Safeguarding During Lockdown
Hampshire Safeguarding Children Partnership have issued the following support leaflets for young people, carers and parents. Please check their website for further information.
Cams Hill School believes that it is of the utmost importance to have good systems for protecting children and safeguarding their welfare. This means that all those who work with children in the school must be alert to possible concerns about every student and report these appropriately.
In order to protect our pupils at Cams Hill School, we aim to:
- create an atmosphere where all our pupils can feel secure, valued and listened to;
- recognise signs and symptoms of abuse;
- respond quickly and effectively to cases of suspected abuse.
Cams Hill School will support all pupils by:
- encouraging self-esteem and self-assertiveness whilst not condoning aggression or bullying;
- promoting a caring, safe and positive environment within the school.
Everyone working with our pupils should be aware that:
- their role is to listen and note carefully any observations which could indicate abuse;
- they should not attempt to investigate once the initial concern is raised;
- they should involve the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) immediately;
- if the DSLs are not available, the Headteacher should be contacted;
- a disclosure of abuse or harm can be made at anytime (lesson times, break times, after school etc).
Before outside agencies are invited into Cams Hill School to work with our pupils or to carry out work on the premises, staff are required to ensure that all relevant DBS checks and identification has been seen.
If you have a concern that a child is being harmed or at risk of harm or you receive a disclosure (intentionally or unintentionally) you must contact one the following or call the school on 01329 231641:
Sara Brooker – Isolation and Safeguarding Lead (DSL1)
Aly Potts– Assistant Headteacher and Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL2)
Pippa Newman – Head of Year, Associate Assistant Headteacher and Designated Safeguarding Lead
Jorden Anderson – Assistant Head of Year and Designated Safeguarding Lead
Amy Kendall – Assistant Head of Year and Designated Safeguarding Lead
Andrew Haines – Nexus Lead and SENDCo and Designated Safeguarding Lead
Jenny Lawrence – Assistant Headteacher and Prevent Lead and Designated Safeguarding Lead
Cams Hill policy for safeguarding children is to:
- protect children from maltreatment;
- prevent impairment of children’s health or development;
- ensure that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care;
- take action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.
Our Child Protection and Safeguarding Policies can be found on the Policies page https://www.camshill.com/information/policies/
The following information is aimed to assist you if you have any safeguarding concerns during any closure or school holiday period. If you have an urgent concern regarding a child the call 999/101 for the Police, 999/111 for Medical support.
Children Services – 0300 555 1384 (during office hours) 0300 555 1373 (out of hours)
firstname.lastname@example.org (during office hours)
Any concerns regarding mental health and the child is in immediate danger call 999.
Alternatively, the following services will be able to offer advice and support:
Samaritans – 116 123 – samaritans.org
Young Minds – Text YM to 85258 – youngminds.org.uk
CAMHS – 0300 304 0050 – hampshirecamhs.nhs.uk
Net Aware News Page
Click the link below for continuously updated information on the games young people are playing online.
Hollie Guard App
Hollie Guard turns your smartphone into a personal safety device. In danger? Shake your phone or tap the screen to generate an alert. Your location and audio/video evidence will automatically be sent to your emergency contacts who can take action to help you quickly. To register for an account please click the link below or visit www.hollieguard.com (http://www.hollieguard.com) . Hollie Guard was developed by the Hollie Gazzard Trust to help people stay safe.
E-safety magazine from Alan Mackenzie
#DITTO is a free online safety magazine from esafety adviser, Alan Mackenzie, aimed at schools, organisations and parents. The content looks at risks, issues, advice and guidance related to keeping children safe online, with a view to enjoying and learning about technology.
You can find the latest edition of #DITTO here: http://www.esafety-adviser.com/latest-newsletter
Relationship Abuse and Keeping Safe at Parties
The response to Covid-19 will mean that there are far fewer gatherings, however it is still worth mentioning the importance of consent in relationships.
Staffordshire County Council has created a resource-rich website called ‘know about CSE’ (Child Sexual Exploitation), part of this can also be ‘peer-on-peer’ abuse’
The website has information for professionals, parents and carers, and young people themselves. There is also advice for businesses like hotels and taxi drivers.
The website can be found here: http://knowaboutcse.co.uk/
TikTok Update Parental Controls with Family Pairing Feature (SWGfL)
TikTok is used by many teenagers and sometimes children younger than that 13 despite its terms and conditions. Using the new Family Pairing feature can allow parents to guide their child’s TikTok experience in a safer way. Features include:
- Search: Decide what can be searched for. This includes content, users, hashtags, or sounds
- Screen Time Management: Sets how long your teen can spend on TikTok each day
- Discoverability: Decide on the account being private (you decide who can see their content) or public (anyone can search and view content)
To find out more information about TikTok’s Family Pairing feature and to download a helpful poster to share with pupils and parents, go to: https://swgfl.org.uk/magazine/tiktok-update-parental-controls-with-family-pairing-feature/