Staying Safe

Feeling safe is essential. If we don’t feel safe, we can’t learn, make positive relationships and thrive. All staff at Westborough are trained to deal with safeguarding concerns and our priority is making sure you feel safe and happy.

All our staff, whatever their role in school, pride ourselves on knowing our students well and on having good relationships, so we hope that you will tell us if you do not feel safe in school, online, at home or ANYWHERE.

You can report concerns to ANY member of staff, including your form tutor, your Year Leader, class teachers, kitchen or cleaning staff, caretakers, Student Services, staff on duty in their yellow jackets or any member of the safeguarding team. Our pictures are at the top of this page.

Mrs G. Sweasey

Deputy Head and
Designated Safeguarding Lead
Email: gsweasey@w-h-s.org.uk
Extension: 230

Miss K. Smith

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead and
Family Liaison Officer
Email: ksmith@w-h-s.org.uk

Ms C Long

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Email: clong@w-h-s.org.uk

Mrs H. Patel

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Email: hpatel@w-h-s.org.uk

Speak Out

We are here to help you feel safe and happy.

Whether you have a problem, or you’re worried about a friend, please tell us, as we can only help you to feel better if we know about it.

Remember, you are NOT alone and there is always help available to you.

Keeping Safe Online

It’s so easy to post online – from computers, tablets or mobiles, that often we do so without thinking. Sometimes we post things we wish we hadn’t and want to get them removed. Most sites will have a delete post option, but remember that once you have put something up – anyone can save it and re post.

Seeing things you wish you hadn’t

The web is open for anyone to post material on it and that means sometimes there are things that you’ll see, which you wish you hadn’t.

If you see something that you just don’t like, just close the screen on your laptop or turn off the monitor and go and an adult you trust.

If there’s no one around, close the site using the cross at the top of the browser. If you think the content might be illegal, like racist hate sites or pictures of children being abused you can report it directly to an organisation called the internet watch foundation: www.iwf.org.uk

If the thing you don’t like is a person – so for example, someone exposing themselves on webcam or sending you indecent pictures – you can report that to organisations like CEOP or tell your family or any staff in school.

This website can also offer help www.thinkuknow.co.uk

Unfortunately, some people who use the internet have bad intentions. If someone is being nasty to you online or on your mobile to need to get help.

If someone is being inappropriate; saying sexual things or asking you to do things that you feel are wrong, start by saving the conversation, blocking them and then report it to CEOP – https://www.ceop.police.uk/Safety-Centre/ and to any member of staff at school the next day .

Some people make those they abuse or try to build a relationship with, feel guilty about what has happened. They do this to try and make the young person keep quiet about what has happened.

Find out who you can talk to by visiting: www.thinkuknow.co.uk

Relationships

Relationships with adults in your life should be happy, positive and safe. Adults have a duty to protect and care for children in their care. Relationships must not make you unhappy, feel unsafe or cause you harm.

What is child abuse?

Child abuse is any action by another person – adult or child – that causes significant harm to a child. It can be physical, sexual or emotional, but can just as often be about a lack of love, care and attention. We know that neglect, whatever form it takes, can be just as damaging to a child as physical abuse.

An abused child will often experience more than one type of abuse, as well as other difficulties in their lives. It often happens over a period of time, rather than being a one-off event. And it can increasingly happen online.

The NSPCC estimate that over half a million children are abused in the UK each year.

Sexual Abuse

A child is sexually abused when they are forced or persuaded to take part in sexual activities. This doesn’t have to be physical contact, and it can happen online. Sometimes the child won’t understand that what’s happening to them is abuse. They may not even understand that it’s wrong.

Neglect

Neglect is the ongoing failure to meet a child’s basic needs. A child may be left hungry or dirty, without adequate clothing, shelter, supervision, medical or health care.

A child may be put in danger or not protected from physical or emotional harm. They may not get the love, care and attention they need from their parents.

A child who’s neglected will often suffer from other abuse as well. Neglect is dangerous and can cause serious, long-term damage – even death.

Emotional Abuse

Emotional abuse is the ongoing emotional maltreatment or emotional neglect of a child. It’s sometimes called psychological abuse and can seriously damage a child’s emotional health and development.

Emotional abuse can involve deliberately trying to scare or humiliate a child or isolating or ignoring them.

Children who are emotionally abused are usually suffering another type of abuse or neglect at the same time – but this isn’t always the case.

Physical Abuse

Physical abuse is deliberately hurting a child causing injuries such as bruises, broken bones, burns or cuts.

It isn’t accidental – children who are physically abused suffer violence such as being hit, kicked, poisoned, burned, slapped or having objects thrown at them. There’s no excuse for ever physically abusing a child.

You MUST tell a member of staff. All staff at Westborough are trained to help and to know what to do if a student says they have been abused. Please speak out if you or someone you know is unhappy.

Feeling Happy – Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing

What is Mental Health?

If you’re in good mental health, you can:

  • make the most of your potential
  • cope with life
  • play a full part in your family, school, community and among friends.

Some people call mental health ‘emotional health’ or ‘well-being’ and it’s just as important as good physical health.

Mental health is everyone’s business. We all have times when we feel down or stressed or frightened. Most of the time those feelings pass. But sometimes they develop into a more serious problem and that could happen to any one of us.

Everyone is different. You may bounce back from a setback while someone else may feel weighed down by it for a long time.

Your mental health doesn’t always stay the same. It can change as circumstances change and as you move through different stages of your life.

There’s a stigma attached to mental health problems. This means that people feel uncomfortable about them and don’t talk about them much. Many people don’t even feel comfortable talking about their feelings. But it’s healthy to know and say how you’re feeling and important to get help if you need it.

You are not alone. However, you’re feeling right now, things can get better. There are lots of people and services to help you.

At Westborough you can talk to ANY member of staff if you are feeling sad, anxious or frightened. All school staff are well trained in child protection and know how to help you if you are having problems with your mental health. As well as your class teachers and support staff in school, your Year Leader is a really good person to talk to. The safeguarding team can also help. Their photographs are at the top of the safeguarding page on our website. You can contact Mrs Sweasey, Ms Kelly, Mrs Patel or Ms Long if ever you are struggling with your mental health. Remember ALL staff in school are here to help you feel happy and safe.

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