Safeguarding at John Port Spencer Academy
John Port Spencer Academy is committed to Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all of its students. Each student’s welfare is of paramount importance and we believe that students have a right to learn in a supportive, caring and safe environment. Safeguarding is about ensuring that everyone is safe from harm - safe from bullying, safe from people who could abuse, safe from discrimination or harassment - and that we all feel safe in our environment.
If your child is ever concerned about their safety or well-being or about another student, they should talk to someone such as a parent/carer/guardian, and/or a member of staff at school such as their Form Tutor, Head of Year, Pastoral Manager or a member of the Senior Leadership Team (SLT). In addition to this there is also a specific Safeguarding team that are dedicated to ensuring that every young person is safe and happy in school. For contact information of our Safeguarding Team click here.
Talking about a problem helps, and if the problem cannot be resolved by the member of staff that your child has talked to they will refer it directly to the Safeguarding team who will be there to help and support. It may be that the Safeguarding team will sometimes also, find other external agencies to help. Sometimes students can help themselves by reading the child-centred poster up in every classroom (below).
If you have any concerns about the welfare of a child please talk to any teacher or you can speak directly to a member of the school’s safeguarding team below.
- Designated Safeguarding Lead: Mr Shepherd
- Deputy: Mrs Golaub
- Safeguarding Officer (Mental Health Lead): Mr Perry
- Safeguarding Officer (Prevent Lead): Mr Collier
- Safeguarding Officer: Miss Southall
- Safeguarding Officer (Sixth form lead): Mrs Barnett
- Acting Safeguarding Officer: Mrs Pemberton
- First Aid: Mr Jeffery
Alternatively there are a range of services you can contact such as:
- The Police: telephone number 101, (in an emergency, always ring 999),
- DFE: one single access web link to access all local authority’s webpage or phone number for any concerns/worries about a child, young person and vulnerable adults Website: https:/www.gov.uk/report-child-abuse
- CEOP: Website: https://www.ceop.police.uk/
- NSPCC: National Helpline: 0808 800 5000
- Childline: 0800 11 11
- Prevent: Derbyshire County Council: 01629 538494 or 07771 980 107
- Online counselling for young people: Website: www.kooth.com
- NHS Direct: 111
- Family Lives, parent and family support organisation: 0808 800 2222
- The Samaritans: 08457 90 90 90
- Drinkline: A free and confidential helpline for anyone who is concerned about their own or someone else’s drinking. Tel: 0800 917 8282 (lines are open 24 hours a day)
- Smokefree - NHS Smoking Helpline: 0800 169 0 169 - Website: http://smokefree.nhs.uk
- To Frank - Support and advice about drugs. You can call FRANK free, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Talk to Frank: 0800 77 66 00 - Website: www.talktofrank.com
- Bereavement (Cruse Bereavement Care): 01332 332098 National Helpline: 0844 477 9400 Website: www.cruse.org.uk
- Suspicion that a young person is at at risk of Child Sexual Exploitation- contact Safe and Sound 01332 362120
- Advice, support and options if you, or someone you love, goes missing or runs away- 24 Hour Anonymous Helpline Text or Call 116 000
- Crimestoppers UK 0800 555 111
Out of Hours and Summer Safeguarding - Advice for Parents
Most of us look forward to the summer break with great excitement but for some young people it can be a time of anxiety especially for those who rely on regular face-to-face contacts with their friends or who enjoy the security and structure provided by the school day.
If you are concerned about any young person in respect of their emotional wellbeing or you feel that they are vulnerable to harm or abuse and you are uncertain whether they are receiving support you may wish to contact one of the agencies listed. Many of the agencies have established links and will ensure that your concern or query is directed to the appropriate agency.
The relaxed atmosphere of a summer break can also lead to young people lowering their guard. Please continue to talk to the young people in your care about online and social media safety and encourage them to share any concerns that they have about any contacts they receive. CEOP have an excellent website called 'Think u know' - there is a 'Support Tools' section on the top menu from which you can access a number of informative films which you may wish to watch on your own or with young people in your care.
As the term draws to an end, we would also like to draw your attention to an online campaign being championed by most police forces around the country. The ‘Get Safe Online’ website is a fantastic resource to help parents get to grips with the way that children use and access the internet, drawing their attention to the advantages and dangers of the World Wide Web.
Please spend some time going through their fantastic advice in order to allow your child to enjoy the best the internet has to offer, whilst protecting them from the worst.
Tips for keeping safe
We want you to enjoy your free time but we also want you to stay safe. Follow the simple tips below to help you stay safe and feel more confident.
- Take responsibility for yourself
- Always tell an adult where you are going and inform them of where you are at all times
- See something, Say something
- Don't mess about near dangerous places such as railway lines, overhead electricity lines or roads
- Be sensible near water and only go swimming if there is a lifeguard
- Stay safe online and keep your personal details safe. If in doubt tell an adult
- Never share any inappropriate images
- When it is warm, if you are going outside, you should protect yourself against the sun by applying sunscreen, wearing a hat, staying out of the midday sun and drinking plenty of water
- Always ask for help if you need it:
For all parents and students visiting the school you will be asked to sign in at reception. Please view the current procedure here.
Mr L. Shepherd - Designated Safeguarding Lead