At Knockhall we take safeguarding children seriously; providing a safe and secure culture where all voices are heard and listened to.
- Appropriate action is taken in a timely manner to safeguard and promote children’s welfare
- All staff are aware of their statutory responsibilities with respect to safeguarding
- Staff are properly trained in recognising and reporting safeguarding issues
All children have the right to be protected from harm; it is every adult’s responsibility to ensure that children are safe and feel safe in every school across the Trust. It is our vision that no child should suffer harm, either at home or within our Trust. Child protection and safeguarding a child’s welfare is paramount and we will ensure that sufficient resources are made available for our pastoral teams to ensure the best possible outcome for the children.
We are determined that all children will thrive with ongoing advocacy, planning, support and commitment no matter what a child’s background is.
Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mrs S Wady – Acting Co Head of School- Inclusion
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads
Mrs C Riley – Acting Co Head of School- Curriculum
Mr P Adekoya - Assistant Headteacher
Ms A Fields - Community Liaison Officer
Nominated Safeguarding Lead for Trustees
The following guides are from the National Online Safety website and provide parents and carers with information about various social media sites.
Please note most of these sites are age restricted as shown below.
Useful links that help
When you call 0800 1111, you’ll get through to a counsellor, they’re there to listen and support you with anything you’d like to talk about.
Childline is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. So you can talk to them at any time.
With the help of our friendly dinosaur Pantosaurus, PANTS is a simple way to talk to your child about staying safe from sexual abuse.
Anyone can be a victim of domestic abuse, regardless of gender, age, ethnicity, socio-economic status, sexuality or background.
There are different kinds of abuse that can happen in different contexts. The most prevalent type of domestic abuse occurs in relationships. But the definition of domestic abuse also covers abuse between family members, such as adolescent to parent violence and abuse.
If you recognise yourself or someone you know in the following warning signs and descriptions of abuse, reach out. There is help available.
For advice and information on services available in Kent and Medway for victims, friends and family, and perpetrators of domestic abuse, visit the Domestic Abuse Support Services website at https://www.domesticabuseservices.org.uk/
Ending Violence Against Women and Girls (EVAW) www.endviolenceagainstwomen.org.uk
Young Minds & CAMHs
YoungMinds are a charitable organisation who work with the Children and Adolescents Mental Health Service (CAMHS) to provide support, advice and counselling to young people experiencing depression, anxiety, bullying and eating difficulties. They offer a parent helpline for parents and carers worried about their children's mental wellbeing.
You can find a guide to support offered at https://youngminds.org.uk/find-help/your-guide-to-support/
Their parental helpline can be reached through 0808 802 5544.
Mind are a nationwide mental health charity who are able to offer information and support for a variety of mental health issues. Working closely with the NHS they have a wide range of resources and information on their website, including an A-Z of Mental Health, advice for helping someone else, guides to support and services and Elefriends - their online community. Everyone is affected by a mental health difficulty at some point in their lifetime and Mind are on hand to help.
Visit their website on https://www.mind.org.uk/
Or call them today on 0300 123 3393 for their info line.
Carers Direct is for anyone who is looking after a family member who is ill or disabled or needs special help. It is part of the NHS website and offers information and advice.
There is a phone number you can call to talk to someone on 0808 802 0202
Family Lives offer a listening and supportive, non-judgemental service for parents. They have a lot of information on their website, including parenting advice videos and forums to chat to other families. They offer online parenting courses too for those wanting to be prepared for parenthood.
You can visit their website on www.familylives.org.uk/how-we-can-help/confidential-helpline
Alternatively you can call their helpline on 0808 800 2222 for information, advice, guidance and support between 9am-9pm Monday to Friday or 10am-3pm at the weekend.
FGM (Female Genital Mutilation) covers all procedures that intentionally alter/injure the female genital organs for non-medical reasons. All teachers have a mandatory responsibility to report any known case of FGM to the police.
If you believe a child is at risk or has been a victim of FGM then call 01452 426565 or use the NSPCC FGM helpline:
NSPCC FGM Helpline 24 hours Tel: 0800 028 3550
Prevent is designed to support people at risk of joining extremist groups and carrying out terrorist activities.
In practice it aims for police and other organisations to build relations across the UK and requires faith leaders, teachers, doctors and others to refer any suspicions about people to a local Prevent Body. An assessment is then made about whether further action is needed.
Prevent review (publishing.service.gov.uk)
Counter Terrorism Internet Referral Unit
If you see any content online related to terrorism, you can report it anonymously to the Counter Terrorism Internet Referral Unit (CTIRU).
Their resource covers the following subjects:
What is a gang?
Why do people join gangs?
Gangs and the law
How can I leave a gang?
How can I help someone in a gang?
I’m scared of gangs, what can I do?
Barnardo’s LGBT Hub: www.barnardos.org.uk/what_we_do/our_work/lgbtq.htm
Metro Charity: www.metrocentreonline.org
Proud Trust: www.theproudtrust.org
Schools Out: www.schools-out.org.uk
Anti-Bullying Alliance: www.anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk
Family Lives: www.familylives.org.uk
The BIG Award: www.bullyinginterventiongroup.co.uk/index.php
PSHE Association: www.pshe-association.org.uk
Restorative Justice Council: www.restorativejustice.org.uk
The Diana Award: www.diana-award.org.uk
Victim Support: www.victimsupport.org.uk
Young Minds: www.youngminds.org.uk
Anne Frank Trust: www.annefrank.org.uk
Kick it Out: www.kickitout.org
Report it: www.report-it.org.uk
Stop Hate: www.stophateuk.org
Tell Mama: www.tellmamauk.org
Educate against Hate: www.educateagainsthate.com
Show Racism the Red Card: https://www.theredcard.org/