Safeguarding

Safeguarding our students at Thorpe St Andrew School and Sixth Form is of the utmost importance.  If you have any concerns about the safety of a child or children at our school during term time, please do not hesitate to contact the school:

Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) – Assistant Principal
Mrs L Veeren
01603 497711 (ext 247) email lveeren45rp@yare-edu.org.uk

Alternative Designated Safeguarding Lead (ADSL) – Student Family Counsellor
Mr A Byram
01603 497711 (ext 225) email abyram9nrp@yare-edu.org.uk


Reporting Concerns During School Holidays

  • If you feel a child is in immediate danger, please call 999 and ask for the Police. 

  • If you are concerned about the welfare of a child you can report this to the Children’s Advice and Duty Service on 0344 800 8020.

  • Call the Police on 101 for non-emergency enquiries.

  • You can also report a crime online https://www.norfolk.police.uk/contact-us/5-report-it

Further information on the Children’s Advice and Duty Service and the ‘See Something, Hear Something, Say Something’ campaign can be found at:

Reporting Concerns in Norfolk

If you are worried about online sexual abuse or the way someone is communicating online you can make a report via the Child Exploitation Online Protection Command (CEOP)

CEOP

Also, our Designated Safeguarding Leads are contactable during the school holidays should you wish to report a concern. Please use the email addresses detailed above. 

Please note that emails are checked periodically and you will not receive an immediate response.


Our Approach

At Thorpe St Andrew School and Sixth Form, we recognise that each day we are entrusted with the most precious members of your families. There is nothing more important to us than the physical and emotional health and wellbeing of our students and staff alike. As such we have worked hard to create and maintain a climate in which staff, students, parents and Governors feel able to articulate concerns, safe in the knowledge that effective action will be taken as appropriate.

Our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy apply to all adults working in or on behalf of our School. We expect everyone working in, for or visiting our School to share responsibility for keeping children safe from harm and abuse and report any concerns either via CPOMS (school staff) or directly to one of our DSLs (visitors and contractors) via the extension numbers below.

Together we must ensure that all children, their families and our staff, feel safe, valued and cared for at all times and are nurtured to thrive and achieve to be the best they can be.

Safeguarding Policy

Norfolk SOS+ Parents Leaflet


Key Contacts

All of our contacts can be reached on 01603 497711.

Alternative Designated Safeguarding Professionals (ADSP)
Georgia McDougall – BEST Support Manager
01603 497711 (ext 227 – tbc)

Mr I Winter – BEST Support Manager
01603 497711 (ext 113)

Mrs J Batson – Sixth Form Guidance Officer
01603 497711 (ext 269)

Principal
Mrs P Bignell
01603 497711

Named Safeguarding Governor
Mrs K Giles
01603 497711

Chair of Governors
Dr L Steynor
01603 497711


E-Safety

Thorpe St Andrew School and Sixth Form takes the E-Safety of our students very seriously. Throughout the curriculum we provide activities and opportunities for students to develop the skills they need to identify risks and stay safe. Teaching students about how to stay safe and behave online, including identifying risks and how and when to seek support is crucial.

Judicium Education – We Take Care of It

Online Safety for Parents and Carers

Information for Parents on Omegle

Online Safety Alliance

In order to support both our students, parents and staff we have purchased an online package with the Online Safety Alliance. The school has used this organisation as a valuable resource for training staff and it is where we source information that we pass to parents and use in our e-safety training for students. We use their content in assemblies, form time, lessons and posters around the school.

Parents Course

The course for parents covers aspects of social media management, online risks to children and keeping children safe online. The training should take around 30 minutes to complete. You do not have to complete it all in one sitting.

Start training

Instructions:

  • Select to log in with either Microsoft or Google.

  • If you do not have an account with either of these, you can select the Google option and then select ‘Create account’.

  • Once logged in, select ‘Available Courses’ and then the ‘Online Safety Training for Parents’ course.

  • You will need to enter an enrolment code. The enrolment code is tsas21

  • Work through all four sections to complete the course.

More information is available in the Online Safety Alliance flyer: View Online Safety Alliance Flyer

Students Course

The course for students includes online bullying, grooming (including radicalisation), sexting, safe use of smartphones, digital footprints, live streaming, gaming, reporting of concerns and more.

The KS5 course also has a greater focus on the issues young people are facing when they move on from school to University or employment.

The courses include enhanced levels of interactivity, up to date online safety issues covered and a greater focus on helping children to deal with mental health issues.

View Online Safety Alliance Quick Start Guide

Home Activity Packs

It remains important for parents and students to learn about online safety at home. We know this is a difficult time for most parents – this page is intended to provide you with support and resources to help you learn about online safety at home with your child.

View activity packs (Think U Know website)


Report Remove Tool for naked images and videos (IWF)

The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) has created the world’s first tool to help children and young people get naked images of themselves removed from the internet.

The Report Remove Tool can be accessed through the Childline website. IWF analysts will then review the content and create a unique digital fingerprint known as a hash, before sharing it with tech companies to help prevent it from being uploaded and shared.

For more information and to access the Report Remove Tool, go to: Report Remove Tool