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Everyone at Wollaston School has a responsibility to keep our children safe and protected. If you have any concerns about the welfare of a child in our school please speak to our Safeguarding Team.

What to do if you have a safeguarding concern

Contact the schools designated single point of contact Anita Walker, Assistant Headteacher (Designated Safeguarding Lead) on [email protected] or contact the school on 01933 663501 to speak to any of the Safeguarding Team above.

Within school hours: contact a member of our Safeguarding team as listed above.

Out of school hours: contact the M.A.S.H (Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub)

The Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) deal with referrals from professionals or members of the public who have concerns about a child’s welfare.

Telephone: 0300 126 7000

Northamptonshire Safeguarding Children Parrtnership

The Government provides guidance on ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’, please the link below to be taken to the GOV.UK website.

GOV.UK Keeping children safe in education

If you are a child and are worried about any issue there will always be someone for you to talk to.

Whether it’s a personal issue, a difficult situation in school, someone you are worried about at home or a friend that you think needs help there are many people that you can turn to in a variety of different means.

Your Form Tutor
Your form tutor is there to offer advice and guidance when needed.

Your Head of Year
They are your dedicated year team who you can talk to about any concerns you have.

Student Support Officers
Our dedicated team are here to support both pupils and parents.

Safeguarding and Early Help – Michelle Ratledge

Wellbeing Support – Annie Cootes

KS3 Behaviour Support – Claire Burgess

KS4 Behaviour Support – Marisa Weir-Smith

Attendance – Karen Martin

Student Reception – Susan Halliday

The Child Protection Team
Wollaston School has a team of specially trained staff who you can talk to and share issues that are concerning you.

The School Nurse
The school nurse can see students during school time, and you can book an appointment through your Head of Year, member of the pastoral support team or Miss Walker. The school nurse is also in school on Thursday lunchtimes in the office at the end of the Humanities corridor for a weekly drop-in.

A Mentor
You can request to have a student/ Sixth Form mentor who you can talk to. Just speak to your head of year or student reception.

The Info Wall
The information wall outside of the canteen highlights people you can speak to and information you might find useful.

Parents should contact the Head of Year or Designated Safeguarding Lead for any safeguarding concerns. Pupils can either speak to a colleague, email their head of year or send an email to [email protected]. Please note, the worried@ email is intended for pupil use only.

Key Categories of Abuse

Neglect is the persistent failure to meet a child’s basic physical and/or psychological needs, likely to result in the serious impairment of the child’s health or development. Neglect involve a parent or carer failing to:

  • provide adequate food, shelter and clothing, (including exclusion from home or abandonment)
  • protect a child from physical and emotional harm or danger
  • ensure adequate supervision (including the use of inadequate care-givers)
  • ensure access to appropriate medical care or treatment

It may also include neglect of, or unresponsiveness to, a child’s basic emotional needs

Physical abuse may involve hitting, shaking, throwing, poisoning, burning or scalding, drowning, suffocating or otherwise causing physical harm to a child. Physical harm may also be caused when a parent or carer *feigns the symptoms of, or deliberately induces illness in a child’. (*Fabricated and Induced Illness)

Emotional abuse is the persistent emotional ill-treatment of a child such as to cause severe and persistent adverse effects on the child’s emotional development. It may involve conveying to children that they are worthless or unloved, inadequate, or valued only insofar as they meet the needs of another person. It may include:

  • Persistently withholding love & affection.
  • Constantly shouting at, threatening, humiliating or demeaning the child.
  • Persistently being over-protective.
  • Racial or other harassment that undermines the child’s self-esteem.
  • not giving the child opportunities to express their views
  • developmentally inappropriate expectations
  • interactions that are beyond the child’s developmental capability
  • preventing the child participating in normal social interaction
  • seeing or hearing the ill-treatment of another
  • causing children frequently to feel frightened or in danger
  • the exploitation or corruption of children

Involves forcing or enticing a child or young person to take part in sexual activities, whether or not the child is aware of what is happening. The activities may involve physical contact, including assault by penetration including rape or oral sex or non-penetrative acts such as masturbation, kissing, rubbing and touching outside of clothing.

They may also include non-contact abuse, such as involving children in looking at, or in the production of sexual images, watching sexual activities, encouraging children to behave in sexually inappropriate ways or grooming a child in preparation for abuse (including via the internet). This included child on child abuse between children.

The Prevent Duty

At Wollaston School we encourage a culture of mutual respect, tolerance, kindness and we celebrate diversity. Furthermore we work hard to promote British Values through our curriculum, PSHE days, assemblies, and enrichment activities. These values (as defined by the Government) are:

  • democracy
  • the rule of law
  • individual liberty
  • mutual respect
  • tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs.

We also recognise however that in today’s world our young people are faced with many pressures as they grow up and can often be influenced by strong feelings expressed by others in connection with a range of complex issues. Our overriding concern is that all our young people feel safe and also express tolerance towards all cultures and religions even when personal views may be different. We do not condone political, religious or cultural extremism in any form.

There are a number of behaviours which may indicate a child is at risk of being radicalised or exposed to extremist views which could include becoming distant or showing loss of interest in friends and activities or possession of materials or symbols associated with an extremist cause. We have a duty of care to ensure that all students in our school are protected from any dangers of being potentially or actually radicalised.

Wollaston School fully endorses the Government’s PREVENT strategy that :

“Schools can help to protect children from extremist and violent views in the same ways that they help to safeguard children from drugs, gang violence or alcohol. Their purpose must be to protect children from harm and to ensure that they are taught in a way that is consistent with the law and our values.”

