Safeguarding

Health and Safety Guidelines During Covid 19

Health and safety for students, families, staff and visitors is of paramount importance. Consequently, we have implemented a broad range of measures to reduce the risk of infection. The return to school storyboard can be viewed here.

A summary of the key worker and vulnerable provision during the pandemic can be viewed here.

The COVID-19 secure certificate can be viewed here.

There are number of rebuild and recover resources available from Mentally Healthy Schools to support the whole school community on the return to school.

Safeguarding

The safeguarding of all members of our community is of paramount importance to us and we are committed to making sure this permeates everything that we do.

We work tirelessly to ensure students are safe, feel empowered to discuss any concerns they have and are able to learn in a caring, positive and supportive learning environment.

If you have any safeguarding or child protection concerns, please contact a member of the safeguarding team listed below, and we will ensure that it is investigated quickly, fairly and thoroughly with appropriate actions applied.

  • Safeguarding Officer: Michelle Read
  • Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL): James Lowden
  • DSL Alternate: Catherine Ludbrook
  • Safeguarding Governor: Louise Bernasconi
  • Online Safety Lead: Carlo Contrino
  • SENDCo: Kerry Ellison

Alternatively, anyone can make a referral using Suffolk Council’s Customer First service. Call 0808  800 4005 at any time.

Child protection and safeguarding

Our child protection and safeguarding policy is available for you to view or download from our Policies and guidance page, here.

Safeguarding advice to parents and carers

The academy has produced its own information booklet, entitled Safeguarding Advice to Parents and Carers, Keeping our Students Safe. The booklet includes information shown on this page and much more besides, including detailed information about the different areas of safeguarding concern, useful links to external sources of advice, and helpline information. You can view or download the booklet by clicking the thumbnail below.

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EduCare have produced resources for parent and carers and for children and young people.

Topics are varied and include:

  • Mental and physical good health
  • Understanding self-harm
  • Coping with bereavement and loss
  • Serious youth violence
  • Substance misuse risks

Anonymous reporting form

We have created an in-house reporting system our students can use. The system is anonymous so you can report any concerns about yourself or someone you are worried about. The system is monitored real time by our safeguarding team. Students can report any safeguarding concerns electronically at any time, whether during or outside of the school day.

Anonymous reporting form

CEOP (Child Exploitation & Online Protection Centre)

If you are feeling worried or threatened online by something that happens to you, you can report directly to CEOP. They are part of the national crime agency and read every report. They will work with the police and help solve or deal with any problem.

Click to make a report to CEOP

Click to make a report to CEOP

Make a report to CEOP

Suffolk Safeguarding Partnership

Suffolk Safeguarding Partnership safeguard people with care and support needs and act to minimise risk of harm and adopt a zero tolerance to abuse and neglect. Providing information, advice and ways to report someone you are worried about. Visit their website here.

Safer Schools

The online world can be a bit overwhelming at times but it is important we understand what our children are doing online so we can help make them safer. The Safer Schools App aims to help with this.

The App is designed to support and protect children by educating and empowering them both at school and at home. Through their log-in, your children get access to information that is relevant to them and you will receive tips and advice on how to keep them safer online.

Download the Safer Schools App from the App Store or Google Play.

To log in:

1. Select your school from the drop down menu and click ‘continue’.

2. Enter the four digit entry code provided for your unique role.

Parent code: 7675

Student code: 4898

Useful documents

You might find the following downloadable documents useful. They have been gathered from a variety of sources and cover a range of safeguarding topics.

General

One Cop Stop Newsletter from the Neighbourhood Partnership Team East

Keeping children safe in education, from HM Government

Working together to safeguard children, from HM Government

Coping with self-harm: a guide for parents and carers

Safe hands thinking minds poster

Crime (drugs, physical, sexual)

Knives: Get the Facts, from Suffolk Constabulary

Think Before you Act, from Suffolk Constabulary

Online Radicalisation Support

County lines drug crime, from Suffolk and Norfolk Constabulary

Getting you up to speed with Velocity, from Suffolk Constabulary

Power and Control: information about physical and sexual violence

Online, apps and gaming

Blue Whale Suicide Challenge Information

Net Aware- support on social networks apps and games from the NSPCC and O2.

Be Smart Online

National Online Safety – ESafety Guides for Schools

Omegle – Parents guide

Momo Challenge factsheet for parents

FIFA, a parents’ guide, from National Online Safety Ltd

Live streaming guide, from National Online Safety Ltd

Screen addiction guide, from National Online Safety Ltd

Snapchat: protecting your pupils, from TheSchoolBus

Children and mobile phones

eSafety: a parent’s perspective

SimSimi safety card

Online gaming safety, for staff and parents, from tri.x

Online safety for teenagers, from NSPCC

Phishing – Don’t get caught

H2B Safer on Instagram

H2B Safer on SnapChat

H2B Safer on WhatsApp

Musical.ly safety settings

The Children’s Society have put together a simple guide to how emojis may be being used in areas of risk. This is not a definitive or exhaustive guide and they encourage practitioners to stay curious about the different forms of communication young people are using, and this resource can be used to build conversations.

Useful links

Suffolk Domestic Abuse 24/7 Helpline – Freephone 0800 977 5690

Mental Health Useful Links

Mental Health, Emotional Wellbeing and Learning Disabilities COVID-19 Information Hub

NHS Every Mind Matters

NSFT have set up a 24/7 helpline called First Response offering immediate advice, support and signposting for people with mental health difficulties. NSFT Helpline

Bereavement Charity for Children Winton’s Wish

Child Bereavement UK

Healthy Suffolk Covid-19 Sexual Health Page

Childline has launched Report Remove, a service that allows children and young people under 18 to report and get removed from the internet a nude image or video of themselves that might have been shared online. The webpage includes links to services and information offering emotional and safeguarding support. Report a nude image online

Online Safety Guides for Parents and Carers

The most up to date guides for social media apps and platforms.

Self-harm and Suicide (Papyrus)

PAPYRUS is a national charity dedicated to the prevention of young suicide. PAPYRUS was founded in 1997 by a mother, Jean Kerr, from Lancashire following the loss of her son to suicide.

The organisation have recently published a guide for parents created by those who have experience of supporting a young person struggling with their mental health and also contains details of the HOPELINEUK Helpline.

The HOPELINK helpline is available to anyone under 35 who are experiencing thoughts of suicide, and anyone who may be concerned about them. Papyrus’ trained suicide prevention advisers are trained to help young people focus on staying safe from suicide. Their training enables them to provide advice and support to help forward and stay alive.

Sites, apps and games reviews, from Net Aware

A summary for parents/carers of what commonly-used apps do and their corresponding age restrictions.

Suffolk Safeguarding Children Board

Information for parents and carers in need of support or guidance, on a range of safeguarding matters.

Disrespect Nobody

A website created by the Home Office, for young people affected by domestic violence.

One Life Suffolk Webinars to allow children and families to take part in learning about healthier lifestyles during this period of social distancing.

 

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