Safeguarding and Wellbeing
Safeguarding at Wapping High School
All staff at Wapping High School recognise their duty to promote the welfare of all our students and to protect them from the risk of harm. This school is a place where students are encouraged to talk and are listened to and provides a safe environment that promotes the social, physical and moral development of each young person. You can find our Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy here . If you are concerned about a young person and would like to let us know, please email: email@example.com
The Safeguarding Team are made up of the following staff members:
Will Overill – Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL): firstname.lastname@example.org
Mohammed Ali – Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead: email@example.com
Rachael Harvey – Deputy Safeguarding Lead: firstname.lastname@example.org
Students reporting concerns. Staff actively encourage students to report concerns by speaking to their form tutor, using the red ‘Tell Us’ box at reception or via email using: email@example.com
At Wapping High we recognise that positive wellbeing, good health and staying safe is vital for our students’ happiness and achievement. We are proud of the excellent support structures we have in place to raise awareness of mental health, wellbeing and staying safe and to respond to issues as they arise. Students have guided support in Tutor Time and in assemblies; the curriculum content in Personal Growth lessons and PACK days (which includes trained external providers; from our Pastoral Team, ELSA support and we also engage with outside agencies and charities.
The aim of this area of the website is to provide links to good quality information and guidance on health (mental and physical) and staying safe. We would also encourage students and parents who have any concerns, or who are experiencing difficulties to get in touch with us. We will do everything we can to help.
Please contact your child’s Form Tutor in the first instance if you are worried about your child.
You may find some of the resources from EduSafe helpful. They provide a bank of online resources with more information related to a wide range of wellbeing and safeguarding issues, supported with links to websites and contact numbers for additional information.
- EduSafe for Young People https://www.educare.co.uk/edusafe-cyp
- EduSafe for Parents/Carers https://www.educare.co.uk/edusafe-pc
Parent/Carer Self Care
This link is particularly useful as it reminds us of the importance of not putting too much pressure on ourselves as parents/carers and a reminder to take care of ourselves so that we can take care of others
Young People’s Bereavement
Helpline 0800 11 11
Helpline 0808 802 0111 weekdays 9am to 9pm, also email and webchat
Helpline 0808 808 1677 weekdays from 9.30 -5pm
Will Overill is Wapping High school’s Senior Mental Health Lead: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sometimes children suffer from a mental health crisis that requires an urgent response and/or more specialist intervention. We always advise that if you are worried about your child’s mental health to seek support from your GP in the first instance but please also let us know what your concerns are too. Your GP may refer your child to CAMHS (Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services) or signpost to other organisations.
In respect to urgent mental health support, every mental health trust in London has now put in place a 24/7 crisis line for people of all ages – children, young people and adults. The lines which are free to call can provide advice to those in a crisis. These crisis lines are supported by trained mental health advisors 365 days a year and you can find all the information you need here:
Young People’s Mental Health Issues: App
- You may find this app useful which has been designed for parents/carers for supporting young person’s mental health
- Talking mental health with young people at secondary school – leaflet by the Anna Freud Centre provides simple advice and guidance to parents and carers about how to make conversations about their child’s feelings part of everyday conversation.
- Free webinars on young people and mental health from https://charliewaller.org/ The webinars are free and explore topics such as the teen brain, sleep, supporting a highly sensitive child, and perfectionism. Find out more and book https://charliewaller.org/what-we-offer/free-webinars/
We highly recommend that parents/carers take a look at www.internetmatters.org This website has good quality information, guidance and advice for keeping children safe online. You can search by issue, (e.g. cyber-bullying; screen time; online grooming…) and by age and it has a section on setting controls.
Please remember there are some simple, basic steps you can take to supporting your children online at home:
- Recognise, and accept – most of us spend a considerable amount of time online, and certainly did so during the height of the pandemic. That’s the same for children and young people as well as parents and carers.
- Don’t worry so much about screen time – what are your children and young people actually doing when they are online? There should be a good balance of different activities. Try to check in on this by looking at your child’s screen regularly and checking their search history if you are concerned.
- Follow some of the basic guidance from healthcare professionals – specifically have tech-free mealtimes and don’t have technology in the bedroom overnight
- Talk to your children – take time to understand what they are doing online – don’t always assume that they are up to no good. The most important thing is that if something does go wrong children and young people feel that they are able to come and speak to someone. The way we react when our children tell us about a problem is absolutely crucial – overreacting can be counterproductive and may deter your children from continuing to be open with you about these things.
- Be a good role model – be mindful of your own online habits and try to model healthy practices (e.g. tech-free mealtimes and technology in the bedroom overnight!)
Online Sexual Absue
If you are worried that a child is being abused online they, or you can report it to CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection command) which is a law enforcement agency designed to keep children and young people safe from sexual exploitation and abuse.