Staff are expected to be vigilant in protecting pupils from the threat of radicalisation and refer any concerns to the Designated Safeguarding Lead. Staff receive appropriate training through ‘Channel’ to ensure they have the knowledge and confidence to identify pupils at risk, challenge extremist ideas and know where and how to refer concerns.

If you have any concern regarding a young person becoming radicalised please contact Miss Walker – Designated Safeguarding Lead.

From 1 July 2015 all schools are subject to a duty under section 26 of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015, to have “due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”. This duty is known as the Prevent duty.

1. Radicalisation refers to the process by which a person comes to support terrorism and forms of extremism leading to terrorism.

2. Extremism is defined by the Government in the Prevent Strategy as:

‘Vocal or active opposition to fundamental British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs. We also include in our definition of extremism calls for the death of members of our armed forces, whether in this country or overseas’.

3. Extremism is defined by the Crown Prosecution Service as:

The demonstration of unacceptable behaviour by using any means or medium to express views which:

  • Encourage, justify or glorify terrorist violence in furtherance of particular beliefs;
  • Seek to provoke others to terrorist acts;
  • Encourage other serious criminal activity or seek to provoke others to serious criminal acts; or
  • Foster hatred which might lead to inter-community violence in the UK.

4. There is no such thing as a “typical extremist”: those who become involved in extremist actions come from a range of backgrounds and experiences, and most individuals, even those who hold radical views, do not become involved in violent extremist activity.

5. Students may become susceptible to radicalisation through a range of social, personal and environmental factors. It is known that violent extremists exploit vulnerabilities in individuals to drive a wedge between them and their families and communities. It is vital that school staff are able to recognise those vulnerabilities.

6. Indicators of vulnerability include:

  • Identity Crisis – the student / pupil is distanced from their cultural / religious heritage and experiences discomfort about their place in society;
  • Personal Crisis – the student / pupil may be experiencing family tensions; a sense of isolation; and low self-esteem; they may have dissociated from their existing friendship group and become involved with a new and different group of friends; they may be searching for answers to questions about identity, faith and belonging;
  • Personal Circumstances – migration; local community tensions; and events affecting the student / pupil’s country or region of origin may contribute to a sense of grievance that is triggered by personal experience of racism or discrimination or aspects of Government policy;
  • Un-met Aspirations – the student / pupil may have perceptions of injustice; a feeling of failure; rejection of civic life;
  • Experiences of Criminality – which may include involvement with criminal groups, imprisonment, and poor resettlement / reintegration;
  • Special Educational Need – students / pupils may experience difficulties with social interaction, empathy with others, understanding the consequences of their actions and awareness of the motivations of others.

7. However this list is not exhaustive, nor does it mean that all young people experiencing the above are at risk of radicalisation for the purposes of violent extremism.

8. More critical risk factors could include:

  • Being in contact with extremist recruiters;
  • Accessing violent extremist websites, especially those with a social networking element;
  • Possessing or accessing violent extremist literature;
  • Using extremist narratives and a global ideology to explain personal disadvantage;
  • Justifying the use of violence to solve societal issues;
  • Joining or seeking to join extremist organisations;
  • Significant changes to appearance and/or behaviour;
  • Experiencing a high level of social isolation resulting in issues of identity crisis and/or personal crisis.

Child Exploitation

Sexual exploitation of children and young people (under 18) involves exploitative situation, contexts and relationships where the young person receives something(Food, money, drink, drugs etc) as a result of them performing on another or others performing on them sexual activity.

Child sexual exploitation can occur through the use of the internet or on mobile phones. In all cases, those exploiting the child or young person have power over them because of their age, gender, intellect, physical strength and/or resources.

Often children who experience child sexual exploitation are groomed to such an extent that they are unaware of that they are being coerced into dangerous behaviour. Children at risk of sexual exploitation are some of the most vulnerable in our society.

Perpetrators of these crimes are becoming increasingly sophisticated, using the internet to protect their identity and trafficking children around the country to avoid detection.

Signs a young person is being groomed include:

S – exual health and behaviour concerns

A – bsent from school or repeatedly running away

F – amilial abuse and/or problems at home

E – motional and physical condition

G – angs, older age groups and involvement in crime

U – se of technology and sexual bullying

A – lcohol and drug misuse

R – eceipt of unexplained gifts or money

D – istrust of authority figures

If you have concerns that your child or another young person is being sexually exploited please contact Mrs Barton – Designated Safeguarding Lead.

Safeguarding Services & Links

Child on Child Abuse

Peer on peer abuse

  • This form of abuse occurs when there is any kind of physical, sexual, emotional or financial abuse or coercive control exercised between children and can be on and/or offline.
  • Peer-on-peer/child on child abuse can be motivated by perceived differences e.g. on grounds of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability or other differences. It can result in significant, long lasting and traumatic isolation, intimidation or violence to the victim.
  • Children or young people who harm others may have additional or complex needs e.g. significant disruption in their own lives, exposure to domestic abuse or witnessing or suffering abuse, educational under-achievement or being involved in crime.
  • Downplaying certain behaviours, for example dismissing sexual harassment as “just banter”, “just having a laugh”, “part of growing up” or “boys being boys”; or not recognising that emotional bullying can sometimes be more damaging than physical harm and therefore should be treated equally seriously.
  • It should be recognised that peer abuse is harmful to both the perpetrator (who is a child) and the victim.
  • It is essential that we all understand the importance of challenging inappropriate behaviours between children/young people.
  • It is important that our students do not accept this behaviour as normal and we urge them to come forward to report it. Stopping harm and ensuring immediate safety is the first priority of our school.


Safeguarding Policy

Support Services for Families

Domestic Violence and Abuse Information