At Egglescliffe School we are committed to providing a safe and secure environment for all our pupils, staff and visitors. We promote a community where students and adults feel confident about sharing any concerns which they may have about themselves or others.

All staff undergo annual safeguarding training and are regularly given updates and further training within pastoral meetings to ensure that safeguarding and support for our learners is always at the forefront of the school community.

‘Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is everyone’s responsibility. Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families has a role to play.’

Keeping Children Safe in Education
2021

Safeguarding Team

Mrs C. Wright

Mrs C. Wright

Designated Safeguarding Lead

Dr C. Lear

Dr C. Lear

Designated Safeguarding Deputy

Mrs C. Hewitt

Mrs C. Hewitt

Designated Safeguarding Deputy

Mr S. Morrison

Mr S. Morrison

Designated Safeguarding Deputy

Miss G. Crook

Miss G. Crook

Designated Safeguarding Deputy – Sixth Form

Mrs K. Howsden

Mrs K. Howsden

Designated Safeguarding Deputy

If you have a concern about a child’s safety you can contact any of the staff above. It is important to share concerns that you have, no matter how small you think they may be. It is always better to say something rather than nothing as the information that you are able to contribute could be a vital piece of the overall picture.

We will treat all concerns shared with professionalism, confidentiality and respect. Please note that we may need to share information with appropriate services e.g. police and social services.

You can also contact The Children’s Hub on 01429 284284 / 101 (police) or 999 in emergency situations.

At Egglescliffe School, safeguarding is prioritised amongst students and staff. Education is one of the best ways to keep our young people safe and therefore students are taught specifically about areas such as risk taking behaviours and RSE within our PSHE curriculum. This is to ensure that students are aware on how to keep safe and who is able to support you.

Need to Talk

In addition, below is a series of outside agency links to help support you as a parent/carer in keeping your child safe.

Bullying including cyberbullying

Anti-Bullying Week 2021: One Kind Word (anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk)

Prevent Duty

Prevent – Stockton Council

Child sexual exploitation

Barnardo’s SECOS (Sexual Exploitation Children’s Outreach Service) – Tel: 01642 604593
Welcome toARCH Teesside – ARCH Teesside
Switch Project (CSE support to young people) – Tel: 01642 677600
Wrong Hands Toolkit – Tees Safeguarding Children Partnerships’ Procedures (teescpp.org.uk)

Child criminal exploitation

Spot the signs of County Lines – YouTube

Child missing in education/ home or care.

Statutory guidance on children who run away or go missing from home or care (publishing.service.gov.uk)
Children Who Go Missing – Tees Safeguarding Children Partnerships’ Procedures (teescpp.org.uk)
School Attendance – Stockton Council

Private fostering

Private fostering – Stockton Council

Domestic violence

Operation Encompass
Harbour (Domestic Abuse Service) – Tel: 03000 202525 (24 hour number)

Mental health and wellbeing

CAMHS – (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service) – Tel: 0300 013 2000
Childline – Tel: 0800 1111

ESafety

Young people – Childnet

Sexting

Disrespect NoBody | Relationship Abuse | What is Relationship Abuse?

Peer on peer abuse

Disrespect NoBody | Relationship Abuse | What is Relationship Abuse?
Tea Consent – YouTube

Drug taking and alcohol

Change Grow Live – https://www.changegrowlive.org/
Contact Frank Directly | Confidential Advice | FRANK (talktofrank.com)

Forced marriage/ honour based violence

Forced Marriage and Honour Based Violence Charity – Halo Project

Gangs and youth violence

MACE
Police/ PCSO 101/999
Youth Direction – Stockton Council

Gender based violence

Hart Gables (provide support to all those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or trans) – Tel: 01642 675509
Front Page – Hart Gables

Parenting support

Changing Futures North East (changingfuturesne.co.uk)
Stockton Family Hub | Stockton Information Directory

Trafficking

Protecting children from trafficking and modern slavery | NSPCC Learning

Teenage sexual health

Sexual Health & STI Clinics in and near Teesside | Virgin Care (thesexualhealthhub.co.uk)

Young carers

Eastern Ravens Trust – Supporting young carers – Tel: 01642 678454
Eastern Ravens Trust


Key categories of abuse as defined by Keeping Children Safe in Education 2021:
Physical abuse: a form of abuse that may involve hitting, shaking, throwing, poisoning, burning or scalding, drowning, suffocating or otherwise causing physical harm to a child.
Emotional abuse: the persistent emotional maltreatment of a child such as to cause severe and adverse effects on the child’s emotional development. It may involve conveying to a child that they are worthless or unloved, inadequate, or valued only insofar as they meet the needs of another person. Some level of emotional abuse is involved in all types of maltreatment of a child, although it may occur alone.
Sexual abuse: involves forcing or enticing a child or young person to take part in sexual activities, not necessarily involving violence, whether or not the child is aware of what is happening. The activities may involve physical contact, including assault by penetration (for example, rape or oral sex) or non-penetrative acts such as masturbation, kissing, rubbing and touching outside of clothing. They may also include non-contact activities, such as involving children in looking at, or in the production of, sexual images, watching sexual activities, encouraging children to behave in sexually inappropriate ways, or grooming a child in preparation for abuse. Sexual abuse can take place online, and technology can be used to facilitate offline abuse. Sexual abuse is not solely perpetrated by adult males. Females can also be abusers as can other children. The sexual abuse of children by other children is a specific safeguarding issue (also known as peer on peer abuse) in education and all staff should be aware of it and their school or colleges policy and procedures for dealing with it.
Neglect: the persistent failure to meet a child’s basic physical and/or psychological needs, likely to result in the serious impairment of the child’s health or development. Neglect may involve a parent or carer failing to provide adequate food, clothing and shelter (including exclusion from home or abandonment); protect a child from physical and emotional harm or danger; ensure adequate supervision (including the use of inadequate care-givers); or ensure access to appropriate medical care or treatment. It may also include neglect of, or unresponsiveness to, a child’s basic emotional needs.

