— Pauline Jones, Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)
What is safeguarding?
Safeguarding helps us to protect the children in our school community. By working with families and other organisations, we seek to not only keep young people safe but also to improve the lives of our young people. Our work is wide-ranging encompassing such things as: online safety, wellbeing, harassment, bullying, self-harm, working with families to resolve disputes, referring students to other professionals e.g. CAMHS and providing information about particular issues e.g. eating disorders.
Our pupils benefit from an education programme which develops their understanding of how to keep themselves safe now and in the future. This includes teaching our young people how to recognise and manage risk. A key part of this safeguarding education is a weekly PSHE lesson with your child's form tutor. Over their 5 years at Gladesmore Community School, pupils are given the opportunity to learn about and discuss issues affecting their lives. PSHE lessons are supported by a programme of assemblies, presentations and special events. If you wish to know more about PSHE at Gladesmore, please visit the PSHE Curriculum page.
Our safeguarding team works collaboratively with the other safeguarding professionals. All of our staff regularly undergo thorough safeguarding training. Training is bespoke meaning that the training received by the hygiene team would be different to the training received by the teaching team. In addition, the safeguarding team completes additional high-level specialist training in all aspects of safeguarding including prevent, domestic abuse, sexual assault, neglect and early help.
What happens if I report a concern?
Parents and pupils can sometimes be concerned about what will happen if they come to speak to us. Each case is dealt with professionally and discretely. Our actions would vary depending on the nature of the concern. However, please find below some information which may be helpful:
- Referrals to the safeguarding team are not routinely shared with other members of staff unless there is a pressing need for other teachers to know e.g. a medical concern;
- Other pupils will not be made aware of what is happening. If we need to investigate an incident, our top priority is always the welfare and safety of the victim.
- Pupils information and disclosures are handled discreetly and sensitively;
- Where possible, we will always work with the family keeping you informed;