At Park View School the health, safety and well being of every child is our top priority. We expect all staff, governors and volunteers to share this commitment to safeguarding our pupils.
We strive to ensure that consistent and effective safeguarding procedures are in place to support the families, students and staff of our school.
The Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) is Kirsty Tate and she can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Deputy DSL is Paul Scott. All staff are trained annually in child protection, with a number of key pastoral staff trained to a higher level. Key pastoral staff are also trained as Mental Health First Aiders. Park View School has appropriate policies and procedures in place to deal effectively with child protection issues including bullying, radicalisation and mental health concerns. Our policies can be seen in the Policies section of the school website. We also work with a range of outside agencies to ensure the best support for our young people.
Park View School employs a strict selection and recruitment process adhering to government guidance on safer recruitment including statutory checks on staff and volunteers including Enhanced DBS (disclosure and barring services) checks.
If you have serious concerns about your child or another pupil or a member of staff at Park VIew School please do not hesitate to contact the Designated Safeguarding Lead.
In school, pupils are helped to develop their own understanding of risks and how to keep themselves safe through a comprehensive personal development programme. This includes learning about safety online, relationships with others and British values. Learning takes place in lessons, through assemblies and through the use of visitors.
Support that can be accessed by children
Kooth https://kooth.com/ online resources to support mental health and self referral counselling for young people.
Childline https://www.childline.org.uk/ online resources plus webchat facility or phone 0800 1111.
On My Mind https://www.annafreud.org/on-my-mind/ web resources to help empower young people to make informed choices about their mental health and well being.
Support with sexuality and gender: https://www.youngstonewall.org.uk/, https://mermaidsuk.org.uk/, https://humankindcharity.org.uk/service/lgbt-health-and-well-being-aged-15-25
Support for Parents and Carers
Early Help for children and young people and families: One Point Service (Durham). Chester-le-Street One Point Hub 03000 261 112. In Sunderland check the Together for Children website.
Safeguarding: If you are worried a child is in immediate danger or at risk of harm please contact First Contact (Durham) on 03000 267 979 or in Together for Children Sunderland 0191 520 5560. If a crime has been committed please contact the police.
Mental Health Support
CAMHS (Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services) – email email@example.com or phone the Single Point of Access (SPA) on 0300 123 9296
Crisis Team (Durham) for young people experiencing a crisis in their mental health. Staffed by qualified mental health nurses 24 hours a day. 0800 0516 171
CAMHS (Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services) Sunderland 0191 566 5500
Crisis Team 0303 123 1145
Cruse Bereavement Care support for children, young people and adults when someone dies. https://www.cruse.org.uk/ 0808 808 1677
Support and Guidance for Parents and Carers with online safety
- Thinkuknow provides advice from the National Crime Agency (NCA) to stay safe online
- Thinkuknow: home activity packs, a set of fun, engaging activities based on Thinkuknow cartoons, films, games, and advice articles
- Parent Info is a collaboration between Parentzone and the NCA providing support and guidance for parents from leading experts and organisations
- Childnet provides a tool kit to support parents and carers of children of any age to start discussions about their online life, to set boundaries around online behaviour and technology use, and to find out where to get more help and support
- Internet Matters provides age-specific online safety checklists, guides on how to set parental controls on a range of devices and a host of practical tips to help children get the most out of their digital world
- LGfL provides support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online, including 6 top tips to keep primary aged children safe online
- Net Aware provides support for parents and carers from the NSPCC, providing a guide to social networks, apps and games
- Let’s Talk About It provides support for parents and carers to keep children safe from online radicalisation
- UK Safer Internet Centre provides tips, advice, guides and resources to help keep children safe online, including parental controls offered by home internet providers and safety tools on social networks and other online services