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Safeguarding & Online Safety

Safeguarding

Our Designated Safeguarding Lead, PREVENT Lead and designated teacher for Children in Care (formally LAC) is: Mrs. Karen Millar

Our Deputy Safeguarding Leads are: Mr Andy Taylor and Ms Steph Moss.

Our Safeguarding and PREVENT Governor is: Mrs. Amanda Havers.

If you have any safeguarding concerns during the school day, please contact the DSL: Karen Millar via the school office on 01379 384387.

If your concern arises out of term-time or outside of school hours, please contact Karen Millar via email which will be regularly checked (karen.millar@stradbrokehigh.co.uk) or on phone (07384810456).  In an emergency contact Suffolk Police on 101 or Customer First on 0808 004005 or customer.first@suffolk.gov.uk.

Online Safety

Our Designated Safeguarding, Online and PREVENT Lead is Mrs K. Millar.

Technology is moving and changing faster than most of us can keep up with. Parents often worry that they don't understand current technology as well as their child, and therefore don't know what to look out for and what safety measures are important. A good source of information and advice is:

https://www.internetmatters.org
https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/
http://vodafonedigitalparenting.co.uk/
https://www.youtube.com/user/ceop

As a school we take online safety very seriously, appropriate filters are used to limit pupils access to inappropriate materials without hindering their ability to learn about the world they live in. Pupils are taught about online safety as part of PSHE lessons and in Tutor Time activities so they are better prepared to face the online world knowing how to protect themselves and others.

Prevent Strategy

The school lead for PREVENT is: Mrs Karen Millar, Deputy Headteacher and the PREVENT Governor is: Mrs Amanda Havers.

The awareness of staff and pupils about this topic is a priority for Stradbroke High School. All staff receive training on this important topic, this training is based on the PREVENT and WRAP initiatives from central Government and includes awareness of the CHANNEL project that a young person at risk of radicalisation and extremism could be referred too for support. Governors are also being trained in the CHANNEL initiative.

Pupils take part in activities based around raising awareness of British values, the importance of being internet aware, sharing with adults their worries about a friend and being an inclusive school.

The school Safeguarding policy also includes a rationale for tackling radicalisation and extremism, a separate referral form and risk assessment for radicalisation and extremism.

If anyone has any concerns about a young person displaying radicalised behaviour or feel they are vulnerable to radicalisation please contact Mrs Millar immediately. (01379 384837 or karen.millar@stradbrokehigh.co.uk)

Current safeguarding issues

Current safeguarding issues as set out in part 1 of Keeping Children Safe in Education

  • Bullying including cyberbullying
  • Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
  • Children missing in education
  • Trafficking
  • Faith Abuse
  • Drugs
  • Private Fostering
  • Domestic violence/abuse
  • Children missing from home or Care
  • Fabricated or induced illness
  • Forced marriage
  • Gang youth violence
  • Sexting
  • Child sexual exploitation (CSE)
  • Gender based violence/violence against women and girls (VAWG)
  • Mental health
  • Preventing radicalisation
  • Relationship abuse
  • Hate

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Online Safety

Our Designated Safeguarding, Online and PREVENT Lead is Mrs K. Millar. 

Technology is moving and changing faster than most of us can keep up with. Parents often worry that they don't understand current technology as well as their child, and therefore don't know what to look out for and what safety measures are important. A good source of information and advice is: 

https://www.internetmatters.org 

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/

http://vodafonedigitalparenting.co.uk/ 

As a school we take online safety very seriously, appropriate filters are used to limit pupils access to inappropriate materials without hindering their ability to learn about the world they live in. Pupils are taught about online safety as part of PSHE lessons and in Tutor Time activities so they are better prepared to face the online world knowing how to protect themselves and others.

What is Online Safety?

