Every child matterS
The health, safety and wellbeing of every child is our paramount concern and that is why we listen intently to our students and their concerns. We want to work in partnership with parents and carers to help our students achieve their full potential and make a positive contribution. You can see how to contact our safeguarding team here.
The member of staff with responsibility for Safeguarding and Child Protection is: Mrs F Russell
Mrs Russell's office is next to Student Welfare on the ground floor of D Block (behind Student Services).
The Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead is Ms R. Jaipersad
Ms Jaipersad's office is on the ground floor of A Block at the bottom of the stair case
The Safeguarding and Child Protection Governor is Georgina Ioannides
Worried about a child?
If you are concerned about a child at Gumley House, please email/contact the Safeguarding Team or telephone 020 8568 8692.
Children can contact Childline any time to get support themselves.
In an emergency please call 999 or or in a non-emergency call 101.
To promote a safe environment for students, our Safer Recruitment Policy includes all checks on staff and regular volunteers’ suitability, including Disclosure and Barring Service checks in accordance with current legislation.
In accordance with our responsibilities under section 175/157 of the Education Act 2002 and “Keeping Children Safe in Education“ Sept 2022, we have a Designated Safeguarding Lead for Child Protection (Mrs Russell) who is a member of the Senior Leadership Team and Deputy Headteacher, and has received appropriate training for this role. It is her responsibility, together with Ms Jaipersad, to ensure that all staff in contact with children receive Child Protection awareness training on a regular basis.
Occasions do arise when our concern about a child means we must consult other agencies. Whilst we would always aim to work in partnership with parents there may be exceptions to this when concerns are raised for the protection of a child.
On very rare occasions Social Care, whilst undertaking an investigation under s47 of the Children Act 1989, may want to speak to a child without a parent’s knowledge. This would be a decision made in collaboration with partner agencies and would only be done in situations where a child might be at immediate risk. To gain consent at this point may increase the level of risk to the child or cause evidence of a crime to be lost.
The procedures that we follow have been laid down by the Local Safeguarding Children’s Board, and the school has adopted a Child Protection Policy in line with this for the safety of all.
These Policies, along with links to our other key safeguarding policies, can be accessed on our dedicated Policies page.
Building resilience of young people and the promotion of fundamental British values is at the heart of preventing radicalisation and is covered extensively with our young people throughout their PSHE lessons, which is a core subject delivered across all year groups in Key Stage 3 and 4. Children at Gumley House have a safe place in which they can discuss controversial issues, and be given the knowledge and confidence to challenge extremist beliefs and ideologies.
The school's internet filtering system effectively prevents students from accessing dangerous websites and students receive regular lessons and assemblies on e-safety. All teaching staff have completed the appropriate training to help them spot students in danger of radicalisation and new staff receive training in their safeguarding duties. Our school works closely with the local police and Children's Services to offer support to any students identified as being at risk
For an introduction to the Prevent duty and an explanation of how it aims to safeguard vulnerable people from being radicalised, HM Government has created an e-learning module following consultation with a range of individuals and organisations. The module has been created with the feedback of teachers, local authority officials, community-based groups, youth workers and many others.
It has been estimated that over 20,000 girls under the age of 15 are at risk of FGM in the UK each year, and that 66,000 women in the UK are living with the consequences of FGM. Female genital mutilation (FGM) is a growing cause of concern in schools.
FGM is child abuse and a form of violence against women and girls, and therefore it is dealt with as part of existing child and adult safeguarding/protection structures, policies and procedures. It is illegal in the UK to subject a child to female genital mutilation (FGM) or to take a child abroad to undergo the procedure – Female Genital Mutilation Act 2003. Despite the harm it causes, FGM practising communities consider it normal to protect their cultural identity. The age at which girls are subject to FGM varies greatly from shortly after birth to any time up to adulthood. The average age is 10 to 12 years.
At Gumley House, our staff are trained in dealing with FGM and are alerted to the following key indicators:
- A child’s family comes from a community that is known to practise FGM.
- A chid may talk about a long holiday to a country where the practice is prevalent.
- A child may confide that she is to have a ‘special procedure’ or to attend a special occasion.
- A child may request help from a teacher or another adult.
Any female child born to a woman or has a sister who has been subjected to FGM will be considered to be at risk, as much as other female children in the extended family. Any information or concern that a child is at risk of FGM will result in a child protection referral to Children’s Social Care.
The new mandatory reporting duty for FGM under the Serious Crime Act 2015, requires teachers in England and Wales to report known cases of FGM in under 18-year-olds to the police. Guidelines on mandatory reporting can be found here.
Further guidance on FGM can be found here.
Call the FGM helpline if you're worried a child is at risk of, or has had, FGM. It's free, anonymous and they are available 24/7. Call them on 0800 028 3550, or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org
You may also find the resources below helpful supporting the health, safety and wellbeing of your child.
Changing your privacy settings online - Barnardo’s RUSAFE in Buckinghamshire have shared with us the most up to date advice on staying safe online, particularly with regard to ensuring online privacy settings are secure
- The parents' Guide to Teaching your Teen Online Safety
- Thinkuknow OR youtube search: CEOP internet safety videos (We particularly recommend this one).
- UK Safer Internet Centre
- Get Safe Online
- StaySafe.org's Guide to Internet Safety for Teens
- Virgin Media
- On Line Safety Tips for Kids and Parents
- Bucks Family Information Service offers free, impartial information to families with children aged 0 to 19 years (or up to 25 years with a special educational need or disability), young people and professionals.
Parent Info is a free website and newsfeed for parents and carers. Its newsfeed function enables schools and family-focused organisations to host and share expert advice and information through their own websites.
Parent Info aims to raise parents’ confidence in digital parenting skills and help them to make informed decisions about addressing the risks their children face. To date, Parent Info has commissioned content from over 40 organisations specialising in topics such as sex, relationships, online safety, body image, peer pressure, radicalisation, extremism and mental health.
Parent Info is a collaboration between the National Crime Agency’s Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Command and Parent Zone, the leading provider of information, training and support, making the internet work for families.
Sign up is easy, visit www.parentinfo.org and click on ‘Register’.