Welcome to our Safety page.
If you have any issues regarding the safety and welfare of any child within our school, please relay your concerns to:
Mrs Jane Littlewood
Designated Safeguarding Officers
Miss Leah Robinson, Mrs Paula Hughes & Mrs Janine Ward
Deputy Headteacher Learning Mentor Chair of Governors
If staff members or visitors have concerns about a child they should raise these with the Designate Safeguarding Officers. This includes vulnerability to radicalisation as well as situations of abuse which may involve staff members.
If the Headteacher is absent, then all concerns should be raised with the Designated Safeguarding Officers.
Any allegation relating to the Headteacher, please see the Chair of Governors.
However, if at any point there is a risk of serious harm to a child, a referral should be made to Social Care Direct immediately on Tel: 03458 503 503
Trust your senses. If something doesn’t feel right or you have a concern don’t ignore it - report it.
Call 03458 503 503.
Remember, for immediate risk always contact the Police.
Please see our safeguarding policy under the 'Policies' section of the website.
Children First Hubs - Featherstone/South East Hub Tel: 01977 722305
Children First Hubs offer a range of services for families in Wakefield District and can provide coordinated support to families experiencing at least two of the following issues:
- School attendance problems
- Have a child who needs help
- Domestic abuse
- Employment and debt problems
- Health problems
- Crime and Anti-social behaviour problems
If you are having issues with any of the above or any other similar problems, getting support as soon as possible could be really important.
Children First Hubs can offer short term coordinated packages of support (outcome focused interventions) where a need has been identified by the lead professional, for example, parenting support. The Hubs can also provide support to practitioners to develop their skills around being the lead professional. You can download a leaflet here http://www.wakefield.gov.uk/Documents/schools-children/children-first-hub.pdf
You can also find out about ongoing events and activities held in each of the Hubs and Children Centres here. http://www.wakefield.gov.uk/schools-and-children/early-help/children-first-hubs/children-first-hub-events
Adverse childhood experiences - (ACES)
The impact of child abuse should not be underestimated. Many children do recover well and go on to lead healthy, happy and productive lives, although most adult survivors agree that the emotional scars remain, however well buried. For some, full recovery is beyond their reach, and research shows that abuse can have an impact on the brain and its development. The rest of their childhood and their adulthood may be characterised by anxiety or depression, self-harm, eating disorders, alcohol and substance misuse, unequal and destructive relationships and long-term medical or psychiatric difficulties.
The internet is an integral part of our children’s lives, and provides wonderful opportunities for our children to learn, to communicate, and to socialise. However, these opportunities can also present their own unique dangers, particularly to children.
At Girnhill Infant school, we believe that internet safety education is a crucial element of the curriculum and an essential part of children’s development, both within the school environment and at home. As a school, we take our commitment to the e-Safeguarding of our pupils seriously and hope to be able to work in partnership with you as parents, to ensure our children are able to enjoy all the internet has to offer, safely and responsibly.
Please see the links below for help with e-safety
- Due regard to prevent students to being drawn into terrorism. Prevent duty covers all suspected acts of extremism or racialisation.
- It is important to understand that whilst people can hold their own views that school is a tolerant and accepting place and this needs to be respected.
- Prevent referrals must be made through DSLs.
Please see our PREVENT strategy document.
Domestic Abuse relates to any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are, or have been, intimate partners or family members regardless of their gender or sexuality.
WADDAS (Wakefield and District Domestic Abuse Service) 0800 9151561
Children Missing in Education (CME)
A child going missing from education, which includes within the school day, is a potential indicator of abuse and neglect, including sexual exploitation. Unauthorised absences will be monitored and followed up in line with procedures, particularly where children go missing on repeated occasions.
Child Criminal Exploitation and County lines
In a similar way to sexual exploitation, CCE is when there is a power imbalance where children are used by individuals or gangs to take part in criminal activity, this can include drug running, stealing etc. The child often believes they are in control of the situation. Violence, coercion and intimidation are common. Some signs to look out for include:
- Change in pupils’ mood and/or demeanour (e.g. secretive/ withdrawn/ aggressive/ emotional)
- Changes in the way young people you might know dress
- Unexplained, sometimes unaffordable new things (e.g clothes, jewellery, cars etc)
- Young people you know going missing, maybe for long periods of time
- Young people seen in different cars/taxis driven by unknown adults
- Young people seeming unfamiliar with your community or where they are
- Truancy, exclusion, disengagement from school
- An increase in anti-social behaviour in the community
- Unexplained injuries
- Sexting is when someone shares sexual, naked or semi-naked images or videos of themselves or others, or sends sexually explicit messages.