Online safety, it is not just about keeping safe on the internet but also keeping safe on all electronic devices such as mobile phones, game consoles, television etc. Online-Safety means knowing about potential threats when you are online; knowing what you can and cannot (legally) do when you are online; and knowing how to protect yourself from some of the risks that are involved in using the internet. Online-Safety covers 'All fixed and mobile technologies that children and young people may encounter, now and in the future, which allow them access to content and communications that could raise issues or pose risks to their wellbeing and safety'. 

Useful Websites

Think U know

https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/

e-Safer Suffolk

http://www.suffolk.gov.uk/your-community/e-safer-suffolk/ 

How to stay safe online

http://www.bullying.co.uk/cyberbullying/how-to-stay-safe-online 

NSPCC

http://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/share-aware/ 

Using twitter safely

http://microsites2.segfl.org.uk/library/1372235525/twitter__tuk_guide.pdf 

Prevent

From 1 July 2015 all schools are subject to a duty under section 26 of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015, in the exercise of their functions, to have “due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”. This duty is known as the Prevent duty. 

In order for us to fulfil the Prevent duty, it is essential that staff are able to identify children who may be vulnerable to radicalisation, and know what to do when they are identified. Protecting children from the risk of radicalisation should be seen as part of the schools’ wider safeguarding duties, and is similar in nature to protecting children from other harms (e.g. drugs, gangs, neglect, sexual exploitation), whether these come from within their family or are the product of outside influences. 

We can also build pupils’ resilience to radicalisation by promoting fundamental British values and enabling them to challenge extremist5 views. It is important to emphasise that the Prevent duty is not intended to stop pupils debating controversial issues. On the contrary, we should provide a safe space in which young people and staff can understand the risks associated with terrorism and develop the knowledge and skills to be able to challenge extremist arguments. 

The statutory guidance on the Prevent duty summarises the requirements on schools in terms of four general themes: risk assessment, working in partnership, staff training, IT policies.


The school lead for PREVENT is: Mrs Karen Millar, Deputy Headteacher and the PREVENT Governor is: Mrs Amanda Havers. 

The awareness of staff and pupils about this topic is a priority for Stradbroke High School. All staff receive training on this important topic, this training is based on the PREVENT and WRAP initiatives from central Government and includes awareness of the CHANNEL project that a young person at risk of radicalisation and extremism could be referred too for support. Governors are also being trained in the CHANNEL initiative. 

Pupils take part in activities based around raising awareness of British values, the importance of being internet aware, sharing with adults their worries about a friend and being an inclusive school. 

The school Safeguarding policy also includes a rationale for tackling radicalisation and extremism, a separate referral form and risk assessment for radicalisation and extremism. 

If anyone has any concerns about a young person displaying radicalised behaviour or feel they are vulnerable to radicalisation please contact Mrs Millar immediately. (01379 384837 or karen.millar@stradbrokehigh.co.uk

Role of the designated safeguarding lead

Governing bodies, proprietors and management committees should appoint an appropriate senior member of staff, from the school or college leadership team, to the role of designated safeguarding lead.

The designated safeguarding lead should take lead responsibility for safeguarding and child protection. This should be explicit in the role-holder’s job description. This person should have the appropriate status and authority within the school to carry out the duties of the post. They should be given the time, funding, training, resources and support to provide advice and support to other staff on child welfare and child protection matters, to take part in strategy discussions and inter-agency meetings – and/or to support other staff to do so – and to contribute to the assessment of children. 

Deputy designated safeguarding leads

It is a matter for individual schools and colleges as to whether they choose to have one or more deputy designated safeguarding lead(s). Any deputies should be trained to the same standard as the designated safeguarding lead. 

Whilst the activities of the designated safeguarding lead can be delegated to appropriately trained deputies, the ultimate lead responsibility for child protection, as set out above, remains with the designated safeguarding lead; this lead responsibility should not be delegated. 

