Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility. As such it does not rest solely with the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) and their deputies to take a lead responsibility in all areas.
Some areas, such as Health and Safety, are a specialist area of safeguarding and a separate lead for this area is in place in the school.
Safeguarding processes are intended to put in place measures that minimise harm to children. There will be situations where gaps or deficiencies in the policies and processes we have in place will be highlighted. In these situations, a review will be carried out in order to identify learning and inform the policy, practice and culture of the school.
All pupils in our school are able to talk to any member of staff about situations or to share concerns which are causing them worries. The staff will listen to the pupil, take their worries seriously and share the information with the safeguarding lead.
In addition, we provide pupils with information of who they can talk to outside of school both within the community and with local or national organisations who can provide support or help.
As a school, we review this policy at least annually in line with DfE, HSCP, HCC and any other relevant guidance.
The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is going to affect everyone’s daily lives, as the government and the NHS take necessary steps to manage the outbreak, reduce transmission and treat those who need medical attention.
Regardless of their age, this may be a difficult time for children and young people. Some may react right away, while others may show signs of difficulty later on.
How a child or young person reacts can vary according to their age, how they understand information and communicate, their previous experiences, and how they typically cope with stress. Negative reactions may include worrying thoughts about their health or that of family and friends, fear, avoidance, problems sleeping, or physical symptoms such as stomach ache.
During this time, it’s important that you take care of your family’s mental health – there are lots of things you can do, and support is available if you need it.
Read more from the Public Health England website here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-supporting-children-and-young-peoples-mental-health-and-wellbeing/guidance-for-parents-and-carers-on-supporting-children-and-young-peoples-mental-health-and-wellbeing-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak.
Concerns for the welfare of children whilst not in school during the Covid-19 pandemic have already been highlighted by government officials, schools and numerous other child centered organisations, services and charities; in particular a child’s access to food in the absence of receiving a school meal.
Whilst this is hugely worrying, concerns have also been raised to increased risk of harm to children in other situations they may be subject to whilst not in school and in lock down:
It is also recognised that social distancing/disconnection and lock-down isolation could have a significant affect on young people’s mental health and well-being, and/or that of other family members, which could also impact on them.
Read more from the Safe4Me website here: https://www.safe4me.co.uk/2020/03/26/covid-19-supporting-education-and-safeguarding/
italk is your local talking therapy service. We help people aged 16+ to recover from common mental health problems like anxiety, depression, phobias, OCD and PTSD.
P.A.C.E. (Parent and Carer Events) engage families in understanding the needs and difficulties that young people can face. The events help parents and carers to gain more confidence and knowledge about how to manage potential issues or concerns they may have about their young person.
Recognising the importance of linking children’s learning at school and among peers to their life at home, it is recommended you speak to your son/daughter about their safety and behaviour when out with friends. This is also an opportunity to set boundaries and give reassurance that they can speak to you if they ever find themselves affected by any issues or concerns. Children can be victims of anti-social behaviour too.
For young people, self-esteem can be an on-going journey. That’s why we’ve created our conversation guide on how you can bring out the best in a young person you know.
Written by experts, Uniquely Me is a collection of articles and activities that help young people build self-esteem. Each section includes a clear action checklist – including pointers to help you make constructive changes and initiate conversations around subjects that might be affecting them.
Family hubs are where the Early Help and Prevention team provide some of their support to families, as well as where our behaviour management surgeries and groups are delivered. These used to be called children's centres but we have expanded them to include help for children and young people up to 19 years so we now call them family hubs.
As part of our Programme to electrify key rail routes across the mainline, the section of railway near your school will be under construction for the installation of the Overhead Line Equipment and be electrified. The safety of people on and around the railway is our priority and education in rail safety is key, especially for young people.
Tips, advice, guides and resources to help keep your child safe online.
Empowering children and young people to build resilience, manage their emotional health and to fulfil their potential.
There are many agencies in Hampshire supporting children and young people, and they all work together as a partnership to ensure they are keeping children safe.
Are you worried about online sexual abuse or the way someone has been communicating with you online?
Since 2006, Thinkuknow has been keeping children and young people safe by providing education about sexual abuse and sexual exploitation.
Thinkuknow is unique. It is underpinned by the latest intelligence about child sex offending from CEOP Command.
Thinkuknow aims to ensure that everyone has access to this practical information – children, young people, their parents and carers and the professionals who work with them.
Our work increasingly focuses on preventing abuse. So that means we have to do everything we can to understand it and find the best ways to
keep children safe.
We are extremely lucky to have forged strong links with Lee Haywood, the founder of 'Online Safety UK Ltd'. Lee is working closely with the teachers, students and parents to ensure everyone is educated with the latest knowledge around internet safety. You might see Lee at one of the parents evenings as he is available to book a consultation with.
Read what Lee has to say...
'My name is Lee Haywood, I specialise in the safeguarding of people, with 9 years of experience in the Police and a foundation degree in Law, I am also a CEOP (Child Exploitation Online Protection) Ambassador and I am now following my belief that society needs more when it comes to safeguarding ourselves and primarily our children from the dangers online, whilst enjoying the wonders the internet has to offer. I believe I can bring this to Society.
If you are the kind of person who wants to keep up to date about the forever changing online world, someone who wants to get 'in the know' around what their children could be doing or someone that also believes we can make society a safer place together than this is the website for you and I may well be the person to get in touch with.
I will endeavour to offer every part of the community, including schools, community groups and business' as much help and information as possible, in the form of advice over email, presentations within the community and project work with you.
In this day and age, everyone needs a little help with keeping up with the fast paced world of the internet and I can offer that to you'.
Click on the logo to go to his website or download one of his latest help sheets below.
From time to time parents, carers or neighbours may become concerned about the safety of a child who attends Portchester Community School.
If you are concerned that a child may not be safe, please contact the school on 02392 364399 and ask to speak to one of the two Safeguarding Leads.
If you have serious concerns because you think that a child might be being abused (physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse or neglect) you should contact the Children’s Services Department at Hampshire County Council:
* During office hours (8.30am to 5.00pm) you should contact Children’s Services either by phone on 0300 555 1384 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
* At all other times you should contact the Out of Hours Service: 0300 555 1373
For all emergency situations please call 999.
There has been an increase in police activity in the areas mentioned and our Neighbourhood Teams will be carrying high visibility reassurance patrols in these area Incidents such as these can have an impact upon the wider community and can only echo the comments contained within the release.
Should a person be a victim of this crime, our advice is to report it immediately to police.