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Safeguarding

The Governing Body takes seriously its responsibility under Section 175 of the Education Act 2002 to safeguard and promote the welfare of children; and to work together with other agencies to ensure adequate arrangements within our school to identify assess and support those children who are suffering harm.

The Headteacher has designated Mr. David R Edwards – Senior Deputy Headteacher to act as the Designated Safeguarding Lead and E-Safety Officer for the school; Miss Kayleigh Hughes – Assistant Headteacher and Mrs. Kirsty Retallick - Headteacher are the Deputy Safeguarding Leads.

The Headteacher, Mrs. Kirsty Retallick, Deputy Headteacher, Mrs. Sian Jenkins and Assistant Headteacher, Miss Kayleigh Hughes are all trained to Level 3.

All staff are trained annually, usually in the Autumn but on appointment when mid-year.  The named Governor is the Mr. Geoff Mesher.  The Headteacher shall advise the Governing Body and all members of staff of this and inform them of any changes. 

 

Useful Safeguarding Links

 

ANTI-RACISM RESOURCES THAT MAY BE USEFUL

Anti-bullying alliance resources on race and religion

Show racism the red card

Institute of Race Relations resources

Stand up to racism

The Runnymede Trust resources

 

BRECK FOUNDATION

http://www.breckfoundation.org/

 

BULLYING

http://www.bullying.co.uk/advice-for-parents/how-to-talk-to-your-child-about-bullying/ 

 

CYBER BULLYING

Below, is some very useful information for Parent/Carers regarding Cyber Bullying.
http://www.childline.org.uk/Explore/Bullying/Pages/online-bullying.aspx

 

EDUCATION AGAINST HATE

This website gives parentsteachers and school leaders practical advice on protecting children from extremism and radicalisation.

http://educateagainsthate.com

 

EVERYONE'S INVITED

https://www.everyonesinvited.uk/

 

KEEPING CHILDREN SAFE - SELF-HARM

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/self-harm/

 

MINDED FOR FAMILIES

http://minded.e-lfh.org.uk/families/index.html

 

NUDE SELFIES - WHAT PARENTS NEED TO KNOW

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XjV0lKYpakk

 

OFSTED ON SEXUAL ABUSE IN SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/review-of-sexual-abuse-in-schools-and-colleges

 

PARENTS GUIDE TO RADICALISATION AND EXTREMISM

Victvs Radicalisation and Extremism Parents Guide

 

PARENTS PROTECT - PROTECTING YOUR CHILDREN FROM SEXUAL ABUSE

Parents Protect

 

RACISM/RELIGION AND HATE CRIME 

Definition of racist or religious hate incidents and hate crimes

Racist or religious hate incidents can take many forms including verbal and physical abuse, bullying, threatening behaviour, online abuse and damage to property including graffiti.

When racist or religious hate incidents become criminal offences, they are known as hate crimes. Any criminal offence can be a racist or religious hate crime, if the offender targeted the victim because of their prejudice or hostility based on race or religion.

Reporting racist or religious hate incidents and hate crimes

A hate incident or crime can be reported to the police. A hate incident or crime can be reported even if it wasn’t directed at the person reporting it. For example, a friend, neighbour, family member, support worker or simply a passer-by.

It is best to report all the incidents to help the police get the full picture.

Your local Citizens Advice Bureau can help with reporting a hate incident or crime.

Reporting racist or religious hate incidents and hate crimes using the True Vision website

True Vision is a police funded website designed to provide information about hate crime.

A hate incident or crime can be reported online on the True Vision website. Once the online form has been filled in, it’s sent directly to your local police force. The self-reporting form can also be downloaded and used which must then be sent to your local police. 

Reporting racist or religious hate incidents or crimes prevents these incidents from happening to someone else. Reporting makes a difference.

 

RADICALISATION AND EXTREMISM

Parents who have concerns about their children may look to schools as a trusted source of advice on how to keep their children safe from these risks.  In addition to materials produced by local authorities and the police – such as the new “Prevent Tragedies” online campaign launched by the Police (http://www.preventtragedies.co.uk/) - there are online resources produced by civil society groups which provide valuable advice, for example ‘Families Matter’ (http://www.familiesmatter.org.uk/), (run by Families Against Stress and Trauma). 
 

SAFER INTERNET DAY

Click here to read more about Safer Internet Day.

 

SEXTING

https://www.westmercia.police.uk/article/10764

SelfieCop - flier for schools

SelfieCop - flier for parents

SelfieCop - explainer

 

SIGNS AND INDICATORS OF SEXUAL EXPLOITATION

Below, is some very useful information for Parent/Carers regarding the signs and indicators of sexual exploitation.

Signs and indicators of Sexual Exploitation.pdf

 

START THE SCHOOL YEAR SAFE ONLINE

Get the heads up on what children are doing when the go online, learn about possible dangers and parental controls available to you and your children. 

Click on the following link to be directed to an online safety guide with useful tips and advice on keeping your child safe online:

http://www.internetmatters.org/back-to-school/

 

TELL MAMA

Tell MAMA supports victims of anti-Muslim hate and is a public service which also measures and monitors anti-Muslim incidents. It is not meant to be a replacement for the police service. More information on anti-Muslim hate crime can be found at the Tell MAMA website.

Other organisations that can help

The Community Security Trust (National Organisation for Jewish victims)

Forum Against Islamophobia and Racism (FAIR)

The Monitoring Group

National Assembly Against Racism

Southall Black Sisters

 

THINKUKNOW NEWS

Thinkuknow are launching a brand new public awareness campaign. Through social media, articles, blogs, films and more, we want to get parents and carers thinking and talking about the importance of discussing sex, relationships and the internet with their children.

Click here for further information.