Safeguarding

Safeguarding

Safeguarding in The Park Community School is considered to be everyone’s responsibility and as such our setting aims to create the safest environment within which every child has the opportunity to achieve their full potential. The Park Community School recognises the contribution it can make to ensure that all children who use our setting feel that they will be listened to and appropriate action taken. We will do this by working in partnership with other agencies in accordance with “Keeping Children Safe in Education” and seeking to establish effective working relationships with parents, carers, and colleagues to develop and provide activities and opportunities that will help to equip our children with the skills they need. This will include resources and experiences that will encourage our children to develop essential life skills and protective behaviours. Ways of working by Tutors and Heads of House will be fundamental to this ethos.

Our Safeguarding Team is available to support students, staff and parents/carers. Our Designated Safeguarding Officer is Sarah Langford, who  can be contacted by phone on 01271 373131 or email sfreeman@theparkschool.org.uk.

Our Safeguarding resources identify key contacts, important documents, visitor safeguarding information and how students can find support in school. Click on each image to view it as a full page.

Online Abuse

Are you worried about online sexual abuse, grooming or the way someone has been communicating with your child online?

Get advice or report your concern by clicking on the button below.

Child Sexual Exploitation

County Lines

County lines is a form of criminal exploitation in which criminals groom and manipulate children into drug dealing. The ‘lines’ refer to mobile phones that are used to control a young person who is delivering drugs, often to towns outside their home county.

The Children’s Society website has useful information and advice.

Radicalisation & Extremism

If you are concerned that any family member, friend or loved one is being radicalised, you can call the Prevent Advice Line on 0800 011 3764 to get advice or make a Prevent referral. Receiving support through Prevent is voluntary, confidential and not any form of criminal sanction.

The Educate Against Hate website has useful information and resources.

Operation Encompass

Safeguarding Alerts

Monkey Web

Online safety experts have been alerted to an extremely dangerous website and app called ‘Monkey’, which allows users to have video calls with strangers. The platform markets itself as ‘an alternative to Omegle, with a TikTok vibe’. This platform has been reviewed and it has been found to contain large amounts of inappropriate, disturbing, and harmful content transmitted via web cameras. Online Safety Alert – Monkey Web.

Links to useful websites and Information

Report A Concern

MASH – Are you worried about a child or young person?

CEOP – Are you worried about online sexual abuse, grooming or the way someone has been communicating with you online? Get advice or report your concern.

Barnstaple Police – Call 101 or follow this link. Call 999 if someone is in immediate danger

Act Early! – Are you worried about someone who is expressing extreme views or hatred? Follow this link or call the national police Prevent advice line 0800 011 3764, in confidence.

Online Safety

CEOP – Are you worried about online sexual abuse, grooming or the way someone has been communicating with your child online? Get advice or report your concern.

ThinkUKnow.co.uk #ASKTHEAWKWARD – Asking The Awkward helps you to prepare for regular conversations with your child about online relationships and related topics. It also offers advice on how to keep conversations positive and what to do if your child tells you something that worries you.

UK Safer Internet Centre – Tips, advice and resources to help children and young people have a safe and positive time online.

Parent Zone – ’‘The experts in digital family life’

O2/NCPCC  – This site provides information on how to keep your child safe online with detailed information you should know about gaming apps with adult themes.

Make sure that your Twitter privacy settings are up-to date

Make sure that your Facebook privacy settings are up-to date

Make sure your Snapchat privacy settings are up-to date

Make sure that your Instagram settings are up-to date

Parent Guides – online safety

#LookSusTellUs – Look Sus Tell Us is a campaign by Devon and  Cornwall Police to raise awareness of online child exploitation. Take a look at their website for some information and videos to help you understand when a new relationship may be dangerous for.

The Park School Guide to parental controls on devices – A detailed guide of how to setup parental controls on your home devices.

Support for Students

CEOP – Are you worried about online sexual abuse, grooming or the way someone has been communicating with you online? Get advice or report your concern.

NSPCC – Under 18? Childline offers free, confidential advice and support whatever your worry, whenever you need help.

Frank – Honest information about drugs

Kooth – An online mental wellbeing community, free, safe and anonymous support

Childline – 0800 1111, a free, private and confidential service where you can talk about anything

Carewise – Carewise supports and works with children and young people from across North Devon, up to the age of 18 who look after or support parents, relatives or siblings with care needs.

Thinkuknow – advice for staying safe when you are on a phone, tablet or computer

MIND – support for mental health young minds website 

Youngminds – Help for students and adults who need support with their mental health, including Body Image, Bullying, Eating Problems, stress, Grief or loss and Anger

EH4MH 10 a day poster – ‘10 a day choices’ that could help you balance your mental health

Intercom Trust – LGBTQ support student

Hive Hub –  In school we have a google classroom set up for students, run by our Safeguarding team, pop in for hints, tips and a chance to talk to someone.

Support for Parents

MASH – If you are concerned that a child is being abused please call 0345 155 1071 or email mashsecure@devon.gov.uk.  If it’s an emergency call 999.

Health Visitor – Text for confidential advice and support

CEOP – Are you worried about online sexual abuse, grooming or the way someone has been communicating with your child online? Get advice or report your concern.

Devon Children and Families Partnership – Lots of useful information from key agencies pulled together in one place.

Educate Against Hate – practical advice to protect children from the dangers of extremism, including the warning signs of danger, how to talk to children about extremism and steps concerned parents can take.

Domestic and Sexual Violence and Abuse support – information from Devon County Council on local and national support services

Early HelpEarly Help is the extra support your family can get if you need it. It may be that you want to prevent a problem, or change things for your family before the problem becomes more serious

SPACE Space (formerly the Devon Youth Service) has 8 youth centres which are buildings for young people to meet, develop skills, try new things and belong.

YSMART – Drug and alcohol support for under 18’s 

Young Devon – Are the biggest charity for young people in the South West offering lots of support, advice and services.

Stop. Think. Breath – If you are a parent/carer and you think your child would benefit from free professional counselling support, take a look at this website for more information. Their service is available nationally to young people, aged 21 or younger. All sessions take place virtually and they have a team of counsellors working with them who specialise in a wide variety of issues.