Welcome to the child and adult safeguarding and support page. Here we have included some information and services for different safeguarding issues for both children and adults. Please see below for support services that may be able to help you with a number of different issues.
If you are concerned about a child at Newtown Primary school, or a parent, please contact Miss Kim Wills (Designated Safeguarding Lead) or Mrs Kingscott (Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads), on 01392 255540 Alternatively email the school on email@example.com
Nationally, there has been a rise in the cases of domestic abuse. With restrictions on movement and fewer places open, the ability to find a safe place has reduced. Our school remains a safe place for anybody who needs us. We can be emailed or called to signpost someone in the right direction, or provide a safe place for someone to make a phone call themselves. Despite the lockdown, many agencies that offer support are still operational, see below.
Newtown Primary School is taking part in Operation Encompass which runs jointly between local schools and Devon and Cornwall Police. It is a unique Police and Education early intervention safeguarding partnership which supports children and young people exposed to domestic abuse.
Operation Encompass reports to schools before the start of the next school day when a child or young person has been involved or exposed to a domestic abuse incident the previous evening.
The information is given in strict confidence to a school’s Key Adult to enable support to be given dependent on the needs and wishes of the child.
Thinkuknow is the education programme from the National Crime Agency's CEOP command. Thinkuknow aims to empowers children and young people aged 5-17 to identify the risks they may face online and know where they can go for support.
Prevent is the government counter terrorism strategy. Prevent is to support people at risk of joining extremist groups and carrying out terrorist activities. Prevent is a multi agency approach: Police, education, health, social services, church groups, community groups all working together.
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Parents can now call a free, 24-hour NSPCC helpline if they are concerned about their children becoming radicalised. Counsellors from the NSPCC have been trained by experts from the Home Office to advise parents on how to spot signs of radicalisation in children who could fall victim to online groomers. The helpline is also available for parents who want to know how to reassure children worried about terrorist attacks taking place.
NSPCC Helpline 0800 800 5000
Signs which may hint towards radicalisation in children
They isolate themselves from family and friends
They become disrespectful or ask inappropriate questions
They seem to be more angry or aggressive
They have an unhealthy obsession for websites about terrorists
Their speech seems scripted when talking about radicalised ideas
Children who may be targeted by online groomers
Those with low self-esteem
Those with a history of gang membership
Those with a history of being bullying
Child Sexual Explotation (CSE)
Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) is a form of sexual abuse. CSE occurs when an individual or group take advantage of a person under the age of 18 to manipulate or deceive into sexual activity in exchange for something e.g. gifts, money, status, blackmail. Click on the links for more information: https://www.nspcc.org.uk/search/query=child+sexual+exploitation
Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is a procedure where the female genitals are deliberately cut, injured or changed, but where there is no medical reason for this to be done. FGM is illegal and a form of child abuse.Click on the link for more information: https://www.nspcc.org.uk/what-is-child-abuse/types-of-abuse/female-genital-mutilation-fgm/#what-is
Our Safeguarding Team
Headteacher of Newtown Primary School
& Designated Safeguarding Lead
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mrs Aisha Lowrey
Mrs Katy Rushby
For safeguarding Policies, please see our Policies page
The NSPCC have reported record number of calls regarding transgender 2,796 compared to 1,299 in the previous 12 months.It was recorded that children aged 12-15 years were most likely to call the helpline about gender identity issues and that 260 of the calls on this subject were from 11-year-olds. If you would like more information on this subject, please visit Mermaids UK
The National Domestic Abuse Helpline is open 24/7 365 days per year, call on 0808 2000 247
Boots Pharmacy Consultation Rooms become safe spaces for victims of domestic abuse. Victims of domestic abuse will be able to access safe spaces at Boots pharmacy consultation rooms across the country, where they can contact specialist domestic abuse services for support and advice. The scheme is in response to the desperate situation facing many victims who are isolating with perpetrators during lockdown.
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