At Bridge Learning Campus, the health, safety and well-being of every child is our top priority. We expect all staff, governors and volunteers to share this commitment to safeguarding our pupils.
We listen to our pupils and take seriously what they tell us. All school staff are trained in Child Protection, and children are made aware of the adults they can talk to if they have any concerns. Staff are trained to look out for signs of physical/emotional harm or neglect and are required to report these to the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL).
The procedures which we follow have been laid down by the Bristol Safeguarding in Education Team and the school has adopted a Child Protection Policy in line with this, for the safety of all. On rare occasions our concern about a child may mean that we have to consult other agencies. We will ensure that all concerns are discussed with parent/carers first, before any referrals are made, unless we believe that such a move may be contrary to a child’s welfare.
The Designated Safeguarding Leads are Ms Caroline Johnson & Mrs Sarah Cheshire (Assistant Head Teacher).
The Designated Person for Looked After Children (LAC) is Laura Rudd (SENDCo) and Mrs Sarah Cheshire.
The school adheres to the following three DFE safeguarding documents:
Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015
Keeping Children Safe in Education 2018
The Prevent Duty 2015
The school has a suite of Safeguarding documents which are reviewed regularly.
If you are concerned about the safety of a child, you can email the DSL at email@example.com or you can contact the Bristol Safeguarding Children Board: https://www.bristol.gov.uk/social-care-health/reporting-concerns-about-a-child-first-response
If you require any further information please contact Rupert Maule (Head of Secondary) or Vourneen Carter (Head of Primary) via the school office.
Our Safeguarding Governor is Mrs Caroline Jenkins.
Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy
What can you do?
If you need support with parenting or you think that your child needs some help from children’s services in Bristol, you can phone First Response.
- Information, advice and guidance being given about services to help families.
- A referral to the Early Help team who can provide support to children, young people and families.
- A safeguarding referral to a social work team.
Anyone can ring First Response if they are concerned about a child or young person.
It is possible that your child or children have been allocated a social worker due to issues relating to a child protection concern or to undertake an assessment of their needs. You may want to seek advice and support from an independent organisation such as the Family Rights Group or the NSPCC.
In addition to the above there are other areas of safeguarding that the school has a responsibility to address and these include:
Please find below links to useful information:
Dates: Every Thursday from 25th April – 4th July (with a break on 30th May for half term)
Time: 4 – 5:30pm
Location: Filwood Community Centre, Knowle
Ages: 13 – 19 year olds
What is CRUSH?
CRUSH is a structured 10 week programme of group support and empowerment for young people aged 13 - 19 who have witnessed, experienced or are at risk of domestic abuse/unhealthy relationships. Each session has a prescribed focus on a different aspect of relationships.
CRUSH aims to help you gain the skills, knowledge and tools to be able to:
- Recognise and spot the signs of healthy and unhealthy relationships
- Avoid abusive relationships
- Exit an abusive relationship safely
- Help you with your exposure to domestic abuse within your home environment
The CRUSH Programme is suitable for young people of all genders and can be helpful to those who are vulnerable to domestic abuse and also for those who are beginning to show signs of controlling behaviour. The programme has been designed to complement the information on relationships given in PHSE lessons.
The programme’s focus is on both emotional and practical support including; self-esteem, confidence, assertiveness, coping strategies, skills and competencies, building friendship network, independence and ambition.
This programme is being run as partnership working between Creative Youth Network and Next Link.
Safeguarding Assembly information 24.09.18
- During the assembly will we aim to give children:
- An understanding of different things they might worry about, including bullying, and an ability to recognise the signs.
- Knowledge of how to protect themselves from all forms of abuse
- An awareness of how to get help and sources of help, including ChildLine
Click on the link below to see the content the assembly, you may wish to look at this in advance, in case your child has any questions.