Our overall aim at Rosehill School is to ensure that children and young people are effectively safeguarded from any potential risk of harm and that the safety and wellbeing of the children and young people is of the highest priority in all aspects of the school’s work. We ensure that all members of the school community are aware of their responsibilities in relation to safeguarding and child protection and fully support the school’s commitment to safeguarding and child protection.
Safeguarding is everybody’s business!
We ensure that all our children and young people are safe and feel safe; that children, parents/carers and staff are able to talk about any safeguarding concerns and feel assured that they will be listened to; and that all staff and volunteers are aware of and implement safeguarding procedures and guidance, including what to do if they suspect a child or young person may be experiencing, or be at risk of harm.
If you have any concerns about a children in school please contact one of our Designated Safeguarding Leads, either via the school phone number 0115 9155815, or by email.
Pupil Friendly Safeguarding Policy
Reporting a Concern of Abuse or Neglect
If you have concerns that a child you know is at risk of serious harm through Abuse or Neglect it is important that you report your worries to the correct agency.
Who to Contact
- If you believe that a child is at immediate risk and in need of protection then you should call the Police - 999 immediately.
- Alternatively, if you feel the child is a risk of abuse or neglect, but not in immediate need of protection, you should call the Police on 101.
Nottingham City's Safeguarding Children Partnership (NCSCP)
- Please follow this link for local information and contact details for reporting any concern
Children's Social Care
- If you make the decision to contact Children's Social Care, and the child or young person lives in Nottingham city, please call 0115 876 4800.
- Children and Families Direct is operational Monday to Friday at 8:30 am to 5:00 pm.
- Outside of these hours, the telephone number should be used for emergency safeguarding enquiries only.
- You may be worried about the repercussions of reporting your concerns to Children's Social Care, both for yourself and your family. The person making the call will always be asked for their name and contact details - so you can be contacted again if needed. However, you can ask for your details to remain confidential, or provide information anonymously.
- If you are an adult who wants to speak to someone because you are worried about a child's safety or wellbeing but are not sure what to do, you can phone the NSPCC Free Helpline on 0808 800 5000.
We take advice from the Nottingham City Safeguarding Children Partnership and current DfE guidance. Rosehill School's Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy reflects current legislation, best practice and complies with the government guidance:
From 1 July 2015 schools are subject to a duty under section 26 of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015, in the exercise of their functions, to have “due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”.
Our school is clear that extremism and radicalisation should be viewed as safeguarding concerns. We value freedom of speech and the expression of beliefs and both pupils/students and adults have the right to speak freely and voice their opinions. Our ethos seeks to build pupils’ resilience to radicalisation by promoting Fundamental British Values and enabling them to challenge extremist views.
Who to Contact/Resources
- If you feel that a child or young person is in immediate danger of radicalisation, call the Police on 999
- DfE guidance on the Prevent Duty can be found here: Protecting Children from Radicalisation: The Prevent Duty
- The NSPCC have information for parents/carers about radicalisation and dangers associated with extremism. Please follow this link for further information
- Educate Against Hate are a Government website with useful resources for parents and teachers. Please follow this link for further information
Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
Female Genital Mutilation is classified as a form of Child Abuse in the UK. It therefore makes the procedure of it a serious Child Protection issue. It is illegal for anyone to perform FGM in the UK or to arrange for a child to be transported to another country for the procedure.
Who to Contact/Resources
- If you think that a girl or young woman is in danger of FGM, you must contact the Police immediately on 999
- You should contact the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (020 7008 1500) if she’s already been taken abroad
- The Daughters of Eve website helps to raise awareness of this issue and sign-posts those affected by it to supportive services
- The NSPCC offers a free and anonymous FGM 24 hour helpline. Call 0800 028 3550 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Child Sexual Abuse
Who to Contact/Resources
- If you believe that a child is at immediate risk and in need of protection then you should call the Police - 999 immediately
- Alternatively, if you feel the child is a risk of abuse, but not in immediate need of protection, you should call the Police on 101
- P.A.N.T.S: Teach your child the Underwear Rule The NSPCC suggest this simple way that parents can teach their children to look after their own bodies and help keep them safe from sexual abuse
Staying Safe Online
If you are worried or concerned about your child staying safe online it can help to find information and support that you can trust. Parents and carers have checked and tested the websites and phone numbers below to make sure they are helpful and easy to use.
- In an emergency call the police on 999
- Parents and carers can get help from Nottingham City Council by calling 0115 8764800
Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)
Research demonstrates that young people can become involved with CSE perpetrators by being contacted through the internet. CSE perpetrators often use images they have copied from other sites to pretend they are young people themselves. There is a free on-line learning course which has been designed specifically for parents and carers by a national charity called Parents Against Child Sexual Exploitation (PACE) which has a simple registration process.
Click here for more information.
Keeping our children safe is a high priority at Rosehill School and we are proud to be working with our partners across the Nottingham to raise awareness of Child Sexual Exploitation. Please take a few minutes to look at other support available:
- Nottinghamshire Police CSE website
- Nottingham City Council Interagency Procedures & Practice Guidance
Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Agency
CEOP help young people or parents/carers to report any concerns they may have about something that has happened when they are on-line. If you are worried about something that has happened to your child, or someone you know, you can use the link below:
Department for Education (DfE) Information
The DfE have launched ‘Parent Info’ providing a range of advice about caring for children, including advice about on-line safety:
National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC)
The NSPCC has also produced advice and information about a number of different issues. For more information visit their website:
Parent zone is a company devoted to helping families navigate the challenges of the digital age. They provide a useful free magazine called Digital Parenting:
Centre on Media and Child Health
The Centre on Media and Child Health has produced a wide range of advice and information for parents/carers in relation to the impact of media on children’s health and development:
How to set Parental Controls
For tips and advice on how to use parental controls please follow the link below:
Sexting is when a young person sends sexually explicit material to another person. This could include photographs of themselves or others. This can make them vulnerable and could be a crime. The NSPCC have set up useful information which can be found below:
- NSPCC - Information about Sexting
Cyber bullying is something that young people have told us they are particularly worried about. A number of websites have good information about this topic:
- Information on the NSPCC is here
- Information from Internet Matters is here
- Information from Child line is here
Other Safe Internet Resources
- Think You Know This site provides information about what’s good, what’s not good online and what you can do about it
- Common Sense Media Find out which games, films and programmes are suitable for your child
- MakeWaves This is the programme we use in school to model and teach pupils how to behave in a social media environment
- Keeping your child safe online – A check list for parents and carers
- UK Safer Internet Centre – Information and online Resources