Supporting Students and Keeping Them Safe

School Safeguarding

CALDER HIGH SCHOOL SAFEGUARDING STATEMENT 2016-2017

Safeguarding legislation and government guidance says that safeguarding means:

  • Protecting children from maltreatment
  • Preventing impairment of children's health or development
  • Ensuring that children are growing up in circumstances with the provision of safe and effective care
  • Taking action to enable all children and young people to have the best outcome

Safeguarding includes child protection, health care plans, health and safety, site security, safety on school trips, anti-bullying work and so much more. 
The school’s Child Protection Team consists of: Mr Taylor (Designated Safeguarding Lead) Mrs Baxter (Deputy DSL), Mrs Power (SENCO) and each of the Year Achievement Leaders.

The school adheres to the following three DFE safeguarding documents:

  • Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015
  • Keeping Children Safe in Education 2016
  • The Prevent Duty 2015

The school has a suite of safeguarding documents which are reviewed regularly.  These are:

 

All staff receive regular Child Protection and Safeguarding update training and are aware of the procedures for passing on concerns within school. If any members of the school or local community have concerns about the welfare of a child in the school, please pass them on to the School Child Protection Team.

Safeguarding our Students

Within school we feel we can support our students in a variety of ways including through early intervention. As a team we sit down and look at ways in which we can support our young people with the daily issues they face in an ever-changing world. If you have any concerns that you would like to discuss, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s Year Achievement Leader or Mrs Baxter who is the Safeguarding officer. We use the Calder dale Early intervention Panel for support as well as our own in-house support through INVICTUS. INVICTUS are a local company we employ to support the emotional health of our young people. http://www.invictuswellbeing.com/

While we take Safeguarding of our students very seriously, sometime young people prefer to talk to outside agencies. Here are some websites to support students and parents:

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

LGBTQ
http://www.identitylgbtgroup.com/
http://www.stonewall.org.uk/
http://gids.nhs.uk/


Drugs/Alcohol
http://www.lifeline.org.uk/looking-for-help/

Emotional Wellbeing
http://www.noahsarkcentre.org.uk/
http://www.youngminds.org.uk/
https://www.relate.org.uk/

Young Carers
http://www.youngcarer.com/

Radicalisation/Extremism
http://www.calderdale.gov.uk/v2/residents/community-and-living/crime-prevention-and-community-safety/prevent
http://www.cscb-new.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/CSCB_Radicalisation_and_Extremism_Single_Pages.pdf

Parent support for online apps

Snapchat

Snapchat offers users the ability to share images/videos, which it calls ‘snaps’. The snap is shared and then disappears after a few seconds. Snapchat also allows users to share Snapchat Stories: these are snaps that are shared in a sequence across a 24 hour period.
Snapchat provides a reporting function here
Users are able to block other users.

WhatsApp

WhatsApp is a messaging service where users can share pictures, text or videos. These can be shared with one person or multiple users.
WhatsApp encourages users to report problematic content, however, they advise that they generally do not have the contents of messages available to them. This can limit their ability to verify the report and take action.
Please see instructions on how to report here
Users are able to block other users here

Instagram

Instagram is a picture and video sharing app which allows users to share images, make comments and
post messages.
Instagram provides a reporting function here
Users are able to block other users.

Facebook

Facebook is a social network which allows users to create a profile, share images, videos and messages.
Facebook provides a reporting function here:

Social reporting
This offers users the ability to contact other users directly to ask them to take something down that does not necessarily breach Facebook’s terms of service. In some cases the young person may not feel comfortable in contacting the person directly so they can use the report flow to enable another trusted person to help them – e.g. a teacher, friend, parent.
Public reporting
Users who do not have a Facebook account are able to report directly to Facebook using the link above and completing the form.
Users are able to block other users.

YouTube

YouTube allows users to watch, create and share videos. Users can create their own YouTube account, make playlists and create their own channel. Users are also able to comment on other users’ channels.
YouTube provides a reporting function here
Users can report an individual video, a channel or a comment on a video. Only account holders can make reports
on YouTube.

Google

The “right to be forgotten” ruling allows the public to request the removal of search results that they feel link to outdated or irrelevant information about themselves on a country-by-country basis. Users are able to complete a form to highlight what content they wish to be removed. Users have to specify why the content applies to them and why it is unlawful so the exact URLs relating to the search results need to be referenced. See here