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 - email@example.com
Safeguarding Link Governor - Nick Lee - firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
E-SAFETY AND THE USE OF MOBILE PHONES
Starting Year 7 and making new friends is one of the best parts of going to Secondary schools. However, sometimes this new responsibility is difficult to manage. We remind students about our commitment to be kind, the consequences of inappropriate behaviour and the importance of community. We will also signpost where they can go for support. Please use the resources from the UK Safer Internet Centre to help support you to have these conversations with your children at home - click here for more information.
Health and Safety
Venturers Trust, so far as is reasonably practicable, will provide a working environment that is safe and without risk to health, safety and welfare of all its employees. This also extends to students, volunteers, contractors, visitors and any other person who is on one of our sites or who may be affected by our acts or omissions.
All staff, students, contractors, volunteers and visitors must wear their employee, visitor or student lanyard at all times.
For our full Trust health and safety policy please visit the statutory policies ares of the Venturers Trust website.
Children's Mental Health Week, 6-12 February 2023
Children’s Mental Health Week was launched in 2015 to shine a spotlight on the importance of children and young people’s mental health. The Children’s Mental Health Week theme this year is “Let’s Connect”, encouraging people to connect with others in healthy, rewarding and meaningful ways.
We have been using the PSHE programme with our students to discuss healthy relationships with others, how connections with others help us have a sense of belonging and how we can use our voices to connect with those who feel marginalised or disconnected.
Throughout Children’s Mental Health week we will be sharing daily tips promoting mental health awareness. There are also some helpful tips from mental health experts to help connect with your child on the Parenting Smart website. For more information about Children’s Mental Health week please visit https://www.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.
The number for ChatHealth is
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.
Report Harmful Content
If you've experienced or witnessed harm online Report Harmful Content can help.
Report Harmful Content can help you to report harmful content online by providing up to date information on community standards and direct links to the correct reporting facilities across multiple platforms.
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.
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.
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