Safeguarding at St Dunstan’s
At St Dunstan’s School we recognise that keeping our students safe and promoting their well-being is of paramount importance. Safeguarding includes issues as diverse as anti-bullying, photos of students, internet safety, child protection, first aid and healthy eating.
We keep our school site safe and undergo regular maintenance checks and risk assessments for activities both on and off the school site.
Our curriculum includes opportunities for students to become equipped with the skills they need to live healthy lives and to develop realistic attitudes to the responsibilities of adult life, we do this in a safe, supportive and nurturing environment.
We recognise that high self-esteem, confidence, supportive friends and clear lines of communication with a trusted adult helps all of our students. We therefore, aim to maintain an ethos where our students feel secure and are encouraged to talk and are listened to. Students know that there are adults in the school who they can approach if they are worried or are in difficulty. All our staff, both teaching and non-teaching, have up-to-date safeguarding training. The student planner, posters around the school and time to talk cards direct students to different avenues of support for different needs. Our school nurse is available to discuss medical issues, specialist staff can give careers advice and we have access to other specialists. All of this is underpinned by the tutors.
Part of our duty as adults is to protect young people from abuse. We have a designated Child Protection Team who liaise with outside agencies and families in such situations. For further information or if you have concerns please contact the following Safeguarding Officers:
Mrs K Lawrence – Deputy Head, SENCo and lead Child Protection Officer
Mrs C Ripper – Learning Mentor, Deputy Child Protection Officer
Mrs A Kotvics – Safeguarding Governor
Telephone number: 01458 832943
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Prevent is part of the national counter-terrorism strategy and aims to stop people being drawn into or supporting terrorism. The statutory guidance refers to the importance of Prevent awareness training to equip staff to identify children at risk of being drawn into terrorism and to challenge extremist ideas.
Please see below for useful ‘Safeguarding and Child Protection’ websites
Free and confidential help for young people in the UK
Telephone: 0800 1111
CHILD EXPLOITATION AND ONLINE PROTECTION CENTRE
Protecting children from harm online and offline
Telephone: 0870 000 3344
A confidential helpline for anyone in the UK concerned about drugs
Telephone: 0300 123 6600
NATIONAL BULLYING HELPLINE
Advice centre specialising in conflict whether at home, the community, the school or workplace
Telephone: 0845 22 55 787
Helping children who have been abused to help rebuild their lives and find the best ways of preventing abuse from happening.
Free confidential advice and support for children under 18 years old
Telephone 0800 1111
If you are worried about a child
Telephone 0808 800 5000
If you feel that things are getting to you, get in touch
Telephone: 116 123
THE MIX – GET CONNECTED
Get Connected is the UK’s free, confidential and multi-issue helpline service for young people under 25 who need help, but don’t know where to turn.
Telephone: 0808 808 4994