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Safeguarding

What is Safeguarding & Child Protection ?

At Montpelier High School, we are committed to the safeguarding and protection of all our young people, it involves:

  • how well students are taught to keep themselves safe

  • how well the school protects students from bullying, racist abuse, harassment or discrimination, and promotes good behaviour 

  • the effectiveness of health and safety policies and procedures  

  • the effectiveness of arrangements to provide a safe environment and secure school site

  • how well the school meets the needs of students with medical conditions  

  • how appropriately child welfare and child protection concerns are identified and responded to by the school  

  • how effectively the school works with key agencies to safeguard and promote the welfare of children

  • the extent to which the school ensures that adults working with children are appropriately recruited and vetted, and receive appropriate training, guidance, support and supervision to undertake the effective safeguarding of students

 

Our Culture of Vigilance

Here at Montpelier High school we:-

  • Believe safeguarding and protecting students is everyone's responsibility.
  • Have a culture of fairness and equality.
  • Care for each other.
  • Listen to our students.
  • Are mindful of the needs and issues around vulnerable children.
  • Teach our students to keep safe.
  • Support students and their families and carers.
  • Identify signs of concern.
  • Monitor attendance rigorously.
  • Communicate regularly with external agencies.
  • Train all our staff/Governors in safeguarding.
  • Keep all staff updated with new guidance and policies.
  • We collect and retain data on the school community in order to ensure they are effectively safeguarded.

 

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of our young people and this requires all staff, Governors, visitors, parents/carers and students to share this commitment.

We aim to ensure that all child protection and welfare concerns and referrals are handled promptly, sensitively, professionally and in ways that support the specific needs of the individual child. Through providing a caring, safe and stimulating environment which promotes the social, physical and moral development of all our students, we aim to foster an atmosphere of trust, respect and security, which allows our students to flourish and go onto lead positive and fulfilling lives beyond school.

Montpelier high SCHOOL SAFEGUARDING TEAM

Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) – Lynsey Prewett - lynsey.prewett@venturerstrust.org

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead - Lashana Keen (Family Worker/DDSL) - lashana.keen@montpschool.org

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead - Claire Saddiq - claire.saddiq@montpschool.org

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead - Emma Boyes - emma.boyes@montpschool.org


Designated Safeguarding Governor - Chris Patterson (Chair of Governors)

The Heads of Year Team, in partnership with tutors provide the central provision for student welfare within Montpelier High School.

Click here for contact information for our Heads of Year and Assistant Heads of Year


What to do if you have a safeguarding concern about a child 

First Response is the front door to children’s services in Bristol.  We may need to contact them if we have a safeguarding concern about a child and need to explore further support than what has already been offered from the school and other organisations.

First Response are responsible for assessing the concerns that they receive and making the decision about what action to take regarding them.  First Response will gather information from partner agencies that are involved with families that are referred.

First Response will decide whether any action is necessary and, if so, whether a family will be referred to the Families in Focus Team or a Social Work Unit for further assessment. 

The work of Families in Focus can include parenting programmes or support, mentoring as well as support with behaviour management or home routines.

First Response


Children’s Mental Health Week – Message from Bristol City Council

The theme this year is ‘Growing Together’ which is about helping children to grow emotionally and finding ways for them to help each other grow as well. Here in Bristol, we want to make sure our children and young people feel safe and have the support they need to grow into happy and confident adults. We also want to make sure they know it’s OK to say when they’re not OK.

The COVID-19 pandemic has been tough on all of us, and particularly on many of our children and young people.

If you think your child may be struggling, you can find out more about the signs to look out for and the local support services that are available on the Are you Ok? Website: https://bristolsafeguarding.org/communities/support-for-bristol-residents/are-you-ok/.

Parents and carers can also find helpful resources on the Children’s Mental Health website: Children's Mental Health Week (childrensmentalhealthweek.org.uk)


ChatHealth Text Messaging Service

ChatHealth enables students aged 11-19 to text a number and receive confidential advice on a range of topics including mental health and wellbeing, smoking, drugs and alcohol, bullying, body image, relationships and healthy eating.

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The number for ChatHealth is

07312 263093

Open Monday to Friday, from 9am-5pm, during term time and school holidays – excluding bank holidays. It is an anonymous and confidential service although service users can be identified if a young person is at risk of significant harm.


ChatHealth was launched by the Community Children’s Health Partnership, which is led by Sirona Care & Health and partners. The service is funded by the local authorities across BNSSG and will complement the existing school nursing service.

 


Support for Parents and Students & Staying Safe Online

Please visit the below link for information about the range of support available to help safeguard our students, as well as information about keeping children safe online.

SAFEGUARDING, ONLINE SAFETY & SUPPORT SERVICES


Communications with Montpelier High School Staff

Please be aware that we do not tolerate aggressive behaviour or language directed at any member of staff – if this should happen, you will be given a copy of this statement and be asked to leave the school site immediately.

In cases, where staff are subjected to verbal abuse, aggressive or inappropriate language via a telephone conversation or email, these communications will be halted and blocked immediately. Thank you for support and consideration.


EXAM STRESS

For help and advice in supporting your child with exam stress please click on the below link:

Supporting Your Child With Exam Stress


Click on the below links to read or download the documents.