Safeguarding - Thorpe Hall School

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Safeguarding

Safeguarding Children

Thorpe Hall School has a statutory duty under the Children Act to safeguard and promote the welfare of all its pupils. Our staff form part of the wider safeguarding system for children and, in order to fulfil this responsibility effectively, we will consider what is in the best interest of the child at all times.

If you have a safeguarding concern regarding our community, you can contact any member of our Safeguarding Team. Call 01702 582340 or email safeguarding@thorpehallschool.co.uk.

Thorpe Hall School’s Safeguarding Team

Mr Stephen Duckitt
Headteacher

Senior School

Mrs Roxi Sheern
Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mr Richard Turner
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

Preparatory School

Mrs Jade Peterson
Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mr C Ramdin
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

Nursery School

Mrs Julie Capon
Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mrs Chloe Syvrett
Designated Safeguarding Lead

Safeguarding Key Points

  • All members of staff and volunteers have a responsibility for safeguarding children.
  • Any concerns regarding child protection and/or safeguarding must be reported immediately to the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) or, in their absence, to one of the Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads (DDSLs).
  • The DSL for the Senior School is Roxi Sheern and the DSL for the Prep School is Jade Peterson. Both Julie Capon and Chloe Syvrett are DSLs for the Nursery School. Richard Turner (Senior School) and Chris Ramdin (Prep School) are DDSLs.
  • Our ongoing training ensures that all staff and regular volunteers are knowledgeable about all aspects of child protection and safeguarding, and are aware of the procedure for passing on welfare concerns within the School.
  • The safety of our students is of paramunt importance. Therefore Thorpe Hall School has robust policies and procedures in place to deal with safeguarding issues, including a strict selection and recruitment process for staff and regular volunteers.

Statement of Intent

The safety and wellbeing of all our pupils at Thorpe Hall School is our highest priority. We recognise our duty to both children in need and to children at risk of harm. We make it  our business to know everyone as an individual and to provide them with a secure and caring environment in which to learn. We expect the behaviours of respect, good manners and fair play to be shown by everyone so that every pupil can achieve their full potential and feel positive about themselves as an individual. Our holistic ethos encourages all pupils to care and support one another. Every member of staff clearly understands that safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is everyone’s responsibility.

You can view and download a copy of the School’s Safeguarding Policy here.

Who can you talk to if you are worried about a child or young adult?

If you ever feel concerned about a safeguarding issue, no matter how small it may be, it is important that you share it. It is everyone’s responsibility to look after children and young adults. Never feel that something is too insignificant to say, or ever think that ‘it can’t happen here’. We all need to be vigilant at all times and to communicate with each other.

If you have a safeguarding concern regarding our school community, and want to discuss a concern with the School, you can contact any member of our Safeguarding Team. Call 01702 582340 or email: safeguarding@thorpehallschool.co.uk.

These agencies are also available to speak to for advice or to report a concern:

  • MASH (Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub)  on 0345 603 7627
  • Victim Support on 0300 303 0165
  • NSPCC FGM helpline on 0800 028 3550

 

Online/e-Safety

As a school, we ensure that we have established mechanisms in place to identify, intervene and escalate any e-safety incident where appropriate. We have a rigorous filtering system on all electronic devices in school to ensure any ‘trigger’ words used in searches are referred to the Desginated Safeguarding Lead and when working online,  any vulnerable students are offered bespoke support.

We follow our school policy and procedures on e-safety to educate pupils so they know how to remain safe when in school or out in the wider world. A strong focus on keeping children safe, in all its many forms, is delivered across our broad and balanced curriculum. ICT and PSHRE lessons, assemblies and cross-curricular teaching focus on the knowledge needed to stay safe online – all of which is taught in an age-appropriate manner.  We also aim to support parents and carers by sharing helpful advice and resources wherever appropriate.

It is important that our learning community understands how to (this is not an exhaustive list):

  • Keep personal settings on
  • Practise safe browsing
  • Choose strong passwords
  • Be careful what they post to social media
  • Be careful what they download
  • Not to add someone to social media platforms that they do not know or have not met

Staff receive training during induction and throughout the year regarding content, contact, conduct and contract with specific examples given so that this can be taught to pupils.

Important Online Safety Resources for Pupils and Parents

Pupils' Mental Health & Wellbeing

Mental health and wellbeing is at the heart of our school.  Staff have a myriad initiatives and strategies to support our pupils and their families,  Thorpe Hall  has been recognised by the Independent Schools Association with a National Schools Award for Excellence & Innovation in Pupils’ Mental Health & Wellbeing.

Positive mental health is a state of wellbeing in which our pupils can achieve their full individual potential; can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and are able to make a positive contribution to the school and the wider community.

With this in mind we encourage our students to develop strategies to reduce any anxieties and take care of their mental halth and wellbeing through ongoing initiatives and experiences. Regular features of our curriculum include: Mental Health and Wellbeing Days, wellbeing checks with Learning Mentors, timetabled PSHRE sessions, and an abundance of other learning opportunities, experiences and events across the school.

We have a trained and experienced counsellor available to talk to students about any concerns or worries they may have. Plus, our Pastoral Team, which includes several trained Mental Health First Aiders, is always on hand to encourage, support and listen whenever needed.

Important Mental Health Resources for Pupils & Parents

Further safeguarding information and support