Student-Friendly Safeguarding Policy

Keeping You Safe in School

Biddulph High School is our Academy and we want it to be a safe place. All adults in school will do everything they can to make sure you are protected and happy. To help them do this they have lots of rules to follow. This policy is to help you understand what Safeguarding means to you and to help you decide what could be a ‘problem’ and whom you should talk to.

 

The school’s Designated Safeguarding Lead is:

 

Mrs Emma Moss

Assistant Headteacher

The Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead is:

 

Mrs Sarah Marks

Safeguarding & Student Welfare Co-ordinator

 

Staff in the Academy know that Safeguarding means that they should:

 

Staff agree that to make sure they look after you they will:

 

Abuse

When someone hurts you it can be called abuse. This is when someone does something to you that is harmful, unpleasant or painful like:

 

ABUSE IS NEVER OK. IF YOU ARE BEING OR HAVE BEEN ABUSED

YOU MUST REMEMBER – IT IS NOT YOUR FAULT

YOU MUST ALWAYS TELL SOMEONE AND THEY WILL HELP IT TO STOP

 

In and Out of School 

All of the staff at Biddulph High School will do their best to make sure the building is safe for you to learn in and spend time in. We will make sure that we know who everyone is in the school by asking visitors to sign in at reception. You will always know who a visitor to the school is because they will have signed in at reception and will display the printed badge they receive. People that we do not know will never be allowed to spend time with you on your own and will not be allowed to walk around the school without a member of staff. The buildings, outside areas and fields will be as safe as they can be for you so that you don’t hurt yourself, although accidents can happen if you are not careful!  Staff will look after you if the fire alarm goes off and you should know what to do and where to go. When you leave school to go on a trip somewhere, the staff will make sure they can keep you safe wherever you are going.

 

What we will do

At Biddulph High we will help you in the following ways:

 

At Biddulph High School you can talk to any member of staff, but you should know that there are a number of staff who are responsible for making sure you are safe and well cared for. It is important that you know:

 

 

DO NOT BE SCARED TO TELL SOMEONE STRAIGHT AWAY – WE WILL ALWAYS LISTEN

 

Tips for Keeping Yourself Safe

Bullying

If you think a student or a grown up is bullying you or someone you know you must tell your parents/carers, a teacher or someone you can trust as soon as you can. It won’t stop unless you do.

 

Saying funny things to you

If a student or a grown up says something to you, or you hear something that you do not like or that upsets you, you must tell your parents/carers, a teacher or someone you can trust.

 

Touching You

Your body belongs to you and not to anyone else. This means all of your body. If someone touches you on a part of your body like your bottom, chest or anywhere else you do not like, it is not ok.  You must tell your parents/carers, a teacher or someone you can trust as soon as

Hitting, punching or smacking you – If a student or a grown up hits you, punches or smacks you or hurts you in any way, you must tell your parents/carers, a teacher or someone you can trust as soon as you can.

 

Secrets

Secrets such as surprise parties are fun, but some secrets are not good and should never be kept. Bullying should not be kept a secret and no-one should ask you to keep a kiss, hug or touch a secret. You must tell your parents/carers, a teacher or someone you can trust as soon as you can.  Do not keep a secret.

 

Presents

Presents are a good thing to get, but you should not take a present from anyone without checking with your parents/carers first. Most of the time it will be ok, but sometimes people try and trick children into doing something by giving them presents (like sweets, money or phones). This is sometime called a bribe. If it does not seem right, tell someone as soon as you can.

 

On the Computer or your Mobile Phone

Computers and mobile phones help us all to share things and talk to our friends or family, but they can also make it easier for bullies and other people that want to hurt you to get close to you. It is important to know how to keep yourself safe on your computer, your phone and on websites. We have an online safety policy which is there to protect you. If you are unhappy with any comments or photographs you’ve seen on your computer or mobile then you can also contact www.thinkuknow.co.uk as well as adults in school.

 

Useful Numbers and Websites

Childline Number:  0800 1111

Childline Website:  Childline

Think U Know Website:  Think U Know