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The welfare of children and adults is of paramount importance to Frederick Gent School. Safeguarding is the responsibility of every member of staff in school and covers the recruitment of staff, visitors to school, the school site and the safety of all students and staff. All staff receive annual appropriate safeguarding training including recognising potential signs of abuse or risk.
We are all governed by the DFE document: Keeping children safe in education – Statutory guidance for schools and colleges – September 2020
This document contains information on what schools and colleges should do and sets out the legal duties with which schools and colleges must comply in order to keep children safe
The school follows local authority guidelines in terms of procedures and interventions when dealing with concerns regarding the safety and welfare of students and staff.
The school will involve or seek advice from partner agencies, e.g. Social Care, Multi-Agency Team as appropriate.
On this page you will find further information on the following areas:
If you have immediate and urgent concerns about the safety and well being of a young person you can also contact Derbyshire Starting Point on 01629 533190.
You can also seek support from the following organisations:
The NSPCC offers a range of support around child abuse and neglect including a helpline. Clicking on this link NSPCC will take you straight to the website. The helpline number is: 08088005000
Childline offers support for young people under the age of 18 and can be contacted on: 0800 1111
The Derbyshire School Nursing team works with children and Young People aged 5-19 offering a universal service which includes working in the community to support six key areas:
• resilience and wellbeing
• keeping safe
• healthy lifestyles
• maximising learning and achievement
• supporting health and wellbeing needs
• transitioning (to school, secondary school or to adulthood)
A targeted School Nursing service is also available to those who would like additional support which may include one-to-one work. If this is required, please complete the referral form which can be found on the Derbyshire School Nurses Website along with other useful information including ideas on how to support young people: www.derbyshireschoolnurses.org.uk
There is a School Nurse Contact Number to leave a message on 01246 515100 and also a ChatHealth service which is a free and confidential text messaging service, approved by the NHS for Young People aged 11-19. This service is open Monday –Friday between 9am and 5pm. Young People can receive text messaging support from a School Nurse on Duty by texting 07507330025.
At Frederick Gent School we understand that from time to time family life can have its complication and sometimes young people and their families may need some extra support.
Early help is support given to a family when a problem first emerges. It can be provided at any stage in a young person’s life. The early help offer at Frederick Gent School gives parents a framework for asking for support; and for the school to approach families where we can offer support. Early help support can be delivered to parents, young people or whole families, but the main focus is to improve outcomes for young people.
At Frederick Gent School staff may identify a possible need for early help services or a family may request support. In some cases the school may be asked to provide early help support for a family by Derbyshire Starting Point. This may be as a result of a concern being raised to Starting Point, a referral from another professional or following a social care assessment.
If school staff identify a possible need for early help a referral will be made to the school Early Help Team. This team consists of a family support worker and a youth worker. Where it is felt appropriate, for example where specific expertise is needed, early help staff from other schools within The Two Counties Trust may be used to support a young person and/or family.
If staff have identified that there may be a need for early help support, this will be discussed with the family by a member of the pastoral team for the year group or one of the early help team. The young person and their family will be asked to consent to this support.
Early help provision is led and delivered by the following team:
Children are missing education if they are of compulsory school age and are not registered at a school or receiving suitable education otherwise than at a school. Children missing education are at significant risk of under achieving, being victims of harm, exploitation or radicalisation, and becoming NEET (not in education, employment or training) later in life.
Please click on this link to view the Children Missing From Education Statement for Frederick Gent School.
Frederick Gent School is working in association with Derbyshire Police and other external agencies to support their work in the community in dealing with illegal substances.
As part of this work the school is taking part in the Coriell Drug and Alcohol Education Award. This is a whole school approach to drug and alcohol education.
If you are a young person and you need support with drug and/or alcohol use you can contact Derbyshire Change Grow Live
If you are an adult and would like support with drug and/or alcohol use you can contact Derbyshire Recovery Partnership
The following services will also offer information, help and advice:
Drink Line 0800 9178282
Frank – National Drugs Helpline 0300 1236600
The school nursing team meet with students in school. Our school nurse is Anna Darke.
Anna offers a sexual health drop in service on a Monday lunchtime in school and will see students by appointment on a Wednesday. Students can be referred to the school nurse by their pastoral team and can also self refer.
The school nurse is able to offer support with a range of health issues including sexual health, general health, mental health, eating, substance misuse.
Click here to find out more about the school nursing team
The school health team also include the school aged immunisation team. This team come into school to carry out a range of immunisations. If you would like to know more click here. You can find key dates when immunisations will be carries out by clicking here.
Frederick Gent School us committed to promoting the safe and responsible use of the internet and online technologies. Students are supported through the PSHE programme, assemblies, tutor activities and guest speakers to develop and understanding and awareness of the knowledge they need in order to recognise and avoid dangerous, destructive or unlawful behaviour and to respond appropriately.
The following sites are able to offer support and guidance around online safety: