The Advisory Body and staff of The Ravensbourne School fully recognise the central responsibility it has to the safeguarding and protection of its students.
All members of The Advisory Body and staff (teaching and associate) including volunteers have an active part to play in protecting students from harm.
The staff training and daily practice of The Ravensbourne School seeks to create a protective ethos where risk to the personal safety of students, particularly the risk of abuse, but also bullying and discrimination, is minimised. Equally, we work to promote a culture where students have the confidence to talk to a member of staff about any concerns in their life.
We aim to ensure that all safeguarding and welfare concerns or referrals are handled sensitively, professionally and in ways that support the specific needs of the individual student. A copy of our Safeguarding Policy can be found here.
We as a school take our responsibility to safeguard all our students from all types of bullying and sexual harassment, violence, and abuse seriously, working hard to assist our learners to have respect for each other. During activities such as lessons, tutor time, assemblies and PSHE/RSE we work to instil values and continue to provide information on how to have positive and healthy relationships.
The information shared on Everyone's Invited website shows there is a wider issue that we all need to work together to resolve, including parents/carers, social media outlets, the police, courts and students, as the testimonials from around the country are very concerning and not acceptable. We cannot discuss the details of any safeguarding matters publicly, but we have very stringent measures in place to investigate any reports so that appropriate action can be taken where required and our school community kept safe. We encourage all young people to report sexual offences to the school and to the police.
Designated Safeguarding Lead Officer and Prevent Lead (DSL): Miss E Campbell, Deputy Headteacher
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads:
- Mrs L Cousins, Assistant Headteacher
- Mr. N Atherton, Head of Year 10
- Mr J Vinsent, Inclusion Manager
Designated Anti-bullying member of staff: Mrs L Cousins
Designated staff member responsible for supporting Looked after Children: Miss E Campbell
Academy’s Attendance Officer: Mrs Bridle
Sex and Relationships Lead: Miss E Campbell
Mental Health Education: Miss E Campbell
Miss E Campbell: 020 8460 0083 ex8580
School Telephone: 0208 460 0083
The Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) is Gemma Taylor, Lead for Education Safeguarding, Quality Assurance Unit:
T: 0208 461 7669 or 0208 313 4325 (via the Bromley Safeguarding Children Board)
A whistleblowing helpline is available from the NSPCC – 0800 028 02825.
The Prevent Duty and “Channel”
Every School and Academy has a Prevent Duty Lead. The Prevent duty has two specific strategic objectives to safeguard our students against radicalisation, extremism and any actions or beliefs that are contrary to British Values and our Academy ethos.
- Respond to the ideological challenge of terrorism and the threat we face from those who promote it
- Prevent people from being drawn into terrorism and ensure that they are given appropriate advice and support.
TRS opposes all form of extremism. We define ‘extremism’ as vocal or active opposition to fundamental British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs.
TRS will work closely with the counter-terrorism referral programme “Channel”. Channel is a multi-agency approach to identify and provide support to individuals who are at risk of being drawn into terrorism.
The programme uses a multi-agency approach to protect vulnerable people by:
- identifying individuals at risk
- assessing the nature and extent of that risk
- developing the most appropriate support plan for the individuals concerned.
The academy believes and actively supports the view that all students should be protected from radicalisation and extremism.
The Educate Against Hate website has been created by the Department for Education and the Home Office to give parents, teachers and school leaders practical advice and support to help keep children safe from the dangers of extremism.
Other useful sites:
- Childline – Childline
- Bullying – KidScape
- Sex and relationships – NHS Live Well
- Drugs – Talk To Frank
The online world is becoming vaster with young people using social media sites and the internet, to explore opportunities for learning and creativity. However, while the internet is a great resource, as always, there are risks and dangers that every student should be aware of to help protect themselves and be safe online. TRS teaches e-safety via our ICT and PSHCE curriculum but you may also find the below resources useful.
- Cyberbullying – what it is and what to do about it
- Accessing inappropriate websites
- Facebook – parents’ guide
- YouTube – Parents Guide
- Online grooming – the risks children face online
- Sharing Inappropriate Images – guidance for parents / a short film
You’ll also find a wealth of additional information on the Think You Know website which was created by the police for parents of children at secondary school. It contains useful information about:
- what children are doing online
- how to talk to children about what they are doing online
- what risks your child might face
- what tools are there to help them stay safe
Our E-Safety Policy can be accessed here.
Should you have any concerns about your child’s e-safety, there is always someone at TRS who is available to talk to you. Simply call the school and ask for our Safeguarding Officers, or speak to any member of staff.
Other useful links
Although TRS teaches students e-safety as part of the curriculum, it is vital that parents are aware of the risks too, and what they can do to develop a culture of e-safety in the home.
Below has some helpful resources for parents/carers that will enable you to help your child stay safe online.
TRS also conducts a survey across all E21C schools and academies with the latest survey of students being undertaken in April / May 2018. We will share results in due course.
www.thinkuknow.co.uk – Created by the police for parents of children at secondary school.
www.childnet.com – Visit the ‘Know It All’ Section for an interactive guide about online safety
www.getsafeonline.org – Free up-to-date security advice
www.cybermentors.org.uk – Online support for children
www.ceop.police.uk – Website of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre
www.bbc.co.uk/onlinesafety – guidance about how to make the most of being online while staying safe.
www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/share-aware – the NSPCC has launched the Share Aware campaign which provides straightforward advice to parents on how to keep their 8-12-year-olds safe on social networks
www.childnet.com/resources/know-it-all-for-parents/kiafp-cd – an e-safety presentation from Childnet International
www.saferinternetday.org – a day that is used to promote safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones, but they also provide year round training days
https://www.gov.uk/government/groups/uk-council-for-child-internet-safety-ukccis – The UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS)
http://parentinfo.org/article/the-5-digital-parenting-rules-that-really-matter – Parent Info – From CEOP and Parent Zone – ‘The 5 digital parenting rules that REALLY matter.’
http://parentinfo.org/article/setting-safety-and-privacy-settings-for-social-media-apps – Parent Info – From CEOP and Parent Zone – ‘Setting Safety and Privacy settings for Social Media Apps.’
https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/ – Online Safety – NSPCC
https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/sexting/ – Sexting – NSPCC
https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/share-aware/ – Share Aware – NSPCC
https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/questions-parenting-digital-age/ – 12 Questions answered about parenting in the digital age – NSPCC
https://www.getsafeonline.org/ – Get Safe Online