Updated: January 11th January 2021 Message from Mr.Chappell
During the closure, I will continue with my weekly reminders about safeguarding: It is imperative that if you have any concerns you contact the school or South Gloucestershire’s Access and Response Team if you have any concerns. Our greatest priority as a school is to always ensure the safety, well-being and happiness of all our children. In these unprecedented times, and during the school closure, the safeguarding of all our children remains our number one priority.
We will continue to support our families through different means: whether by frequent phone calls, class Zoom meetings, emails and, when necessary, face to face house visits (with social distancing protocols). Please note that we are also continuing to work with external agencies during this period of closure. With this in mind please remember that if you have any safeguarding concerns regarding our children, please contact us as a matter of urgency. I am the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) and Mr Spens is Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead (DDSL).
Throughout the closure we are contactable at all times via the school email: firstname.lastname@example.org South Gloucestershire Council’s Safeguarding Access and Response Team (ART) is also available to report concerns about a child: 01454 866000 Monday to Thursday 9.00am – 5.00pm (4.30pm on Friday) and 01454 615165 out of hours and at weekends.
In the last lockdown a safeguarding addendum was required to be developed. In advance of this being needed for the latest lockdown, a new draft addendum has been developed. Please click on the link below to read the addendum to our safeguarding policy for our processes during the school closures.
St Helen’s Primary School recognises its responsibilities for safeguarding children and protecting them from harm.
Designated Senior Person for Child Protection: Mr K Chappell
Designated Deputy Person for Child Protection: Mr A Spens
Designated Governor for Child Protection: Mrs H Straine-Francis
Emotional Wellbeing (Text taken from Newsletter Number 10 8th January.)
Back in September, in the very first newsletter of the year, I talked about how the first lockdown affected us all in different ways and I wrote the following (see below). As we move into a new set of circumstances and the children adjust to new routines and changes to their day to day interactions with other children, please remember that we are here to help as much as we can! Please contact us, if you need anything:
It is important to know that as always, we are here to help as much as we possibly can. As a school we pride ourselves on our relationship with all of our families. Our open door policy, that we talk about so much, will be there over the next few weeks and months, as children and families reconnect with school. Please be aware that we are here at any time to listen to any worries or concerns and to help support you in the best way possible.This may be through support we can give your child directly in school or by signposting you to external services that we can access, for example the services of the school nursing team. If you need anything please do not heistate to ask and make contact with school.
As discussed in the newsletter please find below a number of link to recommended advice lines to aid our mental and physical health during the period of lockdown.
These links have been provided by South Glos Specialist Health Improvement Practitioners and CYP Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing team.
For adults support: https://oneyou.southglos.gov.uk/stress-less/
Alternatively, if you would like to speak to someone to find out what support is available, call 0333 577 4666 available from 11am-7pm Monday to Friday, 12pm-6pm Saturday and Sunday or email: email@example.com
The School Health Nursing Team also have a number of great links to consider during this time. Please click the link below to access the Children’s Community Health Partnership.
Please see below further links to well-being and mental health sites that you may find useful.
Supporting children with anxiety
Jigsaw Thornbury are running some online sessions for parents to provide some guidance and advice on supporting a child who experiences anxiety. This will consist of 3 sessions which will be an hour and a half each and will include some resources. Our school cluster has secured some places for free, so please email the school office if you’d be interested and we can send you some more information.
Mental health webinars
There are also some free mental health webinars available this week and over the next couple of weeks on this website: https://sites.southglos.gov.uk/mind-you/webinar-series/
Other wellbeing events
Jigsaw Thornbury also offer regular wellbeing event, which can be found here: https://www.jigsawthornbury.org.uk/events/
As always, please do get in touch if we can provide any other support to you or your children.
Updated: April 2nd 2020:
Our greatest priority as a school is to always ensure the safety, well-being and happiness of all our children. In these unprecedented times, and during the school closure, the safeguarding of all our children remains our number one priority. As a school we will be continuing to support all our families through different means: whether by frequent phone calls, class Zoom meetings, emails or even when necessary face to face house visits (with social distancing protocols.)
It must also be noted that we are also continuing to work with external agencies, during this period of closures. With this in mind please remember that, if during the closure you have any safeguarding concerns regarding our children, please contact us as a matter of urgency. Throughout the closure we are contactable at all times via the school email: firstname.lastname@example.org
South Gloucestershire Council’s own Safeguarding ART (Access and Response Team) is also available to report concerns about a child: 01454 866000 Monday to Thursday 9.00 am – 5.00 pm, 4.30 on Friday and 01454 615165 out of hours and at weekends.
This is a challenging time for many reasons and we know there may be some families who may need additional support at times, if you have ANY questions, or concerns about anything please feel free to contact the school and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
Our ethos is that the effective safeguarding of children can only be achieved by putting children at the centre of a system where we listen and hear what they say. Every individual within our school will play their part, including working with professionals from other agencies, to meet the needs of our most vulnerable children and keep them safe.
Our school therefore, led by senior members of staff aims to provide a safe environment and vigilant culture where children and young people can learn and be safeguarded. If there are safeguarding concerns we will respond with appropriate action in a timely manner for those children who may need help or be suffering, or likely to suffer, significant harm.
Where staff or others need to raise concerns, these can be to the Headteacher/Designated Person for safeguarding who will coordinate a response. Concerns can be raised directly with Children’s Social Care but we would advocate contact with the Headteacher/Designated Person first.
The designated safeguarding lead or Headteacher who is familiar with national and local guidance will share concerns, where appropriate, with the relevant agencies.
We run an annual briefing for volunteers, with some guidance around keeping children safe at St Helen’s. You can find the presentation below.