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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
Other members of staff who can assist with any safeguarding concerns are:
- Mr M Dixon
- Mr J English
- Mrs G Dickinson
- Miss V Green
- Miss I Crossley
Out of School Support
Students have been issued with information support cards which provide details of who to contact if school is closed. This card is displayed below and can be downloaded here.
- 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
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 surrounding a student at Harrogate High School, please contact us using the email below to speak to member of the Safeguarding Team.
In case of emergency please contact school on 01423 548800.
During holidays, if you need the support of a safeguarding lead (especially if you are a student), please call 07902 304836.