Due to day-to-day contact with children, schools are particularly well placed to observe outward signs of abuse, changes in behaviour, or failure to develop. Parents should be aware, therefore, that where it appears to a member of school staff that a child may have been abused, the school is required, as part of the local Child Protection Procedures, to report their concern to the Social Services Department immediately.
Parent / carers who have any questions or worries regarding Child Protection issues should speak to either:
- Mrs L Sennett- Executive Headteacher & Child Protection Officer (DDSL)
- Mrs D Day - Pastoral Care Leader & Child Protection Officer (DSL)
- Mr E Baird- Head of School (DSL)
- Mrs C Saxton- Assistant Headteacher and SENCo (DDSL)
- Mr A Preston - Acting Deputy Head (DDSL)
If you think a child is in immediate danger, please telephone the police on 999.
http://parentinfo.org/page/for-schools - this link will keep you up-to-date with latest developments on line and how you can keep your children safe when they are using the internet.
We are here to talk to if you feel unsafe or if you are worried about someone else. Please see us in school or contact us on 01977 617955.
Mr E Baird (Head of School and Child Protection Officer)
Mrs Day (Pastoral Care Leader) & Child Protection Officer (DSL)
Useful websites & telephone numbers:
- www.nspcc.org.uk / 0808 800500
- Wakefield Safeguarding Children Partnership - https://www.wakefieldscp.org.uk/worried-about-a-child/
- Childline 0800 1111
- Social Care Direct 0845 850350
- Children can access local support via WF-I-Can website.- https://wf-i-can.co.uk/
- Promoting and supporting mental health and wellbeing in schools and colleges - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
Mental Health and Wellbeing
The importance of good mental health and well being has never been more important. Below we have listed some really useful websites for you access should you wish to or want to. We hope you find them useful.
Mental health and well being will be at the top of our curriculum agenda. If you ever have concerns over your child or someone close to them then I urge you to inform the class teacher so we can do our best for them in school. It is crucial we continue to build strong relationships with you as parents and us as a school.
Families and young people are now able to self-refer to CAMHS (child and adolescent mental health services) through the single point of access (SPA) . You don’t need a GP or school to do this for you. The SPA number is 01977 735865, Monday to Friday, 9:00am – 5:00pm
Being safe online (E-safety)
Being online is an integral part of children and young people’s lives. Social media, online games, websites and apps can be accessed through mobile phones, computers, laptops and tablets – all of which form a part of children and young people’s online world.
The internet and online technology provides new opportunities for young people’s learning and growth, but it can also expose them to new types of risks.
At St Helen's E-safety is a fundamental part of our pupils education learning through lessons, discussions and online support.
If you feel that you would like further support with online safety, below are some useful links:
UK Internet Safety Centre
CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection)
- Check out the underwear rule
- Safeguarding Policy 2022-23
- Safeguarding Policy (Child Friendly version)
- First Aid Policy
- Administrating Medicine Policy
The 3 main safeguarding issues in Wakefield are:
1. Domestic Abuse/Violence - See how we teach it in our curriculum
2. Neglect - See how we teach it in our curriculum
3. Adolescent Risk/Contextual Safeguarding – in our area - drugs. - See how we teach it in our curriculum