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Safeguarding

Safeguarding

 

Ensuring the safety and well-being of all students at Croesyceiliog School is a priority and therefore we have policies and procedures which surround the issue of safeguarding young people.

Safeguarding means that we aim to ensure the well-being of students both emotionally and physically, and will take steps in order to ensure that young people are not at risk, either from themselves or from others. 

The Designated Safeguarding Officer at Croesyceiliog School is Mrs H Rawle-Jones, and the Deputy Safeguarding Officers are Mrs K Lo and Miss V Harris.

Where there are concerns about the welfare of any child or young person all staff/volunteers have a duty to share those concerns with the Designated Safeguarding Officer and/or Deputies.  As a parent or visitor to the school, any concerns you have should be communicated directly to Mrs Rawle-Jones, Mrs Lo, Miss Harris, Heads of Year, Pastoral Support Officers or the school office staff.

 

  • The steps that the school might take are:

  • exploring the issue with the young person
  • meeting with the parent/s or carers to discuss the concern and explore suitable options
  • making a referral to and liaising with external agencies
  • liaising and meeting with other agencies or professionals who are involved with the young person or family (for example, CAMHS, YOS, Social Services etc.)

Social Services seek to support families to ensure that young people are kept safe. It is with this in mind that the school might need to refer to Social Services to seek support for the family and young person from suitable agencies. Unless the risk is presented by the parents or guardians, the school will either consult with them about the referral or inform them that a referral is taking place.

 

  • Purpose

The school recognises that protecting and safeguarding children and young people is a shared responsibility and depends upon effective multi-agency collaboration between agencies and professionals that have different roles and expertise. Individual children and young people, especially some of the most vulnerable children and those at greatest risk of social exclusion, will need coordinated help from health, education and children’s social care services. The voluntary sector and other agencies also have an important role in protecting and safeguarding children.

Croesyceiliog School has a responsibility to protect and safeguard the welfare of children and young people they come into contact with. The need for guidelines and procedures is important to ensure that this is done with understanding and clarity. The school follows the guidelines provided by the All Wales Child Protection procedures.

 

  • What the law says

Children’s Act 1989, section 27 and 47, and the Children’s Act 2004 both state that it is the duty of schools to act “to safeguard and promote the welfare of children who are in need”.

Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined as:

  • protecting children from maltreatment
  • preventing impairment of children’s health or development
  • ensuring that children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care
  • undertaking that role so as to enable those children to have optimum life chances and to enter adulthood successfully

Child protection is a part of safeguarding and promoting welfare. This refers to the activity which is undertaken to protect specific children who are suffering or are at risk of suffering significant harm. Areas of harm are defined under the following headings:

  • physical abuse
  • emotional abuse
  • sexual abuse and
  • neglect

 

  • The Prevent strategy

Prevent is part of the safeguarding work that Croesyceiliog School undertakes. Key members of staff have completed training to raise the awareness of Prevent.

Prevent is one of four work strands which make up the government‘s counter-terrorism strategy – CONTEST. The aim of CONTEST is to reduce the risk to the UK and its interests overseas from terrorism.

 

  • What to do if you feel that a young person is at risk of harm

If you are a student at the school:

  • Tell a member of staff about it if you’re in school
  • Tell your parents, carers or guardian about it if you’re at home
  • Call ChildLine (0800 1111), The Samaritans (08457 909090), etc.

If you are a parent or carer:

Contact can be made with the Designated Safeguarding Officer or one of the Deputy Safeguarding Officers at the school. An additional point of contact is your child’s Head of Year or Pastoral Support Officer.

 

  • E Safety

At Croesyceiliog School, we believe that the use of technology is highly beneficial to the education of young people. As well as technology, such as the internet, being used in a positive way for educational outcomes, we also acknowledge that there are many risks in associated with its use. Our philosophy is to educate young people to make the right choices when using the internet and to teach them how to be safe when using online technologies.

We have an e-safety policy which is part of our safeguarding protocol.

As with all bullying, we will not tolerate cyber-bullying and therefore encourage young people and their parents to report any such issues to the school, either to the Designated Safeguarding Officer, Deputy Safeguarding Officers, Head of Year, Pastoral Support Officer or form tutor. In addition, if there are any concerns in relation to any content which is on the internet or any persons who may be contacting young people, there is an option to report this online through clicking on the CEOP button.

CEOP’s Children and Young People’s programme; ‘Thinkuknow’, is used in schools nationwide to educate young people about how to stay safe online. As parents and carers, you can play a fundamental role in this aspect of their child’s education. To stay up to date with further information and advice, please visit www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents to find information on:

  • The risks posed to your child online
  • What can you do to protect your child
  • Where can you go if you are concerned

 

Useful websites for pupils, parents and carers

General Safeguarding Advice

 

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https://www.childline.org.uk/

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A free, private and confidential service for children, offering support and advice.

 

 

 

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http://www.sewsc.org.uk/

 

Access to a wide variety of information about keeping children and young people safe.

 

 

 

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https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/

 

Information to help to keep children safe when they're using the internet, social networks, apps, games and more.

 

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http://wlga.wales/counter-terrorism-and-prevent

Information regarding counter-terrorism and the Prevent strategy.

 

 

Need someone to talk to?

 

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https://www.samaritans.org/

 

A registered charity aimed at providing emotional support to anyone in emotional distress, struggling to cope, or at risk of suicide throughout the United Kingdom and Ireland, often through their telephone helpline.

 

 

 

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https://kooth.com/

 

An online counselling and emotional well-being support service for children and young people.

 

 

 

 

 

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https://www.nspcc.org.uk/what-we-do/news-opinion/childline-launches-new-app/

 

'For Me' is the first app to counsel young people via smartphone. ChildLinehas launched an app that is the first to provide counselling to young people in need of help directly through their mobile devices.

 

 

 

Online safety

 

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http://parentinfo.org/

 

Expert information to help children and young people stay safe online.

 

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https://www.getsafeonline.org/safeguarding-children/

 

A guide as to the range of potential risks children may experience online.

Includes general e-safety, texting and sexting, social networking, cyberbullying, etc.

Also includes links to information on protecting ourselves and the family’s computers while using the internet.

 

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

 

A wide range of potential risks children may face online.

Tools for parents to help children stay safe online.

 

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https://ceop.police.uk/safety-centre/

 

The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) works across the UK tackling child sex abuse and providing advice for parents, carers, and young people.

A useful resource of information about keeping yourself or a child you know safe from child exploitation.

Awareness Alert: Social Media Safety - YELLOW

As a school we advise our parents / carers to talk to their children about who they've shared the information with and assess the risk it poses to your child.

There is an APP attached to Snapchat called ‘yellow’ which has been flagged up as  ‘Tinder’ (dating) for teenagers.  This poses obvious risks to young people.

Please find advice re: Teenagers and internet usage by clicking on the link below.

https://www.internetmatters.org/advice/social-media/

There is also some practical advice in the government document    Child Safety Online: A practical guide for parents and carers whose children are using social media

Social_Media_Guidance_UKCCIS_Final_18122015pdf.pdf