Safeguarding

Senior DSL:

Justin Smith

Deputy DSL:

Stacey Marks

Who to contact

For all safeguarding enquiries (including from external agencies) please contact JSmith@wittonpark.org.uk and Smarks@wittonpark.org.uk
Tel:01254 264551.

Safeguarding policy 2023

What to do if you are worried about a child

Please feel free to contact us if you are concerned about your own child or someone else’s. We have a dedicated team who will assess need, offer support and advice and make referrals to early help or other agencies.

 

If you are concerned that a child is being abused or neglected you can contact the Children’s advice and Duty service. Please follow this link: Children’s advice and duty service (CADS) | Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council

If you believe a child is at immediate risk of harm then please contact the police on 999.

What to do if you think your child is being bullied.

Please contact your child’s tutor or year manager in the first instance. Alternatively please contact JCreadie@wittonpark.org.uk.

Here is our Anti-bullying policy

What to do if you are worried about your child’s mental health.

Please contact your child’s tutor or year manager in the first instance. We will then offer appropriate support either through our own support systems or support you to make an external referral.

What to do if you are worried about your child’s social media use.

The legal age that people can have a social media account is 13 for all social media, this includes snapchat and whatsapp. Please consider carefully if you are putting your child at risk if you allow them to have social media accounts below this age.

Please find below some handy links for helping your child be safe online:

 

Parents and Carers – UK Safer Internet Centre

 

Social media guides – UK Safer Internet Centre

 

Online Grooming

How does WPA keep your child safe online?

The school has a filtering system for all school devices and accounts.

Additionally we have a sophisticated monitoring system that alerts us to any searches or communications which are a concern.

Our monitoring system is called Lightspeed and more information can be found here

 

In addition we educate children about online safety in PSHE lessons.

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