Our Safeguarding Team
Mrs Deborah Burdis
Designated Safeguarding Lead
Student Services Manager
Mrs Charlotte Johnson
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Safeguarding Leads and Contact Us
Reporting Safeguarding issues or concerns
If you have any issues or concerns relating to child protection, please contact:
Designated Safeguarding Lead: Mrs Deborah Burdis – DSL
Deputy Safeguarding Lead: Mrs Charlotte Johnson – DDSL
Contact Us (Academy hours) – This email address is checked regularly during term time and at least weekly during Academy holidays.
Mobile number during Academy hours – 07843 947937
Mobile during Academy hours – 07366 562798
If your call is unanswered, please leave a text message or voice mail.
During term time we aim to respond within 24 hours, during Academy holidays, we aim to respond within 7 days.
If you have an IMMEDIATE SAFEGUARDING CONCERN out of hours please call the police on 999 and/or contact Social Care:
Child Expliotation & Online Protection Centre
The school is always here to support you with any worries or issues you may have.
Below is a list of contacts and links to websites and advice forums which you may also find useful:
Child Line – 0800 1111
NSPCC Child Protection Helpline – 0808 800 5000
Drink Line – 0800 917 8282
Frank – National Drugs Helpline – 0300 123 6600
NHS Smoking Helpline – 0800 169 0169
Victim Supportline – 0845 3030900
Samaritans – 08457 909090
NHS Direct – Physical and Mental Health - 0845 4647
NHS Choices - Links to support lines for Mental Health
NHS Live Well - Advice on various topics, including Sexual Health
Respect Yourself - An app with positive messages to help support young people's mental health
Relate - Counselling and support for Relationships - Young People
Young Minds - Parent Helpline for worries about your child's Mental Health and wellbeing
0808 802 5544 (9.30-4pm on weekdays)
Mind - Advice for Mental Health including Self-Harming
0300 123 3393 or text 86463 (9am-6pm on weekdays)
Are you worried about online sexual abuse or the way someone has been communicating with you (or your child) online? Make a report to one of CEOP's Child Protection Advisors:
Anxiety - advice and guidance
This booklet is a resource to give you some information about:
You may find this useful in the build up to exams. You can download this by clicking here, or by clicking the image opposite.
Anxiety and Mental Health
You may find the two factsheets below useful. They provide information regarding anxiety and mental health.
Click on the thumbnail images to download the documents.
Self harm: A Guide for Parents and Carers
Resource link (external)
Thinkuknow: keeping your child safe online while they are off school
While school is closed, here’s what you can do to keep your child stay safe while they are learning, staying
in touch with family and friends, and having fun online.
Cyberbullying - advice for parents and carers
It’s important to have regular conversations with your child about the online world, including issues like cyberbullying. This will help you to understand if they have ever experienced or witnessed online bullying for themselves, and give you an opportunity to support them and reassure them that you are always there to help.
Child exploitation - live streaming
We would like to draw your attention to a BBC news article regarding child exploitation via live Internet streaming.
BBFC and PEGI Age Ratings
This guide take a look at the two official ways by which you can assess if a particular film or game is suitable for your child. It is also worth noting that both the BBFC (British Board of Film Classification) and PEGI (Pan European Game Information) have search facilities on their websites that can be used to look up individual titles so that you can check their ratings.
Parents' Guide to Technology
Advice about smartphones, gaming devices, tablets and other internet-connected devices from the Safer Internet Centre can be found here.
What to do if your child sees something upsetting online
Along with the many positive things which young people may see or experience online, they may also encounter things which may worry or upset them. Visit this link for some advice and guidance.
The following link contains useful advice and support for helping to keep your child safe online:
Much is written in the media about online gaming, gambling and “skin” betting. These terms can be confusing as they mean different things in different contexts. Learn more in this useful guide.
School Nurse Service
Are you worried/concerned about your child? The School Nurse Service can work both in and out of school to help provide or find support with a number of issues. For more information, please download this information sheet.
We have been forwarded a link giving advice and guidance regarding firework safety. We thought it would be good to share with you at this time of year.
Depression isn't exclusive to adults - it can affect anyone. The persistent and long-lasting unhappiness characterising depression can have an enormous impact on how a young person
thinks, behaves and feels.
This resource from Priory’s Group Associate Medical Director and Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist Dr Hayley van Zwanenberg explains the common causes of depression, the signs that your teenager may be suffering and what can you do to help them.
For more information and support, please visit the Priory Group's Young People's Services page here.
Supporting Your Child During Exam Time (Young Minds)
As we start to move towards exam season, Young Minds have launched advice for parents about supporting their children.
• Encourage your child to take revision breaks and find a balance between studying and doing things they find enjoyable and relaxing.
• Make sure they are eating and drinking at regular intervals.
• Reassure them – reinforce that you are and will be proud of them no matter what happens.
• Remain positive and hopeful!
• Let them know their feelings are valid and normal, but also offer support and solutions where possible.
• Anxiety is often worst at night and this means it is useful to encourage good bedtime routine
Hub of Hope - Mental Health Support Network
This website provides a database of support that enables you to search for nearby services, including a 'talk now' feature.
An emotionally healthy approach to GCSEs
Resource link (external)
Health & Social