Making sure that our students are safe is the number one priority. Our key job is to make sure we identify, help and manage any child protection concerns. For us this will include our safeguarding curriculum, that is, how we educate our students, in an age-appropriate way, to look after themselves, physically, emotionally and mentally.
Harris Clapham Sixth Form is committed to safeguarding and promoting the wellbeing of young people, and we expect everyone who works in and with our sixth form to share this commitment. We have drafted our Safeguarding Policy for 2021/22 and this has been reviewed by Governors and can be read here. Please note this will be reviewed again when the DFE finalises the 2021 Keeping Children Safe in Education guidance.
Reporting and managing any concerns
Our Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) is Ms Heuston. She will oversee the strategic and operational aspects of safeguarding. She is supported by Mr Patel and Mr Hainey as Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads (DDSLs). All leaders have had the local authority DSL training. Contact details for safeguarding staff will be added to this page in September 2021. Their details will also be displayed across the academy and issued to students.
Contact details for the safeguarding team will be placed on the website in September.
Ms Hesuton is also supported by a range of different staff.
All staff, volunteers and visitors have a duty to report concerns about a young person, either because the young person may be in need of additional support or if it is thought that a child may have been abused or is at risk of abuse. We know that our students may come from different boroughs and so we will share the contact details for each borough with our staff so everyone knows this important information. This will be finalised in September 2021 when enrolment is completed.
Educating our students to stay safe
It is important that we teach our students, recognising that they are between 16 and 19 years old, about how to stay safe. This will reflect the contextual safeguarding risks in and around Lambeth where the academy is based. Currently, this means ensuring students particularly knowing about:
- child criminal exploitation, including ‘county lines’
- serious youth violence, including knife crime
- child sexual exploitation, including for boys
- protection from radicalisation, extremism and terrorism.
We will work with a variety of agencies, including the police, in helping to educate our students on staying safe. We will also have our personal, relationship, social and health education programme that will specifically map out and plan what and how students will learn to stay safe over the course of both Years 12 and 13.
Students will also have their form tutor who will get to know them well and will be the first port of call should there by any day to day welfare concerns. We will also have a counselling service as part of our welfare team where students will be able to self-refer.
Keeping your self safe
There are many things you can do to keep yourself safe. The first is always, always talk to someone if you have any concerns or worries. At the academy all our staff are friendly and approachable – try talking to them and you will soon find this out!
Staying Safe Online
Keeping yourself safe online is a must. You will learn more about this during lessons, but we’ve also put together some resources for you to find out more.
- ThinkUKnow website for young people
- Childnet Hub for young people aged 11-18
- UK Safer Internet Centre resources for 11-19s
- Child Exploitation & Online Protection Centre (CEOP) Has someone acted inappropriately towards you online, or to a child or young person you know? It may be sexual chat, being asked to do something that makes you feel uncomfortable or someone being insistent on meeting up. You can find advice on the CEOP website and can also report any concerns to CEOP using the CEOP Report Button on the right, and at the foot of every page.
Remember, if you need immediate help call 999
Your Digital Footprint
Everything you post online stays around for a long, long, long, long, long, long time. Before you post anything online THINK – Is it True? Is it Helpful? Is it Inspiring? Is it Necessary? Is it Kind?
If you post something cruel, vicious or deliberately intend to cause offence, then this will make someone else feel unsafe. We all have to show commitment to making the academy a safe place, both within and outside of the building. Therefore do not make posts or comments about other people on any social media. It is unacceptable.
We will add further information, for example, safe things to do in and around Lambeth in particular in September!