

SelfHarm UK

Support with self-harm issues

X

 

www.selfharm.co.uk

 

Money Advice Service

Financial help and information

0800 138 7777

Free

 

https://www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk/en

 

Step Change

Debt support charity

 

 

https://www.stepchange.org/debt-info/emergency-funding.aspx

Yes

Refuge

Domestic abuse helpline and online support and information

0808 2000 247

Free

24/7

 

https://www.nationaldahelpline.org.uk/

 

Young Minds

Support for parents when young people suffer poor mental health

Crisis text messenger
85258
free
24/7

 

https://youngminds.org.uk/find-help/for-parents/parents-survival-guide/

 

www.youngminds.org.uk

 

Recovery

Support for drug and alcohol addiction

 

0203 553 0324

Free callback available

24/7

 

https://www.recovery.org.uk/

Yes

Adfam

Support for families affected by drugs and alcohol

 

 

https://adfam.org.uk/

 

Stop Breathe Think

Free Mindfulness app

(pay version also available)

 

 

https://www.stopbreathethink.com/

 

101

Non-emergency Police number.

For emergencies

DIAL 999

101

 

15p per call

 

 

 

111

Non- emergency health advice.

For emergencies

DIAL 999.

111

Call if you are seriously worried about symptoms

24/7

free

 

https://111.nhs.uk/

 

Use website if your enquiry isn’t serious

 

Stoke-on-Trent Children’s Social Care

01782 235100

 

 

 

Staffordshire Children’s Social Care

0800 1313 126

 

 

 

Phoenix

Free resources for children and young people during COVID-19 restrictions

 

 

https://www.phoenixgrouphq.com/covid-19

 

Childline
Free, confidential service where you can talk about anything you want

0800 1111
free
24/7
  www.childline.org.uk Yes
The Mix
Info and support for the under 25s for all kinds of issues
0808 8084994
free
not 24/7
 
  www.themix.org.uk Yes 4-11pm
Runaway Helpline
Support when you have gone missing
 
116000
free
confidential
24/7
  www.missingpeople.org.uk/how-we-can-help/young-people/646-saysomething.html  
Kooth
Free, anonymous online counselling and support for young people
   

www.kooth.com

 

Mon – Fri 12pm – 10pm
Sat – Sun 6pm – 10pm

 
Help at Hand
Support, advice and info for young people in care
0800 528 0731
free
not 24/7
  www.childrenscommissioner.gov.uk/help-at-hand  
stopitnow!
Help if you are
worried about your online behaviour or someone else’s
0800 1111
free
24/7
  www.childline.org.uk  
The Mix
Info and support for the under 25s for all kinds of issues

 
0808 1000 900
free
confidential
weekdays 9am-9pm
  www.stopitnow.org.uk  
B-eat
Support with eating disorders

 
0808 801 0711
or
0808 801 0677
free
confidential
not 24/7
  www.beateatingdisorders.org.uk Yes
Brook
Sexual health advice for under 25s

 
    www.brook.org.uk  
Children’s Society
Support with various mental health and emotional issues for 13-17s
    www.childrenssociety.org.uk/mental-health-advice-for-children-and-young-people/the-advice-resource-vault/advice-for-children-age-13-17  
SelfHarm UK
Support with self harm
 
    www.selfharm.co.uk  
Shout
Crisis text messenger service
(any age)

 
Text 85258
24/7
  https://www.giveusashout.org/get-help/  

Calm Harm

Free app to help
manage self-harm urges

    https://calmharm.co.uk/  
The Hideout
Domestic Abuse
website for young
    http://thehideout.org.uk/  

MeeTwo
Free mental health support app for young people to talk to experts or people with similar issues

    https://www.meetwo.co.uk/
anonymous posts in the app allow chat with other people
(posts moderated in advance)
Yes
Fearless
Information and advice about youth crime.100% anonymous crime reporting
    https://www.fearless.org/en  
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