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Safeguarding at Challney Boys

11 July 2017

Information for pupils, parents and carers

CHSB is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and we expect all staff and other adults who visit or work with us to share this commitment. If you have any safeguarding concerns please notify:

Miss Hussain | Assistant Head Teacher

Mr Smith | Assistant Head Teacher

Mrs Roast | Student Support

Mrs Choudhry | Student Support

or the Head Teacher

 

Our Safeguarding Team

Our Safeguarding Policies & Documents

Who can I talk to? PowerPoint

For all of our Safeguarding Policies, please view our 'policies' page.

For our Whistleblowing Policy, please view our 'policies' page.

Department for Education Keeping Children Safe in Education Pdf.

Department of Education Working Together to Safeguard Children Pdf.

 

Information for Visitors

Information for Visitors

 

Safeguarding Action and Procedure Flow Chart

Download SAFEGUARDING ACTION & PROCEDURE FOW CHART

 

Frequently Asked Questions & Answers

Safeguarding Q&A

 

Female genital mutilation (FGM) 

Female genital mutilation (FGM) is the partial or total removal of external female genitalia for non-medical reasons. It's also known as female circumcision or cutting.

Religious, social or cultural reasons are sometimes given for FGM. However, FGM is child abuse. It's dangerous and a criminal offence.
 
There are no medical reasons to carry out FGM. It doesn't enhance fertility and it doesn't make childbirth safer. It is used to control female sexuality and can cause severe and long-lasting damage to physical and emotional health.
 
 
 

 

Grooming & Child Trafficking

Child trafficking and modern slavery are child abuse. Children are recruited, moved or transported and then exploited, forced to work or sold.
 
Children are trafficked for:
benefit fraud
forced marriage
domestic servitude such as cleaning, childcare, cooking
forced labour in factories or agriculture
criminal activity such as pickpocketing, begging, transporting drugs, working on cannabis farms, selling pirated DVDs and bag theft.
 
 
Many children are trafficked into the UK from abroad, but children can also be trafficked from one part of the UK to another.
 
 

 

Homosexuality

A sexual orientation. An attraction to the same gender or sex. The Equality Act 2010 gives all sexual orientations the same legal rights.
 

 

Radicalisation

Children at risk of being drawn into extreme views and/ or violent behaviour

https://www.counterextremism.org/resources/details/id/115/channel-process

Radicalisation can be really difficult to spot. Signs that may indicate a child is being radicalised include:
– isolating themselves from family and friends
– talking as if from a scripted speech
– unwillingness or inability to discuss their views
– a sudden disrespectful attitude towards others
– increased levels of anger
– increased secretiveness, especially around internet use.
 
Children who are at risk of radicalisation may have low self-esteem or be victims of bullying or discrimination. Extremists might target them and tell them they can be part of something special, later brainwashing them into cutting themselves off from their friends and family
 

 

Online abuse and E-safety

Online abuse is any type of abuse that happens on the web, whether through social networks, playing online games or using mobile phones. Children and young people may experience cyberbullying, grooming, sexual abuse, sexual exploitation or emotional abuse.
 
Children can be at risk of online abuse from people they know, as well as from strangers. Online abuse may be part of abuse that is taking place in the real world (for example bullying or grooming). Or it may be that the abuse only happens online (for example persuading children to take part in sexual activity online).
 
Children can feel like there is no escape from online abuse – abusers can contact them at any time of the day or night, the abuse can come into safe places like their bedrooms, and images and videos can be stored and shared with other people.
 
 
The internet is amazing. Children can play, learn, create and connect - opening up a whole world of exciting possibilities. But with the digital world changing all the time, how can you make sure your child’s staying safe?
 

 

Forced Marriages

A forced marriage is where one or both of the people involved are forced into a marriage against their will and without their permission
 
 

 

Drug awareness

Some children and teenagers drink alcohol or take drugs. But whether this is at home with their family, or with friends at a party, it's a parent's responsibility to make sure they:
- are safe
- are aware of the risks
- know when enough is enough.
 

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/drugs-alcohol/

http://www.talktofrank.com/

 

Mental Health

Mental illness and suicidal thoughts can affect anyone, of any age, of any background, at any time. Like with physical illnesses, people don’t choose to have a mental health problem. And they need the appropriate care to get better.
 
Mental illness and suicidal thoughts are common issues for young people. 
 
It can be difficult to know if a child is suffering as they often keep it to themselves.
 
 
 

Warning signs

- Excessive fears and worries
- Extreme hyperactivity
- Sudden decrease in school performance
- Loss of interest in friends or favourite activities
- Loss of appetite
- Sudden changes in weight
- Excessive worry about weight gain
- Sudden changes in sleep habits
- Visible prolonged sadness
- Substance use or abuse
- Seeing or hearing things that are not there
- Destructive behaviour, such as damaging property or setting fires
- Constantly threatening to run away or running away
- Withdrawal from family and friends
- Comments or writings that suggest a desire to harm himself or others
- Drinks alcohol regularly from an early age.
- Is concerned for younger siblings without explaining why.
- Becomes secretive and reluctant to share information.
- Shows challenging/disruptive behaviour at school.
- Is reluctant to get changed for sports etc.

