Sir William Borlase's Grammar School

Safeguarding

All Children have the right to be safe. Every member of the school community is responsible for contributing to a positive culture of safeguarding and keeping it at the heart of everything we do; it is the golden thread running through our school priorities. 

Sir William Borlase’s Grammar School is committed to ensuring the safety of its whole school community.  Staff, Students, Parents, Governors and visitors must all share this commitment and play their own part in it.

The school is fully committed to the Department for Education's guidance on Safeguarding Children and Safer Recruitment in Education and follows Buckinghamshire County Council's guidance on Safer Recruitment and Selection in Schools when appointing staff.

 If you are concerned about the safety, wellbeing or behaviour of one of our school community, then contact one of our Designated Safeguarding Leads via their email below or via our designated safeguarding email address safeguarding@swbgs.com

Contact can also be made by calling the school Reception 01628 816500

 

Safeguarding: the essentials

  • Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility - we all have a duty of care and the welfare of the child is paramount

  • Safeguarding is a broad term that encompasses the range of things done to protect and promote the health and wellbeing of young people on an ongoing, day-to-day basis. 

  • Child protection is part of safeguarding: it is the action we take to protect a child who may be in imminent danger

  • Everyone working at Borlase must be attentive to signs that indicate that a child’s welfare may be at risk.  This may be through one or more of the following: sexual abuse, emotional abuse, physical abuse or neglect.  These signs could include changes in: behaviour, appearance, school engagement and attendance, mood, friendships.

  • Everyone working at Borlase must adopt an “it could happen here” mentality and be prepared to raise concerns if we have them.

Safeguarding Team

The school Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) is Karen Harper.  Deputy DSLs are  Kay Mountfield, James Simpson and Linda Fortnam.  A wider group of staff across the Key Stages, including sports coaches, have Level 3 (Working Together) Training in safeguarding.

The safeguarding governor is Mr Will Evans.  Between October 2022 and February 2023, Mr Evans is taking a sabbatical from his governor responsibilities.  During his time on sabbatical, Mrs Gill Towell will stand in as safeguarding governor.

The safeguarding team at the school work closely with outside agencies and will refer concerns to them where appropriate. However, if you are concerned about the immediate welfare of a child it is always appropriate to make a report yourself. 

  • If you believe a child is in immediate danger of harm or violence, including Female Genital Mutilation, contact the police. 

  • If you are concerned about a child’s home situation, then contact the safeguarding team at the relevant local authorities via the following links:

  • Buckinghamshire Safeguarding Children Partnership link here

  • Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead Safeguarding Board link here

  • Oxfordshire Safeguarding Children Board link here

  • Slough Safeguarding Children link here

Useful links and guidance

Useful sites for Advice and Guidance
  • Bucks Family Information Service - offers free, impartial information to families with children aged 0 to 19 years (or up to 25 years with a special educational need or disability), young people and professionals
  • Parent Info - free website for parents covering a range of issues

Online

General safety

Safeguarding: developments to be aware of

Andrew Tate

Andrew Tate has declared himself a ‘self help guru’ giving advice to his mostly male fans on how to make money and how to treat women.

Tate’s view have been described as ‘extreme misogyny’ by domestic abuse charities and that he is capable of radicalising men and boys.

Tate has created a number of videos expressing his views and used the social media platform TikTok as a forum. He then encouraged fans and followers to flood the internet with his videos so that more people could access them.

Despite Tate clearly breaking many of Tik Tok's rules put in place to protect users and followers, the social media platform did little to stop Tate’s videos going viral and enabled him to be one of the most watched influencers in the world and was googled more times in the Summer of 2022 than Donald Trump and Kim Kardashian.

Andrew Tate is a dangerous role model. He is rich and successful and looks like he has it all. Tate could influence young people to follow his views and commit crimes. 

Tate incites behaviours and attitudes that are harmful and vulnerable people online could be a risk of believing these attitudes and behaviour to be acceptable. 

More information about Andrew Tate can be read here.