Wellbeing and Safeguarding

Ensuring the safety and welfare of all

Helsby high school is committed to ensuring all of our students and staff are safe to work and learn in our school. Our aim is to provide a caring, stimulating, positive, and safe environment in which our students can flourish both academically and socially. Everyone in our school including volunteers, governors, visitors and temporary staff have an active part to play in protecting our students from potential harm.

We have a designated safeguarding lead: Mrs S Warburton – Senior Deputy Head, and a specially trained Safeguarding Team who support both students and staff.

Our Safeguarding Policy helps everyone in our school understand our commitment to ensuring the wellbeing and safety of our students and the processes we should follow in order to make sure this happens successfully.

Useful safeguarding information for parents and carers

There are a number of basic guidelines we would encourage all families to consider:

  • Keep the computer in a communal area of the house, where it’s easier to monitor what your children are viewing.
  • Tell children to never give out their personal details and explain what is meant by this. If they want to subscribe to any services online, make up a family email address to receive the mail.
  • Consider using internet filtering software, walled gardens and child-friendly search engines. Use your browser’s controls as some offer differing degrees of security for each family member.
  • Find out what child protection services your Internet Service Provider (ISP)offers -do they filter for spam, for instance?
  • Make sure that they only use moderated chat rooms and encourage them to introduce you to their online friends.
  • Encourage your children to tell you if they feel uncomfortable, upset or threatened by anything they see online.
  • Involve your children in writing your own family code of acceptable internet use. Remember that what’s acceptable for a teenager isn’t necessarily OK for a primary school-aged child, so get their input.
  • Computers are expensive so bear in mind that a child with a laptop may be vulnerable when carrying it to and from school.

Plagiarism and the Internet

Apart from the safety side of using the Internet plagiarism is becoming an increasing problem in education due to the accessibility of information on the Internet and the growing simplicity and power of the tools to find it. Plagiarism simply means copying someone else’s work. The Internet is a great research tool and has enhanced and enriched learning opportunities, however, students are increasingly using it to simply copy information (usually verbatim) to complete coursework and homework tasks.

This is not permitted under examination board regulations and when discovered will result in a student having their examination results invalidated. The examination boards have a number of measures in place to safeguard against this modern form of cheating.

There are a number of misconceptions amongst some students regarding the Internet and the information found there, including:

  • That everything on the Internet is free for them to copy and use (this is not the case and spend significant time in Year 9 considering whether they need permission for resources or not)
  • That copying large sections of material and passing it off as they own is acceptable;
  • That teaching staff automatically assume they’ve understood what they have copied;
  • That the information on the Internet is always factually correct and consequently does not need to be corroborated or verified with another source.

Parents can help their child’s research by helping them conduct the Internet searches and then evaluating with them what they find. Parents can help their children to develop a reasoned judgement about the information they’ve found and, perhaps most importantly, parents can encourage their children to become more inquisitive, to question and challenge the validity of what they’re seeing on the screen by asking themselves:

  • Where is the information coming from;
  • How reliable is it likely to be;
  • Whether the information is up-to-date;
  • Whether the site is offering fact or opinion;
  • Whether the information is complete;
  • Whether the information is appropriate and therefore fit-for-purpose.

Useful Resources

CEOP – ThinkUknow

Online filtering app Qustodio


Parent help from the Safer Internet Centre

Filters and E-Safety guidance for parents

National-Online-Safety-Minecraft-Guide-for-Parents (PDF)

Taming Gaming for Families

How to be safe online – TED talk

The Reflect Bereavement Service, Backford, Chester.
You can phone to book counselling or for advice. You must be registered with a Cheshire West and Chester GP surgery. The service operates Monday, Thursday, Friday. They will see you either at their location or they will come into school.
Tel: 01244 851104
E-Mail: reflect@hospicegs.com
Website: https://www.hospiceofthegoodshepherd.com

Child Bereavement UK, 2nd floor Ashley House, Ashley Way West, Widnes
They offer face to face counselling, but also group sessions as some young people prefer that. Your Parent/Carer can refer you by phoning up and having a 10 minute conversation where they explain the background to the situation.
Tel: 01928 577164
Email: cheshiresupport@childbereavementuk.org
Website: www.childbereavementuk.org/young-people/

You could get free school meals for your child if you know you get an income-based benefit (for example, Income Support), or Child Tax Credit only.
You can sometimes qualify if you get Working Tax Credit as well. You can apply for free school meals here:

Cheshire Young Carers

A young carer is defined as a young person between 6-18 years old who cares for either an adult (usually a parent) or a sibling. Cheshire Young Carers support young carers across Cheshire in three key areas, school holiday respite programmes, individual & group support where necessary plus working with schools/colleges to provide specialised support where required.

Helpline: 0151 356 3176
Location: Cheshire Young Carers, Northern Lights Business Park, Rossfield Road, CH65 3AW
Website: www.cheshireyoungcarers.org
Email: info@youngcarersnetwork.co.uk

Cheshire Carers Trust 4all

Looking after a relative or friend who’s frail, ill or disabled can take up a lot of time. Before you know it, you can easily become a full-time unpaid carer. They are here to offer you the support you need, when you need it. Whether it’s simply a little advice, some practical help or a break from your caring responsibilities

Helpline: 0333 323 1990
Location: Carers Trust 4all, Unit 6, Rossmore Business Village, Ellesmere Port, CH65 3EY
Website: www.carerstrust4all.org.uk/young-carers.html
Email: cheshirewest@carerstrust4all.org.uk

The arrangements for safeguarding are effective. Leaders take the safeguarding needs of pupils seriously. Staff receive regular training and understand the risk that pupils may face. Leaders work effectively with the local authority and other support services.

July 2023

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