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/signs-symptoms-effects/

 

National Useful Websites:

www.direct.gov.uk

www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents

www.ace-ed.org.uk (Advisory Centre for Education)

For information about Drug and Alcohol Services in Luton please go to www.lutondap.org

If you want to learn more about Child Sexual Exploitation www.paceuk.info/the-problem/keep-them-safe/

For guidance on how to keep your children safe on the internet go to www.saferinternet.org.uk

www.connectsafely.org/cyberbullying/

For more information on Neglect, please click on the NSPCC Report Links: http://www.nspcc.org.uk/globalassets/documents/research-reports/hurting-inside-helpline-childline-neglect.pdf

http://www.nspcc.org.uk/globalassets/documents/research-reports
/realising-potential-tackling-neglect-universal-services-report.pdf


http://www.nspcc.org.uk/globalassets/documents/research-reports
/spotlight-preventing-child-neglect-report.pdf


http://www.nspcc.org.uk/globalassets/documents/research-reports
/thriving-communities-framework-neglect-report.pdf

 

Useful Contacts: 

The following organisations offer support and information to parents and carers:

Family Lives (formerly Parentline Plus) helpline: 0808 800 2222 (Monday to Friday 9.00 am to 9.00 pm, Saturday 9.30 am to 5.00 pm, Sunday 10.00 am to 3.00 pm). www.familylives.org.uk

Kidscape helpline for parents: 08451 205204 (10.00 am to 4.00 pm). www.kidscape.org.uk/cyberbullying

Anti Bullying Campaign advice line for parents and children: 020 7378 1446(9.30 am to 5.00 pm)

Children's Legal Centre (free legal advice on all aspects of the law affecting children and young people): 0845 120 2948

Childline
Phone 0800 1111
www.childline.org.uk

NSPCC
Phone 0808 8005000
www.nspcc.org.uk

www.youth.luton.gov.uk

LBC Rapid Intervention And Assessment Team (RIAT) Duty Desk - 01582 547653

Emergency Duty Team (out of hours) – 0300 3008123

Bedfordshire Police Specialist Public Protection enquiries – 01234 846960 (0700hrs to 1700hrs weekdays 0800 to 1600hrs weekends)

In an emergency – 999

The NSPCC Helpline has launched a mobile phone texting service which will allow members of the public to contact the Helpline by texting 88858.

For information about Drug and Alcohol Services in Luton please go to www.lutondap.org

 

Advocates and Independent Visitors Service

Support for children and young people

The Advocacy and Independent Visitors Service for Luton Borough Council is provided by the National Youth Advocacy Service (NYAS).

NYAS is a children's rights organisation. Established over 35 years ago, it is now one of the largest children’s advocacy providers in England and Wales.

NYAS recruits advocates from a wide variety of backgrounds, including those with expertise of working with children and young people with disabilities, communication issues, and mental health problems.

All their Advocates and Independent Visitors are provided with training accredited to Level 3 through the OCN and are recruited by Safer Recruitment processes.

Who does NYAS support?

NYAS provides Independent Visitors and advocates for:

  • looked after children
  • care leavers
  • young people "in need".

Referrals

Referrals can be made by children and young people themselves, carers or professionals.

NYAS asks that young people are aware of the referral and consent to it, and wherever possible, are encouraged to contact one of the advisors directly.

Advisors speak several languages, and also have access to Language Line support.

Helpline

The helpline is open from 9am to 8pm from Monday to Friday, and from 10am to 4pm on Saturdays.

Freephone: 0808 808 1001
Email: help@nyas.net
Webchat/further information: www.nyas.net

 

Counselling service at Tokko Youth Space

Help with problems big and small

The counselling service at Tokko can help with a whole range of problems, including:

  • loss and bereavement
  • sexual identity
  • depression
  • eating disorders
  • bullying
  • anger
  • teenage pregnancy
  • unhappiness
  • self harm
  • anxiety

How does it work?

A counsellor will carry out an initial assessment to ensure this is the right service for the young person. If appropriate, they will signpost them to a more specialist service.

They can have up to six sessions of counselling, but they may be able to have more based on a clinical decision by the counsellor.

Who do they help?

Young people must be aged 10 to 21 and living in Luton.

Opening days and times

The service offers appointments between 4pm and 8pm.

Location

Youth counselling service
Tokko Youth Space
Gordon Street
Luton
LU1 2QP

Appointments

Young people can make an appointment online via the Luton Youth Service website or by calling Tokko Youth Space on 01582 544990.

This service is delivered by Relate Bedfordshire and Luton, and Sorted Counselling Service.

 

 

External support

 
For information about Drug and Alcohol Services in Luton please go to www.lutondap.org
If you want to learn more about Child Sexual Exploitation www.paceuk.info/the-problem/keep-them-safe/

For guidance on how to keep your children safe on the internet go to www.saferinternet.org.uk
 
 
 
 
 
Useful National Helpline numbers
 
The following organisations offer support and information to parents and carers:
 
Family Lives (formerly Parentline Plus) helpline: 0808 800 2222 (Monday to Friday 9.00 am to 9.00 pm, Saturday 9.30 am to 5.00 pm, Sunday 10.00 am to 3.00 pm)
 
Kidscape helpline for parents: 08451 205204 (10.00 am to 4.00 pm)
 
Anti Bullying Campaign advice line for parents and children: 020 7378 1446(9.30 am to 5.00 pm)
 
Children's Legal Centre (free legal advice on all aspects of the law affecting children and young people): 0845 120 2948
 
 
The Luton Family Information Service (FIS) provides information, advice and guidance on a variety of services, helplines and websites that can be useful to parents, carers, children and young people up to the age of 20. This includes information for the parents of disabled children, careers in childcare, activities for young people and help with the cost of childcare. FIS also supports schools by providing information and resources around careers advice.
 
The Service is open from 8.45am to 5.15pm, Monday to Thursday and 8.45am to 4.30pm on Fridays. The FIS is located at:
Luton Family Information Service
2nd Floor, TOKKO, Gordon Street, Luton, LU1 2QP
Tel: 01582 548 888
Email: fis@luton.gov.uk
Web: www.luton.gov.uk/fis
 
 

External support for pupils with SEND