SAFEGUARDING IS EVERYONE’S RESPONSIBILITY

Digitech Studio School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. It is our expectation that all staff, volunteers and members of the school community share this commitment. Meet the team:

Emma Robertson

Emma Robertson – DESIGNATED SAFEGUARD LEAD

DanielleBinsDanielle Binns – DESIGNATED SAFEGUARDING DEPUTY

Andy Ling – Academy Councillor responsible for safeguarding

Should you have any concerns relating to the safety and welfare of a child at the school you should immediately contact the designated safeguarding team, here
Concerns about Staff
Should you have any concerns in terms of safeguarding relating to the behaviour of a member of staff, you should immediately contact the designated safeguarding team. If the allegation concerns these individuals, you should directly contact Emma Roberston (Deputy Principal). Should you feel that your concerns have not been dealt with appropriately by the school or Chair of the School Council, you should contact the Local Authority Designated Officer: Tina Wilson (tel) – 01454 868508
School Site
If you have any concerns regarding the safety of the school site, please contact Pam Kaur, Business Manager (Paramjit.Kaur@digitechstudioschool.co.uk)

The School Council and school staff team are committed to keeping our children safe and we regularly review our school policies and procedures to ensure that everything is being done to fulfil our duty of care. The Academy councilor responsible for safeguarding at Digitech Studio School is Andy Ling. All staff are familiar with the government’s guidance for schools – ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’.
Our school policy can be found here

 

At Digitech Studio School we aim to equip our students with the knowledge, understanding and skills to use information and communication technology creatively and purposefully. A key aspect of this lies in being digitally literate. Online technologies play a huge role at our school and therefore we endevour to provide a broad and balanced e-safety education so that our students can navigate the online world safely and positively. Students at Digitech learn about e-safety during lessons, tutor time activities, and through regular assemblies conducted by our safety officer Ben Foulger.

 

To recognise that all students and staff at Digitech understand how to use electronic devices appropriately we all sign the acceptable use policy to promote that we understand the responsibility of using technology recognising how to use them safely and who to go to if we have an issue.

 

A copy of the acceptable use policy can be found here.
Useful Links to support students and parents with esafety
www.thinkyouknow.co.uk
www.safetynetkids.org.uk
kidsmart.org.uk
www.nspcc.org.uk
https://www.getsafeonline.org/

Click here for information on online grooming
Click here for information on online radicalisation
Click here for information on inappropriate websites
Click here for information on Are you safe online – advice for students
Click here for information on Are you safe online – advice for parents
Click here for information on Dealing with Sexting
Click here for information on Cyber Bullying
Click here for information on Good Gaming Guide
Click here for information from Avon and Somerset Police/ CEOP

Please also feel free to read this blog on staying safe online. It is an interesting read and very informative on how to protect yourself online.

Prevent is about safeguarding people and communities from the threat of terrorism. Prevent is 1 of the 4 elements of CONTEST, the Government’s counter-terrorism strategy. It aims to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism.
www.ltai.info/what-is-prevent/
Incidents of extremism and radicalisation are rare and as such when they do occur, make the news. As with all safeguarding issues, it is important to be vigilant, and not complacent, but also not to panic.

What is extremism and radicalisation?

Prevent defines extremism as: “vocal or active opposition to fundamental British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs. We also include in our definition of extremism calls for the death of members of our armed forces”
Radicalisation is defined by the UK Government within this context as “the process by which a person comes to support terrorism and extremist ideologies associated with terrorist groups.”

However…

We live in a wonderfully diverse world, with both differences and similarities to celebrate. Exploring religious and different social beliefs, in a peaceful and non-violent way, is part of growing up and should not be confused with something more sinister. The best way to PREVENT extremism and radicalisation is by open discussion and increased understanding of each other.

As a parent…

You know your child better than anybody else. Having open, honest conversations on a regular basis will allow your child to explore new ideas in a safe environment.
Talk to your child about their online viewing. Social media such as YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram can be used to groom children towards a certain point of view.
Discuss different points of view concerns topics in the news, modelling that there is always more than one point of view.
Encourage your child to take an active part in their local community. This could be part of a sports club, social group, volunteering. Getting out, meeting and talking to people around you helps to understand and become part of a community.

As a school…

All staff have had Prevent training from an accredited Prevent trainer in school.
All staff have completed further online Prevent training
We have updated our safeguarding procedures to reflect statutory requirements in the Government’s Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015.
We have direct contact with the Local Prevent Officer and other
external professionals to receive on-going support and two-way communication.
Students are encouraged to discuss and explore issues during Space lessons, Assemblies and on Focus days.
If you have any concerns that someone you know may be at risk of radicalisation, please contact the local police on 101.
If your concern is of an URGENT nature, please dial 999 or the Anti-Terrorist Hotline 0800 789 321
If you have a concern about a student at Digitech Studio School, please contact Emma Robertson (Designated Safeguarding Lead) or Danielle Binns (Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead) on 0117 992 7100

