‘Keeping children safe in education’ is statutory guidance for schools and colleges who must have regard to it in carrying out their duties to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. Alongside ‘Working Together’, ‘Keeping Children safe in education’ states:
What school and college staff should know and do
The role of the school or college
Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families has a role to play in safeguarding children. School and college staff are particularly important as they are in a position to identify concerns early and provide help for children to prevent concerns from escalating. Schools and colleges and their staff form part of the wider safeguarding system for children. This system is described in statutory guidance ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children’. Schools and colleges should work with social care, the police, health services and other services to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm. – Full document can be found here.
Safeguarding our pupils is a priority for St Wilfrid’s Catholic High school and its staff. We wish to provide pupils with access to support services for young people. The impact of distressing or difficult situations on young people can lead to confusion and an inability to access education consistently.
Mrs Gilroy, Mr Lewis and Mrs James along with the pastoral team are here to assist you to access external support services, if you wish to contact any of the services below please click on the link or contact a member of the pastoral team.
There are many areas we need to focus safeguarding resources on in school; this is often done through our PSHCE programme and specialist services coming into school. In addition to this, there are also charities and support services locally who can help.
If you feel you are in danger please contact:
Social care direct, Wakefield can be contacted on 0345 8503503 or the police in an emergency on 999 or in non-emergency situations on 101.
Kooth online – is a counselling service commissioned by the local authority for young people. This can be accessed on evenings and weekends.
Mind – advice and support for anyone experiencing a mental health issue. Mind aim to empower anyone experiencing a mental health program. They offer support and advice to all age groups.
Barnardo’s is a charity that supports vulnerable young people .Barnardo’s offer a range of support services in which can be accessed through there site . As examples they have support services for looked after children, children suffering from abuse, neglect and child sexual exploitation. School can refer pupils to the Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) support service .
ChildLine is a private and confidential service for children and young people up to the age of 19. You can contact a ChildLine counsellor about anything -no problem is too big or too small. Call free on 0800 1111, have a 1-2-1 chat online or send an email.
NSPCC – If you are an adult who is worried about a child contact 0808 8005000. If you are a child that needs advice please call 08011 111
Talk to Frank – Young people and parents’ drugs advice website and telephone support.
Young Minds is the UK’s leading charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people. Parents helpline – 0808 802 5544
Pace is the leading national charity working with parents and carers of sexually exploited children. Pace believes parents are, and should be valued as, key players and partners in safeguarding children from sexual exploitation outside the family. For confidential help and advice, call Pace on 0113 240 5226
CEOP helps to keep children and young people safe online. CEOP helps thousands of children and young people experiencing exploitation. A simple confidential report can be created on the website to seek the help you may need, either if you are trying to support someone else or yourself.
Yorkshire MESMAC is one of the oldest and largest sexual health organisations in the country. We offer services to various communities including men who have sex with men, BME people, people misusing drugs, sex workers and LGB&T* young people and adults.
All of our offices provide:
Leeds Contact: Tel: 0113 244 4209
Wakefield Contact: Tel: 01924 211116
You should contact Social Care Direct first if you or someone you know appears to need adult social care services in Wakefield. Telephone: 03458 503 503.
The Bishop Konstant Catholic Academy Trust is an exempt charity regulated by the Secretary of State for Education. It is a company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales, company number 8253770, whose registered office is at The Zucchi Suite, Nostell Business Estate, Nostell, Wakefield, WF4 1AB.