Safeguarding

Frieth School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All staff and volunteers will be required to undertake an enhanced disclosure check by the Disclosures and Barring Service and relevant safeguarding training before working with our children.

Our Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) is
 
Tina Nowell (Headteacher)
 
If you have any safeguarding concerns about a member of our school community,  please contact her on  
headteacher@friethschool.co.uk

At Frieth Church of England Combined School, the health, safety and well-being of every child are our paramount concern. We listen to our pupils and take seriously what they tell us. Our aim is for children to enjoy their time as pupils in this school. We want to work in partnership with you to help your child achieve their full potential and make a positive contribution. 

To promote a safe environment for pupils, our selection and recruitment policy includes all checks on staff and regular volunteers’ suitability, including DBS checks, as recommended by Buckinghamshire Council in accordance with current legislation. 

In accordance with our legal responsibilities, we have a Designated Safeguarding Lead. We also have two Deputy DSLs (Mrs Lorna Sparks and Mrs Krisztina Tyzack). They have all received appropriate training for this role.  It is their responsibility to ensure that all those in contact with our children receive safeguarding training on a regular basis. 

There are occasions when our concern about a child may mean that we have to consult other agencies.  Whilst we would always aim to work in partnership with parents, there may be exceptions to this if we believe a child to be at risk.

For more details of the policies and procedures followed in Frieth CEC School, go to : Admissions and Policies - Safeguarding Policies
COVID-19 Safeguarding Update
 
During this period of school closures, the understanding that child protection and safeguarding are everybody's responsibility has never been so important.  As a school, we still have a duty of care to ensure our pupils and families are safe and to act if we think they are vulnerable and in need of support. We have therefore written an appendix for our Child Protection Policy to ensure we are doing our best to rise to the challenge of our responsibilities during this time. Enforced lock down can also prompt a rise in domestic violence, as people react to the stress of being together all the time. If you, or anyone you know is affected by domestic violence, there is a new way to contact the police silently by dialling 999 and then 55 - please see the PDF advice leaflet below. 
 
We have also updated the e-safety information page for parents with advice from the National Online Safety organisation to support our families with keeping our pupils safe while using online distance learning and social media apps. 
 
Our DSL is on site at school during the lockdown period
Useful Numbers
 
These numbers may be of use to you or someone you know. 

First Response

0845 4600001 or 01296 383962

Referrals into social care if you are concerned for the safety or well-being of a child.

Social Care

01296 382249

This number takes you direct into social care to speak to the duty social worker should you not be able to make contact with your own social worker.

Family Support

01296 398242

Family Action works to tackle some of the most complex and difficult issues facing families today – including financial hardship, mental health problems, social isolation and learning disabilities. Domestic abuse, or substance misuse and alcohol problems.

Women’s Aid

01296 437777

Women's Aid offer support to women & children/young people experiencing domestic violence.

Healthy Minds

01865 901600 or txt 07798 667169

Healthy Minds is a NHS service offering quick and easy access to talking therapies, practical support and employment advice. Anyone who is feeling depressed, anxious or stressed, is aged 18 or over and has a GP in Buckinghamshire can request help from Healthy Minds.

Barnardo’s Buddies

01296 330096

Every young person who gets help from our CAMHS will have a trained Barnardo’s buddy to work with them and offer support throughout their care.

Bucks Youth

01296 431183

For children and young people who are currently in care or leaving care and promote their right to be a part of the decision making processes that affect their lives.

Young Carers

01280 817772

Are independent charities offering young carers the chance to be young people free from their caring responsibilities through trusted activities, clubs, outings, holidays and one-to-one support.

Citizen Advice

01296 3283317

A service with knowledge and information for many concerns and problems.

Further useful links can be found below:

PREVENT

Prevent is a government strategy which addresses all forms of terrorism and continues to ensure resources and effort are allocated on the basis of threats to our national security. The main aim of Prevent is to stop people from becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism. At the heart of our Prevent work is our responsibility to safeguard our children, helping our children to understand the issues and providing early intervention to protect and divert people away from being drawn into terrorist activity.