We are committed to safeguarding children and young people and promoting their welfare. We have the following arrangements to ensure your child is safe.
“At Hamilton Lodge School and College we make sure Child Protection and Safeguarding is everybody’s responsibility.”
Simon Rogers – Head of Care
You can download our policy here Safeguarding and Children Protection Policy Oct 2016.
Prior to commencing work at HLSC all staff and volunteers have a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. They have to give information about previous employment and places of residence and explain any gaps in their records. They are always interviewed by at least one member of the Leadership Team and references are taken to verify staff suitability. Interview panels contain at least one person who has under gone Safer Recruitment Training. Every new member of staff has a Safeguarding and Child Protection Induction early on in their induction period. This induction ensures they are familiar with the HLSC Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy and they are clear about what to do if they have a concern about a child they are working with.
All staff at Hamilton Lodge receive training in child protection at a level appropriate to their work. Practice staff; teachers, SSWs, TAs and care staff have Child Protection Training at least every three years.
Designated People for Child Protection
HLSC has senior members of staff who have undergone the Designated Person for Child Protection (DPCP) training. This is a higher level training which is refreshed every two years. The DPCP are responsible within the school for ensuring the implementing of the Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy and liaising with outside bodies re Child Protection matters. We took this decision to have two members of staff trained ensure comprehensive safeguarding because we recognise that Hamilton Lodge children and young people are present overnight during the week. As members of the Leadership team the DPCPs take it in turns to be on call overnight every night of the week.
Our Designated Senior People for Child Protection are:
School Tel: 01273 682362
Simon Rogers – Head of Care
Simon’s mobile: 07720498626 Simon.Rogers@HamiltonLSC.co.uk
Juliet Grant – Head of School
Juliet’s mobile: 07802 884909 Juliet.Grant@HamiltonLSC.co.uk
If you have any child protection concerns then please contact Simon or Juliet immediately.
All staff are able to raise concerns about the safety of a child. There are clear protocols for this purpose outlined in the Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy and the Whistle Blowing Policy. All concerns are seen and discussed by the Designated People for Child Protection. If we are concerned that a child or young person may be at risk, whatever the circumstances, we must share our concerns with an appropriate person or agency. Where possible, we will discuss our concerns with parents & carers first. However, there may be circumstances that do not allow us to do so and at such times we will pass on concerns immediately and directly to the appropriate agency. We will then be guided by them as to when, or if, to contact parents or carers.
All buildings and activities carried out in the HLSC buildings and off site are subject to a risk assessment. This means we check out activities, buildings and venues to make sure they are safe for your children before we carry them out. Arrangements put in place as a result of the risk assessments are designed to minimise risk for everyone taking part with specific focus on possible risks to deaf children and young people. This includes fire safety, use of equipment and training for staff. When using external venues it is a requirement that a copy of that venue’s risk assessment is provided so it can be incorporated into our own risk assessment. Risk Assessments are overseen by the Executive Director who has qualifications in Health and Safety.
Keeping safe online
At Hamilton Lodge we are positive about the use of social media because advances in communication technology have greatly enhanced the ability of deaf young people to communicate with one another and the wider world. However we recognise that young people can be vulnerable online and so do as much as we can to give pupils and students the information they require to keep themselves safe whilst using the internet. We regularly discuss safe behaviour online with all pupils and students via assemblies, ICT lessons, SPACE lessons and informal conversation. The message is that your child knows it’s important that they tell an adult they trust if anything happens online that makes them feel scared, worried or uncomfortable.
The Hamilton Lodge internet and Wifi has robust filtering and parental controls which enable us to as confident as we can be that pupils/students are not accessing inappropriate material via the schools systems.
Safe online behaviour is as much an issue for parents as it is in school so in order to support parents we include some general guidelines and useful information about keeping your child safe online.
Online Safety-Advice for Parents & Carers
Talk about how the internet will be used in your house. As a family discuss what information should be kept private (such as personal information, photos etc) and agree rules for making and meeting online friends. Talk to your child about what they are doing online much like you would about their offline activities. Ask them to show you how they use the internet, learn which websites or tools they like to use and why. Learning together with your child can often open opportunities to discuss safe behaviour online. It’s essential to be realistic: banning the internet or websites you do not think are suitable often will not work and it can make a child feel less able to report a problem or concern, so education around safe use is essential.
Encourage sensible use of social sites
Make sure your child knows how to block and report people on their Facebook or other social media sites if they receive nasty or inappropriate messages or content. Encourage your child not to retaliate or reply and to keep any evidence.
Consider locating your computers and laptops in a family area where you can monitor your children’s online activity. Think about where you allow your child to use social media and video apps like Facetime and SKYPE. Remember there are lots of devices which can be used to go online. Visit www.saferinternet.org.uk/advice-and-resources/a-parents-guide for safety information about consoles and devices
Discuss using strong passwords with your child so they understand how they can protect their online accounts. It’s important they know they need to keep their passwords safe and not share them with anyone or use the same password for several accounts. If your child’s account is “hacked” or compromised then make sure they change their password and report any concerns or suspicious activity. For more advice on using strong passwords visit http://tinyurl.com/Getsafeonlinepassword. You can check how secure your passwords are by visiting this app: http://howsecureismypassword.net/.
Make sure your antivirus software is up to date and your wifi connection secure. Use Parental Control software for computers, laptops, mobile phones and games consoles to block unsuitable content or contact. Always remember that parental control tools are not always completely effective and sometimes unsuitable content can get past them, so don’t rely on them alone to protect your child.
You may find more useful information at the following websites;
‘We can help and protect you’. If someone has acted inappropriately online towards you or someone you know, you can report it directly to CEOP. It could be sexual chat, being asked to do something that makes you feel uncomfortable or someone asking to meet up.
This scheme highlights the importance of online safety and promotes use of the “Report Abuse” button to report illegal or inappropriate online behaviour.
The UK Safer Internet Centre, where you can find e-safety tips, advice and resources to help children and young people stay safe on the internet.
- http://www.childnet.com/ – Visit the ‘Know It All’ Section for an interactive guide about online safety
- www.getsafeonline.org – Free up-to-date Security advice including using complex passwords and managing hacked accounts
- www.facebook.com/safety/groups/parents/ – Safety centre specifically for parents.
- www.ndcs.org.uk –Comprehensive website with lots of information on a wide range of topics including Safeguarding.
- http://www.safenetwork.org.uk/help_and_advice/parenting/Pages/default.aspx- Lots of generic advice for parents.
Child Sexual Exploitation
Child Sexual Exploitation involves exploitative situations, contexts and relationships where young people (or a third person) receive ‘something’ (e.g. food, accommodation, drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, affection, gifts, money) as a result of them performing, and/or another or others performing on them, sexual activities. Child sexual exploitation can occur through the use of technology without the child’s immediate recognition; for example being persuaded to post sexual images on the Internet/mobile phones without immediate payment or gain.
In all cases, those exploiting the child/ young person have power over them by virtue of their age, gender, intellect, physical strength and/or economic or other resources. Violence, coercion and intimidation are common, involvement in exploitative relationships being characterised in the main by the child or young person’s limited availability of choice resulting from their social/ economic and/or emotional vulnerability. Taken from: Statutory guidance Safeguarding Children and Young People from Sexual Exploitation, 2009.
This is a helpful video you can watch by clicking here
Barnardo’s have produced a useful leaflet, you can download it by clicking here Barnardos Spot the Signs CSE Leaflet for Parent Carers