Churchdown School is committed to ensuring the welfare and safety of all our children in school and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
We believe that students have a right to learn in a supportive, caring and safe environment, which includes the right to protection from all types of abuse, where staff are vigilant for signs of any student in distress and are confident about applying the processes to avert and alleviate any such problems. We have a Safeguarding Policy and procedures in place.
All staff (including supply staff, volunteers and Governors) must ensure that they are aware of these procedures.
Safeguarding is about ensuring that everyone is safe from harm - safe from bullying, safe from people who could abuse, safe from discrimination or harassment - and that we all feel safe in our environment.
Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies when there are concerns about a student's welfare. Where possible, we will ensure that concerns about our students are discussed with their parents/carers first unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the student's welfare.
If your child is ever concerned about safety or well-being or about a friend, they should talk to one of the school's Designated Safeguarding Officers (DSL).
Our designated staff for Safeguarding are Ms Hilton and Mr O'Connell.
You can contact these staff members on the main school number: 01452 713340. Please state that you are ringing about a safeguarding matter.
Helping young people in Gloucestershire to cope with life's ups and downs
Children and may face many challenges as they go through adolescence, this can range from issues around friendships and cyber safety to struggles with their mental health or sexuality. Parents and carers may find the information available through the links below a useful resource to help understand and support your child as they face these struggles.
Other Support Pages
TiC+ offers counselling and support for children and their families throughout Gloucestershire. TiC+ offer face-to-face counselling, online counselling and remote (video and phone) counselling for children and young people. In addition to counselling, they provide TIC+chat, an anonymous helpline for children and young people
TiC+ also offer support to parents and carers from our Parent Support & Advice Line and Parent Support Groups
Shout is a free, confidential, 24/7 text messaging support service for anyone who is struggling to cope. They provide support for people who are anxious, stressed, depressed, suicidal or overwhelmed and who need in-the-moment support.
Stop, breath, think gives young people aged 8-21 access to free 1-1 counselling sessions. They provide counselling for young people who would otherwise be unable to afford it. They are available nationally and provide vital support to those who need it with no wait times. Their service is modelled on the THRIVE framework for child mental health care provision.
Childline is there to help anyone under 19 in the UK with any issue they’re going through. Childline is free, confidential and available any time, day or night. They have trained counsellors to offer support on the phone or through their website. Childline is a service that’s run by the NSPCC.
In addition to their support lines, that provide a wealth of information, guidance and support for children and adults on a wide range of issues.
Young Minds provides practical tips and advice from young people for young people who are struggling with their feelings. They also provide people with tools to look after their mental health as well as information about where to get the support you need for your worries.
Young Minds aims to empower adults to be the best support they can be to the young people in their lives by sharing practical advice and tips on how to support your child. The advice they provide ranges from how to encourage your child to open up about their feelings to dealing with mental health services.
Young Gloucestershire is a countywide charity that supports young people who are facing challenges in their lives. A youth work approach is at the heart of everything they do. Young Gloucestershire believe that by building relationships with young people and understanding their individual needs we they begin to empower children to change their futures.
Whether their challenges are a disruptive home life, caring for a family member or coping with a mental health issue, Young Gloucestershire offers practical ways for children to find confidence and develop the skills they need to get on track and to move into a job, education or training. Young Gloucestershire works with the whole family to ensure our support reaches all those in need and develops lasting support networks.
Treasure Seekers aims to ensure that every vulnerable and disadvantaged person in Gloucester reaches their full potential, and becomes fully engaged in the community. The Cavern is their coffee shop and live music venue which is open to all throughout the week as a safe place to meet friends, play board games and see a friendly face.
The Cavern is a youth venue offering Friday night youth nights. It also offers board game nights, open mic nights, live music nights and karaoke nights to its programme as well as opening each day. As well as being a coffee shop open to all, The Cavern gives work experience opportunities to vulnerable and disadvantaged people and provides an out of hours mental health drop in.
For over 60 years, Mind has worked to improve the lives of all people with experience of mental health problems. They provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem and campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.
Mind won't give up until everyone experiencing a mental health problem gets support and respect. They believe that when you are experiencing a mental health problem, supportive and reliable information can change your life.
Mind empower people to understand their mental health and the choices available to them through their:
- Infoline, which offers confidential help for the price of a local call
- Legal Line, which offers information on mental health law
- Information which is available online and in print
The Mix offers essential support on a wide range of issues for young people under the age of 25.
The Mix offers advice to help you take on any challenge you’re facing - from mental health to money, from homelessness to finding a job, from break-ups to drugs. Talk to them via their online community, on social, through our free, confidential helpline or their counselling service.
This website provides tips and strategies to help you lift your mood or ease your anxiety. You can complete a quiz to get a free personalised plan to support your mental health, sign up for anxiety easing e mails or get sleep tips sent to your in box.
The website also gives you the opportunity to learn about CBT, watch video guides and try techniques to deal with worries, solve problems and boost your mental wellbeing.
In addition to offering support and advice for families on a range of issues (such as online safety, sex and relationships and mental health), the NSPCC also offers a range of therapeutic services.
Here at Churchdown School we are committed to Internet Safety.
The Internet is an amazing place. It allows everyone to communicate, do research, play games, listen to music, watch films, and even read Shakespeare or check the football results. We just need to act responsibly when we are online.
- Never Give Out Personal Details
- Don’t send out your picture to anyone
- Don’t enter private chat rooms
- Don’t open attachments from people you don’t know
- Don’t download programs without permission
- Respect people’s privacy
- Keep your password safe