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Safeguarding

 

NAMED PERSON WITH RESONSIBILITY FOR CHILD PROTECTION

Designated Safeguarding Lead: Lee Kane, Principal, Astor College

Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) East Kent: Marisa White, Education People

 

The Safeguarding Team

Astor College has a highly committed and skilled team overseeing all aspects of safeguarding within the academy.  All the team are trained at the same level as the designated safeguarding lead and promotes proactive safeguarding to all students.

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Lee Kane, Principal

Designated Safeguarding Lead

Sasha Bailie

Sasha Bailie, Assistant Principal

Designated Safeguarding Deputy   

Derek Clue

Derek Clue, Vice Principal

Designated Safeguarding Deputy

Rebecca Dutton

Rebecca Dutton, Vice Principal

Children in Care
Designated Safeguarding Deputy

Helen Jarvis

Helen Jarvis, Director of Pupil and Parent Support

Designated Safeguarding Deputy

Mark Sadler

Mark Sadler, Pastoral Manager

Designated Safeguarding Deputy

Richard Esdale

Richard Esdale, Pastoral Manager

Designated Safeguarding Deputy

 Bawtree Vicki

Vicky Bawtree

Designated Safeguarding Deputy

       

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Kent Safeguarding Children multi-agency partnership

As a relevant agency Astor College is committed to the vision - to protect children from harm and prevent them from the risk of being harmed, support their recovery from harmful situations and improve our services through learning.  See www.kscb.org.uk/data/assets/pdf_file/0007/96721/FINAL-Kent-Safeguarding-Children-Multi-agency-Partnership-Arrangement-Doc_-25-June-2019.pdf

Community Links

Astor College works to ensure that your child receives the best possible educational experience and will never be complacent in achieving this end.  With this in mind, and a focus on behaviour and community relationships, we have access to a Youth Engagement Officer (YEO) within the Dover Community Safety Unit.  Working with the YEO has become standard practice in our Academy and other Schools, and we have seen the benefits that this joined up working brings to the students and the community.  Along with the YEO we work closely with Kent Police and attend regular meetings to build links and establish a culture of proactive safeguarding.  Through our community policing links, the safeguarding team have worked on some key issues for our students including grooming, missing, bullying, County lines and anti-social behaviour.

Internet Safety Tips for Parents

  • Don’t ban the internet or block all access to technology.  Help your child to learn to use technology safety and positively.

  • Be the parent.  You are in charge.  Set boundaries and consider using filtering software.

  • Create a family agreement and implement tech free zones such as cars, meals and bedrooms.

  • Take an interest in your child’s favourite apps or sites.  Download and use the apps so you become familiar with them and suggest they add you as a friend.

  • Talk to your child about strangers online and advise they only add people they know and trust in real life. Warn them about scams and dangers by opening discussing news stories about social media.  Bring up the dangers of sharing personal information, passwords and photos.  Help them set up a strong password.

  • Go online with them. 

  • Talk if you feel it’s getting out of hand (but remember how many hours you spent watching TV when you were their age – the internet is at least active not passive and they can learn a lot from it) and set a good example.

CEOP

  • CEOP is here to keep children safe from sexual abuse and grooming online. 

  • If something has happened online which has made you feel unsafe, scared or worried you can make a report.

  • Young people need to know how to recognise CEOP and know how to use it if they need to.

  • CEOP take all reports seriously and will do everything they can to keep you safe.

  • Visit www.ceop.police.uk and for more information and advice visit www.thinkuknow.co.uk

  • CEOP are unable to respond to report about bullying. 

  • For advice and support regarding bullying contact Childline at www.childline.org.uk/get-support

 

Online Bullying/Cyberbullying

Cyberbullying is the use of the Internet and related technologies to harm other people, in a deliberate, repeated, and hostile manner.

·         Children can be unkind to each other online and bullying is not new.  Technology has changed how children bully each other and it can be 24/7 i.e. sending abusive messages, posting mean thing about each other, ignoring by encouraging others to not like posts.  Technology has also made it easier to track and prove who is responsible.

