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Safeguarding

The Governing Body and staff of Benton Park School take as our first priority the responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of our students, to minimise risk and to work together with other agencies to ensure rigorous arrangements are in place within our school to identify, assess, and support those children who are suffering harm and to keep them safe and secure whilst in our care.

All our safeguarding policies can be found on the policies page of our website or be clicking here.  A direct link to our Safeguarding policy is available here.

Policies include Child Protection and Safeguarding, along with many other resources which are fully detailed within these policies.

"Leaders have ensured that the arrangements for safeguarding are effective and fit for purpose. The school has an “ethos of safeguarding” (Ofsted 2018)

The Safeguarding Team

Our named designated safeguarding lead officer on senior leadership team with lead responsibility and management oversight/accountability for child protection is Claire Scaife. In the absence of the Designated Safeguarding Lead our deputy DSL is Elle Bentley or Sara Wood, Safeguarding Officer.

Additional Designated staff are, Jo Welbourne, Sara Wood, and Kathryn Holdsworth. Along with the Headteacher, Delia Martin, they will be responsible for co-ordinating all child protection activity.

If you have any queries or concerns please feel free to speak to one of the above members of staff who can be contacted by telephone on 0113 250 2330.

Safeguarding Team photos below (in order): Delia Martin, Claire Scaife, Elle Bentley, Sara Wood, Jo Welbourne, Kathryn Holdsworth.

Safeguarding Resources

Online Safety Briefing Sheet
Parent Info

Parent Info is a comprehensive, free resource for schools covering a range of safeguarding topics and information about apps and when they are updated.  The content is updated by CEOP (Child Exploitation & Online Protection Centre) and is a valuable reference point for parents/carers.

Please click on the links below for lots of useful advice and tips:

Parent Info
Parent Info: Instagram

Mental Health and Well-Being

During the difficult times we are facing in relation to the Covid-19 outbreak, please find below a link to a guide which has been sent to all of our students to support their Mental Health and Well-Being:

Mental Health Support & Advice for Young People

Safeguarding in Sports and Community Clubs
Running away is not the answer

This is a campaign video aimed at supporting children who are thinking of going missing or running away:

Thinking of Running Away?

Please follow this link for updated advice from West Yorkshire Police regarding dealing with missing children:

West Yorkshire Police Missing Children Advice

Online Counselling Service

Free, safe and anonymous online support for young people is available at Kooth:

Kooth

Public Health Integrated Services

See the download below for full details of the Integrated Public Health Services offered for children and young people aged 0 to 19:

Integrated Public Health Services

NSPCC Helpline

The Department for Education has commissioned the NSPCC to establish a dedicated independent helpline for people who have experienced sexual abuse in educational setting.

The helpline went live on 1 April, and will provide both children and adults who have experienced sexual abuse in schools with support and advice, including onward action such as contacting the police if they wish to. The helpline will also provide support to parents and professionals. Anyone who gets in touch through this dedicated helpline will also be signposted to other relevant support services available, including Childline, which provides ongoing support and counselling to children and young people.

The dedicated and confidential NSPCC helpline – Report Abuse in Education can be reached on 0800 136 663 or by email at help@nspcc.org.uk.

Below are letters regarding initiatives run in school around all aspects of safeguarding.  Please click on the links below to access.