Manage referrals 

The designated safeguarding lead is expected to: 

  • refer cases of suspected abuse to the local authority children’s social care as required; 
  • support staff who make referrals to local authority children’s social care; 
  • refer cases to the Channel programme where there is a radicalisation concern as required; 
  • support staff who make referrals to the Channel programme; 
  • refer cases where a person is dismissed or left due to risk/harm to a child to the Disclosure and Barring Service as required; and 
  • refer cases where a crime may have been committed to the Police as required. 

Work with others 

The designated safeguarding lead is expected to: 

  • liaise with the headteacher or principal to inform him or her of issues especially ongoing enquiries under section 47 of the Children Act 1989 and police investigations; 
  • as required, liaise with the “case manager” (as per Part four) and the designated officer(s) at the local authority for child protection concerns (all cases which concern a staff member); and 
  • liaise with staff on matters of safety and safeguarding and when deciding whether to make a referral by liaising with relevant agencies. Act as a source of support, advice and expertise for staff. 

Training 

The designated safeguarding lead (and any deputies) should undergo training to provide them with the knowledge and skills required to carry out the role. This training should be updated at least every two years. 

The designated safeguarding lead should undertake Prevent awareness training. 

In addition to the formal training set out above, their knowledge and skills should be refreshed (this might be via e-bulletins, meeting other designated safeguarding leads, or simply taking time to read and digest safeguarding developments) at regular intervals, as required, but at least annually, to allow them to understand and keep up with any developments relevant to their role so they: 

  • understand the assessment process for providing early help and intervention, for example through locally agreed common and shared assessment processes such as early help assessments; 
  • have a working knowledge of how local authorities conduct a child protection case conference and a child protection review conference and be able to attend and contribute to these effectively when required to do so; 
  • ensure each member of staff has access to and understands the school or college’s child protection policy and procedures, especially new and part time staff; 
  • are alert to the specific needs of children in need, those with special educational needs and young carers; 
  • are able to keep detailed, accurate, secure written records of concerns and referrals; 
  • understand and support the school or college with regards to the requirements of the Prevent duty and are able to provide advice and support to staff on protecting children from the risk of radicalisation; 
  • obtain access to resources and attend any relevant or refresher training courses; and 
  • encourage a culture of listening to children and taking account of their wishes and feelings, among all staff, in any measures the school or college may put in place to protect them. 

Raise Awareness 

The designated safeguarding lead should: 

  • ensure the school or college’s child protection policies are known, understood and used appropriately; 
  • ensure the school or college’s child protection policy is reviewed annually (as a minimum) and the procedures and implementation are updated and reviewed regularly, and work with governing bodies or proprietors regarding this; 
  • ensure the child protection policy is available publicly and parents are aware of the fact that referrals about suspected abuse or neglect may be made and the role of the school or college in this; and 
  • link with the local LSCB to make sure staff are aware of training opportunities and the latest local policies on safeguarding. 
  • Child protection file 

Where children leave the school or college ensure their child protection file is transferred to the new school or college as soon as possible. This should be transferred separately from the main pupil file, ensuring secure transit and confirmation of receipt should be obtained. 

Availability 

During term time the designated safeguarding lead (or a deputy) should always be available (during school or college hours) for staff in the school or college to discuss any safeguarding concerns. Whilst generally speaking the designated safeguarding lead (or deputy) would be expected to be available in person, it is a matter for individual schools and colleges, working with the designated safeguarding lead, to define what “available” means and whether in exceptional circumstances availability via phone and or Skype or other such media is acceptable. 

It is a matter for individual schools and colleges and the designated safeguarding lead to arrange adequate and appropriate cover arrangements for any out of hours/out of term activities. 

The role of Early Help in protecting young people

One of the many benefits of a small school is that everyone who works here be they teachers, admin team, TA’s or site staff they know the students and therefore are more likely to pick up on small, often subtle changes in behaviour or attitude more quickly.

This allows school to intervene and offer internal support or access early help before issues can escalate.