Hate incidents and hate crime are acts of violence or hostility directed at people because of who they are or who someone thinks they are. Hate crime includes:
- Verbal abuse such as name calling
- Physical attacks
- Acts of violence
- Hoax calls, abusive calls or texts, hate mail
- Online abuse
- Harm or damage to things: home, vehicles, pets
- Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)
- CSE is a form of sexual abuse. It occurs where an individual or group takes advantage of an imbalance of power to coerce, manipulate or deceive a child or young person under the age of 18 into sexual activity.
- Suicide, prevention and harm
Suicide is one of the biggest killers of children and young people in the UK. Please see the national guidance document ‘Building a Suicide Safer School/College’ by Papyrus.
Honour Based Violence (HBV)
The concept of ‘honour’ is for some communities deemed to be extremely important. To compromise a family’s ‘honour’ is to bring dishonour and shame and this can have severe consequences. The punishment for bringing dishonour can be emotional abuse, physical abuse, family disownment and in some cases even murder.
In most honour-based abuse cases there are multiple perpetrators from the immediate family, sometimes the extended family and occasionally the community at large. Mothers, sisters, aunties and even grandmothers have been known to be involved in the conspiring of honour crimes.
Arranged and Forced Marriage
- Arranged Marriage: Both participants give their full consent and enter the marriage willingly.
- Forced Marriage: One or both participants enter the marriage without giving their consent. They go through with the wedding under duress from their families.Forcing someone into marriage is a criminal offence in the UK.
Female genital mutilation (FGM)
Female genital mutilation (FGM) is a procedure where the female genitals are deliberately cut, injured or changed, but there's no medical reason for this to be done. Some signs to look out for:
- A relative or someone known as a 'cutter' visiting from abroad
- A special occasion or ceremony takes place where a girl 'becomes a woman' or is 'prepared for marriage'
- A female relative, like a mother, sister or aunt has undergone FGM
- A family arranges a long holiday overseas or visits a family abroad during the summer holidays
- A girl has an unexpected or long absence from school
- A girl struggles to keep up in school
- A girl runs away – or plans to run away - from home
- Having difficulty walking, standing or sitting
- Spending longer in the bathroom or toilet
- Appearing quiet, anxious or depressed
- Acting differently after an absence from school or college
- Reluctance to go to the doctors or have routine medical examinations
- Asking for help – though they might not be explicit about the problem because they're scared or embarrassed
Searching and confiscating
- School staff can search a pupil for any item if the pupil agrees.
- Headteachers and staff authorised by them have a statutory power to search pupils or their possessions, without consent, where they have reasonable grounds for suspecting that the pupil may have a prohibited item e.g. knives or weapons, alcohol, illegal drugs, stolen items., tobacco, cigarette papers, fireworks, pornographic images or any article that the member of staff reasonably suspects has been, or is likely to be, used to commit an offence, or to cause personal injury to, or damage to the property of, any person (including the pupil). The ability to give consent may be influenced by the child’s age or other factors.
- School staff can seize any prohibited item found as a result of a search. They can also seize any item, they consider harmful or detrimental to school discipline.
A private fostering arrangement is one that is made privately (without the involvement of a local authority) for the care of a child under the age of 16 years (under 18, if disabled) by someone other than a parent or close relative, in their own home, with the intention that it should last for 28 days or more. (*Close family relative is defined as a ‘grandparent, brother, sister, uncle or aunt’ and includes half-siblings and step-parents; it does not include great-aunts or uncles, great grandparents or cousins.
A young carer is someone under 18 who helps look after someone in their family, or a friend, who is ill, disabled or misuses drugs or alcohol. Please see the links below.
Domestic Violence and Abuse - Contact details for advice and support
Updated March 2020 National Services
Refuge www.refuge.org.uk this service runs the National Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 2000 247 – the 24/7 advice line can help you find refuge space, and provides information and support. The website is comprehensive and available in different community languages, Refuge provides a number of culturally specific services.
