We believe learning should be an inspirational journey, where all are challenged to achieve great things and to lead others, in a climate of dignity and respect. Making sure that everyone in our school community is safe is an essential prerequisite if children are to demonstrate any of the above.
At Wilsthorpe Community School we have a highly experienced Safeguarding Team, listed below, but also regard seeking to identify and overcome all barriers to learning as an important part of the partnership between school and families.
Information about our approach to pastoral support, Online-safety and our policies and procedures can be found on the links above.
Mrs C Parks – Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mrs H Scott - Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mrs J Nall – Student Service Manager
Mrs T Kendrick - Student Service Manager
Staff in school, by law, have a duty to report any concerns that they may have that any child may be suffering significant harm, particularly as a consequence of possible abuse. It is a Department for Education requirement that each school in the country nominates a senior member of staff who will have special responsibility for Child Protection. Here at Wilsthorpe, we have two members of staff who have received advanced safeguarding training.
The school has a policy on Safeguarding, which has been agreed by the Governing Body. As a school, we have close contacts with the School Health Service, Children's Services and the Police, any or all of who may become involved if abuse is suspected or alleged. The school has a responsibility to collate basic information such as who has parental responsibility for a child, and to pass this information to the relevant agencies if so requested.
In the event of an investigation into possible child abuse, the school has a duty to cooperate with the investigating agencies to the best of their ability to promote the welfare of the child. Whilst the school will always attempt to work in partnership with parents and carers, and try to ensure that they are fully informed of, and participate in, any action concerning their child, if there is a conflict of interest; the welfare of the child must be the paramount consideration.
The process of recruiting new staff is rigorous follows the 'Safer Recruitment' advice from the Local Authority. Our staff and volunteers are DBS checked to ensure all our pupils stay safe.
Should you wish to discuss child protection and the safety of your child, or indeed, any other child in school, please feel free to contact the safeguarding team. Please take time to read the policy in the link below.
PSHE & British Values
Mrs Parks leads our PSHE curriculum with support from all Progress Managers, more information can be found here.
All students are taught programs of study with a focus on online-safety through their Computing lessons, and the school is an active participant of Safer Internet Day each year.
Information to help keep your child safe online can be found on several websites. The following we have found to be particularly useful:
Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) website is run by the National Crime Agency. It has links to various websites and information available for all ages of children.
Follow this link: CEOP Website
Information for Parents
Safeguarding - Domestic Abuse
Information for Parents – Safeguarding - Domestic Abuse
This school will receive from Derbyshire Police a notification of every incident that has been reported to them or known to them of domestic abuse where a child is known to be living in the household.
This is a Derbyshire Police initiative working with Derbyshire County Council Childrens Services. Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility and this is to help schools with responses to domestic abuse by helping them support children and their families exposed to or involved in domestic abuse.
This may mean talking to pupils about their experiences, raising awareness through classroom discussion and schools activities, helping victims and families by providing to them signposting information.
This school is committed to protecting children and young people and working with partners to stop domestic abuse.
FOR ME: THE CHILDLINE APP
'For Me' is the new app that puts Childline in your pocket. It's free, it's secure and it's designed by young people for young people.
Need help or support?
You can contact Childline about anything. Whatever your worry, it's better out than in. They are there to support you and help you find ways to cope.
There are lots of different ways to get in touch with them and you can also get help from other young people through their site.
Advice for Teens in Derbyshire County
The Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust have released a telephone/text number which young people can use to contact the school nurse. The details are provided below:
Organisation: Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust
Service: Derbyshire School Nurses
For: young people aged 11-19 in Derbyshire County
Response Time: Within 24 hours, 9am – 4.30pm, Monday to Friday (except bank holidays)
Telephone Number: 07507 330025