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.
Our Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) Team for 2023-2024 are:
- Dr Hall (Deputy Headteacher - Pastoral and Strategic Senior DSL)
- Miss Cartwright (Pastoral/Safeguarding Manager and Operational Senior DSL)
- Mrs Day (Whole School Mental Health Lead)
- Mrs Wheeler (Inclusion and Reflection Manager)
- Miss Bateman (Student Advisor and Counselling)
- Ms Jenkins (Head of Year)
- Mrs Ballanger (Head of Year)
- Mrs Muddle (Head of Year)
- Mr Alderman (Head of Year)
- Mr Tiley (Head of Year)
If you or any students have a safeguarding concern, then they can report this via our Stay Safe Alert
The 'Click CEOP' button
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.
In this section you can access copies of Dr Hall's regular safeguarding updates to parents and carers. These provide useful guidance and support on safeguarding issues.
These updates are from trusted organisations and provide useful education and information for parents and carers. This section will be used routinely to update on current themes and issues
The following link is a useful resource to support parents and carers if your child sees upsetting online content about what is currently happening in the Ukraine.
This is a link to an article published in Metro News Online that provides some useful advice to parents and carers on discussing the issues more generally.
This link is to National Online Safety's #Wakeupwednesday and provides helpful guidance to parents and carers on how to manage your child's access to upsetting content online
National Online Safety #Wakeupwednesday
Specific Safeguarding issues
Child Criminal Exploitation and County Lines
Radicalisation, Prejudice and Prevent Duty
This page is a reference point for parents and carers, providing links to a range of advice and information to support with safeguarding and ensuring the physical and emotional well-being of young people.
It is not intended to be exhaustive and we don’t promote or subscribe to specific groups, but we recognise reputable organisations. We are not responsible for the content of external sites. We will routinely update parents and carers as new information and resources become available.
National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC)
The NSPCC offer a wealth of resource, support and advice for a range of issues. Here are some particularly useful links.
In addition, you can talk to one of the NSPCC team of experts on 0808 800 5000 if you're worried about a child or need advice or information about child protection.
NSPCC Key Resources
Guidance on how you can keep children safe from abuse and other dangers, including online.
Talking about difficult topics - Supporting parents and carers on how to manage discussions with children.
Bullying and cyberbullying - this is an area that many parents and carers worry about. This link provides information and advice on how to recognise bullying and cyberbullying, how to talk about it with your child and how to take steps to address it.
Self-harm - how to spot the signs and what you can do to help
Mental health concerns - providing help and advice to support children with their mental health.
Online Safety - resources and advice around online safety, social networks, phones, games, apps etc
Net Aware – informative site outlining the range of apps and social networks sites that young people are accessing
Sexting: How to talk to your child about the risks of sexting and how you can protect them.
Healthy sexual behaviour in children and young people - keeping children safe, spotting warning signs and advice on what to do if you have concerns.
Child sexual exploitation - useful advice.
Gangs and young people - advice on gangs and what you can do to help protect a child involved with a gang.
Grooming - advice on what it is, how to spot the signs and how to protect children.
Thinkuknow- Staying Safe Online.
Coping with exam stress – NHS guidance and practical steps to help support children during exam.
A Parent’s Guide to Swimming Pool Safety & Hygiene
Other useful websites and links
The Hampshire Safeguarding Children Board offers a range of links to resources and advice
Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP)
UK Safer Internet Centre
Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)
Teen Mental Health Guide
Book recommendation for parents to support child wellbeing:
Breathe Out: A Creative Guide to Happiness for Teen Minds by MINDS
A collection of books to support young people's mental health: Young people's mental health | Reading Well booklists | Books | Reading Well (reading-well.org.uk)
Bullying and Cyberbullying
Mental Health and Pastoral Information Live Event
- Mental Health and Pastoral Information Live Event Video
- Mental Health and Pastoral Information Live Event PowerPoint