Safeguarding Information for Students & Parents
In an increasingly complex world in which to grow up, young people and their parents face many challenges. At Poole Grammar we seek to support all students and staff in the school community to be happy in their lives, safe and free from all forms of harassment and discrimination. The cornerstones to support these aims are contained the school policies that are available to download from the website on Child Protection, Safeguarding Policies and Procedures, Behaviour, Harassment & Bullying and E-Safety. Should any problems arise it is important that students and parents know who to contact.
The Safeguarding Lead for the school is Mr K. McDonald, Deputy Head Lower Main School whose responsibilities under this banner include the E-Safety Champion, Anti-Bullying Co-ordinator and has oversight for Looked After Children.
The other designated members of staff are:
Mr A. Baker, Headteacher and Prevent Lead
Ms V. Wilson, Student Support Officer and school lead on Mental Health
Mrs D. Chipping, Deputy Head Upper Main School
Mr J. Stiby, Bursar with responsibility for safeguarding arrangements for support staff and liaison with Governors.
The Nominated Safeguarding Governors are Mrs J. Risness and Mrs F. French.
All designated staff have an enhanced level of training in Safeguarding. In line with the LSCB guidance, all teaching and support staff have full training from an external provider every 3 years, in-house training in the interim years and are regularly updated in staff meetings and by e-mail about current Safeguarding issues.
Safeguarding issues and training for the school are overseen and monitored by the Local Safeguarding Children Board. Their site: http://www.bournemouth-poole-lscb.org.uk/ contains a wide variety of information for young people, parents and professionals.
Complementary to what we do in school is the work of a wide variety of organisations that can provide advice and support for both students and parents when encountering a range of challenges. A key gateway to helping local families is the Borough of Poole Family Information Service and Family Information Directory which contains a wealth of information and links to a range of useful resources for both young people and their parents. Whilst general advice is available on their website different regarding aspects of family life, in a safeguarding context a wealth of information can be found at:
Other organisations can provide help and advice:
If students are experiencing any problems at school related to bullying they should use the button on Moodle to seek help. Behind this there is the Anti-Bullying Booklet and resources plus contact details for the relevant staff at school. Work is carried out throughout the year on this topic in school through tutor time, PHSE and assemblies as well as supporting the national Anti-Bullying Week.
Advice and support can also be obtained through the following agencies:
Anti-Bullying Alliance (ABA)
Brings together over 60 organisations into one network with the aim of reducing bullying and creating safer environments in which children and young people can live, grow, play and learn.
Bully Free Zone
One of the leading peer support projects in Britain. The project aims to raise awareness of alternative ways of resolving conflict and reduce bullying.
Provides an email advice service for children and young people as well as online help and information, for schools as well as pupils.
Provides training or professionals, courses for bullied children, a helpline for parents of bullied children and books, videos, free booklets and leaflets about the prevention of bullying, many in several languages.
DOMESTIC ABUSE ALERTS
Please be aware that Poole Grammar School works in conjunction with external agencies with regard to Child Protection and Safeguarding concerns. The school is notified via Children’s services when a domestic abuse incident has occurred at the home of a child and the police have been called. Routinely however the only details of the incident are the date of the incident, the home address and the name of the child – further information will not be shared with the school unless there are other concerns about a child’s welfare.
Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre
Resources have been produced by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre to help schools to teach young people about how to stay safe online. The resources were designed by young people for young people and incorporate the latest classroom chat, lingo and music to effectively portray key messages about safety online.
ChildNet International provides specialist resources for young people to raise awareness of online safety and how to protect themselves.
Tel: 020 7639 6967 http://www.childnet.com
E Safety – ThinkuKnow
ThinkuKnow is a very effective programme for raising awareness and schools in Poole have been actively supported and encouraged to implement these activities for children. Information provided by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre.
UK Safer Internet Centre
A partnership of three leading online organisations – South West Grid for Learning (SWGfL). Childnet and Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) – aiming to make the internet a safe and better place for all.
Vodaphone Digital Parenting Magazine
A fantastic free resource for families to use: http://vodafonedigitalparenting.co.uk/
We are also very fortunate in the local area to have the services of the Police Safe Schools and Communities Team that as a school we liaise closely with over a range of issues and they provide us with valuable training for our students. Parents can contact them for advice on: Ssct@dorset.pnn.police.uk Tel: 01202 222844
The SSCT produce periodic newsletters for parents with regard to online safety:
Committed to improving children’s wellbeing and mental health
THE PREVENT AGENDA
The NSPCC has launched a helpline to support adults who have concerns about children and young people being radicalised or who need advice on how to talk to their children about issues related to terrorism.
Locally all referrals from professionals about Preventing extremism concerns should go to the Safeguarding referral unit (police) email@example.com or 01202 222229
RACE OR RELIGIOUS DISCRIMINATION
Dorset Race Equality Council
This is an independent charity that provides help and support to victims of discrimination and harassment, particularly related to race, faith or belief. The service is free and confidential.
SUPPORT FOR LGBT STUDENTS
We are a Stonewall Champion School and will not permit discrimination against any of our school community on the basis of their gender or sexual orientation.
A campaign and lobby group working to achieve legal equality and social justice for lesbians, gay men and bisexuals.
Intercom Trust is an independent charity that provides support and advocacy services to lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans communities in the southwest for people who encounter homophobic crime, prejudice or discrimination. Call their confidential LGBT helpline.
Tel: 0800 612 3010
Aims to support lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual [LGBT] staff in education and to raise the profile of LGBT people and issues.
Tel: 01273 298299 www.schools-out.org.uk
Space Youth Project is a group for young Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual, Trans and questioning people under 25 based in Dorset.
NATIONAL SUPPORT ORGANISATIONS
Offers a free, 24-hour helpline and counselling service for children in distress or danger.
Tel: 0800 1111
Children’s Legal Centre
The Children’s Legal Centre provides legal advice, information, assistance and representation to children, parents/carers and professional working with children.
Tel: 08088 020 008
Coping with Chaos
Supporting families caring for a child/children or young person with a disability or special educational needs.
National Society of Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC)
NSPCC aims to end cruelty to children. Works with children and families, as well as influencing public policy and attitudes. Provide helpline services.
Tel: 0808 800 5000
KEEPING CHILDREN SAFE DOCUMENT
The latest version of the document which is statutory guidance and encompasses all aspects of Safeguarding work in schools can be accessed at: