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Child Protection & Safeguarding

Child Protection & Safeguarding


The safety of our students is paramount. As a school we are fully committed to child protection and safeguarding. We follow all statutory guidelines as well as our own policies and procedures.

Our safeguarding policy can be viewed by clicking here and we would be happy to provide a paper copy on request.

We will act to protect a child where there is a disclosure or concern about abuse. The categories of abuse recognised by Social Services are neglect, physical abuse, emotional abuse and sexual abuse.

More information about child protection and safeguarding can be found on the Devon & Torbay Safeguarding Children Board's website: 

http://www.devonsafeguardingchildren.org/

At Kings we have a team of designated officers:

     
  Mike Garrick  
 

Deputy Head Student Support (mgarrick@thekings.devon.sch.uk) is the designated Safeguarding Lead and he works closely with:

 
     
Dave Nicholson Jo Bunker Laura Woodhall

(Pastoral Support Worker)

dnicholson@thekings.devon.sch.uk

(Pastoral Support Worker)

 jbunker@thekings.devon.sch.uk

(6th Form Safeguarding)

lwoodhall@thekings.devon.sch.uk

The Designated Safeguarding Governor is Steve Ellison

 

Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH)

MASH is a partnership between Devon County Council children’s social care, education and youth services; Devon NHS health services; Devon and Cornwall Police; and the Probation Service working together to safeguard children and young people.

When a professional, family member or member of the public is concerned about a child or young person’s safety, they can contact MASH. They deal with all enquiries/referrals where there is a child protection concern.

You can find out more about what the organisation does and how to contact them in this information sheet for parents (Insert sheet)

 
If you have serious concerns about a child or young person, or if you need help parenting your child, you can call 0345 155 1071 or email: mashsecure@devon.gcsx.gov.uk

 

Online safety

Most young people are accessing the internet from a variety of devices.   Safe use of the internet is taught primarily in PSHE and ICT.   However, all adults need to be aware of safeguarding issues around the internet. Adults also need to be aware of potential use of the internet in Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) and Radicalisation and there is free and useful information, advice and resources in the following sites and documents:

https://www.getsafeonline.org/
https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/
https://www.nspcc.org.uk/
http://www.safenetwork.org.uk
https://www.devon-cornwall.police.uk/crime-prevention/your-internet-safety/

 

Useful documents:

Internet Safety Leaflet for Parents
Helping You Protect Your Child from Online Sexual Abuse
Instagram Parents Guide
Snapchat Parents Guide
A Guide for Parents of Children and Young People Who Have Got in Trouble Online

 

Radicalisation

There’s a chance that your child may meet people online or visit websites that could lead them to adopting what you consider to be extreme views, and becoming radicalised. Please follow the links below for advice to parents about radicalisation:

http://www.ltai.info/what-is-prevent/

 

Mental Health Support

We are mindful of the pressures facing young people and try to offer strategies to our young people through the PSHE programme. In particular we are part of a Character Education programme which Mrs Elliott (our PSHE Co-ordinator) runs. We also offer support to students who are struggling with aspects of teenage life. In the first instance students and parents can contact Mr Nicholson or Mrs Bunker in Student Support. In addition the following websites and resources may be helpful:

 

YOUNG MINDS: http://www.youngminds.org.uk/

THE PROJECT: http://theprojectyp.org.uk/

 T: 01404 549045 M: 07970 167341 E: info@theprojectyp.org.uk

(This free Project, based in Axminster, is a peer support network that has been set up to support young people aged 12-24yrs with mental health issues, and their parents and carers).

RETHINK MENTAL ILLNESS—Young Peoples Page

 

   

  • Counsellors available online: Monday-Friday 12 noon till 10pm
  • Weekends 6pm till 10pm

 

The online service: provides access to online advice, self-help tools and counselling

  • is available 365 days a year
  • provides interactive counselling until 10pm every night

 

The face-to-face service: 

  • can be accessed on a self-referral basis by young people aged 11 to 18 years
  • is available by contacting Young Devon
  • provides access to Young Devon’s trained counsellors
  • is available in safe settings across Devon

  

https://www.minded.org.uk/

 

Other Safeguarding Support

Child line: 0800 1111

NSPCC: 0808 800 5000

Runaway 24/7 helpline: 116000

CEOP online reporting: www.ceop.police.uk

Women’s Aid and Refuge – 0808 2000

The Samaritans – 08457 90 90 90

The National Stalking Helpline – 0808 802 0300

Drugs & Alcohol Support

FRANK – 0300 123 6600

www.talktofrank.com

Y Smart – Drug & Alcohol Services – 01271 388162

 

 

 

 

 

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