Female Genital Mutilation
Female genital mutilation is the mutilation of the external female genitalia for non-medical reasons. It is often referred to as female circumcision, ‘cutting’ or ‘sunna’.
Government Statement opposing FGM
Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is child abuse and an extremely harmful practice with devastating health consequences for girls and women. Some girls die from blood loss or infection as a direct result of the procedure. Some women who have undergone FGM are also likely to find it difficult to give birth and many also suffer from long-term psychological trauma.
UK Law
Female genital Mutilation is a crime in the United Kingdom. Even if a girl is taken abroad to undergo FGM, it is still a crime in the UK if the mutilation is done by a UK national or a UK resident.
It is also a crime if a UK national or resident assists or gets a non-UK national or resident to carry out FGM overseas on a UK national or resident.
If FGM is committed against a girl under the age of 16, each person who is responsible for the girl at the relevant time is guilty of an offence.
Criminal Penalties
Anyone found guilty of an FGM offence – or of helping somebody commit one – faces up to 14 years in prison, a fine, or both. Anyone found guilty of failing to protect a girl from risk of FGM faces up to 7 years in prison, a fine, or both.
Support
If you are worried that this might happen to you or someone you know, you can speak to a member of the safeguarding team in school. They will be able to help and support you.
Alternatively, you can report this abuse by contacting one of the following:
If there’s immediate danger or if you or someone you know is in immediate danger of FGM, contact the police.
Call 999 to report emergencies or 101 for non-emergencies.
You should also contact the Foreign and Commonwealth Office if you know a British national who’s already been taken abroad.
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Telephone: 020 7008 1500
If you or someone you know is at risk
Contact the NSPCC anonymously if you’re worried that a girl or young woman is at risk or is a victim of FGM.
NSPCC FGM Helpline
Email: fgmhelp@nspcc.org.uk
Telephone: 0800 028 3550
Sexual exploitation can take many forms from the seemingly ‘consensual’ relationship where sex is exchanged for attention/affection, accommodation or gifts, to serious organised crime and child trafficking. What marks out exploitation is an imbalance of power within the relationship. The perpetrator always holds some kind of power over the victim, increasing the dependence of the victim as the exploitative relationship develops.
Sexual exploitation results in children and young people suffering harm, which can cause a significant damage to their physical and mental health. Whilst some children can be supported to make a recovery, others may suffer serious life-long impairments which may, on occasion, lead to their death.
Any child or young person can be a victim of sexual exploitation, but children are believed to be at greater risk of being sexually exploited if they:
• are homeless
• have feelings of low self-esteem
• have had a recent bereavement or loss
• are in care
• are a young carer
However, there are many more ways that a child may be vulnerable to sexual exploitation and the signs that a child is being exploited are not easy to spot.
Signs of Grooming and Sexual Exploitation
Signs of child sexual exploitation include the child or young person:
going missing for periods of time or regularly returning home late
skipping school or being disruptive in class
appearing with unexplained gifts or possessions that can’t be accounted for
experiencing health problems that may indicate a sexually transmitted disease
having mood swings and changes in temperament
using drugs and/or alcohol
displaying inappropriate sexualised behaviour, such as over-familiarity with strangers, dressing in a sexualised manner or sending sexualised images by mobile phone (“sexting”)
they may also show signs of unexplained physical harm, such as bruising and cigarette burns
If you have a concern about a student at Digitech Studio School, please contact Emma Robertson (Designated Safeguarding Lead) or Danielle Binns (Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead) on 0117 992 7100
Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families has a role to play in safeguarding children. School staff receive regular training to help them to identify concerns at an early stage. They report any concerns through CPOMS, an electronic child protection management system that automatically alerts the Designated Safeguarding Lead and the Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead and action is taken immediately.

Training in 2016 has included:

Safeguarding awareness for every member of staff and Governors to include basic awareness, CSE, FGM/HBV, racist/homophobic and transgender bullying
• Prevent training for every member of staff and Governors
• Safeguarding Assembly for students
• E-Safety assembly for students
• Prevent Assembly for Students
• Channel/Prevent online course for all members of staff and Governors
• CPOMS training for all staff
• Regular safeguarding updates through staff briefings

Wider Safeguarding System

School staff fall within the wider safeguarding system for children and we work with Social Care, local health services, Police, YOT and many other services to promote the welfare of our students and young people and to protect them from harm.

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Mental Health

Off the Record visit the school every year and provide a counselling service to students at Digitech who wish to talk about any concerns they might have.  If you would like to receive these sessions please speak to Ross Davey (Personal Coach) ross.davey@digitechstudioschool.co.uk to arrange a meeting with Ollie to discuss things further.  All students at Digitech also have access to mentoring from the pastoral team with students also having the opportunity to discuss PSHE topics such as sex education, careers advice, employability skills in discrete weekly ‘Digitech Plus’ lessons. 

 

Digitech Students promoting Mental Health Awareness

A group of Year 11 students have liaised with Christina Wheeler (South Gloucestershire Children and Young People’s Mental Health and Well Being) to complete a photo shoot to promote mental health awareness for South Gloucestershire schools. Please come back here in early October to see the new link and promotional website for mental health.

 

Click here for information from South Glos regarding support for families and students

Dannielle Binns

SENCo