We take our responsibility for promoting the safeguarding and welfare of students very seriously and this is summarised in the following ways:
- We ensure that full discussion of the school’s safeguarding policy is included in the induction of all new members of staff and volunteers to ensure that there is a common understanding and to maintain a safe culture at the forefront of staff consciousness.
- All staff have child protection training annually.
- Our school policy encourages all staff to raise any concerns they may have about students; the interests of the young person are paramount and take priority over professional loyalties.
- Our staff selection and interview process will assess rigorously all candidates’ suitability and their commitment to safeguarding children. All interviews have a member of staff who is Safer Recruitment trained on the panel.
- There may be occasions when our concern about your child means that we have to consult other agencies before we contact you
- In addition to their tutors, students have pastoral support from the Assistant Year Leaders who are available before school, during breaks, lunchtimes and after school. Students can also access the School Health Nurse & Sexual Health Nurse/Youth Worker via weekly drop-in services http://www.abbeywoodschool.com/Parents/Brook-National-Charity/. We also have counselling services available.
- Under the leadership of the Designated Safeguarding Lead, Karen Harding, the school has six additional staff who are specifically trained in Advanced Child Protection.
- We may suggest a SAFeh (Single Assessment Framework for Early Help) to help coordinate support across agencies for families who need extra help. Single assessment for early help | A guide for parents and carers
If you have any concerns regarding the welfare or safeguarding of students, then any of the following staff can be contacted via the school office as well as the Headteacher and or Deputy Head:
Karen Harding, Designated Safeguarding Lead – Karen.email@example.com
Nicky Lopeman, Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead – firstname.lastname@example.org
Ian Henry, Senior Leader for Safeguarding
Our Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy is available on our Policy page, please click on the link to our policy page here
Children’s Services can also be contacted directly for advice or to raise concerns:
South Gloucestershire via ART (Access & Response Team) - 01454 866000 (out of hours duty 01454 6151650
Bristol via First Response - 0117 903 6444 (out of hours duty 01454 615165)
Child Protection Policy - this can be found in the Policy area of the school's website (please click here to view)
CSE - Please click here for a useful document for parents and carers
Prevent (anti-radicalisation) - useful information is available here
Kooth are an online counselling and wellbeing platform for children, young people and adults. Information is available on their website https://kooth.com/
Useful Safeguarding Websites
NSPCC - https://www.nspcc.org.uk/
Childline - Call 0800 1111 – www.childine.org.uk
South Gloucestershire Local Children’s Safeguarding Board http://sites.southglos.gov.uk/safeguarding/children/i-am-a-parentcarer/
E-safety - Parents may find this website useful in gaining more information about e-safety. https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk
Anti-radicalisation advice & Prevent agenda – http://educateagainsthate.com/parents/
Child Sexual Exploitation – www.barnardosrealloverocks.org.uk
Anti-Bullying Advice and Guidance - https://www.anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk/
Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) - http://integrateuk.org/