The school safeguarding team can be contacted via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ashton Vale Primary School is committed to providing a safe and secure environment for children, staff and visitors and promoting a climate where children and adults feel confident about sharing any concerns they may have about their own safety or the safety of others. We aim to safeguard and promote the welfare of children by protecting them from harm.
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We have staff members who are specifically trained and nominated as the Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSL) within school. These are:
Brad ArthurDSL - Head of School
Louisa BaxterDeputy DSL - Assistant Headteacher
We follow the Bristol Child Protection Procedures and the Local Safeguarding Children’s Board local guidance and have systems in place to share concerns regarding children’s welfare, child sexual exploitation, prevent radicalisation and female genital mutilation with our DSLs, with parents and with relevant external agencies. Part of our legal duty to safeguard our children may also include us needing to consult specifically with and take advice from the Police or Children's Social Care, should the need arise.
By working closely together as a staff and with our partner agencies, we firmly believe that we will continue to offer a safe learning environment for all our children.
If you are concerned for a child please call First Response 0117 903 6444
Please take the time to read our policies and contact the school should you have any questions about any issues.
School policies can be found HERE
A quick link to our Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy can be found HERE.
Safeguarding and Well-being Support
Please have a look at the links below for support and advice.
Contacting the School Nurse
Call the School Health Nursing Team and have a confidential chat on:
0300 124 5816
These phone lines will run until further notice, and will be staffed from 9am to 4pm, Monday to Friday.
For health information and advice about coronavirus, please go to the NHS 111 website in the first instance.
NSPCC - Speak out, stay safe!
Speak out, stay safe is a national programme run by the NSPCC. Usually they visit schools and hold assemblies and workshops to support children and young people. Currently they are unable to do this and are offering support online.
The Virtual Assembly for Yr3-6, featuring special appearances from Ant & Dec and David Walliams– can be viewed on Facebook here.
The Contacting Childline video embedded in the film can be viewed separately here
NSPCC have also launched ‘The Buddy Zone’ linked specifically to the Childline Under 12’s page, some details below;
Other NSPCC resources to support Primary School Age children
The Childline website is a brilliant source of information, advice and support for children and young people. In school we promote contact with Childline by phone 0800 1111 and via the website www.childline.org.uk/kids. Children and young people can speak on the phone or use 1-2-1 Chat between 9am and midnight. They can still send emails at any time and these will be answered in the usual 24 hour time frame. For any children with a hearing impairment, the Deaf Zone is an additional resource on the website.
Net Aware includes advice from O2 and NSPCC experts on the social media apps and platforms kids are using. It covers the latest trends and most pressing issues facing kids online, helping parents, carers and young people to stay on top of things.
NSPCC Resources for parents and carers:
The NSPCC Adult Helpline is also an important source of support for anyone concerned about the safety of a child – adults can call 0808 800 5000 or report concerns online.
Staying Safe Online
Visit this website https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/ for home packs for staying safe online at home.
Childnet are pleased to introduce their newest, free, video resources which families can use together over the coming weeks. The Education Team at Childnet, who visit schools across the country delivering educational sessions to young people, as well as the adults who support them, have produced a series of six short interactive lessons.
These 10-15 minute videos are designed to be picked up and used by families with any young person aged 6-9.
Please visit: https://www.childnet.com/resources/video-lessons
Barnardo's - See, Hear, Respond support hub
We're living in extraordinary times right now, and it can sometimes feel or be overwhelming. There is an exhaustive amount of information available about Coronavirus, and it can be hard to know where to start, and that’s why we have created this space. It’s a central place for you to explore, where you can find information, resources & tools - from practical advice on how to talk to your children about the pandemic, to tips on managing anxiety and much more.
Click here to access the Barnardo's support hub.
Top Ten Wellbeing Tips
Say no to domestic violence
Women's aid have created a space to help children understand domestic abuse and how to take positive action if it is happening to you.
Please visit their website: http://thehideout.org.uk/children/home/
You are not alone
#YouAreNotAlone campaign launched on April 11th 2020. Please share this with anyone who might need this support.
Do you feel worthless? Do you feel isolated? Does it feel like your life isn’t your own? Does someone else have control of you, your finances or your life? Do you worry about being at home with that person or do they question your every movement while you’ve been away? Domestic abuse doesn’t have to be violent. If you feel like you would like to talk to someone in strictest confidence please call Sarah Johnson on 07834126878 or email her at email@example.com
Next Link domestic abuse telephone help lines are open 10am – 4pm Monday to Friday 0117 925 0680
This site was created for young people, carers and professionals to pool together lots of helpful resources from across the internet that are available to help support your mental health and well-being.
Click on the icon below to access support and advice if you are concerned about Child Sexual Exploitation
The image below contains contact details for a range of support agencies
Please click on the icon below if you’re worried that someone close to you is expressing extreme views or hatred, which could lead to them harming themselves or others.