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Safeguarding

Ibstock Community College fully recognises the contribution it can make to protect children and support students in school. The aim of our Safeguarding Policy is to safeguard and promote our pupils’ welfare, safety and health by fostering an honest, open, caring and supportive climate. The pupils’ welfare is of paramount importance.

 
There are four main elements to our Child Protection Policy:

  • Prevention (e.g. positive school atmosphere, teaching and pastoral support to pupils, safer recruitment procedures);
  • Protection (by following agreed procedures, ensuring staff are trained and supported to respond appropriately and sensitively to Child Protection concerns;
  • Support (to students and school staff and to children who may have been abused);
  • Working with parents (to ensure appropriate communications and actions are undertaken).

The College adopts an open and accepting attitude towards children as part of its responsibility for pastoral care. Staff encourage children and parents to feel free to talk about any concerns and to see school as a safe place when there are difficulties. Student’s worries and fears will be taken seriously and student are encouraged to seek help from members of staff.

We will therefore:

  • Establish and maintain an ethos where students feel secure and are encouraged to talk, and are listened to;
  • Ensure that students know that there are adults in the school whom they can approach if they are worried or are in difficulty;
  • Include in the curriculum activities and opportunities for PSHE/Citizenship which equip students with the skills they need to stay safe from abuse (including online), and to know to whom they can turn for help;
  • Ensure every effort is made to establish effective working relationships with parents and colleagues from other agencies;
  • Operate safer recruitment procedures and make sure that all appropriate checks are carried out on new staff and volunteers who will work with students, including identity, right to work, enhanced DBS criminal record and barred list (and overseas where needed), references, and prohibition from teaching.


Safeguarding in the Curriculum

The following areas are among those addressed in PSHE and in the wider curriculum

  • Bullying/Cyberbullying
  • Drugs, alcohol and substance abuse
  • E Safety / Internet safety
  • Stranger danger
  • Fire and water safety
  • Road safety
  • Domestic violence / Relationships / Consent
  • Diversity issues e.g. forced marriage, Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
  • Honour Based Violence (HBV)
  • Sexual exploitation of children (CSE)
  • Extremism and Radicalisation

Operation Encompass

Leicestershire schools are part of Operation Encompass. The police will inform us by 9.00am on the next school day if a child or young person has been involved in or witnessed a domestic incident. This knowledge, given to schools allows the provision of immediate early intervention through ‘overt' or 'silent support’, depending upon the needs and wishes of the child. We believe that this kind of early intervention is every child’s right. This information will remain confidential and only shared within school as is necessary.

How to contact for what?

If you have a concern about your childs school work, progress, homework please contact their form tutor. All email address can be found on the Contact page.

If you have a concern about your child’s happiness at school, their friendship groups or a concerned linked to life at home please contact their pastoral manager:

              Y7 Miss Belnavis

              Y8 Miss Colledge

              Y9 Miss Webster

If you have concerned about the emotional or physical wellbeing of any child attending Ibstock Community College please contact a Designated Safeguarding Lead (see the list of names below).

The four main types of abuse or, but not limited to: Physical abuse; Sexual abuse; Emotional abuse and Neglect.

Online safety guide for parents

Simon Genders (Safeguarding Development Team) has created this presentation for parents to support & encourage safe behaviour online. Online safety guide for parents

Please do not hesitate to report anything you are concerned about.

Named safeguarding staff and contacts

Designated Safeguarding Lead:  Di Scott d.scott@ibstockcollege.co.uk
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead/s: Sophie WilliamsJames Mason, Sharon Bedwell, Ruth Cobley, Christa Colledge, Sue Webster.
Nominated Safeguarding Governor: Lee Donaghy