We take the safeguarding of our students very seriously at Linslade and the safety and protection of our students is paramount in all that we do on a day to day basis. Our school policy for Safeguarding including Child Protection can be found here:
As a school we ensure that we are compliant with all legislative and statutory guidance, most notably:
Ms Cooper, Assistant Head is the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) at the school.
The team (please click on the poster below) which includes Ms Rolt as the Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead (DDSL), Mr Gibbs, Ms Cooper, Mrs Wallace and Ms Lee are always willing to support and give advice.
If you do have any concerns about any of the student’s safety, please contact a member of the Safeguarding Team to discuss your concerns on email@example.com or contact The Central Bedfordshire HUB on 0300 300 8585.
Students are taught about key safeguarding topics through the curriculum.
They explore a whole range of topics through SMSC, Citizenship and RE. We also explore key themes during form time, where students learn what to do if they are concerned for their own, or others’ welfare.
If you are concerned about sexual behaviour at school. Talk to the school or contact the NSPCC
Letters to parents
Risks, signs and protective signs - a parents guide
Friday Family Wellbeing Newsletters
Sexual Violence & Sexual Harassment in Schools
The Prevent Strategy
Impact of COVID
Domestic abuse is often a hidden crime that is not reported to the police. Therefore, data held by the police can only provide a partial picture of the actual level of domestic abuse experienced. Many cases will not enter the criminal justice process as they are not reported to the police.
If you yourself are a victim of domestic abuse or are concerned about someone who is, please contact the Police or use these details below:
Our approach to online safety is based on addressing the following categories of risk:
- Content – being exposed to illegal, inappropriate or harmful content, such as pornography, fake news, racism, misogyny, self-harm, suicide, anti-Semitism, radicalisation and extremism
- Contact – being subjected to harmful online interaction with other users, such as peer-to-peer pressure, commercial advertising and adults posing as children or young adults with the intention to groom or exploit them for sexual, criminal, financial or other purposes
- Conduct – personal online behaviour that increases the likelihood of, or causes, harm, such as making, sending and receiving explicit images (e.g. consensual and non-consensual sharing of nudes and semi-nudes and/or pornography), sharing other explicit images and online bullying; and
- Commerce – risks such as online gambling, inappropriate advertising, phishing and/or financial scams
All staff receive regular updated and training throughout they year
- Our Safeguarding team have all completed level three training, which is renewed every two years.
- Induction sessions for new staff
- Annual refreshers
- Training about specific topics on Professional Development Days
- Regular updates in staff briefings.
Working with others
As a school, we are committed to working with other agencies where appropriate, in order to safeguard young people.
This includes working closely with:
- Bedfordshire Police and local community support teams
- Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services
- Children's Services
- Jigsaw and Tactic, Youth centre, Leighton Buzzard
- St Giles Trust
Useful websites and local organisations
The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children has a comprehensive website for all aspects of safeguarding. The answers to most questions and concerns can be found on this site.
On 1st April the NSPCC helpline was launched for children and young people who have experienced sexual abuse at school and for parents/professionals who want guidance around this issue.
The link below has some more information on it.
CHUMS Mental Health & Emotional Wellbeing Service for Children and Young People provides therapeutic support in a variety of ways.
Its unique service model ensures that they support your whole family wherever possible. CHUMS recognise that parent and carers sometimes need some help too in supporting their children when there is a mental health or emotional wellbeing difficulty. All the group programmes offer a facilitated parent/carer group alongside the children and young people’s groups.
RELATE (Beds and Luton)
With over 60 years of experience Relate Bedfordshire and Luton continues to help people strengthen their relationships and pick up the pieces and start over again, as well as supporting couples, young people and families before things reach crisis point.
The services can support your relationships through all the stages of your life; from being a child, through to your teenage years, becoming a couple, a parent, a grandparent and retiring into old age. Relate aim to build and strengthen your relationships, not just provide a crisis service.
Childnet International, a non-profit organisation working with others to help make the internet a great and safe place for children. You will find all the information you need to keep your child safe online.