We take safeguarding extremely seriously and our staff will do everything they can to keep students safe and protect them from harm. We acknowledge that safeguarding is the most important part of everyone’s job and therefore everyone’s responsibility. All of our staff are trained to be vigilant and aware of the signs of safety and indicators of abuse. The viewpoints and voice of students is of paramount importance to our School and we will always listen to students’ wishes, thoughts and feelings, as well as identifying and supporting their needs. We work alongside students to develop trusting, consistent and professional relationships. We advocate early help processes and, where possible, we identify any difficulties or concerns early in order to act preventatively. We always provide support and advice for families and parents/carers, whilst acting in the best interests of the student at all times. Safeguarding also includes ensuring we follow safe working practices and provide a secure learning environment for our students, visitors and staff.
Our commitment to safeguarding is to:
The Safer Schools Partnership
This partnership is a positive way for all schools to demonstrate their commitment to promoting a safe climate of learning and to prevent crime. Over the course of the year a Safer School’s Officer will deliver age appropriate key messages to the students in assemblies and lessons including Internet Safety, Healthy Relationships, Sexting, Child Sexual Exploitation, and Anti-Social Behaviour.
All Safer School Partnerships (SSPs) aim to ensure:
Advice for parents with concerns about the welfare of their children:
Norfolk Safeguarding Children Board: advice on getting help and general information
Support for building resilience in young people
Webonauts Internet Academy: an online game to help young people navigate difficult situations
ThinkUKnow: advice for internet safety for young people
Internet Safety Leaflet
Support for young people’s mental health:
MAP: advisers, youth workers and counsellors
Shelf Help: a national initiative called Shelf Help available in all of Norfolk’s public libraries to support young people 13-18 and their friends and families if they are dealing with mental health issues and to raise awareness of common issues, including advice and information about issues like anxiety, stress and OCD, and difficult experiences like bullying, body image and exams
Beat: Support for people with eating disorders
Drug and/or alcohol issues
The Matthew Project: support for young people struggling with drug and/or alcohol related issues, and support for carers of those with drug and/or alcohol related issues.
Advice for parents
Talk to Frank: advice and a talking service for young people