At Stradbroke High School we offer a range of support within school and also have excellent working relationships with external agencies to ensure the wellbeing of our young people is a priority:

School Nurse Offers weekly drop in sessions in addition to appointment based support covering topics such as mental health, personal hygiene, puberty, relationships and healthy eating.
Fire Liaison Officer Offers weekly 1:1 sessions to support pupils with a range of issues including mental health, family relationships, anger management, self-esteem and self-motivation.
Independent Careers Advisor Provides support for all pupils, though primarily Year 10 & 11 with advice and guidance around next steps. This can include help with applications forms, CV’s, arranging visits to post 16 providers, transport applications and so much more.
Counsellor The school is very privileged to have a psychotherapist working weekly with young people on a 1:1 basis. This service is available to pupils through an internal referral system via the Assistant Headteacher.
Mentor Scheme All pupils have the opportunity to have a mentor. This can be for a range of issues such as behaviour, work ethic, catch up support, revision techniques and emotional support. Pupils are carefully paired with a mentor, who will be best placed to help and support their specific concerns. This may be a teacher, TA or member of the support staff.
Early Help Team - CAF Where appropriate the school will work with parents to complete a CAF assessment so that the family can access additional external support.
Social Skills Small groups sessions run to help support targeted pupils to develop their social skills; these are aimed at year 7 & 8 pupils to help them find confidence and establish positive peer relationships.
Tutor system When pupils are placed in a tutor group, we hope they will have that tutor throughout their 5 years at school. This twice a day contact allows a positive relationship to build up and when a pupil has an issue they are more likely to feel confident enough to share their worries or their tutor will notice and discuss it with them. This positive relationship with the tutor as the first point of contact is also important for parents.
Referrals to agencies such as CISS Where appropriate school will work with families to refer pupil for specialist external support such as CISS where there are early risks of exclusion or school refusal.
Primary Mental Health Worker (PMHW) Consultation The school has termly consultation with a mental health practitioner where students difficulties can be discussed where mental health concerns are starting to become apparent. The PMHW will also work in partnership with the school nurse.

Useful Safeguarding Telephone Numbers

Service Telephone Number
National Domestic Violence free phone 24hr helpline 08082 000247
Ipswich - Lighthouse Women's Aid 24hr Hotline 01473 745111
Waveney - Haven Women's Aid Project 08454 674876
Bury St Edmunds Women’s Refuge 01284 753085
The Ferns - sexual assault referral centre. One stop location offering medical care and emotional support to any victim of sexual assault and rape 0300 1235058
Suffolk Rape Crisis (Women and girls only) helpline 08000 850520
Domestic Abuse Outreach Service – crisis and intensive support, advice and information - Freephone 0800 9775690
Men’s Advice Line 0808 8010327
Broken Rainbow LGBT helpline 0300 9995428
Karma Nirvana - ‘Honour’ Based Violence, Forced Marriage, Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) 0800 5999247
NSPCC - New Free FGM 24hr advice and support 0800 0283550
Victim Support 0845 3899548
Samaritans 0845 7909090
Rights of Women - Free Legal Advice Line 0207 2516577
Childline 24-hour service for children 0800 1111
Suffolk County Council – Customer First county-wide free phone 0808 8004005

In an emergency phone the Police (101) or if worried about a child/young person Customer First (0808 800 4005)

Safeguarding Staff

Mrs Karen Millar, Deputy Headteacher

Designated Safeguarding Lead, PREVENT Lead, Online Safety Lead & Children in Care Designated Teacher

karen.millar@stradbrokehigh.co.uk

01379 384387  Mobile: 07384810456


Mr Andy Taylor 

Deputy Safeguarding Lead 

andy.taylor@stradbrokehigh.co.uk 

01379 384387 


Ms Stephanie Moss 

Deputy Safeguarding Lead 

steph.moss@stradbrokehigh.co.uk 

01379 384387 

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