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NAMED PERSON WITH RESONSIBILITY FOR CHILD PROTECTION
Designated Safeguarding Lead: Lee Kane, Headteacher, Astor Secondary School
Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) East Kent: Marisa White, Education People
The Safeguarding Team
Astor Secondary School has a highly committed and skilled team overseeing all aspects of safeguarding within the academy. All the team are trained at the same level as the designated safeguarding lead and promote proactive safeguarding to all students.
Lee Kane, Headteacher
Designated Safeguarding Lead
Helen Jarvis, Wellbeing and Welfare Lead
Designated Safeguarding Lead
Derek Clue, Assistant Head
Designated Safeguarding Deputy
Rebecca Dutton, Assistant Head
Children in Care
Designated Safeguarding Deputy
Kent Safeguarding Children multi-agency partnership
As a relevant agency, Astor Secondary School is committed to the vision -
To protect children from harm and prevent them from the risk of being harmed, support their recovery from harmful situations and improve our services through learning.
The Kent Safeguarding Children Multi-agency Partnership Arrangements can be viewed by clicking here.
Astor Secondary School works to ensure that your child receives the best possible educational experience and will never be complacent in achieving this end. With this in mind, and a focus on behaviour and community relationships, we have access to a Youth Engagement Officer (YEO) within the Dover Community Safety Unit. Working with the YEO has become standard practice in our Academy and other Schools, and we have seen the benefits that this joined up working brings to the students and the community. Along with the YEO we work closely with Kent Police and attend regular meetings to build links and establish a culture of proactive safeguarding. Through our community policing links, the safeguarding team have worked on some key issues for our students including grooming, missing, bullying, County lines and anti-social behaviour.
Here is a collection of useful resources and websites for students and young people to access wellbeing and welfare support, as well as information and advice.
Click on the logo to take you to their website.
Kooth is an online mental wellbeing community. You can find free, safe and confidential support and chat to someone from their helpful team about anything that is on your mind via messages or live chat.
MoodSpark is part of the Kent Resilience Hub and is a place where young people ages 10-16 can learn how to look after their emotional and mental health and find ways to help them bounce back when life gets tough.
YoungMinds provide support to young people who may be struggling with their feelings and they provide loads of practical tips and advice from other young people as well as information on getting the support you need.
Call ChildLine to speak to a counsellor who is there to listen and support you with anything you'd like to talk about or that you are worried about. You can also email or have a 1-2-1 chat with a counsellor online.
Kent Youth Health has lots of useful information and resources on a range of issues that may affect young people. They provide information and advice to support young people around bullying, bereavement, healthy eating, emotional and physical health and wellbeing as well as much more.
The Mix is a support service for young people. They help with issues from mental health to money, from homelessness to finding a job and from beak-ups to information about drugs.
Parent and Carer Resources
Here is a collection of resources aimed at providing advice, information and guidance to parents and carers.
Below are a number of organisations that provide support and information for parents and carers, please click on the logo to take you to the website.
Parent Zone is an expert consultancy in digital family life. They provide support and information to parents, young people and schools to build skill sets to navigate the internet safely and confidently.
Family Lives is a charity that provides targeted early intervention and crisis support to families who are struggling. The issues they support families with include family break down, challenging relationships and behaviour, debt and emotional and mental wellbeing.
The Anna Feud National Centre for Children and Families provide free digital resources that offer advice and guidance to parents and carers who may be supporting a young person struggling with poor mental health.
Kent Resilience Hub provides tools and information to parents and carers to support them to nurture resilience and be supportive when children and young people are finding life difficult.
Young Minds have lots of practical advice and tips for parents and carers on supporting children and young people. From how to encourage them to open up about their feelings to dealing with mental health services as well as providing parents with a helpline, email service and option for webchat to offer support.
Children and young people are becoming more and more immersed in communications and computing technology, including phones, tablets, laptops, PC's, game consoles, TV's, and of course, the internet. Click on the logo to go to the website where you will find more information and resources to help keep children and young people safe online.
