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SAFEGUARDING

 

In periods of time when the school is closed, you may find yourself in need of safeguarding advice. If you have an immediate safeguarding concern, please phone 999 in the first instance for support.

 

If the safeguarding advice that you require is not urgent, please draw on one or some of the services listed below. These services have been used by thousands of students and families and have a proven track record in offering support when it is most needed.

 

For any family or child who is unsure of what support they require, there is a central Single Point of Access phone number - 0300 123 4496 - which provides the opportunity to discuss the types of support that might be appropriate.  This is also the number to call if a child requires urgent mental health support.

 

A new text service has been introduced by ‘SHOUT’ and the Crisis Text Line, as part of the Kent and Medway “Release the Pressure” campaign.  Anyone, of any age, who requires immediate mental health support just needs to text the word “Kent” or “Medway” to 85258.  This service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

 

Kooth is a mental health and wellbeing online platform for young people aged between 10 and 16 years of age, across the whole of Kent. The service is free and can be accessed 24 hours a day. As well as being a source of information and support, young people can also chat to a friendly and fully-qualified counsellor during the following hours:

  • Monday to Friday, between 12.00 noon and 10.00pm;
  • Saturday and Sunday, between 6.00pm and 10.00pm.

 

Moodspark  and the Kent Resilience Hub are helpful websites in order to learn about mental health and find tips/resources for keeping emotionally healthy. Young people can also text ChatHealth via 07520 618850 between the hours of 9.00am and 5.00pm, Monday to Friday – this text service provides support for physical and mental health.

 

It is possible to self-refer to the Children and Young People’s Counselling Service, if you feel the need, by clicking here. Anonymous support for anyone at or over the age of 16 can be accessed via Togetherall.

 

You can also book an appointment through your GP to support with any mental health difficulties that your child may be experiencing. GPs may also need to complete the Front Door referral form

 

Fearless is a website where young people can access non-judgemental information about advice about crime and criminality. You can also pass on information about crime 100% anonymously. For other useful links, see below

 

 www.goodmentalhealthmatters.com

Teen Mental Health - A Guide for Parents | (mytutor.co.uk)

 

CEOP

 

If you have any concerns related to the online safety of your child, the designated team for Child Exploitation and Online Safety team (CEOP) is the best port of call.

 

Childline is a useful tool for providing support and advice on a range of topics, including online safety and issues surrounding COVID-19.

 

Report Harmful Content can be used in addition to the CEOP reporting tool to help report any harmful content across all online platforms. They offer advice for a range of different websites and applications and can support young people and parents through the process of reporting any problems. They also offer guidance on what is considered to be harmful content and the different types that young people may come across.

 

For more generalised support about keeping children safe and resources and advice, you can visit the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC).

 

Report Abuse in Education helpline

The Department for Education has commissioned the NSPCC to establish a dedicated independent helpline for people who have experienced abuse in education. The Report Abuse in Education helpline comes after a high number of anonymous testimonials were submitted to the Everyone’s Invited website, documenting abuse in all types of schools, colleges, and universities.

The helpline went live on 1 April and will provide both children and adults who have experienced sexual abuse in schools with support and advice, including onward action such as contacting the police if they wish to. The helpline will also provide support to parents and professionals. Anyone who gets in touch through this dedicated helpline will also be signposted to other relevant support services available, including Childline, which provides ongoing support and counselling to children and young people. 

The dedicated and confidential NSPCC helpline – Report Abuse in Education can be reached on 0800 136 663 or by email at help@nspcc.org.uk.

 

IN SCHOOL SUPPORT

In school we have a dedicated team to support students with safeguarding/wellbeing concerns.

 

The Designated Safeguarding Team:

RoleStaff Member
Lead DSLMrs Denny, Vice Principal
Deputy DSLMiss Goldson, Assistant Principal: SEND and Transition
Deputy DSLMrs Rodell-Jones, Assistant Principal
Deputy DSLMr Chittenden, Assistant Principal
Deputy DSL Sixth FormMrs Bartlett, Assistant Principal
Pastoral Manager KS3Mrs Pilcher
Pastoral Manager KS4Mrs Sissons
Pastoral Manager KS4Ms Turney

 

Further Support Services for Students:

 

Place2Be

 

Place2Be is a children's mental health charity with over 25 years' experience working with pupils, families and staff in UK schools.

 

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Place2Be provide mental health support in schools through one-to-one and group counselling using tried and tested methods backed by research. 

 

St Simon Stock Catholic School have bought in the services of Place2be to provide high quality support in terms of mental health and wellbeing, for our students. This is in addition to our own additional on site school counsellor.

 

Mrs Thorne is our Place2Be Project Manager and can be contacted via the school reception,

 

The St Josephine Bakhita Student Hub

 

 

This hub lies in the heart of the school and is a student support area, where students can go to access wellbeing support and also an area where students can go to receive additional learning support. This is via an alternative curriculum pathway, through targeted intervention sessions that are based around English, Maths, vocational studies and qualifications and social skills development.

 

Our WHOOSH (We're Here Out Of School Hours) Homework Club also is based here. Please contact Miss Goldson on goldsonl@ssscs.co.uk if you would like a place for your child at our homework club.

 

 

Online Safety

Online Safety covers issues relating to the use of technology, such as the Internet, portable devices, electronic communication and digital media. St Simon Stock Catholic School understands that as technology advances new benefits and risks are formed and that we will need to adapt to these. St Simon Stock Catholic is committed to the safeguarding of its members and as such views the Online Safety policy as part of Safeguarding and Child Protection.

 

With technology developing so rapidly and enhancing everyday activities it is important to integrate the use of Information Communication Technology (ICT) and the Internet into education and school life. This allows students to learn and understand the benefits and skills associated with technology so that they are equipped to evaluate what the benefits and risks are so that they can evaluate situations for themselves safely and then take appropriate actions. The schools Internet access is designed to enhance and extend education. All students will be taught what is acceptable and what is inappropriate. Students will be given clear rules to follow when using Internet for their own safety and these must be adhered to.

 

 

Our Values

Faith in the presence of God

Concern for the poor and social justice

Quality education

Respect for all persons

Inclusive community

an awareness of the living presence of God in our world, and a calling to see the world through the eyes of faith

a calling to support the poor and victims of injustice, through community service and justice education

to provide an education that is second to none, so that our students will not just contribute to society, but will transform it

that we are all children of God and, as such, at the heart of our education we must respect the dignity of all persons

we respect and value diversity, which means that nobody is left out or left behind, and that we embrace the unique stories and qualities that each of us bring to the world.

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Trust Information

St Simon Stock Catholic School is an academy, and part of the Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership. The Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership is an exempt charity and a company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales under company registration number 08176019 at registered address: Barham Court, Teston, Maidstone, Kent, ME18 5BZ. St Simon Stock Catholic School is a business name of Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership.

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