Safeguarding

Safeguarding is everyone's responsibility

Our Commitment

The Good Shepherd Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We ensure that all our recruitment and employment practices reflect this commitment.

 

The safety and wellbeing of every child in the care of The Holme is our absolute priority. We expect all of our staff, pupils, parents, LGC members, Trust directors, visitors, contractors and third party professionals to share this view. The safeguarding and protection of children is everyone’s responsibility. All staff receive regular continuous professional development, which is supplemented with weekly briefings and other supprot e.g. case studies.

 

Designated Safeguarding Leads

The term “Designated Safeguarding Lead” (DSL) is used in the DfE Keeping Children Safe in Education document and refers to the person accountable for overseeing the safety and wellbeing of the children in the care of their setting. The role of the DSL must be fulfilled be a member of the schools senior leadership team to ensure that they have appropriate authority and status to provide advice and support to other staff on child welfare and child protection matters.

 

What to do if you have a concern

If you have a concern about a child, please contact a DSL. If your concern is about an adult working or volunteering in the school, you should contact the Headteacher. If your concern is about the Headteacher, you should contact the Trust Board Chair.

 

Designated Safeguarding Lead:  Mrs Sarah Stevenson (Headteacher)

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead:  Ms Debs Morris (Assistant Headteacher)

Other Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead:  Mrs Francis (HLTA)

You can also email us at safeguarding@holme.goodshepherdtrust.org.uk

 

Alternatively, you can contact Hampshire Children's Services directly:

Office hours: 0300 555 1384

Out of hours – 0300 555 1373

If you have a concern about an adult working with children you can contact the LADO (Local Area Designated Officer) by phone on 01962 876364, via email child.protection@hants.gov.uk

or via the Hampshire County Council website.

 

Helpline for abuse in educational settings

The NSPCC have launched a dedicated helpline for children and young people who have experienced abuse at school, and for worried adults and professionals that need support and guidance.

The helpline will offer support to:

  • all children and young people making current and non-recent disclosures of abuse
  • any children or young people who want to talk about being involved or witnessing any incidents
  • any adults who have experienced non-recent abuse
  • parents and carers who have any concerns about their own or other children
  • professionals who work in schools and need support in this or related issues.

Run by fully-trained NSPCC helpline staff, the NSPCC will offer advice for anyone concerned about current or non-recent abuse.

Please contact the helpline on 0800 136 663 Monday to Friday 8am – 10pm or 9am – 6pm at the weekends or email help@nspcc.org.uk

 

 

You can read our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy and Allegation of Abuse Against Adults Policy by clicking on the hyperlinks. 

You can read our COVID-19 Appendum to our Safeguarding Policy here

You might also like to look at our Online Safety page for more information about staying safe online.

You can read about The Good Shepherd Trust's safeguarding arrangements on their website.

 

Our safeguarding policies and procedures are derived from statutory national guidance:

Keeping Children Safe in Education September 2020

Children Missing Education 2016

Working together to Safeguard Children December 2020

The Prevent Duty June 2015

Information Sharing Guidance 2015

What to do if you're worried about a child 2015

 

Useful websites:

Hampshire Safeguarding Children Board

Report child abuse to your local council

Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP)

National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC)

Smoking in vehicles

Department of Education: Tackling Child Abuse Together 

Think u Know (Parent e-safety information)