Redland Green School

RGS Bristol

Safeguarding

Redland Green School and North Bristol Post 16 Centre fully recognises its responsibilities for child protection and safeguarding the young people under our care. We have a strong ‘Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy’ that applies to all staff, governors and volunteers working at Redland Green School that conforms to guidance and procedures laid down by the Bristol Safeguarding Children Board and takes account of guidance issued by the South West Safeguarding & Child Protection Group.

There are five main elements to our policy:

Leadership

The school has a safeguarding executive that consists of Mr Lind (Deputy Headteacher) who is the Designated Lead Child Protection Officer and Mrs Martin, Miss Williams, Mr Tiplady (Post 16) and Miss Haine (Post 16) who are the Designated Deputy Child Protection Officers. In addition, Mr Rod Symmons is the Designated Child Protection Governor.

Training and Education

Redland Green School staff undergo a continuing programme of training to ensure that they are up to date with the latest issues with regards child protection. In recent years this has included basic awareness training from the NSPCC on recognising the signs of abuse and awareness training on Female Genital Mutilation and radicalisation.

Safeguarding issues are also integrated into our curriculum so that students are empowered to both keep themselves safe and also identify possible concerns about their friends and know who to pass these concerns on to. These issues are discussed in a wide variety of lessons, including APEX, Mentor time, LVS and IT lessons. Issues that sit within the safeguarding umbrella are frequently touched upon within the assembly programme. A constant stream of safeguarding information available for both parents and students is being developed through the keepsafe@rgs blog.

Regular safeguarding bulletins are sent to parents to keep them informed of any relevant safeguarding issues.

E-safety Risk of Extremism Child Sex Exploitation Female Genital Mutilation

  

Life sometimes throws up some problems that we need to do our best to cope with, but sometimes it can become too much to cope with alone.

What Can You Do?

Talk to somebody about your problem. You could talk to your parent/carers, a friend, your Mentor, your Wellbeing Lead, a teacher, or a helpline. Just talking often helps, and if it's a problem at school, your teachers or Wellbeing Lead can often help you with the problem.

With any school problem, your first point of contact would normally be your Mentor or Wellbeing Lead, but any teacher can be approached.

If you don't feel able to talk to somebody you know, the links below may be of help.

Are You Being Bullied?

Whisper

Report your problem using RGS's anonymous reporting service
ChildLine Help and advice over all young people's problems
Samaritans Someone to listen
Family Planning Association Contraception and sexual health advice
Talk to Frank Information about drugs
NHS Direct Information about all health issues
BBC Health Health information and advice
Quit Health and advice on giving up smoking
ASH Smoking information
BullyingUK Threats by phone or email
Anti-Bullying Network Bullying advice
Careers Courses, training, learning and career opportunities
Asthma National Asthma Campaign
Disability Information and advice on all disabilities
RNIB Royal National Institute for the Blind
Action on Hearing Loss Royal National Institute for the Deaf
Skill National Bureau for Students with disabilities

 And don't forget RGS has a number of drop-in services available for students.