What happens if the school has a concern about a child ?
If any member of staff has a concern about a child they will fill in a “cause for concern” form on CPOMS outlining the concern. This will be passed to the Designated Member of Staff for Child Protection who, working alongside their senior colleagues, will decide what action to take. Usually this will result in a conversation with the student and home but on occasions may require a conversation with Social Care (we would always try to inform home if this was the preferred option).
What is the school’s policy in relation to the publication of images of children?
We have written to all parents/carers and it states on our website that we will use images of children as we see appropriate unless you contact the school to state that you would not like this to happen
How the school monitors adults through the issue of DBS checks and the Single Central Register?
All members of staff and any regular visitors (once a week) must be subject to a DBS check and have their details recorded on our single central register (SCR). All staff on the SCR are allowed unaccompanied access to students. All other visitors to the school will not be allowed unattended access to students at any-time during their time on site.
How the school monitors security at the school entrance?
There is only one secure entrance to the site. All staff on the SCR will have access to school via a swipe card. All visitors to the school will be required to provide ID and then sign in and wear a visitors badge at all times whilst on site
What should you as a parent/carer do if you have concerns about a child or an adult working with children?
If you have any concerns about your child or any other child in the school we encourage you to contact us at the earliest opportunity. Your own child’s Learning Manager would be a good first point of contact as they are all trained in child protection. You could also request to speak to our Police Officer (Safer Schools Officer) or call the Police directly.
What you should do if you feel you need help with any aspect of bringing up your child/children?
If you do require any help or advice please do not hesitate to contact us at school, alternatively you could contact Social Care directly.
Leeds City Council and the NHS in Leeds are encouraging young people to download the Calm Harm app, which helps you resist or manage the urge to self-harm. It also has breathing techniques to help reduce symptoms of stress and anxiety.
The urge to self-harm is like a wave.
It feels the most powerful when you start wanting to do it.
Learn to ride the wave with the free Calm Harm app using these activities:
Comfort, Distract, Express Yourself, Release, Random and Breathe.
When you ride the wave, the urge to self-harm will fade.
You can download the Calm Harm app from the App Store and Google Play, this is localised to Leeds when selecting ‘West Yorkshire’ as the county and only entering the first part of your postcode.
(The postcode is optional and you’ll be taken to the Leeds screen as you’ll have selected West Yorkshire. The app is password protected and collects minimal information about you, which makes it very discrete)
The app is ‘an aid to treatment’, which means it can help but doesn’t replace talking to a professional and getting face-to-face support.
Find out more about services in Leeds on the MindMate website – https://www.mindmate.org.uk/im-a-young-person/whats-in-leeds-for-me/
Safer Leeds have updated their website to include useful information for victims of Domestic Violence and people delivering services.
Please follow the link below for a useful guide for parents and carers to enable their children to use technology safely.
It contains plenty of helpful information such as:
- A practical guide for parents on how to keep teens safe online, including useful summaries of popular internet apps as well as the types of threats teens, could be exposed to online.
- Safety tips for using apps such as Instagram, TikTok (which has gathered 1 billion users in only two years), YouTube, Snapchat, Twitter, and Whatsapp. We also cover advice and safety tips for teens playing online multiplayer video games.
- Other online safety topics and advice such as sharing personal information, socialising online, cyberbullying, harmful content, influencers, body image, and mental health for teens online.
- Links to additional internet safety resources for parents from well-respected sources such as the NSPCC and the UK government’s own guidelines.