Queen Katharine Academy fully recognises its responsibility to protect and safeguard the welfare of children and young people in its care.
The Academy will therefore be alert to signs of abuse and neglect and will follow the Safeguarding Childrens Partnership Board procedures to ensure that children receive appropriate and effective support and protection.
The Academy has a duty of care to all young people to pass on any information which gives rise to a concern about a child’s welfare, including risk from neglect, physical, emotional or sexual abuse. Key staff will discuss any concerns with parents and where appropriate, referrals to other agencies. However, in situations where the child is suspected to be at risk of harm, the law says that schools may take advice from other agencies without informing parents/carers.
In accordance with local Information Sharing protocols, we will ensure that information is shared securely and sensitively. Information will only be shared with other services where it is deemed necessary and proportionate to ensure that children and young people are safe and receive the right service.
The Designated Safeguarding Lead:
Ms Jo Hammond
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead:
Miss Jenie Roddis and Nichola Dunbar
01733 383888 ext 3878
Queen Katharine Academy has a robust & committed safeguarding team within school.
Mrs Rachael Barker
|PC Chris Baker
Prevent & Channel
What is Prevent?
Prevent is about safeguarding people and communities from the threat of terrorism. Prevent is 1 of the 4 elements of CONTEST, the Government’s counter-terrorism strategy. It aims to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism.
What is Channel?
Channel provides support across the country to those who may be vulnerable to being drawn into terrorism. The overall aim of the programme is early intervention and diverting people away from the risk they may face.
Queen Katharine Academy takes its responsibility for implementing the Prevent strategy very seriously. As a learning organisation, we are committed to responding to the ideological challenge of terrorism and the threat the Academy community faces from those who promote terrorism. The Academy has an onsite Safer Schools Officer who assists students, parents and staff on any radicalisation concerns.
If you have any queries, concerns or comments regarding the Academy's Prevent strategy please contact firstname.lastname@example.org who is the Academy's Single Point of Contact (SPOC) for Prevent.
The internet is amazing. Young people can play, learn, create and connect - opening up a whole world of exciting possibilities. But with the digital world changing all the time, do you understand your child’s cyber culture, the way in which he/she uses the internet and mobile devices and do you know how can you make sure your child’s staying safe whilst online?
To try and help all parents with keeping up to date with the latest websites, apps and crazes, Queen Katharine Academy is committed to sharing e-safety information with you through our website, Facebook page and parent mail.
We know that young people learn through experience but as parents, carers and professionals working with your children we also know that we need to help protect from harm. There are some links below which you can use as a parent to help set up parental controls on your childrens phones, laptops, tablets and computers.
There are also some very good links below which explains the different risks young people face when online and some top tips to recognise if your child is experiencing any form of cyber bullying or participating in risk taking behaviour.
It is important to talk to your children about their experiences online and whether they know who to report any worries or concerns to about things they see online. As parents you can also report any worries or concerns online or alternatively by speaking to the Student Support Officer for your childs year group.
Parents Online Safety Tips
What support can we offer your child?
In school we have a strong and committed team of pastoral support staff. Every year group from Year 7 to Post 16 has a Student Support Officer. We have a Medical Officer who can offer advice and support around medical conditions and healthy relationships.
We have a Specialist Safeguarding Officer who works closely with all pastoral staff in school and can liaise with external agencies for example, Childrens Social Care, Police and Health Services to ensure a fully inclusive working relationship around all of our students.
Queen Katharine Academy also has an onsite Safer Schools Officer who can assist with any concerns or worries in or out of school.
As a school we have access to external support through the Early Help process, if your child needs some additional support we can look at a whole family assessment to see which service would be most suitable, we can also help support parents, carers and families with out of school worries for example, housing, debt and crisis.
If you have a concern about a child’s safety or welfare you can contact Childrens Social Care on 01733 864170 or out of hours call 01733 234724.
If it is an emergency, or if a child’s life is in danger please call the police on 999
If you are worried about yours or a young persons mental health please call NHS 111 option 2, see your GP or in a mental health crisis go to your local A&E.
Recommended websites and numbers for young people and families are:
General worries or concerns
Childline - 0800 1111 - you can talk to them on the phone or online at www.childline.org.uk about any worries or concerns
Emotional Health, Relationships, Self-Harm, Suicidal Thoughts
Chat Health - 07480635443 - you can text them Monday to Friday 9:30am - 4pm with a response time of up to 24 hours
SHOUT - text 'SHOUT' to 85258 to start a conversation
Mental Health Crisis Support
NHS - 111 Option 2
Visit your GP or seek support at A&E
Samaritans - 116 123
Victim of crime or feel like you are in immediate danger
Police - 999
Police - 101
Need signposting for additional support
Queen Katharine Academy - Queen Katharine Academy - Student Wellbeing (qka.education)
Domestic Abuse Support
0808 2000 247
Food Bank Support
0808 208 2138 or you can email email@example.com in confidence for a food bank voucher (please note emails are not checked regularly so there may be a delay)
Finance and Cost of Living concerns
Turn to Us - https://www.turn2us.org.