Since the Covid-19 pandemic, and subsequent lockdowns, there has been a 60% increase in reports to the NSPCC helpline concerning children being subject to online abuse. Here is a collection of resources, guides and information around online safety, please click the logo to be taken to their website.
The NSPCC have a wealth of online safety resources for parents and carers, children and young people as well as schools and professionals available. This includes access to free online safety webinars, guides on specific apps for parents and much more.
The Cyber Choices programme was created to help people make informed choices and to use their cyber skills in a legal way. This is a national programme co-ordinated by the National Crime Agency and delivered by Cyber Choices teams within Regional Organised Crime Units and Local Police Force Cyber Teams. Please click on the logo to be taken to their website where you can access more infomatoin about the programme, resources for using cyber skills positively, information for parents and carers as well as much more.
CEOP is run by the UK Police Force and is here to keep children safe from abuse and grooming online. It has a number of tools that enable you to report online abuse and all reports will be taken seriously.
If something has happened online which has made you feel unsafe, scared or worried, you can report it to the CEOP.
ThinkUKnow is an educational program created by the CEOP to protect children and young people both online and offline. It has resources for children and young people, parents and carers as well as professionals and it is packed full of helpful resources around online safety, grooming and how to report a concern.
Internet Safety Tips for Parents
Don’t ban the internet or block all access to technology. Help your child to learn to use technology safety and positively.
Be the parent. You are in charge. Set boundaries and consider using filtering software.
Create a family agreement and implement tech free zones such as cars, meals and bedrooms.
Take an interest in your child’s favourite apps or sites. Download and use the apps so you become familiar with them and suggest they add you as a friend.
Talk to your child about strangers online and advise they only add people they know and trust in real life. Warn them about scams and dangers by openly discussing news stories about social media. Bring up the dangers of sharing personal information, passwords and photos. Help them set up a strong password.
Go online with them.
Talk if you feel it’s getting out of hand (but remember how many hours you spent watching TV when you were their age – the internet is at least active not passive and they can learn a lot from it) and set a good example.
The internet provides a space for children and young people to communicate, explore, laugh and learn. There are lots of ways parents and carers can support them in doing these things safely. Childnet International provide a parent and carers toolkit that offers practical tips and advice on different aspects of keeping your child safe online.
The information and resources sheet for parents and carers has a list of useful websites and resources to help you keep your child safe online. It signposts places to go for advice, ways to stay up to date, top tips and places to report concerns.
As a parent or carer the best tool to support your child in leading a happy and safe life online is open conversation. This Parents Guide gives advice on how to begin these discussions, how to work together as a family to suppport yout child online and how to handle difficult conversations or situations. Each section has examples of questions to use to start conversations around safe and positive internet use, and key messages to share with your children.
A family agreement is a great way to start a conversation with your whole family about how you all use the internet, and to start discussions together around how to behave in a positive way when online, whether this is at home, at school or at a friend's. The family agreement provides a list of things to consider when creating a family agreement, and some examples to get you started. An agreement template is also provided to help families set clear expectations for positive and safe internet use.
These leaflets include practical advice to help foster carers and adoptive parents discuss the online world with their children and young people and support them to use it safely and positively.
Digital Parenting Magazine, produced by Vodafone, offers information, support and advice in relation to a vast range of online topics including setting parental controls and how to report abuse and harmful behaviour online.
Parents and Carers Guides
Below are some guides that have been developed by ThinkUKnow to support parents and carers to better understand the apps and social media platforms that children and young poeple may be accessing online.
ThinkUKnow have also produced some activity packs with simple 15 minute activities that you can do with your child or young person to support their online safety at home.
County lines is the name given to drug dealing when organised criminal groups use phone lines to move and supply drugs, usually from cities into smaller towns and rural areas. They exploit vulnerable people, including children and those with mental health or addiction issues, by recruiting them to distribute the drugs, often referred to as ‘drug running’.
