November 15, 2019

Safeguarding at DSTC

AT DSTC THE HEALTH, SAFETY AND WELL-BEING OF EVERY CHILD IS OUR TOP PRIORITY.

All staff, governors and volunteers share this commitment to safeguarding our students. Students also have a responsibility to safeguard each other, not placing each other at risk. ICE (Individual Character Education) lessons, assemblies and specially arranged sessions educate students to be able to do this.

We listen to our students and take seriously what they tell us. All school staff are trained in safeguarding, and children are made aware of the adults they can talk to if they have any concerns. Staff are trained to look out for signs of physical/emotional/sexual harm or neglect and are required to report these to the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL). Students are able to report concerns to any member of staff who will take them seriously.

The procedures which we follow have been laid down by the Kent Area Safeguarding Team and the Governing Body has adopted a Safeguarding (including Child Protection) Policy in line with this, for the safety of all. On occasions our concern about a child may mean that we have to consult other agencies. We will ensure that all concerns are discussed with parent/carers first, before any referrals are made, unless we believe that such a move may be contrary to a child’s welfare.

We actively support the Government’s Prevent Agenda to counter radicalism and extremism. All staff have received training in how to identify possible signs of radicalism, extremism, county lines, up skirting, CME & FGM.

If you are concerned about the safety of any child attending the school or you think they are at risk in any way, you should make contact with our designated safeguarding lead or one of our other DSL trained staff.

They are:
·         Deborah Ellis – DSL – Vice Principal: Deborah.ellis@dstc.kent.sch.uk<mailto:Deborah.ellis@dstc.kent.sch.uk> 01322 224309
·         Cathy Gibbs – Deputy DSL – ICE/Health and Social Care Lead Teacher: Catherine.gibbs@dstc.kent.sch.uk<mailto:Catherine.gibbs@dstc.kent.sch.uk> 01322 224309
·         Yvonne Harrison, Lorna Sutton & Esther Harvey – Pastoral Leaders. (All safeguarding trained). 01322 224309

Any concern will be recorded and acted upon in line with the agreed policy.

The Governing Body also has a designated safeguarding member. This is Geoff Prout who can be contacted via the Clerk to the Governors in the event you wish to raise concerns about the school’s safeguarding procedures or polices.

WORRIED ABOUT A CHILD?

If the child is in immediate danger, call 999.

If you are worried about the safety of a child or young person please contact the Kent Central Duty Team<https://www.kent.gov.uk/social-care-and-health/report-abuse> on 03000 41 11 11 or central.duty@kent.gov.uk <mailto:central.duty@kent.gov.uk> to make a referral.

Kent Safeguarding Children Board<https://www.kscb.org.uk/procedures/child-in-need-chin>

You can also contact the NSPCC<https://www.nspcc.org.uk/what-you-can-do/report-abuse/dedicated-helplines/whistleblowing-advice-line/> who have a dedicated helpline – 0808 8005000

The following websites have also been useful to parents:
·         Keeping children Safe Online<https://www.kelsi.org.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0004/43087/Keep-Children-Safe-Online-Leaflet.pdf>
·         CSE (Child Sexual Exploitation)<https://www.kscb.org.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0013/52132/CSE-A-guide-for-Parents-Carers.pdf>
·         FGM (Female Genital Mutilation)<https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/482799/6_1587_HO_MT_Updates_to_the_FGM_The_Facts_WEB.pdf>

Other useful websites:

www.thinkuknow.co.uk<https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/> – Online safety advice for parents

www.childnet.com<https://www.childnet.com/> – Excellent free resources for educators and parents/carers

www.net-aware.org.uk<https://www.net-aware.org.uk/> – Parents guide to social networks children use

www.childline.org.uk<https://www.childline.org.uk/> – Get help and advice about a wide range of issues

www.kidscape.org.uk/cyberbullying<https://www.kidscape.org.uk/cyberbullying> – Reporting cyber bullying

www.saferinternet.org.uk<https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/> – UK Safer Internet Centre

www.vodaphone.com/parents<https://www.vodaphone.com/parents> – Excellent guide for parents on digital technologies

www.pegi.info/en/index/ <https://www.pegi.info/en/index/> – Information about age ratings of video games

www.ceop.police.uk <https://www.ceop.police.uk/> – Website for the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre