Safeguarding Spotlight

15th September 2017

It is very important that we have the most up-to-date contact details for all parents and carers of students at the Academy.  If you know that any of your details have changed over the summer, eg, addresses, phone numbers or e-mail addresses please give the new details to your child to pass on to their form tutor.  We will update our systems accordingly.

 

It is always helpful to have more than one contact in the case of an emergency – at least three preferably.  Again, please let us have this information so we can best safeguard your child.

 

Many thanks for your support.

 

Theo Stavri, Designated Safeguarding Lead

TheodoraStavri@chellaston.derby.sch.uk

Archive

8th September - Safeguarding is the golden thread that underpins everything we do at school.  It is of huge importance to us that we are getting things right for all the students at the Academy.  If you have any concerns you wish to raise of a safeguarding nature, please do not hesitate to get in touch with me:

 

Theo Stavri, Assistant Headteacher with Lead Responsibility for Safeguarding and Child Protection (my official role is ‘Designated Safeguarding Lead’ – DSL).  My email addresses are: theodorastavri@chellaston.derby.sch.uk or group-safeguardingteam@chellaston.derby.sch.uk.  I will get back to you as soon as is practicable.

 

Many thanks for your support.

 

Theo Stavri, Designated Safeguarding Lead

TheodoraStavri@chellaston.derby.sch.uk

21st July - As we enter the holiday period, we strongly advise that parents take the necessary steps in ensuring that their children are as safe as possible on-line, as it is more likely that they will be spending more time than normal using social media.

 

For Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Messenger accounts, etc, please make sure that:

 

• Security settings are the highest they can be

• Your sons and daughters do no share usernames and/or passwords for accounts with anyone, even if they entirely trust them

• You know who they are speaking to on-line, especially when adding friends

• If they are sent any messages or images that are inappropriate, they report it asap

• They remember that taking indecent images of themselves and posting them online is a criminal offence

• They remember that storing or forwarding indecent images of under 18s is also a criminal offence

• They are aware that the police could be involved

• They safeguard themselves as best possible

 

Thank you.  Have a super and safe summer.

 

Many thanks for your support.

14th July - The final ‘Kayleighs Love Story’ assembly and workshop will be delivered to Year 10 on Monday 17th July.  As mentioned above please direct any questions or queries to the Form Tutor or the Safeguarding Team.

 

As holiday times approach, so the normal structure and routines you are accustomed to change.  Safeguarding yourself is of paramount importance, particularly when you are in situations, which are different.   You are likely to be on holiday in different cities or countries and need to be aware of the increased risk, which could occur.  Please ensure you always let somebody know where you will be, how you will travel and what time you expect to be back.  Keep in touch with people and ensure your phone is charged and has credit before you set off.  All of the safeguarding information I have given you in school applies to virtually any situation you are in.  Stay aware and be cautious if approached by people you do not know.

 

Many thanks for your support.

30th June - Over the next few weeks, there will be an assembly followed by workshops, on Kayleigh’s Love Story for Years 7, 8 and 10. This will deal with Child Sexual Exploitation and on-line safety. Year 9 have already done this.

 

After the assembly, tutors will deliver a follow-up session, enabling the students’ time to discuss and explore the relevant issues.

 

The safeguarding team, external ‘CSE Champions’ and the police will circulate in these sessions to deal with any disclosures or difficult questions the students might have.

 

More information is on its way to parents via a letter and attachment with this Newsletter.

The scheduled dates are:

 

  • Year 7 – Tues 11th July
  • Year 8 – Thurs 13th July
  • Year 10 – TBC – we will let you know when this is confirmed

 

If you have any questions or queries, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

 

Many thanks for your support.

23rd June - ‘Private Fostering’

 

If your child is living under private fostering arrangements and we don’t already know about it, please let us know at school. Your child’s form tutor, Progress Leader, Miss Stavri or Mrs Burdis are the best people to contact. We need to ensure that the correct provisions are in place from our side at school.

 

A reminder as to the definition of ‘Private Fostering’:

 

Private fostering is when a child under the age of 16 (under 18 if disabled) is cared for by someone who is not their parent or a 'close relative'. This is a private arrangement made between a parent and a carer, for 28 days or more. Close relatives are defined as step-parents, grandparents, brothers, sisters, uncles or aunts (whether of full blood, half blood or marriage/affinity).

 

Many thanks for your support.

9th June - The recent London and Manchester terrorist attacks will have affected our students in different ways. Although this message is the same as last weeks we feel it is important to continue to support the students as necessary. The following information has been useful in this endeavour. Therefore we would like to share these with you, too, as they may be of use for you and your families.

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/13865002

http://www.redcross.org.uk/

 

Many thanks for your support.

19th May - All the students have had an assembly from Miss Stavri informing the students about allergies, allergens, diabetes and the possibility of suffering anaphylactic shock. You may remember in recent newsletters we asked you to bear in mind the risk nuts presents to some people. This assembly was

prompted by the news that we have some students in school who are at risk from food items. Miss Stavri was keen to stress the need for students to be aware of possible triggers and to respect that, even if they are not potential sufferers, new triggers can present themselves at any time.  One example is a person who has never suffered from hay fever finding that one year they are beset

with it.

 

The assembly was supported by a detailed and informative Power Point presentation which we have

attached for your information. Please take the time to have a look through the presentation and chat through the issues with your child. The link to the presentation is:

 

http://www.chellaston.derby.sch.uk/downloads/medical-awareness.pdf

 

Many thanks for your support.

28th April - The police have advised that there have been reports of a man in a silver car offering sweets to young people in the Derby and South Derbyshire area. The man is reported to be 20-30 years old. Although there are no reports of this activity in our immediate area we will be advising our students to take care not to engage with this person and to report any suspicious activity. We would be grateful if you would reinforce this message. Any suspicious activity should be reported by ringing the police on 101 or on 999 in an emergency.

This article gives more details:

 

http://www.derbytelegraph.co.uk/police-warning-after-man-in-silver-car-approaches-girl-at-alvaston-park/story-30296257-detail/story.html

 

Many thanks for your support.

7th April 2017 - A huge thank you to all staff for your vigilance regarding safeguarding over this term. Again, we have been able to support students appropriately and in a timely manner because of staff responses. Your support is very much appreciated.

 

Many thanks for your support.

Friday 31st March - The Academy has several students who unfortunately have severe nut allergies and it is important that they strictly avoid any food products containing any nuts in order to prevent a life-threatening allergic reaction.

 

Any exposure to nuts, even in their smallest form, may cause a potentially fatal reaction that requires emergency medical treatment. We understand that managing this is a difficult issue and that many students eat nuts and other allergen foods as a normal part of their diet. We will be working with all year groups and delivering assemblies to raise students’ awareness of this issue and to help them to appreciate the seriousness of a possible reaction. We are consulting the NHS and other professionals on this work.

In the meantime could we ask that you make your child/children aware of the risk of a reaction to nuts and other allergens, particularly if they bring pack lunches or are likely to call at the shops on the way to school and purchase such food items. It is those that do not suffer from potential reaction that are generally least informed of the risks.

 

Many thanks for your support.

Friday 24th March - Year 9 had an assembly then workshops on Kayleigh’s Love Story, which deals with Child Sexual Exploitation and on-line safety. After the assembly, tutors delivered a follow-up session, enabling the students time to discuss and explore some of the issues. The safeguarding team, external ‘CSE Champions’ and the police supported these sessions throughout the morning.

 

The feedback from students and staff has been very positive, with students saying that the sessions have definitely helped to raise their awareness about on-line dangers and helped them to consider ways of keeping themselves safe.

 

Sally Greenbank was one of our ‘CSE Champions’ today. She is an ex-Headteacher who now works for Safe and Sound, an organisation that supports victims of Child Sexual Exploitation. She was very complimentary of the sessions and commented that it was one of the best set-ups she has been – and that we have great kids. She said she would feed this back to the Derby Safeguarding Children Board. We are grateful for these comments and feedback.

 

Many thanks for your support.

17th March 2017 - Next Friday, 24th March, Year 9 have an assembly then workshops on Kayleigh’s Love Story, which deals with Child Sexual Exploitation and on-line safety.

 

After the assembly, tutors will deliver a follow-up session, enabling the students time to discuss and explore some of the issues.

 

The safeguarding team, external ‘CSE Champions’ and the police will circulate in these sessions to deal with any disclosures or difficult questions the students might have.

 

More information has gone out to Year 9 parents via a letter.

If you have any questions or queries, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

 

Many thanks for your support.

10th February 2017 - With the holidays coming up, it is likely that your son/daughter’s use of social media will increase. We want to remind you about helping your child to keep safe on-line at all times. Over the last few weeks, there have been concerns raised in the local press about certain websites which put young people at great risk. Some of these involve speaking and even arranging to meet up with anonymous, unknown people.

 

One website mentioned specifically is called ‘omegle.com’ and its tagline is overtly, ‘Talk to Strangers’. Our youngsters are using such  sites, despite parents checking their phone/internet usage. Many  parents feel confident that their children are safe on-line and it comes as a huge shock when they discover the nature of some of the sites that their children are using. There will be assemblies on keeping safe on-line after half-term, delivered to all year groups.

 

Can we remind parents of some basic tips about keeping safe on-line; please refer to pages 9+10 in your child’s Student Handbook and read these through with your son/daughter, discussing as necessary.

 

Please click here for more details

 

3rd February 2017 - The Academy receives regular safeguarding updates from the Derby Safeguarding Children’s Board (DSCB). We felt we needed to share the most recent one with you in order to ensure that our students are best protected. It regards two apps, MyLOL, a teenage dating website and Live Me, a livestream site. These are considered to be risky by the Regional Organised Crime Unit and Derbyshire Constabulary and they have alerted the DSCB. More information is attached for parents and governors attention. We have sent a different version of the newsletter to the student body without this attachment for obvious reasons as we do not want to heighten their interest in these sites. Please be ready to discuss them with your child if you consider it appropriate.

 

Please be vigilant as to whether your child is using these, or similar apps, and inform us if there are any wider concerns.

 

More detail is available in the document you can download here.