Students, parents or carers can speak to anyone in the Safeguarding team about this issue.
The resources below provide more information on how County Lines affects young people and families and support available.
The Kent Police website provides information and guidance on signs to look out for, how organised criminial groups use social media and how to report concerns.
The National Crime Agency explains more about county lines and indicators of exploitation in your area.
The Safeguarding Network has a wealth of useful tips for understanding indicators of county lines and exploitation as well as what may make a young person more vulnerable to exploitation.
Safe4me is a directory with details about support services available nationally and locally for young people impacted by child criminal and sexual exploitation as well as advice and resources for children and young people on a range of needs, concerns and topics.
Drug and Alcohol Advice
Substance and alcohol abuse can affect many people.
The Dover and Folkestone specialist service centre offer a full range of drug and alcohol treatment packages to support individuals and families across the Shepway and Dover districts.
The Dover and Folkestone Community Drug and Alcohol Service can be contacted on 01304 248290 (office hours) or 0300 1231186 (out of hours). They offer a counselling service for drug addiction and draw on the experience of a dedicated team of professionals to provide the most appropriate treatment options available.
We Are With You provides free, confidential support with alcohol, drugs or mental health locally and online. They offer support over the phone, by text and by email as well as weekly group video calls and lots of useful resources and advice on dealing with alcohol and drug related issues.
Forward have over 30 years experience in supporting people to overcome drug and alcohol related problems. They provide friendly, non-judgemental support, no matter what substance you may use, and they offer a range of treatment options, from programmes that can support people to become completely abstinent to harm minimisation and advice on how to cut down.
Forward offer a 24-hour phone line for out of hours enquiries, which is 0300 123 1186.
SMART Recovery supports people to decide whether they have a substance misuse or alcohol problem, helps them to build up their motivation to change and provides a set of proven tools and techniques to support recovery.
Nacoa, The National Association for Children of Alcoholics, provides information, advice and support for young people impacted by their parents use of alcohol. They also have a free helpline that provides confidential advice and support on 0800 358 3456.
FRANK provides a confidential service to anyone wanting information, advice or support about any aspect of drugs. They can provide advice and support on the phone on 0300 1236 600, via text on 82111 or via email or the Live Chat feature on their website.
Students, parents or carers can speak to anyone in the Safeguarding team for further advice and support.
Domestic Abuse and Forced Marriages
If you or your family are in immediate danger please call the police on 999 (If you can't speak, cough or tap the handset then press 55 on your phone - the police will know it's an emergency). In a non-emergency situation you can call Kent Police on 101.
For non-emergency support and safety planning call Kent Victim Support helpline on 0808 16 89 111 (available 24/7) or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Domestic abuse is when a grown-up threatens, bullies or hurts another adult in the family. Sometimes it is called domestic violence. It can happen in any family and it can be very hard to deal with. Domestic abuse can by physical, emotional, harassment or threats. It could be financial control, stalking, inappropriate sexual behaviour or shouting at you in front of the children. Astor Secondary School supports any student affected by domestic abuse.
There are a number of support services around the Dover and Folkestone area that support children, young people and families impacted by domestic abuse.
Dover Domestic Abuse One Stop Shop
The Dover District Community Safety Partnership funds a One Stop Shop to support those experiencing domestic abuse. They provide free and confidential advice and information from different agencies, all under one roof.
The One Stop Shop is held at the Buckland and Whitfield Children's Centre at St Nicholas Church, The Linces at Buckland. It is open every Tuesday between 9:30am and 12 noon.
For more information call 03000 414941 or come and speak to anyone from the Safeguarding team.
Oasis Domestic Abuse Service
The Oasis Domestic Abuse Interventions Team provide support across a range of needs and risks for those affected by domestic violence to ensure families get the support they need including: Independent Domestic Violence Advisors (IDVAs) providing community support, Court support (both family and criminal justice interventions), Refuge – short and longer term placements, group and one to one opportunities.
