Safeguarding is EVERYBODY’s responsibility.
- Protecting children from abuse and maltreatment.
- Preventing harm to children’s health or development.
- Ensuring children grow up with the provision of safe and effective care.
- Taking action to enable all children and young people to have the best outcomes.
Child protection is part of the safeguarding process. It focuses on protecting individual children identified as suffering or likely to suffer significant harm. This includes child protection procedures which detail how to respond to concerns about a child.
Our Safeguarding Statement of Practice can also be obtained on request at the main reception. Further details can be obtained from the Gov.Uk website under Keeping Children Safe in Education .
How do we Safeguard our Students?
We take safeguarding seriously and there is a clear safeguarding culture at The Long Eaton School. All staff play an important role in this and they are updated and trained accordingly.
All staff know what to do if a student makes a disclosure to them and are able to log any concerns by emailing our Safeguarding Team who act on each individual case. Following this, we work with a number of staff in school and external agencies to ensure the safety of our students.
In addition to this, our Life Skills and assembly programme covers a number of key topics such as extremism, mental health, online safety and anti-bullying. All students in Year 9 also take part in a Healthy Relationship programme which highlights the dangers for young people such as grooming and controlling behaviours.
If you have any concerns that you would like to report to the school, please ask to speak to:
Mr T Worn – Assistant Principal / Senior Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mrs K Harrowing – Targeted Support Lead
Specific Safeguarding Information
In relation to children safeguarding and promoting their welfare is defined as:
- Protecting children from maltreatment;
- Preventing impairment of a child’s health or development;
- Ensuring that children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care;
- Taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.
There are four types of child abuse as defined in ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children’ (2018) which is defined in the ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education Statutory Guidance 2019’ as:
- Physical Abuse: Deliberately physically hurting a child
- Emotional Abuse: Causing a child ongoing emotional harm
- Sexual Abuse: Any sexual activity with a child
- Neglect: Continually failing to meet a child’s basic needs
- Bullying: Please refer to the Trust’s Anti Bullying Policy for further information on reporting and dealing with bullying which is in the policies section of the website.
How to Spot the Signs of Child Abuse or Neglect
Some of the indicators are a change in:
- Appearance e.g. Unusual injuries or consistently poor hygiene
- Behaviour e.g. Withdrawn, aggressive, overly anxious, disruptive, self-harming or other sudden changes in behaviour
- Communication e.g. aggression, using sexual language, secretive
Out of Hours Contact – Advice for Parents/Carers
Most of us look forward to the school holidays with great excitement but for some young people it can be a time of anxiety especially for those who rely on regular face-to-face contacts with their friends or who enjoy the security and structure provided by the school day.
If you are concerned about any young person in respect of their emotional wellbeing or you feel that they are vulnerable to harm or abuse and you are uncertain whether they are receiving support you may wish to contact one of the agencies listed. Many of the agencies have established links and will ensure that your concern or query is directed to the appropriate agency.
- Call Derbyshire (Derbyshire County Council Social Services) 01629 533190
- Child Line 0800 1111 – NHS Direct 111
- Online issues or exploitation contact Child Exploitation and Online Protection Agency (CEOP) https://www.ceop.police.uk/Ceop-Report/
- Suspicion that a young person is at risk of Child Sexual Exploitation- contact Safe and Sound 01332 362120
- Advice, support and options if you, or someone you love, goes missing or runs away- 24 Hour Anonymous Helpline Text or Call 116 000
- Radicalisation/Extremist behaviour see advice on: http://www.derbyshire.police.uk/Safety-advice/Terrorism/Prevent-Team/Prevent-Team.aspx Or contact: Police 101 (999 in an emergency) Or Crimestoppers UK 0800 555 111
The relaxed atmosphere of holidays can also lead to young people lowering their guard. Please continue to talk to the young people in your care about online and social media safety and encourage them to share any concerns that they have about any contacts they receive. CEOP have an excellent website called “Think u know” (Xmas Holidays) and “Think u know”
We work hard to promote good mental health and our Year Leaders works with students individually, as well as communicating with parents and external agencies to offer proactive ways of developing this.
Advice for the parents and carers of teenagers (Anna Freud Centre)
The teenage years are both exciting and challenging to parent and carers. It can be hard to know whether a teenager’s feelings and behaviour are normal or becoming a problem.
Anna Freud Centre’s child mental health experts have written a leaflet to provide simple advice and guidance to parents and carers about how to make conversations about their child’s feelings part of everyday life.
Download “Talking Mental Health with young people at secondary school: some advice for parents and carers” booklet.
Please see this useful newsletter from Derbyshire Police regarding raising awareness of gangs and using children to courier drugs and signs to look out for.
Being aware of what your child/ren are doing online is extremely important and communicating regularly about this will help.
Social networking can offer a lot of positives, but can also pose some problems for children. It’s important to monitor your child’s profiles online to ensure that they are being safe online, this includes checking their ‘friends’ are people that they actually know and trust.
A useful guide to the different social networking sites can be found here.
A useful guide for ensuring students are safe online (especially when using their phones)
The Prevent Duty
All schools and registered childcare providers are required to “have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”. This is called the Prevent Duty. A useful website on this duty can be found here.
Female genital mutilation (FGM) is a procedure where the female genitals are deliberately cut, injured or changed, but there’s no medical reason for this to be done. It is also known as female circumcision or cutting, and by other terms, such as sunna, gudniin, halalays, tahur, megrez and khitan, among others. FGM is usually carried out on young girls between infancy and the age of 15, most commonly before puberty starts. It is illegal in the UK and is child abuse. It is very painful and can seriously harm the health of women and girls. It can also cause long-term problems with sex, childbirth and mental health.
Getting help and support – all women and girls have the right to control what happens to their bodies and the right to say no to FGM. Help is available if you have had FGM or you’re worried that you or someone you know is at risk.
- If someone is in immediate danger, contact the police immediately by dialling 999.
- If you’re concerned that someone may be at risk, contact the NSPCC helpline on 0800 028 3550 or email@example.com.
- If you’re under pressure to have FGM performed on your daughter, ask a GP, your health visitor or another healthcare professional for help, or contact the NSPCC helpline.
- If you have had FGM, you can get help from a specialist NHS gynaecologist or FGM service – ask a GP, your midwife or any other healthcare professional about services in your area.