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Safeguarding and Wellbeing

Our Aim

For the duration of the nationwide school closure announced by the government, staff at Norton College acknowledge our responsibility to maintain the link between home and school and recognises the importance of working together to safeguard all children during this unprecedented time

This page is designed as a measured response to ensure that all students and their parents have information and guidance to ensure children are kept as safe as reasonably possible whilst the school is closed.

Sharing concerns

Should you have a concern about the welfare of a young person, you can access support by contacting Mrs Barber, the Designated Safeguarding Lead in the first instance, or Mrs Gilbank her Deputy. They will be available on the numbers below during office hours whilst in college or working from home. They can also be contacted via email.

Mrs Barber 07944329191, jb@nortoncollege.net

or

Mrs Gilbank 07949129497, or sg@nortoncollege.net

Alternatively, If you are worried about a child or a young person, you could contact the Children and Young People’s Service through the Multi Agency Screening Team (MAST). If your concern is outside of normal office hours, you should contact the emergency duty team.

During Office Hours

By Phone: 01609 780780

Email: Children&families@northyorks.gov.uk

Secure email: Children&families@northyorks.gcsx.gov.uk

Outside Office Hours

Emergency Duty Team (for evenings, weekends and bank holidays): 01609 780780

Further details can be found at the following address: http://www.northyorks.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=3199

In an emergency

If you are concerned that a child or young person is at immediate risk of harm, you should seek medical help or, in an emergency ring 999.

You should call 101 to report crime and other concerns that do not require an emergency response

HELP AND ADVICE LINES

CHILDLINE

0800 11 11 www.childline.org.uk

NSPCC

0808 800 5000

SAMARITANS

116 123 or 08457 90 90 90 www.samaritans.org

KOOTH

Online mental health and counselling support https://vimeo.com/318731977/a9f32c87d,

COMPASS BUZZ

0800 008 7452

07520 631168 (text service) www.compassbuzz.org

KEEPING YOUR CHILD SAFE

Below are links to websites which provide parents/carers with useful information. Where to go for advice and support – Drugs Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation Social Media Library.pdf

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/

https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/

http://educateagainsthate.com/

http://www.childnet.com/parents-and-carers

http://www.talktofrank.com/worried-about-a-child

http://www.youngminds.org.uk/for_parents

How to keep your child safe online

  • Thinkyouknow (advice from the National Crime Agency to stay safe online)
  • Internet matters (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online)
  • Parent info (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online)
  • LGfL (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online)
  • Net-aware (support for parents and careers from the NSPCC)

COUNTY LINES

https://www.childrenssociety.org.uk/what-is-county-lines

THE FOLLOWING WEBSITES PROVIDE SUPPORT FOR YOUNG PEOPLE WHO MAY NEED IT FOR A VARIETY OF REASONS:

http://www.talktofrank.com/ https://www.childline.org.uk/ http://www.youngminds.org.uk/for_children_young_people https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/

Parents may be aware of recent reports in the media regarding “Momo”. Please see below a link with some information that you may find useful:-

https://nationalonlinesafety.com/resources/platform-guides/momo-online-safety-guide-for-parents/