Safety & Wellbeing (safeguarding)
At Saltash Community School, we believe that every student has the right to feel safe and protected at all times.
If you have any concerns about a young person please do contact the school and ask to speak to a member of our Safeguarding team.
Alternatively you may contact the following agencies:
Multi Agency Referral Unit – 0300 1231 116
Plymouth Social Care – 01752 668000
Child Line – 0800 1111
Please find SMART’s Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy on our Policies Page.
OUR KEY ADULTS ARE:
Ms Kate Littledyke
Mrs Sarah Moss
Miss Danielle Pearce
KCSIE 2022 definition of Child on Child abuse :
Child on child abuse - Children can abuse other children. This is generally referred to as child on child abuse and can take many forms. This can include (but is not limited to): bullying (including cyberbullying); sexual violence and sexual harassment; physical abuse such as hitting, kicking, shaking, biting, hair pulling, or otherwise causing physical harm; sexting and initiation/hazing type violence and rituals. – page 138 of KCSIE 2022
To see more visit KCSIE 2022
Operation Encompass Safeguarding Statement
Our school is part of Operation Encompass. This is a police and education early intervention safeguarding partnership which supports children and young people who experience Domestic Abuse.
Operation Encompass means that the police will share information about Domestic Abuse incidents with our school PRIOR to the start of the next school day when they have been called to a domestic incident.
Once a Key Adult (DSL) has attended at an Operation Encompass briefing they will cascade the principles of Operation Encompass to all DDSL’s.
Our parents are fully aware that we are an Operation Encompass school. The Operation Encompass information is stored in line with all other confidential safeguarding and child protection information.
The Key Adult has also led training for all school staff and Governors about Operation Encompass, the prevalence of Domestic Abuse and the impact of this abuse on children. We have also discussed how we can support our children following the Operation Encompass notification.
We are aware that we must do nothing that puts the child/ren or the non-abusing adult at risk.
The Safeguarding Governor will report on Operation Encompass in the termly report to Governors. All information is anonymised for these reports.
The Key Adult has used the Operation Encompass Toolkit to ensure that all appropriate actions have been taken by the school.
Compassionate School Status in conjunction with St Luke’s Hospice
- We have now achieved Compassionate Friend status for our school in conjunction with St Luke’s Hospice, which means we want to be able to support members of our school community to address issues raised by end of life, life-limiting illnesses and other losses, and to be a helpful, supportive, empathetic ear.
- Emma Gue and Lu Gallie have been trained to be the Compassionate Champions for the school, allowing them to train others to be Compassionate friend.
- As part of the initiative, the below staff members have been trained by St Luke’s Hospice to be Compassionate friends, meaning that they have developed the skills needed to listen and support our students who are impacted by bereavement. Any student can seek support from these staff members:
- All students through assemblies and tutor times have been introduced to the LEND model to help any friends or peers when they are struggling with Bereavement and Loss.
Listen - to help people to talk over what they need, their worries or what they want to do
Empathise - to acknowledge their situation and respect their choices
Notice - when someone may need some company, to have a chat or a helping hand or when they don’t!
Do - by giving practical support, signposting to services and resources, working with others to be a compassionate community.
We are also doing the below to show our Compassion:
- Good Grief Club with Mrs Gue every Monday at 1:20pm, which is an opportunity to take part in activities that are designed to help students create memories and talk if they feel happy to do so.
- Students will have the opportunity to become Compassionate buddies, learning the skills needed to support others.
- Listening to students to see how we can best help young people dealing with bereavement
- Pastoral teams are always available for students to access when needed. Referrals to external charities when needed.
Please feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org should you ever need to around the Compassionate initiative or bereavement, we are always here to support.
Support for Young People
ChatHealth - an easy way for young people and parents / carers to contact Health Visitors and School Nurses in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.
There are three advice lines as follows:
- young people aged 11-19 : 07312 263 096
- parents / carers of children aged 0-5: 07312 263 423
- parents / carers of children and young people aged 5-19: 07312 263 499
Users can send a message, anonymously if they wish, to Health Visiting and School Nursing to get confidential help and advice about a range of health concerns
For more info see: https://www.cornwall.gov.uk/chathealth