What to do if you have a Safeguarding Concern
Within School Hours
At The Kibworth School there are a team of trained Designated Safeguarding Leaders (DSLs), many of whom are directly linked to specific year groups. The names of these key staff are:
Mrs Emma Merry, Headteacher & Senior Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mr Martin Russell, Senior Assistant Headteacher/ Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mr Mark Robertson, Senior Assistant Headteacher/ Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mr Darren Edwards, Pastoral Assistant Head/DSL – Years 8&9
Mr Lee Donovan, Pastoral Assistant Head/DSL – Year 10&11
Mrs Liz Weller, TKS School Health Coordinator/DSL
Mrs Traci Goring, Attendance Officer/DSL
All of the Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSLs) can be contacted at School on 0116 2792238, or alternatively by emailing email@example.com
Out of School Hours
If you are worried that a child is in immediate danger or at risk of immediate harm you should call the Leicestershire Safeguarding Children Board on 0116 305 0005 (24 hours a day), or the Police on 101 or 999.
Key Safeguarding documents can be accessed here:
TKS Child Protection referral proforma
Safeguarding staff poster
Key documents that provide guidance for schools and families
The Prevent Strategy
Prevent is a government strategy designed to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorist or extremist causes. The Prevent Strategy covers all types of terrorism and extremism, including extreme right wing groups, violent groups and other forms of extremism that are not compatible with fundamental British Values.
How does the Prevent Strategy apply to Schools?
From July 2015 all schools have a duty to safeguard young people from radicalisation and extremism. This means we have a responsibility to protect young people from extremist and violent views in the same way we protect them from drugs or gang violence.
Importantly, we can provide a safe place for students to discuss these issues so they better understand how to protect themselves. We work closely with the Police and other agencies in order to ensure our students are safe and happy and that the conditions are in place for them to be successful academically and in their personal development.
What does this mean in practice?
Many of the things we already do in school to help young people to become positive, responsible, well-adjusted members of society also contribute to the Prevent Strategy. These include:
•Exploring other cultures and religions and promoting diversity through our broad and balanced curriculum
•Challenging prejudices and racist comments wherever these are identified
•Developing critical thinking skills and a strong, positive self-identity with students
•Promoting the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of our students, as well as an understanding of British values such as individual liberty, mutual respect, democracy, tolerance and the rule of law.
We will also protect young people from the risk of radicalisation, by using filters on the internet to make sure they can’t access extremist and terrorist material, and by vetting visitors who come into school to work with students.
Frequently asked questions:
At The Kibworth School we are committed to upholding, and giving students the opportunity to demonstrate, the British values of democracy, individual liberty, the rule of law, mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs, and for those without faith. Students are able to explore these through a variety of ways including; assemblies, tutor-time, extra-curricular opportunities and throughout aspects of the Citizenship and Enrichment curriculum.
These values are embedded within The Kibworth School allowing students to develop self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence. The Kibworth School is committed to maintaining a positive, caring ethos through our effective staff/student relationships. All students are given the opportunity to develop and demonstrate skills and attitudes that will allow them to participate fully in and make a positive contribution to life in modern Britain.
Is my child too young to know about extremism?
The Prevent strategy is not just about discussing extremism itself, which may not be appropriate for younger students. It is also about teaching young people values such as tolerance and mutual respect. The school will make sure any discussions are suitable for the age and maturity of the young people involved.
Is extremism really a risk in our area?
Extremism can take many forms, including political, religious and misogynistic extremism. Such extremism may be most closely linked with large, urban communities but we must be, and are, vigilant in seeking to identify and challenge such extremism in our community. We will give young people the skills to protect them from any extremist views they may encounter, now or later in their lives. Any risk is too great a risk.
The Kibworth School is an ‘Operation Encompass’ School.
Children who are affected by domestic abuse don’t have to suffer in silence. Operation Encompass enables key adults in schools, Police and teams within the Leicestershire Local Authority to work together to help children feel safe, secure and receive the appropriate support.
When Police attend an incident of domestic violence/abuse, the School will be informed first thing the next morning. By sharing this information parents and carers affected by domestic abuse will know that they can approach the School about the issue.
By knowing that the child has had this experience, the School is in a better position to be supportive and understanding of the child’s needs and possible behaviours. This information will be shared on a need to know basis e.g. the form teacher.
The initial approach is that the sharing of information should not, in itself, provoke a proactive response to individual children by the School, but informs the School’s response to any presenting behaviour. Key trained staff will reassure the child that they know. This can be a real relief to a child as it can give them a tacit permission to talk about how they feel and what has been happening to them. The key aim of this process, however, is to ensure that the child is offered sensitivity and understanding following a distressing incident.
Prevention and supporting missing children and their families
- Railway Children Reach Model
- Childline Call 0800 1111
- Safe@Last, working with and on behalf of children and young people at risk through running away
- What to do if a child goes missing: a guide for those working in education and youth work (2013) from the Children’s Society
Child sexual exploitation.
- Safeguarding Children and Young People from Sexual Exploitation (2009)
- Tackling child sexual exploitation action plan
- National Working Group website, a UK network of over 1000 practitioners working on the issue of child sexual exploitation (CSE) and trafficking within the UK. includes relevant resources for practitioners
- Parents Against Child Sexual Exploitation (PACE)
- FACE (Fighting Against Child Exploitation)
- Youtube: Consequences: Assembly for 11 16 year olds
- Safeguarding Children Who May Have Been Trafficked Guidance (2011)
- NSPCC Child Trafficking Advice Centre (CTAC)
- London Borough of Hillingdon resources for trafficked children
- Every Child Protected Against Trafficking
- Parents Conducting good return interviews for young people who run away (2014) from the Children’s Society
Extremism and preventing radicalisation
Anti-bullying (including Cyber Bullying)
- Stop online abuse
- Leicestershire and Rutland Safeguarding Children Board: Information for Children and Young People
Relationship abuse and Domestic Violence Awareness and Support
Drug and Alcohol Awareness
Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
Gangs and Youth Violence Awareness
Hate Crimes Awareness and Support
- Child abuse linked to faith or belief: national action plan
- Culture and faith: learning from case reviews