****Safeguarding help and advice***
If you have any safeguarding concerns about yourself, another young person or a family there are a number of places where you can seek advice and support.
During the period of the school closure you will be able to contact a member of the school safeguarding team between 8am and 4pm, Monday to Friday on 07599910897.
If you are concerned that there is an immediate safeguarding risk to a young person you should contact Derbyshire Starting Point on 01629 533190.
This number can be used by anyone to report urgent safeguarding concerns. During the current period this line may be busy so please be aware that they may call you back.
If you are struggling for sanitary products the school continues to offer the red box scheme. If you need to access products please contact the school reception. The school nurse is still offering some support please below. If you would like information on how to support the wellbeing of your young people please take a look at the booklet Action for Children below.
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
If you are concerned for a young persons mental health we would recommend the following sources of support:
Kooth – this is an online counselling service. This service will remain open throughout the current health situation as counsellors work online from their own homes. To access this online service you will need to go to Kooth.com. they are open between 12pm and 10pm Monday to Friday and 6pm to 10pm Saturday and Sunday
Young Minds provide a parents helpline on 08088025544. The website also offers a source of information on a range of mental health topics. Simply click on the link Young Minds
Papyrus offers support in the prevention of young suicide. They offer a telephone help line called HOPELINE UK on 08000684141. The website also provides a range of information and links to other support services and well being apps. This includes distraction and coping techniques. Click on this link: Papyrus
If you need help with a young persons substance misuse then you can contact Change grow Live by clicking here CGL
You may also want to go to the FRANK website by clicking here FRANK
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.
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.
All staff receive annual appropriate safeguarding training including recognising potential signs of abuse or risk.
The school's Child Protection & Safeguarding Policy outlines procedures for dealing with concerns or disclosures.
Students explore how to keep themselves and others safe within the curriculum. Students and staff are expected to report all concerns, although members of staff will not offer confidentiality to any student making a disclosure and information will be shared with appropriate line managers or agencies.
The school promotes an awareness of on-line safety and asks parents to take appropriate steps at home to reinforce this.
Children Missing From Education
Please click on this link to view the Children Missing From Education Statement for Frederick Gent School.
Supporting your young person and wider family with their mental health
Mental health is defined as a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stressed of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community (World Health organisation)
As a school we recognise that there are times when the young people in our school can struggle with their emotional and mental health.
This can be due to the situations which all teenagers face such as exams, changes in the family and friendship breakdowns. In these cases the young people can be supported through their families and the pastoral teams in school. In some cases the young person may benefit from some additional support such as mentoring or counselling.
However, some young people experience emotional and mental health disorders which can effect their day to day lives. In these situations the young person will need additional support and we would always recommend that medical advice is taken.
We recognise that both of these situations can be difficult for the young person and their families.
As a school we support students and their families in a number of ways which include:
PHSE days on managing metal health
Reducing exam stress sessions for identified students
Direct work with the youth worker or family support worker
Access to the school nurse
Access to Kooth counselling
The school also works in partnership with:
The school nurse
Other external agencies
If you feel that your young person would benefit from access to Kooth counselling you should access the following link: https://www.kooth.com/
Here they will be able to register with the site and will be able to speak to a trained counsellor through the online portal.
Other sources of support include:
Papyrus – a charity which work to prevent young suicide. The Hopeline Telephone: 08000684141 is able to support young people who have thoughts of suicide or adults who are worried about a young person.
You will also find lots of useful information including distraction techniques, safety plans and information on self harm. https://papyrus-uk.org/help-advice-resources/
CAMHS – In some situations a referral to CAMHS may be necessary. A referral can be made by your GP, health visitor, social worker or school. If you would like to find out more about CAMHS you should click on the following link: https://www.camhsnorthderbyshire.nhs.uk/
Nearly all of our young people have access to the internet on demand via a range of devices including laptops, phones and tablets. As parents we don’t always know what our young people are looking at or why they are talking to via the vast range of apps which are being used.
If you want to find out more about online safety and how to support your young people these websites are excellent sources of advice and information. This includes information on how to check security and privacy settings.
Whilst you can set parent controls on home devices and monitor what your young people are looking at this isn’t always possible on mobile devices. To understand these different devices have a look at the following site: https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/advice-centre/parents-and-carers/parents-guide-technology
The Police are currently sharing information on knife crime with young people in the community.
This is the presentation that it being shared by our local safer neighbourhood team
Supporting young people with mental health
There has been lots of information in the news about the increase of emotional and mental health concerns within young people of school age. As a school we work in partnership with CAMHS and Relate Safespeak to offer counselling support for young people who may need it.
Students are made aware of mental health issues and where to find support through the curriculum and PSHE days. This year the student council have nominated Young Minds as their chosen charity.
If you are concerned about the mental health of any young person at Frederick Gent School please contact us.
If you need immediate advice and support you can also use the following links:
Where to find advice and support on safeguarding issues.
If you are looking for advice and guidance or are concerned about the safety of any young person these links may be of help.
Derbyshire Safeguarding Children Board
Elm foundation (Previously Derbyshire Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse Service)
Child Exploitation and Online Protection Command
This week Frederick Gent School are taking part in anti-bullying week with activities planned in assembly and tutor time.
The school will also be recruiting new anti-bullying ambassadors.
Links to useful information:
Anti- bullying Alliance
Derbyshire County Council
The Dangers of Online Grooming - Kayleigh's Love Story