Safeguarding

Testbourne School is committed to safeguarding students and promoting student’s welfare and expects all staff, governors, volunteers and visitors to share this commitment and maintain a vigilant and safe environment. It is our willingness to work in a safe manner and challenge inappropriate behaviour that underpins this commitment.

By electronically signing in and out at our reception desk you are agreeing to follow the advice found on this website. All visitors must wear the visitor’s badge provided by reception and this must be visible at all times. An adult without a badge will be accompanied to the school’s reception to confirm they have signed in.

Visitors must be accompanied at all times by a member of the school staff.

If you have ANY concerns about a student’s welfare or wellbeing or have a concern about the behaviour of any adult within the school towards a student:

Ask a member of staff to contact the Designated Safeguarding Lead, the Headteacher or a member of the Safeguarding team and discuss your concerns without delay.
Remember it is important to share your concerns even if you are unsure
The Child Protection Policy is available for you to read, as is the current government guidance: Keeping Children Safe in Education (September 2020)

Remember:

  • Provide a positive role model to students
  • Dress appropriately ensuring your clothing is not likely to be viewed as offensive or revealing
  • Treat all members of the school’s community with respect and tolerance
  • Work with students so that you are visible by a member of the school staff
  • Respect a student’s privacy and dignity
  • Always be able to justify any physical contact you have with a young person
  • Always report any situations that arise that you may feel may give rise to a complaint or misunderstanding in respect of your own actions

Never:

  • Photograph or video a student without the school’s permission
  • Never use your personal mobile in areas used by students
  • Ignore inappropriate behaviours towards students either by other students or adults
  • Share personal details with a student
  • Meet or contact the student outside of school including by text, email, Facebook or other social media or give a child a lift home.
  • Discuss the school, students or adults working within the school on social media
  • Make inappropriate comments to a student including racist, homophobic, sexist or sexualised comments
  • Give gifts to a student (unless part of the school’s agreed recognition policy or with the agreement with your line manager) or show them preferential treatment

If a child or parent has a safeguarding concern and is unable to talk to a member of staff, please report via StaySafe reporting form by clicking here.

Our designated staff for safeguarding are:

  • Dr D Hall - Assistant Headteacher (Pastoral)
  • Mr K Alderman - Head of Year 11
  • Mrs L Harper - Head of Year 9
  • Ms L Jenkins - Head of Year 7
  • Mr J Lovegrove - Inclusion and Engagement Leader
  • Mrs T Wheeler - Inclusion Manager
  • Ms P Bateman - Student Welfare Officer/Counsellor
The 'Click CEOP' button

The Click CEOP button is an asset of the National Crime Agency CEOP command. The CEOP command works to protect children from sexual abuse and exploitation both online and offline.

The button has been developed for children and young people and is offered as a convenient and potentially less intimidating method of reporting these sensitive types of crime, alternative to face-to-face and telephone reporting to local police forces. It provides children and young people with access to an online mechanism for reporting known or suspected child sexual exploitation or child sexual abuse directly to CEOP.

Reporting to CEOP

CEOP takes all reports seriously and children of all ages can report through the Click CEOP button. The reporting form is designed to be as accessible as possible by children, but it is highly recommend that young children seek the support of an adult they trust to help them make a report.

All reports to CEOP are treated sensitively and are read and risk assessed by a CEOP Child Protection Adviser. It is not possible to report to CEOP anonymously as CEOP have a duty to ensure the child or young person is safe. Reports made outside of office hours are viewed by the NCA Control Centre. Urgent concerns about a child’s safety are referred by the Control Centre to local police. CEOP advise any urgent reports where a child is in immediate danger should be reported to the local police force where the child is located.

Online bullying or other online concerns should not be reported to CEOP and children and young people should be directed to speak to an adult they trust, and/or referred to Childline, if they would like to speak to someone about how they are feeling.