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Safeguarding

He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge

Psalm 91:4

 

Safeguarding at Trinity School

Trinity School is a community and all those directly connected - staff, volunteers, governors, parents, families and students - have an essential role to play in making it safe and secure. We are committed to the safeguarding and welfare promotion of everyone in our community.

All at Trinity School recognise the importance of providing an ethos and environment that will help children to be safe and feel safe. In our school, children are respected and encouraged to talk openly. Safe and happy children are enabled to fulfil their potential in their learning, to make progress, achieve and become confident and responsible as they grow.

Our commitment to the safeguarding of our students remains our priority during the school’s closure and throughout these uncertain times. If you have a concern relating to any child please do contact our Designated Safeguarding Lead at tbattley@trinitysevenoaks.com who will respond to this and confirm to you that your concern has been received.

Safety online: Given our closure in response to the current situation with coronavirus (COVID-19), it is likely to mean that many children will be spending an increased amount of time online over the coming weeks. Online safety is an important part of keeping children safe and as such we would like to share some helpful advice to help you consider how you can keep your family safer online at home. Please find some information here:

Online-Safety-Update-2020

The NSPCC has created a new webpage with information and advice for parents or carers who are worried a child or young person may be struggling with their mental health or has anxiety about coronavirus. The webpage includes information on: talking about feelings and worries; keeping in touch and balancing screen time; ways to create structure and routine; and helping to give children a sense of control. You can find the page here:

NSPCC CORONAVIRUS INFORMATION AND SUPPORT PAGE

With many under increased pressure in the current climate- financial, health or otherwise- not least with trying to balance working at home with supporting your children to do likewise, tempers may fray or be stretched. In the extreme case, on a sobering note, nationally figures of domestic violence will often increase in times such as these- please do contact the police or DAVSS (https://www.davss.org.uk/) if this becomes an issue for someone you know. 
 

Mrs T Battley

Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)

Dr M Pawson

Deputy DSL

Mr B Williams

Deputy DSL

Mr A Birks-Agnew

Deputy DSL

Mr J Davies

Deputy DSL

Mrs C Penfold

Deputy DSL

 

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.

Signs and symptoms of mental health issues

It can be difficult to know if a child is suffering as they often keep it to themselves.

All children are different but some of the common signs of mental health problems in children include:

  • becoming withdrawn from friends and family
  • persistent low mood and unhappiness
  • tearfulness and irritability
  • worries that stop them from carrying out day to day tasks
  • sudden outbursts of anger directed at themselves or others
  • loss of interest in activities that they used to enjoy
  • problems eating or sleeping

It’s important a child or young person gets the right help for mental health problems, suicidal thoughts or self-harm.

If you are concerned about your child please let us know at school so that we can help and you can also find lots of useful information and sources of help below:

NSPCC - suicidal thoughts

NSPCC - self harm

NHS - CAMHS information for parents and carers

YoungMinds

Selfharm.co.uk 

HopelineUK

Samaritans

 

Online Safety

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?

We all know that it can sometimes be challenging to keep up to speed with what children and young people are doing online.

You will find a wealth of information and sources of support in this area from the below:

NSPCC - online safety

NSPCC - talking to your child about online safety

NSPCC - video chat, streaming and sharing

NSPCC - keeping children safe

Think U Know

Net Aware

Childnet

 

 

 

 

Drugs and Alcohol

Substance misuse is one of the most common and yet preventable risks to a young person’s health and development. All drugs have the potential to cause harm some can be addictive and using drugs in combination can increase risk.

Alcohol and tobacco are strongly addictive; both legal and illegal drugs and their use amongst teenagers and young adults is widespread. Smoking, drinking and trying drugs is one of the most common ways in which young people do this.

If you are concerned about underage drinking or drug taking you will find sources of information and support from the below:

NSPCC

YoungMinds

Family Lives

NHS

Talk to Frank

The Young Person's Service from Addaction is available via phone on 01795 500881 or via email at yadmin@addaction.org.uk

 

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