Our Safeguarding Team
DSL Designated Safeguarding Lead: Mrs Debbie Ellis (Vice Principal)
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads (SLT): Mr Matthew Allen (Assistant Vice Principal), Mrs Lesley McIntosh (Business Manager)
Safeguarding Governor: Ms Sarah Dobinson
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads Mr Matthew Allen, Ms Catherine Gibbs, Miss Zoe Stokes
DSTC follows the statutory guidance for safeguarding as published by the DFE. You can find up-to-date documents here: Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE)
What is Safeguarding?
Safeguarding is about protecting everyone's health and wellbeing. We make it a priority to protect the children in our care at DSTC, enabling them to live safely. Safeguarding is everyone's responsibility and it is important that we all work together to prevent and reduce both the risks and experience of abuse or neglect.
Students also have a responsibility to safeguard each other, not placing each other at risk. ICE (Individual Character Education) assemblies and specially arranged sessions educate students to be able to do this.
You may be concerned about a child or young person. Abuse can take many different forms, such as neglect, sexual abuse, physical abuse and even emotional abuse.
Safeguarding encompasses a wide-range of issues, including:
- Child Exploitation
- Domestic and Sexual violence/abuse
- Mental health and wellbeing
- County Lines
- Peer on Peer abuse
- Prevent (Preventing Violent Extremism)
- Substance Misuse
- Violence Against Women and Girls (including FGM)
Worried about a child?
If the child is in immediate danger, call 999.
The following websites have also been useful to parents:
You can also use our Student Safeguarding / Wellbeing self and Peer referral form if you need to let us know about something you are going through but clicking <<<HERE>>>
Safeguarding at DSTC
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, or report concerns online via the student self/peer referral form <<HERE>>
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, CME & FGM of a student.
At Dartford Science and Technology College we take the issue of online-safety very seriously. The Internet is a wonderful way to discover, create and connect with people and is, increasingly, an essential tool for young people researching issues and homework topics for themselves. It is important, as part of our responsibilities of safe-guarding, that we remain extremely vigilant about e-safety and the prevention of cyber bullying, whether via email, text messaging or any social digital media.
Should you wish to get in contact with us please do not hesitate to do so at firstname.lastname@example.org or via the College’s main office.
It is important to understand the risks of using the Internet and how to mitigate them. There are some excellent online resources to support online safety
The Online Safety Alliance (OSA) and National Online Safety (NOS)
We are working alongside the OSA to support DSTC students with online safety. The OSA supports school with helping students understand the risks of going online. In addition, all of our staff are undertaking National Online Safety training courses as part of our long-term commitment to keep our students safe online.
www.thinkuknow.co.uk – Online safety advice for parents
www.childnet.com – Excellent free resources for educators and parents/carers
www.net-aware.org.uk – Parents guide to social networks children use
www.childline.org.uk – Get help and advice about a wide range of issues
www.kidscape.org.uk/cyberbullying – Reporting cyber bullying
www.saferinternet.org.uk – UK Safer Internet Centre
www.vodaphone.com/parents – Excellent guide for parents on digital technologies
www.pegi.info/en/index/ – Information about age ratings of video games
www.ceop.police.uk – Website for the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre