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Safeguarding

Denmark Road High School is committed to promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Our Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy applies to all staff, governors and those visiting the school.  A copy of this policy can be found here.

If you or your child is ever concerned about their own well-being and safety safety or that of a friend.  They should report their concerns to a member of the safeguarding team.  The designated safeguarding team are Miss H Leathart (Assistant Head Progress and Well Being) and Mrs R Kittle (Student support). 

Contact details:

Miss H Leathart – leatharth@denmarkroad.org

Mrs R Kittle – kittler@hsfg.org

 

If you have a safeguarding concern during the school holidays please email head@denmarkroad.org and include “Safeguarding Concern” as the subject of your email

All staff employed by the school are subject to enhanced DBS clearance and other pre-employment checks.  All staff complete regular Child Protection training, including training relating to female genital mutilation and also the Prevent strategy.

 

What is safeguarding?

Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is everyone’s responsibility.  Safeguarding encompasses the following:

·       Child Protection

·       Staff Conduct

·       Safer Recruitment

·       School Environment

·       PSHCE Curriculum

·       SEN & Inclusion

·       Attendance

·       Anti-bullying

·       Behaviour management

·       E-Safety

·       Health & Safety

·       Whistleblowing

·       Transition arrangements

·       Extended Services

 

Offer of Early Help

At Denmark Road High School our priority is keeping children safe.  Students who feel safe and supported are able to learn more effectively and achieve their potential.  With this is mind as a school we are proactive in identifying and supporting students who would benefit from having additional support.  As a school we are very aware that no one professional working with a family can have a complete picture of a child’s needs.  The school works with a variety of outside agencies to identify children and families who would benefit from early help.  We aim to develop strong relationships with our students and their families to ensure a positive programme of support for those students in need.

 

Progress & Well- Being Centre

The Progress and Well-Being Centre was introduced in September 2018 as a dedicated support centre.  The centre houses our Year 7 – 11 Attendance Officer (Mrs L Booker) and also our Student Support Officer (Mrs R Kittle).  In its first phase the centre features a drop-in facility for students who feel unwell during the school day, alongside some break out space for students that may require some time out.  Mrs Kittle is available to students throughout the school day.  The school’s special educational needs provision is also based in the centre.  The purpose of the centre is to work with students who are experiencing issues that might disrupt their learning, for example: friendship issues, transition issues and low self-esteem.  The Progress and Well-Being centre is also used for all meetings with social care and other external agencies that we engage with as a school.  Our ambition in the next phase of the centre’s development is to ensure that everything that a student might need in terms of support is available in one easily accessible centre.  This will increasingly see our team of Progress and Well Being Coordinators working from the centre.

 

Services currently offered in the Well-Being Centre

·       Student drop-in service

·       Early identification of vulnerable students through the transition process

·       Dedicated support of individual students

·       Mentoring

·       Young Carers Group

·       Advice and Guidance Leaflets

·       Monthly Police drop-in with our liaison officer PC Greg Steer

·       Children and Young People’s Service support groups e.g. Year 7 transition support, exam stress groups

·       Samaritans weekly “drop in”

·       Teens in Crisis appointments

·       Careers advice and guidance

·       Weekly drop-in session with school nurse

 

The work of the Progress and Well-Being Centre is also supported by numerous learning opportunities that happen within the school curriculum and outside:

·       PSHCE & Pink Curriculum

·       Tutorial programme – including outside speakers from various agencies

·       Chelsea’s Choice production about Child Sexual Exploitation

·       Regular Form Tutor mentoring

·       6th Form Senior Prefects linked to lower school Tutor Groups to offer mentoring support

 

 

 

Safeguarding Useful Links

Denmark Road High School fully recognises our responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of the children and young people in their care, and that safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility. This system is described in statutory guidance Working Together to Safeguard Children and Keeping Children Safe in Education (Sept 2018).

Gloucestershire Safeguarding Children Board:

https://www.gscb.org.uk/

 

Family Information Service 

https://www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/health-and-social-care/children-young-people-and-families/family-information-service-fis/

 

Glos Families Directory

https://www.glosfamiliesdirectory.org.uk/kb5/gloucs/glosfamilies/home.page

 

NSPCC 

https://www.nspcc.org.uk

 

mumsnet

https://www.mumsnet.com/

 

 

 

If you are aware of any safeguarding issues during the school holidays please email head@hsfg.org and add 'Safeguarding Concern' into the subject area.