Effective safeguarding is at the heart of any school's duties and Borlase treats its safeguarding responsibilities with the utmost seriousness. All staff - teachers, non-teaching staff, volunteers - are given training by our school Designated Safeguarding Lead, Karen Harper.
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.
The school Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) is Karen Harper. Deputy DSLs are Kay Mountfield, James Simpson and Linda Fortnam. There are Level 4 safeguarding-trained members of staff in each Key Stage team.
The safeguarding governor is currently Mrs Gill Towell while the normal safeguarding governor, Mr Will Evans, is on compassionate leave from the governing body.
If you have a concern about the welfare of a student at Sir William Borlase's Grammar School, please contact one of the school's DSL team using either firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com or by calling the school and asking to speak to a member of the safeguarding team.
Useful links 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
- Privacy settings - advice from Barnardos on how to stay safe online
- Think You Know - education aspect of CEOP (Child Exploitation Online Protection)
- Internet Matters - information, advice and support for parents
- Safer Internet - helping children and young people stay safe online
Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health