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Safeguarding and Child Protection

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Staying Safe

The Beaconsfield School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of young people.

If you have a safeguarding query please contact Mrs A Harding (Deputy headteacher and Designated Safeguarding Lead) on aharding@beaconsfield.school

If the school is closed please take the following actions:

If you believe a child is in danger please contact 999 (if the danger is immediate) or 101.

For external agencies only please use the school safeguarding number of 07538 808836

If you are worried that your safety or the safety of any other student is at risk please talk this through with any adult of your choice at The Beaconsfield School. Our dedicated safeguarding team, which is made up of the staff pictured above, are specially trained to deal with any serious situations and may be called upon to help you and/or your peers.

Safeguarding concerns:

If you have a safeguarding concern please contact the police on 101 or, if it is an emergency, contact 999.

If you wish to speak to our Designated Safeguarding Lead, Mrs Harding, please email aharding@beaconsfield.school or use the safeguarding number 07538 808836, leaving clear details of your name, your own contact details and information to whom (full name of student [s]) your concern is related.

 


In light of the recent events and discussions in the media regarding the Sarah Everard case, Year Leaders will address personal safety in terms of healthy relationships and coercive behaviours in assemblies and through PSHE lessons with students. We strive for all of our students and staff to feel confident in public spaces as well as being prepared for the wide and ever changing realities of the world.

Our pastoral and safeguarding team are here to support students and if you have any concerns, please do contact us.

We have found these tips on staying safe to read and then consider and discuss on a regular basis.

·         Always use a buddy system when going out, especially at night.

·         If you are walking alone and suddenly notice you are being followed, call the police. That sends your geo-location.

·         If you think someone might be following you, walk to the other side of the road; if they follow call for help.

·         When you are walking alone make sure you aren't looking down at your phone, texting or scrolling through social media. Be alert and aware of your surroundings.

·         Do not have ear buds in when walking at night by yourself.

·         Stand between the control panel and the door when in a lift. That way if someone enters and you feel uneasy you can easily press a button to get off at the next available floor.

Personal Safety Apps

There are a lot of Apps to choose from so it is worth spending a bit of time researching them, but here is a list to get started with:

Shake2Safety

Shake2Safety is designed to send emergency messages to a contact, as well as record audio and video, and can be triggered by subtle movements like shaking your phone or pushing the power button four times. It works when your screen is locked and when you don’t have any internet.

Circle Of 6

With Circle Of 6, you choose six contacts and the app lets you set and send preset messages about your safety. With just two taps, you can let your six people know where you are and what they can do to help you.

bSafe

bSafe has a range of features, such as an SOS button, which can be activated by touch or voice and records your surroundings to send to your chosen contacts, and lets you invite your contacts to follow your location via GPS. There’s also a Fake Call feature, which you can use to make your phone ring to get you out of situations you’re unsure of.

Life360

Life360 lets you make your own ‘circles’ of trusted contacts and check out their location, as well as send and receive real-time alerts when members of your circle leave or arrive at different places. There’s a Help Alert function which lets your circle know that you don’t feel safe after 10 seconds.

Kitestring

While not technically an app, Kitestring deserves a special mention, especially for those without smartphones. All you have to do is text Kitestring to let them know what time they should check in with you. It you text that you’re ‘OK’ within that time, you’re fine, but if there’s no text from you, they’ll send a message to your chosen emergency contact.

·         Have keys in hand when walking to your car or house so you don't have to be fishing through your bag or coat to find them once you get there.

·         Try not to sit in your car and mess around on your phone after you have parked at your destination.

·         Lock your car doors while you pump petrol so that no one can enter the car while you aren't looking.

·         Always tell someone you trust where you are going. If it's to someone's house provide an address.

·         Change your routine. Don't drive or walk the same routes every day.

·         Choose parking spaces that are well lit.

·         Choose parking spaces that are not boxed in by vans or trucks.

·         Slightly open, never roll down, your car window if you need to speak to a stranger.

·         At a party, don't leave your drink unattended. And if someone offers to get you a drink, watch them get it.

·         If you have to meet with someone you don't know well, meet at a public place instead of their house.

·         Keep the doors of your home locked at all times, even when you are inside.

·         After getting into your car lock the doors right away.

·         Don't post on social media where you are going. Wait until you have left to post it. For example don't say heading for a run on the local trail.  Wait until after the run to post either the picture or status.

·         Make your social media private and don't post your address, telephone number, or email on there.

·         Invest in pepper spray or, if you can find it, pepper gel - it's better because the wind doesn't blow the spray towards you or away from your attacker.

·         Put a strong whistle on your keychain.

·         Always, always let someone know where you are at all times, when you should be expected to be home or arrive at your destination. Also tell them the route that you are taking if you know this ahead of time.

·         Always keep your mobile phone fully charged.

 

Mental Health advice

http://www.youngminds.org.uk/for_parents/services_children_young_people/camhs

Buckinghamshire Safeguarding Children Board for advice: 

http://www.bucks-lscb.org.uk/

Childline has updated its website to include information to support children and young people concerned about coronavirus, The Independent has also published an article on advice from experts about how parents can respond to their children’s concerns about coronavirus, and includes a comment from the NSPCC.

Visit Childline: Worries about the world: coronavirus
Read the news article: ‘I went through my 10-year-old’s search history and there was coronavirus’: what should parents do about virus fear?

YES Counselling 01494 437373 and see what they can offer https://www.yeswycombe.org/counselling   

CATCH and speak to them about support available (Children and Teenager Community Help (CATCH) 01296 383962

BFIS for all support

networks https://www.bucksfamilyinfo.org/kb5/buckinghamshire/fsd/home.page

SANE for mental health support: 08088010677

Samaritans helpline: 116 123 https://www.samaritans.org/how-we-can-help/contact-samaritan/

CAMHS helpline when in crisis: https://www.oxfordhealth.nhs.uk/camhs/bucks/

Call 01865 901951 (Single Point of Access; SPA)

Kooth– Free, safe, anonymous online support for young people. https://www.kooth.com/index.html      

Need to talk? Childline: Telephone, 0800 1111: 

childline.org.uk

Child Exploitation and Online Protection:

http://ceop.police.uk/safety-centre/

Domestic Violence: National Helpline :

http://thehideout.org.uk/

Preventing Bullying: Kidscape: 

https://www.kidscape.org.uk/

Internet and Phone Safety: Think You Know?

https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/

Prevent Strategy (anti-radicalisation) concerns:

counter.extremism@education.gsi.gov.uk

Forced Marriage concerns:

http://www.karmanirvana.org.uk/

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) concerns: 

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/child-abuse-and-neglect/female-genital-mutilation-fgm