At Toot Hill School we have a team of designated safeguarding leads (DSL's), they are Jennifer Gray (Lead designated officer), Ashish Modi (Deputy Lead designated officer), Rachel Leeson and Michelle Challoner. Our designated Governor for Child Protection is Sylvia McDougal.
As a team, we recognise our responsibilities for safeguarding children and protecting them from harm. We follow the procedures set out by the Nottinghamshire Safeguarding Children Board (NSCB) and take account of guidance issued by the DfE. All these procedures are set out in our safeguarding policy. Please the information tab, policies for our latest safeguarding policy.
If you have any safeguarding concerns please do not hesitate to contact one of the DSL team via the main school office.
If you have urgent concerns for a child, or suspect that a child has been abused in any way, you can also report a safeguarding concern to Nottinghamshire Multi-agency Safeguarding Hub by calling 0300 500 80 80 (if you are a member of the public). If you require an urgent response outside of working hours (08:30-17:00), contact the Emergency Duty Team (EDT) on 0300 456 4546. In an emergency call 999.
There are also helpful links for further advice
For online safety- please see the E-safety section of our website
Comforts, advises and protects children 24 hours a day and offers free confidential counselling.
Phone 0800 1111 (24 hours) Chat 1-2-1 with a counsellor online
ChatHealth. Easy way for young people to confidentially ask for help about a range of issues, or make an appointment with a school nurse. The number to text is 07507 329952. The service will be available on Monday to Friday 9.00 am – 4.30 pm
Is an online counselling and emotional well-being platform for children and young people, accessible through mobile, tablet and desktop and free to access.
Young minds www.youngminds.org.uk
Advice and information about young people’s mental health including information on CAMHS and what the next steps to seeking support are.
Health for Teens www.healthforteens.co.uk offers a great content and of your health, from sexual health to your feelings, growing up, lifestyle and much more.
24 hour confidential listening and support for anyone who needs it. (Adults included.) Phone 116 123 (24 hours) Information and support for mental health issues
provides a range of advice and support about self harm, people who self harm, their friends and families. Phone 0115 934 8445
The UK's eating disorder charity. They have online support groups and a helpline for anyone under 18. Phone 0345 634 7650 (4pm – 10pm 365 days a year) Email email@example.com
The Mix www.themix.org.uk
Information, support and listening on EVERYTHING for young people
Phone 0808 808 4994 (24 hours), get lots of support online
Drugs and alcohol
Confidential information and advice about drugs and substance abuse, whether it's for you or someone else. 0800 7766 00 (24 hours, won't show up on your phone bill)
The UK charity for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people and their allies. They offer information, advice. Phone 08000 50 20 20
Nottingham LGBT switchboard
Nottingham chartity offering advice for LGBT and questioning, people, their friends & family. Phone line open 7-9.15pm Mon-Fri 0115 934 8485.
The role of the Designated Safeguarding Lead:
The Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) is an appropriate senior member of staff who has the status and authority within the school to carry out the duties of the post including committing resources and, where appropriate, supporting and directing other staff.
All child protection concerns WILL be reported to the appropriate authority and the DSL is responsible for:
- Refer all cases of suspected abuse to the local authority children’s social care and: The designated officer(s) for child protection concerns (all cases which concern a staff member)
- Disclosure and Barring Service (cases where a person is dismissed or left due to risk/harm to a child); and/or Police (cases where a crime may have been committed)
- Liaise with the Headteacher to inform him or her of issues, especially ongoing enquiries under section 47 of the Children Act 1989 and police investigations
- Act as a source of support, advice and expertise to staff on matters of safety and safeguarding and when deciding whether to make a referral by liaising with relevant agencies
The DSL, and cover officers, will receive appropriate training carried out every year in order to:
- Understand the assessment process for providing early help and intervention, for example through locally agreed common and shared assessment processes such as early help assessments
- Have a working knowledge of how local authorities conduct a child protection case conference and a child protection review conference and be able to attend and contribute to these effectively when required to do so
- All staff at NFS receive annual training with updates on safeguarding themes.
As a school, it is our responsibility to prevent people who pose a risk of harm from working with children by adhering to statutory responsibilities to check staff who work with children, taking proportionate decisions on whether to ask for any checks beyond what is required; and ensuring volunteers are appropriately supervised.
For most appointments, an enhanced DBS certificate, which includes barred list information, will be required as the majority of staff will be engaging in regulated activity. In short, a person will be considered to be engaging in regulated activity if as a result of their work they:
- will be responsible, on a regular basis in a school or college, for teaching, training instructing, caring for or supervising children; or
- will carry out paid, or unsupervised unpaid, work regularly in a school or college where that work provides an opportunity for contact with children;
- engage in intimate or personal care or overnight activity, even if this happens only once
For all other staff who have an opportunity for regular contact with children who are not engaging in regulated activity, an enhanced DBS certificate, which does not include a barred list check, will be appropriate. This will include contractors that would have the opportunity for contact with children and who work under a temporary or occasional contract.
Protecting children from the risk of radicalisation is seen as one of our safeguarding duties.
Radicalisation refers to the process by which a person comes to support terrorism and forms of extremism. There is no single way of identifying an individual who is likely to be susceptible to an extremist ideology. It can happen in many different ways and settings. Specific background factors may contribute to vulnerability which are often combined with specific influences such as family, friends or online, and with specific needs for which an extremist or terrorist group may appear to provide an answer.
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