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SAFEGUARDING

The safety and welfare of our students is of paramount importance to us, and to enable us to achieve this, we work very closely with parents/carers and a range of external agencies.

To download a copy of our booklet “Safeguarding Advice to Parents and Carers” please CLICK HERE

To download a copy of our Safeguarding Newsletter, please CLICK HERE

Keeping children safe in education – HM Government Guidelines

Working together to safeguard children – HM Government Guidelines

Details of the role of the Designated Safeguarding Lead can be viewed HERE

There are 4 broad categories of Safeguarding concern:

1. Emotional

The persistent emotional maltreatment of a child such as to cause severe and persistent adverse effects on a child’s emotional development

Signs of Abuse:

  • Clingy
  • Attention seeking
  • Low self esteem
  • Apathy
  • Fearful/withdrawn
  • Sleep disorders
  • Depression/self harm
  • Drink/drug abuse

2. Physical

Causing physical harm to a child. It can also result when a parent/carer deliberately causes ill health of a child in order to seek attention through fabricated or induced illness

Signs of Abuse:

  • Unexplained injuries
  • Injuries on certain parts of the body
  • Injuries in various stages of healing
  • Injuries that reflect the use of an implement.
  • Flinching when approached
  • Crying/instability
  • Afraid of home
  • Behaviour extreme

3. Sexual

Forcing or enticing a child or young person to take part in sexual activities, whether or not the child is aware of what is happening

Signs of Abuse:

  • Age inappropriate sexual behaviour/knowledge
  • Promiscuity
  • Running away from home
  • Wary of adults
  • Eating disorders
  • Depression
  • Self harm
  • Unexplained gifts/money

4. Neglect

A persistent failure to meet a child’s basic physical and/or psychological needs, likely to result in serious impairment to a child’s health or development

Signs of Abuse:

  • Tired/listless
  • Unkempt
  • Poor hygiene
  • Untreated medical conditions
  • Overeats when food is available
  • Poor growth
  • Poor/late attendance

 

If you have any safeguarding concerns, please contact a member of the child protection team 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:                                                   Tony Bown

Safeguarding Governor:                                    Louise Bernasconi

Online Safety Lead:                                           James Kerry

DSENCo:                                                            Kerry Ellison

 

Alternatively, anyone can make a referral using Suffolk County Council’s Customer First service, details of which can be found below:

Customer First – 0808  800 4005 (at any time)

 

PREVENT STRATEGY

PREVENT Manager: Michelle Read

PREVENT Lead: James Lowden

Alternate PREVENT Lead: Tony Bown

 

What is Prevent?

Prevent is part of CONTEST, the Government’s strategy to address terrorism. The main aim of Prevent is to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism. Prevent focuses on all forms of terrorist threats.  Eg: international terrorism, far right extremists (among others).

The Government’s Prevent strategy can be found HERE

 

The new Prevent strategy will specifically:

  • Respond to the ideological challenge of terrorism and the threat we face from those who promote it;
  • Prevent people from being drawn into terrorism and ensure that they are given appropriate advice and support through the Channel process.
  • Work with sectors and institutions where there are risks of radicalisation which we need to address.

The police, Local Authorities, and our partner organisations are working together to help strengthen and empower our communities to reject those who want to cause harm.

We work together and focus on three key themes:

  • Safeguarding vulnerable individuals through the provision of advice and support and intervention projects.
  • Working closely with institutions such as universities, schools, prisons, health, charities and faith establishments.
  • Challenging terrorist ideology by working closely with other local and national agencies, partners and our communities

 

Signs of Radicalisation

Physical changes:

  • Sudden or gradual change in physical appearance
  • Sudden or unexpectedly wearing religious attire
  • Getting tattoos displaying various messages
  • Unexpectedly growing a beard
  • Unexpectedly shaving their head (skinhead)
  • Possesses unexplained gifts and clothing (groomers will sometimes use gifts such as mobile phones and clothing to bribe a young person)

Social changes:

  • Cuts ties with their friends, family or community
  • Starts to become socially withdrawn  
  • Becoming dependent on social media and the internet
  • Begins to associate with others who hold radical views
  • Bullies or demonises other people freely
  • Begins to attend rallies and demonstrations for extremist causes
  • Associates with known radicals
  • Visits extremist websites, networks and blogs

Emotional and verbal changes:

  • Begins to complain, often with anger, about governmental policies, especially foreign policy  
  • Advocates violence or criminal behaviour  
  • Begins to believe in government conspiracies
  • Exhibits erratic behaviour such as paranoia and delusion
  • Speaks about seeking revenge
  • Starts to exhibit extreme religious intolerance
  • Demonstrates sympathy to radical groups
  • Displays hatred or intolerance of other people or communities because they are different

Honour-Based Violence (HBV)

Honour based violence (HBV) is the term used to describe murders in the name of ‘so-called honour’, sometimes called ‘honour killings’. These are murders in which predominantly women are killed for perceived immoral behaviour, which is deemed to have breached the honour code of a family or community, causing shame.

