Safeguarding

The school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare and safety of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

For the Safeguarding and Child protection policy please click here

For the Bridgwater & Taunton College Safeguarding and Child Protection policy please click here

We work in partnership with parents and external agencies to ensure that the students achieve their full potential and make a positive contribution to both their learning and wider community.

On rare occasions we may have concerns about a student and this may mean that we have to consult with external agencies.  We follow the Department of Education Safeguarding guidance and work within their framework and good practice guidelines.

Key Staff

If you have a concern about a child in school please report it to the key staff below or click on the ‘Report’ button:

Miss V Cornish - Designated Safeguarding Lead

Ms Jane Hunter - Safeguarding Officer

Miss Teresa Priest - Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

Mr Rob Mitchell - Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

Mr Jonathan Belcher - Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead                                                                                            

Governor with Safeguarding Responsibility

Mrs Judy Watson                                 

Report

If you are concerned that a child may be at risk or that you are struggling looking after your child please phone Somerset Direct, 0300 123 2224, who will be able to talk through your concerns with you.

For support on child exploitation see https://www.escapeline.org.uk 

The Somerset Safeguarding Children's Partnership website http://www.sscb.safeguardingsomerset.org.uk has useful information for children and young people, parents and carers, and anyone working with children.

Department of Education Publications

This government website gives teachers, parents and school leaders practical advice and information on protecting children from extremism and radicalisation:

Online Safety

Please click here to access a useful link on the dangers of online streaming.

For general advice on online safety support available from O2 and NSPCC https://www.o2.co.uk/help/nspcc 

Extensive online safety advice for parents from South West Grid for Learning (SWGFL) https://swgfl.org.uk/audience/parents 

https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/advice-centre/parents-and-carers 

Mental Health

If you are worried about changes in your child’s mood or behaviour, you can contact their pastoral coordinator for advice and information. If you are worried that they might be at immediate risk of harm, call your doctor or dial 999. There are a number of other services below which you might also find useful:

Government guidance on supporting your child’s mental health during the pandemic can be accessed here 

Tips on helping teenagers cope with lockdown from Parent Info 

For information and support contact Young Minds 

Specific support for parents of teenagers can be accessed here 

Children and young people who need to talk can access Kooth 

To talk to the Educational Psychology Service, email EPSHelpline@somerset.gov.uk to arrange a phone call

Frank – Information about drugs, their effects and the law around them. www.talktofrank.com/  Helpline 0300 123 6600 Open 24/7, 7 days a week. Text support 82111 Email www.talktofrank.com/contact 

Papyrus Hope Line UK - Confidential support and advice service for young people under the age of 35 who may be having thoughts of suicide and anyone concerned a young person may be having thoughts of suicide. pat@papyrus-uk.org / Call: 08000684147 / Text: 07786209697 / www.papyrus-uk.org/help-advice/about-hopelineuk 

Self-Injury Support – Provides information and support for girls and women who self-harm. Email and web chat available. www.selfinjurysupport.org.uk/  Telephone helpline available 0808 800 8088 Text support available 07537 432 444

Winston’s Wish - Supporting children and young people after the death of a parent or sibling. Face to Face Support, Freephone National Helpline, Online Chat, Getting Support and Support Information. www.winstonswish.org/ 

Anxiety UK – Live chat and email support for children and young people experiencing anxiety. www.anxietyuk.org.uk/ 

Stem 4 - Eating disorders, depression, anxiety and self-harm affecting teenagers www.stem4.org.uk