Ensuring the safety and well-being of students at Greenshaw High School is our top priority and therefore we have policies and procedures which surround the issue of safeguarding young people.
Safeguarding means that we aim to ensure the well-being of students both emotionally and physically, and will take steps in order to ensure that young people are not at risk, either from themselves or from others.
The steps that the school might take are:
- meeting with the young person to explore the issue
- meeting with the parent/s or Guardian to explore the issue
- liaising and meeting with other agencies or professionals who are involved with the young person or family (for example, CAMHS, Families Matter or Jump Start)
- making a referral to Social Services and liaising with them.
Social Services are first and foremost a preventative agency – they seek to support families to get back on track and make change happen in their lives to ensure that young people are kept safe. It is with this in mind that the school might refer to Social Services: to seek support for the family and young person. Unless the risk is presented by the parents or guardians, the school will either consult with them about the referral or inform them that a referral is taking place.
Please click here for a copy of our safeguarding policy.
Greenshaw High School follows the London Borough of Sutton self harm protocol.
For more information about self harm, please click here.
The Prevent strategy
Prevent aims to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism. Prevent is part of the safeguarding work that Greenshaw undertakes. Designated safeguarding staff have completed a Workshop to Raise Awareness of Prevent (WRAP), which all staff will undertake early in the new year. There is also a section within the safeguarding policy which addresses the concept of anti-radicalisation.
What to do if you feel that a young person is at risk:
If you are a student at the school:
- Tell a member of staff about it if you’re in school;
- Tell your parents or guardian about it if you’re at home;
- Call Childline (0800 1111), The Samaritans (08457 909090) etc.
If you are a parent:
- You can contact the Safeguarding designated officers at the school on 020 8715 1001
Ro King (Director of Inclusion and Safeguarding Designate) – email@example.com, Lisa Shaw (Safeguarding co-ordinator) firstname.lastname@example.org or
Lynda Wallace (Deputy Head) email@example.com
- An alternative point of contact is the Head of Year
- See here for guidance from the London Borough of Sutton
At Greenshaw, we believe that the use of technology is highly beneficial to the education of young people. As well as technology, such as the internet, being used in a positive way for educational outcomes, we also acknowledge that there are many risks in using these. Our philosophy is to educate young people to make the right choices when using the internet and to teach them how to be safe when using online technologies.
We have an e-safety policy which is part of our safeguarding policy.
As with all bullying, we will not tolerate cyber-bullying and would encourage young people and their parents to report any such issues to the school, either to the Safeguarding Designate, the Head of Year or form tutor. In addition, if there are any concerns in relation to any content which is on the internet or any persons who may be contacting young people, there is an option to report this online through clicking on the CEOP button which looks like this:
CEOP’s Children and Young People’s programme; Thinkuknow, is used in schools nationwide to educate young people about how to stay safe online. As parents, you can play a fundamental role in this aspect of their education. To stay up to date with further information and advice, please visit www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents to find information on:
- What are the risks posed to your child online?
- What can you do to protect your child?
- Where can you go if you are concerned?
Some parents attended a session at the school hosted by Steve Welding, the e-safety advisor to the London Borough of Sutton. Steve had lots of useful tips and hints for parents on how best to protect their children on-line – his presentation can be downloaded below.
There is also a practical guide for parents and carers whose children are using social media, available on our school's E-Safety Portal. You can access the portal by clicking here.