Exploitation as defined by Keeping Children Safe in Education 2021
Child Criminal Exploitation (CCE) and Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)
We know that different forms of harm often overlap, and that perpetrators may subject children and young people to multiple forms of abuse, such as criminal exploitation (including county lines) and sexual exploitation. In some cases, the exploitation or abuse will be in exchange for something the victim needs or wants (for example, money, gifts or affection), and/or will be to the financial benefit or other advantage, such as increased status, of the perpetrator or facilitator. Children can be exploited by adult males or females, as individuals or in groups. They may also be exploited by other children, who themselves may be experiencing exploitation – where this is the case, it is important that the child perpetrator is also recognised as a victim. Whilst the age of the child may be a contributing factor for an imbalance of power, there are a range of other factors that could make a child more vulnerable to exploitation, including, sexual identity, cognitive ability, learning difficulties, communication ability, physical strength, status, and access to economic or other resources.
Some of the following can be indicators of both child criminal and sexual exploitation where children:

  • appear with unexplained gifts, money or new possessions
  • associate with other children involved in exploitation
  • suffer from changes in emotional well-being
  • misuse drugs and alcohol
  • go missing for periods of time or regularly come home late;
  • regularly miss school or education or do not take part in education.

Children who have been exploited will need additional support to help maintain them in education. CSE can be a one-off occurrence or a series of incidents over time and range from opportunistic to complex organised abuse. It can involve force and/or enticement-based methods of compliance and may, or may not, be accompanied by violence or threats of violence.
Some additional specific indicators that may be present in CSE are children who:

  • have older boyfriends or girlfriends; and
  • suffer from sexually transmitted infections, display sexual behaviours beyond expected sexual development or become pregnant.

Further information on signs of a child’s involvement in sexual exploitation is available in Home Office guidance: Child sexual exploitation: guide for practitioners
County lines
County lines is a term used to describe gangs and organised criminal networks involved in exporting illegal drugs using dedicated mobile phone lines or other form of “deal line”. This activity can happen locally as well as across the UK – no specified distance of travel is required. Children and vulnerable adults are exploited to move, store and sell drugs and money. Offenders will often use coercion, intimidation, violence (including sexual violence) and weapons to ensure compliance of victims. Children can be targeted and recruited into county lines in a number of locations including schools (mainstream and special), further and higher educational institutions, pupil referral units, children’s homes and care homes. Children are also increasingly being targeted and recruited online using social media. Children can easily become trapped by this type of exploitation as county lines gangs can manufacture drug debts which need to be worked off or threaten serious violence and kidnap towards victims (and their families) if they attempt to leave the county lines network. A number of the indicators for CSE and CCE as detailed above may be applicable to where children are involved in county lines. Some additional specific indicators that may be present where a child is criminally exploited through involvement in county lines are children who:

  • go missing and are subsequently found in areas away from their home
  • have been the victim or perpetrator of serious violence (e.g. knife crime)
  • are involved in receiving requests for drugs via a phone line, moving drugs, handing over and collecting money for drugs
  • are exposed to techniques such as ‘plugging’, where drugs are concealed internally to avoid detection
  • are found in accommodation that they have no connection with, often called a ‘trap house or cuckooing’ or hotel room where there is drug activity
  • owe a ‘debt bond’ to their exploiters
  • have their bank accounts used to facilitate drug dealing.

Spot the signs of County Lines – YouTube Cleveland Police.

PREVENT

Children are vulnerable to extremist ideology and radicalisation. Similar to protecting children from other forms of harms and abuse, protecting children from this risk should be a part of a schools’ or colleges’ safeguarding approach.

Extremism is the vocal or active opposition to our fundamental values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and the mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs. This also includes calling for the death of members of the armed forces.

  • Radicalisation refers to the process by which a person comes to support terrorism and extremist ideologies associated with terrorist groups.
  • Terrorism is an action that endangers or causes serious violence to a person/people; causes serious damage to property; or seriously interferes or disrupts an electronic system. The use or threat must be designed to influence the government or to intimidate the public and is made for the purpose of advancing a political, religious or ideological cause.

Operation Encompass

Operation Encompass is a national police and education early intervention safeguarding partnership which supports children and young people who experience Domestic Violence and Abuse and which is in place in every police force in England and Wales.

Children were recognised as victims of domestic abuse in their own right in the 2021 Domestic Abuse Act.

Operation Encompass means that the police will share information with our school about all police attended Domestic Abuse incidents which involve any of our children PRIOR to the start of the next school day.

The Operation Encompass information is stored in line with all other confidential safeguarding and child protection information.

We are aware that we must do nothing that puts the child/ren or the non-abusing adult at further risk.