Safeguarding

We take the health and wellbeing of our students very seriously. We are proud that safeguarding has a high profile in Copleston and our everyday practices support our commitment to keeping our students safe.

All of our staff are regularly trained to ensure that they can spot concerns and we all know how to pass on these concerns or if a young person shares their concern about themselves or someone else. We will not promise confidentiality to any young person and, where possible, we will always share concerns with parents so that we can work closely to address the problem or issue. Our safeguarding lead is Janet Osborne. Her alternatives are Katie Heffer and Helena Bradshaw and the Governor with responsibility for Safeguarding is Bill Robinson. If you are concerned about your son or daughter or another young person you can contact Mrs Osborne, Miss Heffer or Mrs Bradshaw at school.

 

E-Safety

A big part of safeguarding is to make sure that our students know how to keep themselves and others safe. We do lots of work with students through assemblies and PSHE to raise their awareness of the need and also develop their ability to be safe. Anti-bullying and online safety are just two areas that we have addressed with students this year. We know that parents want to be actively involved in knowing how to keep their sons and daughters safe and that’s why we have put lots of links below to give you access to information and resources that you may find useful. In addition, having surveyed parents to find out what e-Safety issues you would like to get some advice and information about, we will be running a range of sessions during Parent Consultation Evenings across the year to support you in keeping your children safe. Further details regarding these sessions will be sent home before Parents Evenings and will be also published on our website.

A booklet for parents, ‘Safe and Switched On’ has been produced by our Safeguarding Team to offer practical information and guidance relating e-Safety issues. A paper copy will be sent home shortly nut the booklet can also be downloaded from the link below.

 

Keeping young people safe against radicalisation and extremism – support for parents and carers.


You can find information here about why a young person might be drawn towards extremist ideas, how this might happen via the Internet and other sources of media, through interaction with peers, the TV and how parents can support their young people to stay safe.
You can also see what we are doing with the young people in school to raise their awareness of extremism and radicalisation. All staff have also received training about this issue and know how to pass on any concerns they have about a young person.
If you have any concerns that your child is being influenced by others in any way, please get in touch with the school and our Safeguarding Team will discuss your concerns with you. Alternatively, you can contact Customer First on 0808 800 4005 to report any concern about the safety or well-being of a young person. In an emergency you should call 999.

The following website provides some very useful information for parents  http://educateagainsthate.com/parents
 
 

Online safety

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

http://www.nspcc.org.uk/help-and-advice/for-parents-and-carers/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/webwise/topics/safety-and-privacy/online-safety-for-parents

http://www.guardian.co.uk/mcafee/child-safety-online

http://www.saferinternet.org.uk/advice-and-resources/parents-and-carers/parents-guide-to-technology

Anti-Bullying

www.bbc.co.uk/schools/parents/bullying/

http://www.beatbullying.org/dox/help/help-for-parents.html

http://www.stopbullying.gov/

http://www.safenetwork.org.uk/help_and_advice/

http://www.bullying.co.uk/

Top tips for parents and carers

Sex and Relationships

http://www.nspcc.org.uk/help-and-advice/for-parents-and-carers/parenting-advice/teenagers-and-sex/

http://www.fpa.org.uk/helpandadvice/parentsandcarers

Female Genital Mutilation