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01205 310446
This number is for out of hours safeguarding emergencies only

EMERGENCY SAFEGUARDING NUMBER

Safeguarding

01205 310446
This number is for out of hours safeguarding emergencies only

EMERGENCY SAFEGUARDING NUMBER

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Online Safety Hub

Our Online Safety Hub is a brand-new online resource we are offering to parents as part of our parent package and ongoing commitment to safeguarding. Included within is lots of expert advice and guidance to help you as a parent/carer, manage your child's safety online. It includes information on the latest hot topics when it comes to keeping children safe, such as how to manage your child's screen time, understand the latest gaming platforms, what they mean for your child’s safety and lots more.

Boston High School Online Safety Hub

 

Safeguarding at BHS

As a Safeguarding team, we recognise our responsibilities for safeguarding children and protecting them from harm. We follow the procedures set out by the Lincolnshire Safeguarding Children Partnership (LSCP) and follow the of guidance issued by the DfE. All these procedures are set out in our safeguarding policy, which is updated annually.

If you have any safeguarding concerns please do not hesitate to contact our Designated Safeguarding Lead or a Deputy Safeguarding Lead.

If you suspect or believe a child is suffering, or is likely to suffer significant harm (including any form of mistreatment or abuse) you should AT ALL TIMES report your concerns. If there is no immediate danger to the child, or if you need some advice or information, you can contact the Children Services Customer Service Centre on 01522 782111 (if you are a member of the public). If it is outside of normal office hours, you can contact the Emergency Duty Team on 01522 782333. In an emergency always dial 999. 

 

Safeguarding Team

Mental Health First Aid
Miss Whitton
Mrs Turner
Mrs Wise
Mrs Mitchell
Mrs Pittam
Mrs Franks

Senior Lead, Mental Health
Mrs Gilton

First Aid
Mrs Bennett

Family Support Officer
Mrs Lafferty

Pastoral Officers
Mrs Graves (KS3)
Mrs Bils (KS4)
Mrs Pittam (KS5)
Mrs Ashton (KS5)

Directors of Key Stage
Miss Whitton (KS3)
Mrs Turner (KS4)
Mrs Wise (KS5)

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Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mrs Franks
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Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mrs Gilton
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Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mrs Osborn

Safeguarding Trained
Mrs Bennett
Miss Whitton

 

Other Useful Contacts

 Safeguarding Childen Lincolnshire    

 01522 782111

 Lincolnshire's Children's Services customer service centre for reporting concerns and early help team for advice

 01522 782333 (6pm-8am + weekends and bank holidays)
 Emergency duty team
 

 Police (emergency)  999
 Police (non-emergency)  101

 

Child Abuse Definitions

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Child abuse is any action by another person, adult or child, that causes significant harm.

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.

 

Physical
Children who are emotionally abused suffer emotional maltreatment or neglect. It’s sometimes called psychological abuse and can cause children serious harm. 

Sexual
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 

Emotional
Children who are emotionally abused suffer emotional maltreatment or neglect. It’s sometimes called psychological abuse and can cause children serious harm. 

Neglect
Neglect is the ongoing failure to meet a child’s basic needs. It’s dangerous and children can suffer serious and long-term harm. 

On line abuse
Online abuse is any type of abuse that happens on the web, whether through social networks, playing online games or using mobile phones. 

Sexual Exploitation
Child sexual exploitation is a type of sexual abuse in which children are sexually exploited for money, power or status. 

Female genital mutilation
Female genital mutilation (FGM) is the partial or total removal of external female genitalia for non-medical reasons. 

Bullying and cyberbullying
Bullying can happen anywhere – at school, at home or online. It’s usually repeated over a long period of time and can hurt a child both physically and emotionally. 

Domestic abuse
Witnessing domestic abuse is child abuse, and teenagers can suffer domestic abuse in their relationships. 

Child trafficking
Child trafficking is a type of abuse where children are recruited, moved or transported and then exploited, forced to work or sold. 

Grooming
Children and young people can be groomed online or in the real world, by a stranger or by someone they know - for example a family member, friend or professional. 

Harmful sexual behaviour
Children and young people who develop harmful sexual behaviour harm themselves and others.

 

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Online Safety

If you are concerned about any activity online, please speak to a member of the safeguarding team, or out of school hours you can report to CEOP.

Our school takes online safety (previously e-safety) very seriously and we include online safety lessons in the school curriculum, within Enrichment and Computing. We also implement a variety of filtering and monitoring systems to help ensure that our students don’t have access to inappropriate online material.

All staff and students are also required to sign and agree to abide by an ICT Acceptable use Policy.

Students: Online safety is about keeping yourself and people you care about protected when using any device which is connected to the Internet, this includes desktop computers, laptops, tablets, phones or even games consoles, handhelds and smart TVs. We want you to be able to use all the variety of resources and services available online, however unfortunately there are some dangers to young people, as well as adults, that we should all be aware of. For example:

  • Social networking sites are a popular and good way of communicating with your friends & family, however it can be unsafe if you are communicating with people you don’t know.
  • You are very likely to have a list of friends who you share images, thoughts and other information with, but be very careful with sharing things with people you don’t know as they may not be who they say they are!
  • Also do not share personal details with anyone online, particularly your surname, the place you live, your date of birth, your school and other information from images you share which could be used to identify you.

Thinkuknow is an excellent website for advice to help you with online matters:

Thinkuknow - Aged 11-13

Thinkuknow - Aged 14+

The UK Safer Internet Centre also has films, games, quizzes and advice to help you to use the internet safely, responsibly and positively.

Free, safe and anonymous online counselling and support is provided by Kooth.

 

Parents: Young people use the internet to both study and socialise, and it is essential that you are involved and set boundaries in your child’s online life. Emphasise that not everyone is who they say they are and make sure your child knows never to meet up with someone they only know online. Further advice to support your child can be found on the Thinkuknow website. Thinkuknow is the education programme from NCA-CEOP, a UK organisation which protects children both online and offline.

Thinkuknow - Advice for Parents

Child Safety On Snapchat

The Internet Matters website also provides useful age appropriate advice for parents.

#DITTO is a free online safety (e-safety) magazine for schools, organisations and parents to keep you up to date with risks, issues, advice and guidance related to keeping children safe online, with a view to enjoying and learning about technology. A new edition is released approx. every 6 weeks.

Sadly, no filters or controls are 100% effective so make sure your child knows that they can, and should, talk to someone if they see or hear anything upsetting online.

 

Safeguarding Videos

 

Safeguarding and Mental Health

If you need out of school support, please contact the following support agencies.

https://ssscpd.co.uk/education/parentsandguardians/child-mental-health-10-tips-for-parents/-/ZwOdLJ4lZKEipQRjqTyjpj==

We are also working closely with our Mental Health Service Team, who see students who are struggling with anxiety or low mood, working through cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). If a student feels they would benefit from this support, please make this known to a member of the Pastoral Team.

 

Safeguarding Resources

Boston High School Safeguarding Policy

Download   Boston High School School Closure Safeguarding Update

Boston High School Whistleblowing Policy

DfE Keeping Children Safe in Education 2022

DfE Working Together to Safeguarding Children Inter-Agency Guidance

Lincolnshire Safeguarding Children Partnership

Download   Boston High School Safeguarding Flowchart

 

The Underwear Rule

As it can sometimes be very difficult to discuss issues surrounding child abuse, the NSPCC has launched a campaign designed to help parents talk to their children about keeping safe. More information can be found by visiting the NSPCC website.

 

If you are unsure you must contact the Safeguarding Team at School. We are here to help and advise parents/carers.