Safeguarding

The Joseph Whitaker School is committed to ensuring the welfare and safety of all our pupils in school.  We believe that pupils have a right to learn in a supportive, purposeful, caring and safe environment which includes the right to protection from all types of abuse; where staff are vigilant for signs of any student in distress and are confident about applying the processes to avert and alleviate any such problems.

All schools within Nottinghamshire, including The Joseph Whitaker School School, follow the Local Safeguarding Children Board procedures.  The school’s Safeguarding & Child Protection policies can be viewed on the school website and are available on request from the school office. To receive a copy, please contact the school by telephone or email: office@josephwhitaker.org

Safeguarding is about ensuring that everyone is safe from harm – safe from bullying, safe from people who could abuse, safe from discrimination or harassment – and that we all feel safe in our environment.

If your child is ever concerned about their safety or well-being or about a friend, they should talk to someone such as a parent or a member of staff at school.

Talking helps, and if these people agree there is a problem, they will find other people to help – the designated staff for Child Protection Mr Brookes. He will  work together with other people to address the problems and ensure that everyone is safe.

Latest Advice and Guidance

Please click on the link below to download information for parents from Nottinghamshire County Council about Cyberbullying – and how you can be aware during the upcoming school holidays:

Stop Cyberbullying Press Release

Every school in Nottinghamshire is required to follow a set procedure in cases of suspected child abuse. Headteachers and designated staff are required to refer their concerns to Social Care for further investigation so that pupils at risk can be identified quickly. This procedure is intended to protect children from abuse. When a school refers a concern it is NOT accusing parents or carers of abuse; it is requesting that further investigation takes place to establish whether or not a child is at risk.

Please click on the links below for further information:

 

2016 Anti-bullying Policy – 11 05 16

Whole School Child Protection Policy

Keeping Children Safe in Education

NSCB ‘Stay Safe Online’ leaflet

Safeguarding Leaflet for Supply Staff, Volunteers and Visitors to the School

Please click on the link below for information from Pace (Parents against Child Sexual Exploitation) which includes a free interactive tool for parents:

http://www.paceuk.info/the-problem/keep-them-safe/

Joseph Whitaker School - photo by David Baird

Other useful links

Child Exploitation and Online Protection Agency (CEOP) and ThinkuKnow Guide to Internet Safety:
www.ceop.police.uk/ and www.thinkuknow.co.uk

Internet Watch Foundation (IWF):
www.iwf.org.uk

UK Safer Internet Centre (comprises SWGFL, IWF and Childnet):
www.saferinternet.org.uk

UKCCIS (UK Council for Child Internet Safety) ‘Click Clever, Click Safe’ campaign:
www.education.gov.uk/

UKCCIS Advice on Child Internet Safety:
media.education.gov.uk/assets/files/ukccis%20advice%20on%20child%20internet%20safety.pdf

Barnardos:
www.barnardos.org

Childline:
www.childline.org.uk

The Children’s Society:
www.thechildrenssociety.org

The NSPCC National Child Trafficking Advice and Information Line (CTAIL):
www.nspcc.org

NSPCC Inform:
www.nspcc.org.uk/Inform