Safeguarding

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Please be aware that the Government legislation "Keeping Children Safe in Education" has been updated from September 2019.  This will be reflected in new policies to be rolled out over the coming term.  The changes are in the below link:

Briefing on key updates to statutory guidence for schools in England - Keeping Children Safe in Education (2019)

Caring for and Safeguarding our pupils

Caring for our pupils and ensuring their safety is at the heart of everything we do here at Golborne.  Therefore, safeguarding our pupils is treated as the highest priority at all times.

There is a dedicated team of staff to look after the welfare of the pupils.  Every pupil at Golborne High knows the routes to take if they have a problem, however small.

The school works tirelessly with other partners to ensure the pupils’ needs are met and they have the correct, bespoke package of support for them individually.

 

Our Safeguarding Team

  • Pastoral Assistant Head Teacher – Safeguarding lead for the school
  • Heads of House – Look after the welfare and progress of all the pupils in their house.
  • Pastoral Support Leaders – Look after the pupils day to day needs and reduce the barriers to learning
  • Pupil Services – Answer any queries for pupils and look after attendance and punctuality.
  • iClass – supports vulnerable pupils through mentoring and counselling
  • School Nurse – Comes in once a week for a confidential drop in session.

 

Safeguarding at Golborne 

The school takes the safeguarding of all staff and pupils extremely seriously and there are policies in place to ensure their safety and well-being at all times.  The key policies are as follows:

 

Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy

Online Safety Policy PDF

Safeguarding concerns

  • If you have a concern that a child is being harmed, is at risk of harm, or you receive a disclosure (intentionally or unintentionally) you must contact the following staff member as quickly as possible.
  • The Designated Safeguarding Lead for Golborne High School is:

 Alison Bolton sboltona@golbornehigh.wigan.sch.uk

  • If this person is not available please contact the Deputy Safeguarding Lead, 

Miss Andrea Hickey  shickeya@golbornehigh.wigan.sch.uk

Working in Partnership

The school works in partnership with many agencies. Some agencies can be referred into by parents, please see contact details below.

  • Social Care Referral and Assessment Team     01942 828 300
  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health Single Point of Access 01942 482 411
  • Safeguarding Hub 01942 486 262
  • NSPCC www.nspcc.org.uk
  • CEOP https://www.ceop.police.uk/

E-safety

Keep children safe on the internet is a daunting prospect for parents. As your child grows and becomes more independent, it is only natural that they take this independence online. In our teenage years we explore, try new things and sometimes push boundaries and take risks, this is an essential part of growing up.

With all of the potential that the online world and new technology offers, young people now have access to huge opportunities. They use technology to express themselves, explore, and be creative; it has changed the way they communicate.

The internet has changed all of our lives, and your child has grown up during this change. Many of the things that confuse, baffle or even scare us, are part of the everyday for them. For many of us, this can all be a bit too much.

Whether you’re a technophobe or a technophile, it’s still likely that you’ll be playing catch-up with the way your child is using the internet.

You might wonder whether what they are doing is safe, and you might also be thinking how can I be as good a parent online as I am offline?

Think U Know - the site that aims to make online parenting simple. https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/

Further information regarding E-Safety can be found on a recent pupil presentation. Please access the link below to view the presentation .

 

Yubo App Information

It has come to our attention that there is a popular app called ‘Yubo’ formerly known as ‘yellow’. The app is advertised as a dating app for teenagers and it allows users to exchange messages, photos and video chats with complete strangers.  Users can even livestream themselves to anyone watching. However there is increasing concern about the lack of safety features on the app. The police are advising parents to talk to their children about the potential risks of using Yubo and about the dangers of sharing too much with a potential stranger. It has been proven that the app is frequently used by adults who wish to cause harm to children by convincing them that they’re also a child. Some young people have even been persuaded to send indecent images of themselves, received highly explicit sexualised images and persuaded to meet face to face.

We urge parents to have a conversation with their children so that they know how to stay safe online.

Please do not hesitate to contact the school if you have further questions about this issue.

Water Safety Leaflet

Sexting in schools: responding to incidents and safeguarding young people

Responding to sexting in schools

Tesco Mobile Family Contract

Internet-Safety-and-Bullying---Branded

Internetmatters.org

Childline.org.uk/get-involved/childline-social-media

The Snapchat Snap Map Privacy Threat