HBV cuts across all cultures and communities, and cases encountered in the UK so far have involved families from Turkish, Kurdish, Afghani, South Asian, African, Middle Eastern, South and Eastern European communities. However, this is not an exhaustive list.

Murders in the name of ‘so-called honour’ are often the culmination of a series of events over a period of time and are planned. There tends to be a degree of premeditation, family conspiracy and a belief that the victim deserved to die.

HBV is a collection of practices which are used to control behaviour within families to protect perceived cultural and religious beliefs and/or honour (Izzat).

HBV is often committed with some degree of approval and/or collusion from family and/or community members.

HBV may include murder, unexplained death (suicide), fear of or actual forced marriage, controlling sexual activity, domestic abuse, rape, kidnapping, false imprisonment, threats to kill, assault, harassment, forced abortion.

Female genital mutilation, also a type of HBV, and is generally performed on children from the ages of 4-14 years.

Boys as well as girls can be subject to HBV; gay, lesbian young people can be particularly vulnerable.

HBV can take place across national and international boundaries, within extended families and communities.

There is a close link with forced marriage – a young person may be at risk of further HBV if seeking to avoid forced marriage and forced marriage is in itself HBV.

Potential triggers for honour based violence

The perceived immoral behaviour which could precipitate a murder include:

  • Inappropriate make-up or dress.
  • The existence of a boyfriend.
  • Kissing or intimacy in a public place.
  • Rejecting a forced marriage.
  • Pregnancy outside of marriage.
  • Being a victim of rape.
  • Inter-faith relationships.
  • Leaving a spouse or seeking divorce.

Possible indicators from which honour based violence could follow:

  • Physical abuse.
  • Emotional abuse, including:
    • House arrest and excessive restrictions.
    • Denial of access to the telephone, internet, passport
      and friends.
    • Threats to kill.
  • Pressure to go abroad. Victims are sometimes persuaded to return to their country of origin under false pretences, when in fact the intention could be to kill them.
  • Children sometimes truant from school to obtain relief from being policed at home by relatives. They can feel isolated from their family and social networks and become depressed, which can on some occasions lead to self-harm or suicide.
  • Families may feel shame long after the incident that brought about dishonour occurred, and therefore the risk of harm to a child can persist. This means that the young person’s new boy/girlfriend, baby (if pregnancy caused the family to feel ‘shame’), associates or siblings may be at risk of harm.

Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)

What is child sexual abuse through exploitation?

A form of sexual abuse, in which a child/young person is manipulated or forced into taking part in a sexual act.

The abuser may be physically or verbally violent, or use emotional means or substances (eg drugs/alcohol) to exert control.

Suffolk’s local safeguarding children board has developed the following guide to help raise the profile of CSE and to help prevent future cases or signpost support for those who are a victim of this type of abuse.

Suffolk Safeguarding Children Board – Child Sexual Abuse through Exploitation leaflet

What could be the signs of child sexual abuse through exploitation?

  • Regularly missing school or not taking part in education.
  • Staying out at night, regularly returning home late and/or returning home after long intervals and appearing well cared for.
  • Defensive about where they have been and what they have been doing.
  • Appears with unexplained gifts or new possessions, money, mobile phones, clothes, jewellery, etc.
  • Suffers from sexually transmitted infections.
  • Mood swings.
  • Changes in emotional wellbeing, use of language or physical appearance.
  • Displays inappropriate sexualised behaviour.
  • Is secretive or withdrawn.
  • Looks tired, ill or sleeps during the day.
  • Associating with older men and/or developing a relationship of a sexual nature with a significantly older man or woman.
  • Uses drugs and/or alcohol.
  • Receiving more phone calls or text messages than usual.
  • Marks or scars on their body which they try to conceal by refusing to undress or uncover parts of their body.
  • Risk-taking behaviour or suicidal tendencies.

Who can be affected by CSE?

Anyone can be a victim of this form of abuse, irrespective of background or gender. However, those with a family history of domestic violence, those who are looked after, have migrant/refugee status, suffer low self-esteem, or belong to gangs, are at greater risk.

 

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