·         If you suspect your child is having a problem, the evidence will be on your computer. If you can print off copies of messages and screen shots of web postings (ctrl + prnt scrn) we can investigate.

·         Visit www.kelsi.org.uk/child-protection-and-safeguarding/e-safety/cyberbullying/dealing-with-cyberbullying

Want to find out more about understanding and stopping Cyberbullying?

·         For parents www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents

·         For teachers www.thinkuknow.co.uk/teachers

·         For your child www.thinkuknow.co.uk/11_16

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Support organisations

Harmful Content

Harmful content is anything online which causes a person distress or harm. 

This service provides advice about all types of harm online and signposting users to the correct services, highlighting to the public a reporting route for non-criminal content. Where the response from industry isn’t what was expected, we can follow this up directly.

at www.swgfl.org.uk/services/report-harmful-content

County Lines

County lines is a police term for the child criminal exploitation (CCE) of young people and teenagers by gangs supplying drugs to suburban areas, market and coastal towns. It involves child criminal exploitation (CCE) as gangs use children and vulnerable people to move drugs and money.

Gangs establish a base in the market location, typically by taking over the homes of local vulnerable adults by force or coercion in a practice referred to as ‘cuckooing’. County lines is a major, cross-cutting issue involving drugs, violence, gangs, criminal and sexual exploitation, modern slavery, and missing persons. The diagram above shows the signs to watch out for if you suspect someone you know has been affected by CCE or County Lines.

The You tube video below gives more information on what ‘County Lines’ is, how it affects young people and families. Students, parents or carers can speak to anyone in the Safeguarding team about this issue.

Domestic abuse

Domestic abuse is when a grown-up threatens, bullies or hurts another adult in the family.  Sometimes it is called domestic violence.  It can happen in any family and it can be very hard to deal with.  Domestic abuse can by physical, emotional, or harassment or threats.  It could be financial control, stalking, inappropriate sexual behaviour or shouting at you in front of the children.  Astor College supports any student affected by domestic abuse and in the image below Jahmene Douglas talks about growing up with a physically and emotionally abusive father. 

Childline offer some really good advice for anyone at risk or experiencing domestic abuse.  Students, parents or carers can speak to anyone in the Safeguarding team about this issue. Childline offer a free 24 hour phone-line that anyone can ring if they are concerned or need help 0800 1111.   Childline also offers support on a wide range of issues affecting children and young people. https://www.childline.org.uk/info-advice/home-families/family-relationships/domestic-abuse/

Dover District Council fund the domestic abuse one top shop which is held at the Buckland and Whitfield Children’s Centre, at St Nicholas Church and The Linces at Buckland.  One stop shop is for anyone experiencing domestic abuse and offers free and confidential advice and information from difference agencies all under one roof.  Domestic abuse can by physical, emotional, or harassment or threats.  It could be financial control, stalking, inappropriate sexual behaviour or shouting at you in front of the children.  For more information call 03000 414941

 

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Drugs and Alcohol advice

Substance and alcohol abuse can affect many people. Forward delivers high quality, evidence based services which enable people to break the cycles of crime and addiction to move forward with their lives.  Forward’s drug and alcohol services support people in prison and in the community with clinical, psychological and group support.  Their employment services support ex-offenders and people in recovery from addiction to find and keep a job.  Students, parents or carers can speak to anyone in the Safeguarding team for further advice and support.

Forward offer a 24-hour phone line for out of hours enquiries, which is 0300 123 1186.

https://www.forwardtrust.org.uk/

 

Forced marriages

Astor College is committed to ensuring the safety of all students and ensuring that they are free to make choices. There has been a massive drive nationally to raise awareness of forced marriages and what to do if you are concerned or worried that you or someone you know maybe affected. The video below gives some real-life cases to help illustrate this issue. Students, parents or carers can speak to anyone in the Safeguarding team about this issue.

 

Digital Parenting Magazine

Digital Parenting Magazine produced by Vodafone offers information support and advice in relation to a vast range of online topics including setting parental controls and how to report abuse and harmful behaviour online.  Access to read archive documents: