Safeguarding of students is part of the professional responsibility of every member of staff and every person involved in the Academy community. As an Academy community we take this responsibility very seriously and we work hard to ensure that we reduce all the kinds of harm that children can suffer. It is of utmost importance to us that our students feel safe and cared for so that they are confident to make the most of every opportunity we afford them to develop into the best version of themselves they can possibly be.
Our Safeguarding Team
Gizlé Landman - Principal and Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)
Janine Thatcher - Job role: Attendance, Education and Welfare Officer and First Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Christopher Dillon – Assistant Principal and Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Matthew Holmes - Director of Enrichment and Inclusion and Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Francesca Arhin – SENCO and Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
PRSHE and mental health
Alongside ensuring the safety of the students in our care and supporting them to reach their true academic potential, we are very aware of our role in supporting their mental health and well-being.
Our personal, relationships, sex and health education (PRSHE) programme is designed to ensure that our students receive the appropriate provision to improve their knowledge and understanding of relationships, sex and relationships and healthy living. Young people face complex pressures and dilemmas in developing mature relationships and need to face such tasks confident in their factual knowledge, as well as being given the opportunity to discuss and shape their feelings and attitudes. Alongside this, it is important for them to know how diet and exercise choices impact on our lifestyle and general well-being.
To embrace the challenges of creating a happy and successful adult life, students need knowledge that will enable them to make informed decisions about their wellbeing, health and relationships and to build their belief in their own abilities. Our students can also put this knowledge into practice as they develop the capacity to make sound decisions when facing risks, challenges and complex contexts. Everyone faces difficult situations in their lives. The content we cover will support our students to develop resilience, to know how and when to ask for help, and to know where to access support. This helps with their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence.
Alongside this extensive programme, we have also invested in a number of other routes to enable our staff to support our students:
- We have worked closely with Trauma Informed Schools UK to equip our staff with the knowledge and skills needed to meet the mental health needs of our students
- A group of teachers have completed training in mindfulness and these strategies are shared with both staff and students
- Ms Hoang is our academy mental health champion and part f her role is to ensure that we are working actively to ensure the mental health and well-being of our academy community
- We have engaged with Place2Be so that there is a trained counsellor on site
As an Academy community we work tirelessly to embed our culture that cares.
Sources of help and advice
There are multiple sources of help and advice available to parents and students, in addition to those offered by the academy.
The www.nspcc.org.uk is a good source of information for parents and students alike
Lambeth Early Help (lambeth.gov.uk)
Early Help services work with children, young people and their families up to the age of 19, or 25 where the child or young person has a disability. The aim is for families who need additional support to get help as early as possible, so they can tackle their problems and improve their lives.
Tel: 0207 926 5555 (24 hours), email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Government guidance (www.gov.uk)
The link above offers guidance on a range of issues including:
- Child missing from home or care
- child sexual exploitation (CSE)
- bullying including cyber bullying
- domestic violence
- female genital mutilation (FGM)
- forced marriage
- gangs and youth violence
- gender-based violence/violence against women and girls (VAWG)
- mental health
- preventing radicalisation
- teenage relationship abuse
The Thinkuknow website is created by the police for parents of children at secondary school. It contains useful information about:
- what children are doing online
- how to talk to children about what they are doing online
- what risks your child might face
- what tools are there to help them stay safe.
They have also produced a Parent’s Guide to E-Safety and also the following booklets to provide parents/carers with helpful information on how to explore and monitor their children’s apps.
If you are in the academy
- Speak to your form tutor
- Speak to any member of staff – they do not need to be your tutor or one of your teachers
- Speak to someone on the safeguarding team – there are posters up all around the academy, so it is easy to see who they are
- Put a note in one of the suggestion boxes for us so that we know to help you
- Sometimes it can be difficult to approach an adult is something is bothering you. If it would help you, ask a friend to go with you.
If you are not in the academy:
- Speak to a family member
- Ask the family member to make contact with the academy
Access support via the internet
- This website has links to many different organisations who are there to help you: www.youthaccess.org.uk
- Kidscape particularly focuses on support with bullying concerns
- Talktofrank offers honest information about drugs
- Call Childline on 08001111
- Text P2B to 85258 to get free, confidential support in a crisis any time, day or night.
Remember: If your life, or someone else’s life, is in immediate danger, call 999.