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Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children refers to the process of protecting children from maltreatment; preventing impairment of children’s mental and physical health or development; ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care and taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.
Safeguarding is a priority in our school. Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is everyone's responsibility. Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families and carers has a role to play in safeguarding children.
What is safeguarding?
Safeguarding covers the actions we take to protect the welfare all our students.
What is child protection?
Child protection refers to the processes undertaken to protect children who have been identified as suffering or being at risk of suffering significant harm.
Harrogate High School's Safeguarding Team
Designated Safeguarding Leads
Other members of staff who can assist with any safeguarding concerns are:
Out of School Support
In school, students can always seek support from a member of the Safeguarding team, their SSO, their form tutor or any trusted adult if they have any safeguarding worries. However, students can seek support from the following agencies out of school hours:
Useful safeguarding and wellbeing contacts
Child Line - 0800 1111 (24hrs)
CAMHS Crisis Team - 0800 051 6171 (10.00 - 22.00)
Samaritans - 116 123 (24hrs)
NSPCC - 0808 800 500
Online Counselling - kahoot.com
Compass Buzz - 07520 631168
Compass Reach - 01609 777662
LGBT Helpline - 0345 330 3030
Sexual Health Advice - 0300 123 7123
In an emergency, call the emergency services on 999.
- Childnet offers a toolkit to support parents and carers of children of any age to start discussions about their online life, to set boundaries around online behaviour and technology use, and to find out where to get more help and support
- Commonsensemedia provide independent reviews, age ratings, & other information about all types of media for children and their parents
- Government advice about protecting children from specific online harms such as child sexual abuse, sexting, and cyberbullying
- Government advice about security and privacy settings, blocking unsuitable content, and parental controls
- Internet Matters provide age-specific online safety checklists, guides on how to set parental controls on a range of devices, and a host of practical tips to help children get the most out of their digital world
- Let’s Talk About It provides advice for parents and carers to keep children safe from online radicalisation
- London Grid for Learning provides support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online, including tips to keep primary aged children safe online
- Stopitnow resource from The Lucy Faithfull Foundation can be used by parents and carers who are concerned about someone’s behaviour, including children who may be displaying concerning sexual behaviour (not just about online)
- National Crime Agency/CEOP Thinkuknow provides support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online
- Net-aware provides support for parents and carers from the NSPCC and O2, including a guide to social networks, apps and games
- Parentzone provides help for parents and carers on how to keep their children safe online
- Parent info from Parentzone and the National Crime Agency provides support and guidance for parents from leading experts and organisations
- UK Safer Internet Centre provide tips, advice, guides and other resources to help keep children safe online
Domestic Abuse and Operation Encompass
Harrogate High School takes part in a joint project with North Yorkshire Police, called Operation Encompass. Many schools across the country take part in this project.
Operation Encompass is the reporting of police attended domestic abuse incidents to schools, prior to the start of the next school day, where there are children/young people in the home.
Operation Encompass ensures that a member of the school staff, the Designated Safeguarding Lead, known as the Key Adult (Mrs Greenwood, Deputy Headteacher), is trained to allow them to liaise with the police and to use the information that has been shared in confidence, while ensuring that the school is able to make provision for possible difficulties experienced by children, or their families, who have experienced a domestic abuse incident.
If you want to know more or want to talk to someone about domestic abuse/help with domestic abuse, contact Mrs Greenwood or a Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead via the school switchboard, or email email@example.com.
For help and guidance on domestic abuse, explore the following web page: Domestic abuse: how to get help - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk).
Any concerns about inappropriate conduct in school by members of staff or visitors must be taken to the Head of Academy or a member of the Safeguarding team immediately.
If you do not feel you can take your concern to the above people, please either:
- Contact the Chair of Governors via the school address or by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Contact the Chief Executive Officer or the Chair of Trustees via NSAT Business Centre, Gargrave Road, Skipton, BD23 1QN, or by email to: email@example.com
Free, confidential advice about Whistleblowing can also be obtained from Protect: https://protect-advice.org.uk
What should I do if I have a safeguarding concern?
If you have a safeguarding concern about a student at Harrogate High School, please contact the safeguarding team using the email below.
Alternatively, please contact school on 01423 548800 and ask to speak to a member of the safeguarding team.
If you need to contact a member of the safeguarding team during the school holidays you can call 07902 340 838 or email us on the email address above. Please note this phone/email inbox is only monitored once per week during the holidays as staff are on leave: this should not be used as an emergency helpline. If you have an urgent safeguarding concern/you are worried about the welfare of a student during the holidays, please call North Yorkshire County Council Customer Resolution Centre 01609 780780. In an emergency, please always contact 999.