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Derby Moor Community Sports College Safeguarding Statement

Derby Moor Community Sports College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, which includes –

  • Protecting children from maltreatment
  • Preventing impairment of children’s health or development
  • Ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care
  • Taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes

All concerns are dealt with by staff trained to the same level as that of the ‘Designated Child Protection Lead Officer.’ The designated lead officer is Lois Newton, Vice Principal. All other staff receive annual basic awareness training.

Should you have any concerns about your child or a child who attends Derby Moor Community Sports College please do not hesitate to contact the Lead Child Protection Officer.

Cause for Concern

All staff are asked to report any causes for concern to the staff trained to deal with such instances.   Concerns will be shared with parents/carers as early as possible as there are often reasonable explanations for the concern.

Attendance

Absence and lateness is recorded by the attendance team. Reasons are sought for all absences. Concerns around attendance may be referred to the Lead Child Protection Officer. Parents/carers will be notified of attendance concerns at the earliest possible point.

Support for Families/Multi Agency Working

Derby Moor Community Sports College works collaboratively with external agencies to ensure that children are safeguarded and welfare is promoted. We actively work with families to secure positive outcomes for both children and families.

Current Key Themes

Whilst any cause for concern is dealt with appropriately, current key themes that staff are trained to deal with include –

  • Female Genital Mutilation
  • Child Sexual Exploitation
  • Prevent - Protecting students from the risk of radicalisation which is now seen as part of schools’ wider safeguarding duties.

The designated Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) Champion is Mrs D Kay.

Please click here to read our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy

Useful Documents

Please find below links to a selection of documents that may be useful for parents and carers in helping them understand more about the subject and outlining what we do as a school.

Staying Safe Online

Child Abuse

Child Sexual Exploitation

Youth produced Sexual Imagery (Sexting)

Youth produced Sexual Imagery (Sexting)

Female Genital Mutilation

Honour Based Violence

Radicalisation

Alcohol and Drugs Misuse

Self Harm

Additional advice on self harm from the NSPCC can be found here

Coping with Self-harm - Guide for Parents and Carers

Knife Crime

Talking to children about sexual abuse

The BBC features advice for parents on how to talk to their children about sexual abuse. Advice for talking to young children includes: have simple conversations with them, teaching them that their body belongs to them and that they can say no if anybody tries to touch them; tell them the difference between a “good” and a “bad” secret; use the NSPCC’s PANTS acronym. Advice for talking to older children includes: keep talking about sex abuse right through to university age; talk about the dangers posed by smartphones and internet use but do not "shame” a child’s behaviour if they do something wrong online.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-38129733