Newland School for Girls has a responsibility to protect and safeguard the welfare of children and young people they come into contact with. The need for guidelines and procedures is important to ensure that this is done well and clearly. Newland School for Girls aims to protect and safeguard pupils by:
ensuring that all staff and volunteers are carefully selected, DBS-checked, vetted, trained and supervised;
having a Safeguarding Policy that is reviewed and updated in line with national and local developments, as well as reviewed annually;
ensuring that all staff and volunteers are familiar with this Policy and understand at least Part 1 of ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSiE) 2023’. Furthermore, staff involved in recruitment know and understand Part 3 of KCSiE 2023;
ensuring that staff/volunteers receive Safeguarding training appropriate to their role and their level of involvement;
ensuring that Newland School for Girls has a Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) and a Deputy (DDSL), that all staff and volunteers know who these members of staff are and know how to report concerns to them;
assessing risk(s) that pupils are likely to encounter and take steps to minimise and manage these;
letting parents, carers and pupils know how to report concerns about another pupil, staff members, and volunteers, and how to complain about anything that they are unhappy about;
giving pupils, parents and carers information about expectations and what the school does, as well as offering different pupils different ways of reporting concerns from both in and out of school.
Newland School for Girls recognises that protecting and safeguarding children and young people is a shared responsibility and that this depends on effective joint working between agencies and professionals that have different roles and expertise. Individual children and young people, especially some of the most vulnerable children and those at greatest risk of social exclusion, may need coordinated help from Health, the Police and Social Care. These are the school’s Safeguarding partners. The voluntary sector and other agencies also have an important role in protecting and safeguarding children.
Our Safeguarding Team
Every school must have a Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL). At Newland School for Girls, this is Mr Ash. There is also a Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead: Mrs Iveson.
Mr Ash Mrs Iveson
All of our pastoral mentors are trained in all aspects of Safeguarding and they are experienced in dealing with relevant supportive agencies that help us support children and families. In the first instance, please contact your child’s Year Leader if you have any concerns.
Miss Cartwright Miss Garforth Mrs Maritz
(Y7 & Transition) (Y8 and Y9) (Y10 and Y11)
Miss English Miss Utton
(Assistant Year Leader) (Assistant Year Leader)
The DSL and DDSL’s, along with the Year Leaders, comprise the core safeguarding team of the school. There are weekly safeguarding team meetings, weekly reports to the Senior Management Team and termly reports to the Trust Board on safeguarding matters. These reporting mechanisms ensure that pupils at risk are constantly under review, that the strategic safeguarding plan is delivered and that safeguarding work across the school is quality assured; the latter includes attendance, site safety, educational visits, staff awareness and contextual safeguarding as just some examples.
Above all, safeguarding is the responsibility of all staff, underpinned by three core statements:
● It could happen here.
● Always act in the best interests of the child.
● “If there’s any doubt, there’s no doubt” – always report a concern.
Peer-on-peer Abuse, Sexual Harassment & Violence
We understand that attitudes, behaviours and beliefs in society have the effect of normalising and trivialising sexual violence. Misogyny, rape jokes, sexual harassment, online sexual abuse (upskirting, non-consensual sharing of intimate photos, cyberflashing), and sexual coercion are examples of behaviours which should not be tolerated by society and are not tolerated at Newland School for Girls. We know that when behaviours such as these are normalised, they can act as a gateway to more extreme acts such as sexual assault and rape. Pupils and students are taught in age-appropriate ways about the consequences of these behaviours and how everyone in society has a role to eliminate them. Accordingly, we teach students that being a bystander, not reporting or not showing compassion towards a victimis not appropriate and should not be tolerated in society or our community.
For young people who are victims of sexual harassment and/or violence, we want to provide support, guidance and signposting. We are in regular contact with Hull Children’s Social Care and the Police, and make referrals to support organisations. If you are a pupil or student, or are the parent of a child, who has been the victim of sexual harassment and/or violence, we urge you to speak to us so we can provide assistance. This can be to the DSL, DDSL, or any member of the Safeguarding Team.
Peer-on-peer abuse is any form of abuse between children, including physical or verbal bullying, cyber-bullying, sexual abuse or sustained equality-based harassment. Pupils and students are taught about these issues, how to report them and the school’s stance, which is one of zero tolerance. Parents who are concerned about peer-on-peer abuse should contact the school in order that we can address the matter quickly.
All students at Newland School for Girls receive age-appropriate teaching and information about keeping safe online. Whilst the internet and mobile technology provide numerous positive opportunities for young people, they also represent a risk and the school recognises its important role in mitigating this.
Through Assemblies, Personal Development lessons, , the KS3 ICT/Computing Curriculum and information for parents, the school maintains a high profile for online safety. Issues covered include peer-on-peer abuse, cyberbullying, sexting, grooming, fake news and screen time. Pupils and students are also strongly encouraged to report online abuse, either to the school, their parents or the Police.
The links below provide lots of useful information for children and their parents:
Visitors to the school are required to sign in and we have lanyard system for ensuring all members of the community are aware of access rights to the school.
All visitors to the school are provided a leaflet about safeguarding on arrival.
Safeguarding Advice and Support
There are many organisations and agencies who offer support for young people and their families:
NSPCC (0808 800 5000)
ChildLine (0800 1111)
CAMHS - Although the Crisis Team operate on a 24/7 basis, all new referrals to CAMHS between 9.00am and 5.00pm (Monday – Friday) should be directed to the appropriate contact point on 01482 303688, who will discuss the issues and determine if a Crisis Team response is needed. Out of these times, please contact the Crisis Service on 01482 301701 (Option 2).
Mind - Information for young people aged 11-18
Seed (Eating Disorder Support Service – 01482 718130)
Sure Start Children’s Centres (Children’s Centres are for children under five and their families, and offer a range of activities, play, information and support from professionals working in a wide range of fields. Services vary, depending on the various needs of the local community. Many Children’s Centres run activities especially for fathers and their children. Parents and carers are encouraged to join in and contribute to the life of the centre, helping to shape and steer its services).
CAFCASS – Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (0300 456 4000)
Relate – Nationwide service for those needing support with relationship issues (0300 100 1234)