Safeguarding and Wellbeing
All staff at Graveney School recognise their duty to promote the welfare of all our students and to protect them from the risk of harm. This school is a place where students are encouraged to talk and are listened to and provides a safe environment that promotes the social, physical and moral development of each young person. You can find our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy in the Policies section of our website.
If you are concerned about a young person and would like to let us know please email email@example.com. sch.uk
Reporting anonymously: We also understand that there may be occasions where you have information that you would like to share with us, perhaps arising from discussions with your child about their experiences at school, but that you feel uncomfortable passing on. We have, therefore, set up the form https://www.graveney.org/Reporting-Concerns/ which is an anonymous reporting facility where you can share information that you think may be useful to us, but where you would prefer not to be identified.
We are committed to ensuring that all children with additional needs are identified early, referred to appropriate services and monitored through effective information sharing between agencies and professionals.
If you are worried that a child/young person is at risk harm or abuse you can also report this directly to children’s social services, you can do this directly contact Wandsworth’s Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH)
Or if the child does not live in Wandsworth, please see below the links to our neighbouring local authorities:
At Graveney School we recognise that positive wellbeing, good health and staying safe is vital for our students’ happiness and achievement. We are proud of the excellent support structures we have in place to raise awareness of mental health, wellbeing and staying safe and to respond to issues as they arise. Students have guided support in Tutor Time and in assemblies; the curriculum content in PSHE; from trained staff in our Wellbeing Centre and Pupil Support Centre and we also engage with outside agencies and charities.
The aim of this area of the website is to provide links to good quality information and guidance on health (mental and physical) and staying safe. We would also encourage students and parents who have any concerns, or who are experiencing difficulties to get in touch with us. We will do everything we can to help.
Please contact your child’s Form Tutor in the first instance if you are worried about your child.
You may find some of the resources from EduSafe helpful. They provide a bank of online resources with more information related to a wide range of wellbeing and safeguarding issues, supported with links to websites and contact numbers for additional information.
EduSafe for Young People https://www.educare.co.uk/edusafe-cyp
EduSafe for Parents/Carers https://www.educare.co.uk/edusafe-pc
WELLBEING (Lockdown & COVID)
We know that for some young people, Covid and lockdown is having a particularly negative impact on their emotional wellbeing. They may be struggling with general anxiety about missing school; limits on their freedoms and social interactions or a fear of getting Covid and this might be affecting mood or sleep patterns. It might also be the case that they are suffering bereavement and loss.
Whatever your child is experiencing, you may feel you need some guidance on how to support them so we have provided the following links (below) designed for parents and carers.
The first link is particularly useful as it reminds us of the importance of not putting too much pressure on ourselves as parents/carers and a reminder to take care of ourselves so that we can take care of others.
Parent/Carer Self Care
Young People’s Bereavement
Helpline 0808 802 0111 weekdays 9am to 9pm, also email and webchat
Helpline 0808 808 1677 weekdays from 9.30 -5pm
Young People's Mental Health Issues
App for parents/carers for supporting young person’s mental health
We appreciate that your child/ren are likely to be spending considerably more time in front of a screen and online at the moment – even more than they would usually do! Hopefully, a lot of that time is spent carrying out learning tasks they have been set on Google Classroom but it’s likely that they are also on social media apps such as Whatsapp and Instagram communicating with their friends and many will also be playing online games. Using advice from ‘Internet Matters’ (www.internetmatters.org) we have put together some key information that you might helpful to support your children to stay safe online.
Supporting children online at home – 4 things to things do
- Recognise, and accept, that we are all spending considerably more time online, due to the current situation. And that’s the same for children and young people as well as parents and carers
- Don’t worry so much about screen time – rather focus on-screen use. What are your children and young people actually doing when they are online? There should be a good balance of different activities. Try to check in on this by looking at your child’s screen regularly and checking their search history if you are concerned.
- Follow some of the basic guidance from healthcare professionals – specifically have tech-free mealtimes and don’t have technology in the bedroom overnight.
- Talk to your children – take time to understand what they are doing online – don’t always assume that they are up to no good. The most important thing is that if something went wrong (and of course there is evidence to suggest that there are people who exploiting the current situation to trick people when they are at their most vulnerable) children and young people would feel that they would be able to come and speak to someone. The way we react when our children tell us about a problem is absolutely crucial – overreacting can be counterproductive and may deter your children from continuing to be open with you about these things.
ONLINE SEXUAL ABUSE
If you are worried that a child is being abused online they, or you can report it to CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection command) which is a law enforcement agency designed to keep children and young people safe from sexual exploitation and abuse.
There is also a reporting button for CEOP in the footer of this website.