Parents and carers should be vigilant to any signs that a student might be exposed to safeguarding concerns.
Some common signs a student has been exposed to safeguarding issues include:
- displaying disruptive or anti-social behaviour
- being bullied or bullying others
- having low attendance at school
- being involved in, or at risk of, offending
- having poor general health
- having anxiety, depression or other mental health issues
- misusing drugs or alcohol
- having a particularly challenging relationship with parents/carers
- appearing to be unusually independent of their parents/carers
- experiencing difficulties at home
For more information, visit the NSPCC website.
There are a variety of issues that students could be exposed to.
- Child's sexual exploitation (Child sexual exploitation is a type of child sexual abuse).
- County lines (County lines is the organised criminal distribution of drugs from the big cities into smaller towns and rural areas using children and vulnerable people).
- Peer on peer abuse (Peer-on-peer abuse can take various forms and include bullying, relationship abuse, domestic violence, child sexual exploitation, harmful sexual behaviour, and/or gender-based violence).
- Mental health (Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being).
- FGM (Female genital mutilation 'FGM' involves the partial or total removal of external female genitalia or another injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons).
- Grooming (Grooming techniques can lead to other types of abuse).
- Sharing of inappropriate images (As students start to explore the Internet, they may come across content that isn't suitable for their age group or that may upset them or worry them).
- Sexual harassment (Sexual harassment is unwanted attention of a sexual nature).
If there is a safeguarding concern about a student, please contact our designated safeguard lead without delay at firstname.lastname@example.org This email can also be used for any welfare issues relating to students.
If the school cannot be contacted, please contact ISCP Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) on 01481723182
If a student is in immediate danger, call the police on 999 straight away