Women’s Aid Federation England https://www.womensaid.org.uk/ provides frontline services across the country including refuge. An online chat service is provided Mon-Fri 10am-12pm and there is a moderated survivors forum available.The Hideout http://thehideout.org.uk/ is designed for children who may be experiencing or worried about domestic abuse. The website is a good source of information and support.
Mankind Initiative www.mankind.org.uk 0182 333 4244 Weekdays 10 - 4pm Confidential helpline for men who are experiencing domestic violence and abuse from female or male partners - the website provides good support and information.
Men’s Advice Line provided by Respect www.mensadviceline.org.uk 0808 801 0327 Weekdays 9-5pm with lines open until 8pm on Mondays and Wednesdays for all male victims of abuse. A comprehensive website for victims and professionals also enables e-mail contact and webchat with the service.
Karma Nirvana www.karmanirvana.org.uk 0800 5999 247 Weekdays 9 - 5pm This helpline is for all victims and survivors of forced marriage and ‘honour’ based abuse. The website is a good source of information for professionals and those seeking support.
Galop www.galop.org.uk 0800 999 5428 This national helpline is for people identifying as LGBT+ who are experiencing domestic abuse. The website is very comprehensive, the opening times of the helpline are varied but are listed on the site and webchat is available.
National Centre for Domestic Violence www.ncdv.org.uk 0800 970 2070 the service provides a free, emergency injunction service to help protect survivors of abuse. Professionals are also able to access this service for advice or to support a client.
National Stalking Helpline www.stalkinghelpline.org 0808 8020 300 the advice line is available for anyone who is, or has been affected by stalking or harassment. The website is comprehensive and user friendly. Helpline 9.30 - 4pm, weekdays, 1pm – 4pm Wednesdays.
Victim Support www.victimsupport.org.uk/homepage 0300 303 1971 for West Yorkshire and 0808 1689 111 for the national support line, which is open 24/7 every day of the year. You do not have to be referred by the Police or have a crime number; domestic abuse victims can call the helpline or use the website for support and information.
Respect http://respectphoneline.org.uk/ 0808 802 40 40 Weekdays 9-5pm. The helpline is for anyone who wants to make changes to their abusive behaviour. The website offers a great deal of information and support, and contact can be made by phone, e-mail and by webchat on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.
FGM Helpline NCPCC www.nspcc.org.uk call 0800 028 3550 This is available 24/7 It is confidential for anyone affected by or worried about Female Genital Mutilation.
KOOTH www.kooth.com Free online support for children and young people, online counselling, supported forums and advice, staffed weekdays 12-10pm Sat/Sun 6-10pm.
Wakefield District Domestic Abuse Service http://www.wakefield.gov.uk/health-careand-advice/adults-and-older-people-services/domestic-abuse Call 0800 915 1561 A comprehensive specialist service providing a range of advice and support for those experiencing domestic abuse. Men and women who use abusive behaviours and want to make changes can contact for information and signposting.
Rosalie Ryrie Foundation www.rosalieryriefoundation.org.uk 01924 315 140 This voluntary sector service works with victims, children and perpetrators of domestic abuse. Appointments only, call to discuss options or view the website.
Well Women Centre www.wellwomenwakefield.org.uk 01924 211114 This women’s only service provides a wide range of support and advice. Counselling is available, as is a group work programme that is beneficial for women who are or have experienced domestic abuse (The Freedom Programme) a drop in service is available.
Marie House www.riverside.org.uk 07843 344457 Good quality local refuge accommodation for women and children who need to access safe, supported accommodation due to domestic abuse. You can call to see if bed space is available.
Penny Appeal www.pennyappeal.org A free counselling service is offered through this charity for those women who have been affected by any form of domestic abuse. Call on 07480 970097 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.
Turning Point Talking Therapies https://talking.turning-point.co.uk/wakefield/ A free service for 16yrs or over who are registered with a Wakefield District G.P. Provides a range of therapeutic interventions for stress, anxiety, low self-esteem, call 01924 234860, there are bases in Wakefield and Castleford.
Sexual Assault Referral Centre SARC www.westyorkshire.police.uk/staysafe The Police website gives comprehensive information about sexual assault and where to get help, for West Yorkshire call 0330 2233617 for the local SARC.
Samaritans www.samaritans.org free phone 116 123 you can call the Samaritans about any issue, at any time, every day of the year. For the Wakefield base call 01924 377011.
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