At Costello we have a system for safeguarding students which allows us to identify when students are suffering from abuse and intervene as quickly and effectively as possible.
All staff are trained to recognise the signs that a child may be suffering abuse , but there is also a specific team of staff who are dedicated to ensuring all students are safe. These are:
- Pastoral Team Leaders
- Pastoral Team Deputies
- Family Liaison Officer
- Welfare Officer
- Inclusion Manager
Safeguarding is led by the Designated Safeguarding Lead, who is closely supported by two deputies and the Headteacher. Our guidance comes from the DFE document ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’.
If you have concerns about a child at the school, or you have concerns about your own child please contact a member of the team straight away.
Below are a number of websites that offer help and support for children and parents about a range of safeguarding and child protection issues.
Protecting Children and Young People
http://www.childline.org.uk/Pages/Home.aspx – Immediate support for Children in danger
https://www.nspcc.org.uk – Advice for parents and professionals
https://www.kidscape.org.uk/ – anti-bullying advice and support
http://www.barnardos.org.uk/what_we_do/our_work.htm – Support for vulnerable children
https://www.ceop.police.uk/ – Protecting children online
General Advice for parents
http://parentinfo.org/ – A good general advice website for parents about safeguarding matters
Domestic Abuse / Abuse in relationships
http://www.speakoutproject.org/ – Advice for young people about abusive relationships
http://thisisabuse.direct.gov.uk/faq/view/6/worried-about-abuse – Advice for young people about abusive relationships
https://www.womensaid.org.uk/ – Advice about domestic abuse
http://www.brokenrainbow.org.uk/ – Advice about abusive relationships for LGBT people
http://www.mensadviceline.org.uk/mens_advice.php.html – Advice for men who are suffering abuse
Mental Health issues
http://www.youngminds.org.uk/for_parents/services_children_young_people/camhs – Advice and support for parents and young people
http://studentsagainstdepression.org/ – Advice and support for students and parents
Radicalisation and Extremism
http://www.internetmatters.org/issues/radicalisation/ – Advice and support for parents on how the internet can be used to ‘radicalise’ young people
Please click here for a downloadable guide for Parents
Please click here for Hants Prevent Leaflet
Prevent Website Practical advice on protecting children from extremism and radicalisation.