Do you have a child protection concern?
Our Safeguarding Lead is Mrs Kelly Kerr. She is your first point of contact for any concerns. You can contact her on: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Staff are well trained to recognise signs of harm, which helps them identify children who may be at risk. They report any concerns promptly and leaders make sure that these are followed up.
Ofsted January 2022
At school, we aim to create an environment where children can:
- feel safe, secure and respected;
- talk openly;
- feel confident that someone will listen.
There may be times though when the child is not able or willing to share a concern. You can find information on how to help in our Child Protection Policy.
You can contact the Child Exploitation and Online Protection command if you:
- have been a victim of online sexual abuse
- think it is happening to someone you know
We are part of a project called Operation Encompass. Operation Encompass is a police and education early information safeguarding partnership enabling schools to offer immediate support to children experiencing domestic abuse.
Operation Encompass ensures that there is a notification to a school’s trained Designated Safeguarding Lead prior to the start of the next school day after an incident of police attended domestic abuse where there are children related to either of the adult parties involved.
Information is shared with a school’s Designated Safeguarding Lead prior to the start of the next school day after officers have attended a domestic abuse incident. This sharing of information enables appropriate support to be given, dependent upon the needs and wishes of the child.
Children are negatively impacted by experiencing domestic abuse and without early intervention and support this negative impact can last through a child’s life course. Domestic abuse can impact upon social, psychological, physical, emotional and behavioural outcomes with an often negative impact upon a child’s academic success. Experiencing domestic abuse has been identified as an Adverse Childhood Experience.
Operation Encompass aims, by directly connecting police and schools, to secure better outcomes for children, to enable schools to better understand the impact living with domestic abuse has upon children, to help schools to better understand a child’s lived experience and to therefore be able to support and nurture each child, making a child’s day better and giving them a better tomorrow.
Areas of Support:
Support for Pupils:
Childline: Childline is a free, private and confidential service where you can talk about anything. Whatever your worry, whenever you need help, we’re here for you online, on the phone, anytime by calling 0800 1111 or visiting: https://www.childline.org.uk/
What happens when you phone Childline? Watch this video to see: https://youtu.be/fCA6EhBhiC8
Calm Down Zone: https://www.childline.org.uk/toolbox/calm-zone/
Talk PANTS: With the help of our friendly dinosaur Pantosaurus, Talk PANTS and reminds children to understand their body belongs to them, and they should tell a safe adult they trust if anything makes them feel upset or worried. Watch the Pantosaurus video here: https://www.youtube.com/embed/_SzbMEVYiyg?rel=0
Bedtime Stories: Need some help with getting to sleep? Maybe a bedtime story might help. https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episodes/b00jdlm2/cbeebies-bedtime-stories
Seahorse Project: When someone who is important to us dies, it can leave an empty space in our lives and it is natural to experience strong or mixed feelings. It can sometimes impact on our concentration when we are trying to study, affect our sleep, change the relationships we have with others and cause feelings that might be new to us.
These workbooks are for you. You may want to use them on your own or with a parent or friend.
Support for Parents/Carers:
NSPCC: The NSPCC provide therapeutic services to help children move on from abuse, as well as supporting parents and families in caring for their children. We help professionals make the best decisions for children and young people, and support communities to help prevent abuse from happening in the first place. You can contact the NSPCC helpline on 0808 800 5000 or by visiting: https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/
Talk PANTS: With the help of our friendly dinosaur Pantosaurus, Talk PANTS is a simple conversation to help keep your child safe from sexual abuse. https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/support-for-parents/pants-underwear-rule/
Seahorse Project: Bereavement affects children and young people too.
We offer short-term bereavement-focused counselling support to any bereaved child in our catchment area (Seaford, Hailsham, Uckfield, Heathfield, Pevensey and Eastbourne).
When someone who is important to us dies, it can leave an empty space in our lives and it is natural to experience strong or mixed feelings. It can sometimes impact on our concentration when we are trying to study, affect our sleep, change the relationships we have with others and cause feelings that might be new to us.
Find out how we can support you and them at this time: https://www.stwhospice.org/our-care/family-services/seahorse-project/