Safeguarding & Student Welfare
GENERAL SAFEGUARDING INFORMATION
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 in this role 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
Miss D. London, Deputy Head Upper Main School
Mr J. Stiby, Bursar with responsibility for safeguarding arrangements for support staff and liaison with Governors.
Mrs K. Etheridge, Assistant Headteacher, Head of Learning Support
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:
The over-arching title of safeguarding now incorporates a wide range of issues experienced by young people in their daily lives.
A range of these are listed below with links to organisations that can provide help and advice in addition to the support provided in school:
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.
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.
Any form of hate crime based on such characteristics can be reported through this site if the person concerned does not want to contact the police in the first instance.
Linked to this is the work the school is doing in relation to the national Prevent agenda. All staff have undertaken online training regarding awareness of students who may be vulnerable to extremism and presentations are regularly made to students with regard to tolerance respect and diversity within the community
Poole Grammar School will actively challenge children, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British Values, including extremist views of whatever origin or nature.
Further information is available for parents at:
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 Email: mailto:email@example.com
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
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.
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 IN EDUCATION
The September 2016 version of the document which is statutory guidance and encompasses all aspects of Safeguarding work in schools can be accessed at:
Support for Transgender students
Trans Unite allows members of the transgender & non-binary communities to find a support group local to them (or even an online-only group):
The website is located here: https://www.transunite.co.uk/
The site is run by volunteers and a not for profit organisation This is the most up to date resource for the UK and online based support groups; users can find a local group and even message them directly from the site using the “Contact Group” button.