Oasis work with all victims of domestic abuse – men and women, regardless of gender identity, health needs, substance misuse or mental health needs
Call the team on 07856 856278 or email RAISEreferrals@oasisservice.org for more information or to speak to an advisor.
You can download a self referral form below:
Honour Based Abuse & Forced Marriages
Astor Secondary School is committed to ensuring the safety of all students and ensuring that they are free to make choices. There has been a massive drive nationally to raise awareness of forced marriages and what to do if you are concerned or worried that you or someone you know maybe affected. Students, parents or carers can speak to anyone in the Safeguarding team about this issue.
Karma Nirvana is a specialist charity that supports victims and survivors of honour based abuse and forced marriage in the UK. Karma Nirvana will listen to you in complete confidence and whatever your age or circumstances Karma Nirvana is there for you. They can also provide information in Punjabi, Urdu, Hindi and Mirpuri.
If you are at risk, or if you are concerned for someone who is, Karma Nirvana are here to listen and help.
Contact Karma Nirvana free and confidentially on 0800 5999 247 (Monday-Friday 9am-5pm) or send an email to email@example.com
Bullying and Cyberbullying
Astor Secondary School is committed to ensuring that all pupils learn in a safe and supportive environment that is free from all forms of bullying behaviour.
Please see Astor School's Anti-Bullying Policy for detailed information about how instances of bullying are dealt with, including the procedures to prevent further occurances of bullying.
If you're worried about bullying, if you're being bullied yourself or your child or someone you care about is being bullied, there are lots of local and national places to find help and information. Students, parents or carers can speak to anyone in the Safeguarding team about this.
The Goverment has a very clear guide on bullying at school. It explains the law around bullying and can be accessed by clicking here.
The Anti-Bullying Alliance is a coalition of organisations and individuals that are united against bullying. Please click on their logo to be taken to their website where you will find lots of advice, information, tools and support for dealing with bullying.
Astor Secondary School's Online Safety Policy outlines how the school ensures appropriate and safe use of the internet and other digital technology devices by all pupils and staff, please see the Online Safety Policy below for further details.
Cyberbullying is the use of the Internet and related technologies to harm other people, in a deliberate, repeated, and hostile manner.
- Children can be unkind to each other online and bullying is not new. Technology has changed how children bully each other and it can be 24/7 i.e. sending abusive messages, posting mean thing about each other, ignoring by encouraging others to not like posts. Technology has also made it easier to track and prove who is responsible.
- If you suspect your child is having a problem, the evidence will be on your computer. If you can print off copies of messages and screen shots of web postings (ctrl + prnt scrn) we can investigate.
Please click here for more information about dealing with cyberbullying.
For more infomation, advice and guidance around identifying and stopping cyberbullying please see the resources below
For parents and carers, click here.
For teachers and professions, click here.
For students and young people aged 11-13 years, click here.
For students and young people aged 14+ years, click here.
For further advice and information here is a collection of other useful links
Early Help provides services that can be accessed at a time and place that suits families to help them to do well, stay safe and resolve problems at the earliest possible opportunity, before they become more serious. Early Help means taking action to support a child, young person or their family early in the life of a problem or as soon as it emerges.
The help can be required at any stage in a child's life, whether it's from pre-birth to adulthood. It applies equally to safeguarding or complex needs that the family cannot deal with, or meet on their own.
More information about Early Help can be found on the KCC website by clicking here.
Futher information can be found on the Early Help and Preventative Services Leaflet and on the Early Help Guide below.
For further advice, support and guidance, you can get in touch with the Early Help District team by email or phone.
Get in touch with Dover District Early Help on 03000 42 29 98 or by emailing DoverEarlyHelp@kent.gov.uk
Contact details for Early Help services in other districts throughout Kent can be found by clicking here.
Safeguarding Addendum - April 2020 Early Help Cyberbullying Policy