The Castle Rock School adopts a child centred and co-ordinated approach to safeguarding.
Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is everyone’s responsibility. Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families and carers has a role to play in safeguarding children. At The Castle Rock School all adults make sure their approach is child-centred. This means that they should consider, at all times, what is in the best interests of the child.
Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined as:
- Protecting children from maltreatment
- Preventing impairment of children’s health or development
- Ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care
- Taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.
All of the staff at The Castle Rock School have a role to play in safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children.
If you need to contact the school's safeguarding leads during the school day, please contact via the following details below Monday - Friday between 8:00 - 15:30.
Safeguarding out of hours support
Should you require any advice or support with safeguarding, please refer to the following contacts
Leicestershire County Council
|If you have significant concerns about a child’s safety||
|Leicester City Council||If you have significant concerns about a child’s safety||
18 or Under?
Childline offers free, confidential advice and support whatever your worry, whenever you need help.
Contact the NSPCC helpline
If you're worried about a child, even if you're unsure, contact our professional counsellors for help, advice and support.
0808 800 5000
|The Samaritans||Confidential emotional support||
|Kooth||A provider of online mental health services for children, young people and adults||Website|
|FRANK||Confidential drugs information and advice||
|CAMHS Family Therapy Team||A new service that has been set up for families across Leicester and Leicestershire. Families can ring and self refer for support.|
|Parental Lockdown Assistance during COVID -19||Various helpful contacts|
|Child Safety Online||A practical guide for parents and carers whose children are using social media.|
All Leicester City and Leicestershire County schools are part of Operation Encompass which is a safeguarding initiative aimed at improving outcomes for children and families affected by domestic violence and abuse.
Operation Encompass is a protocol whereby schools are formally notified of any reported incident of domestic violence at an address at which children are present or normally resident. It is run in partnership with Leicester City Council, Leicestershire County Council and with Leicestershire Police.
All public agencies currently share information where there are safeguarding concerns or risk of harm to children and the Police now share information about all incidents of domestic abuse through Operation Encompass.
To further support the welfare of children, when any domestic abuse incident has been reported to the Police during the school term and one of our pupils was in the household, the information is shared with the Designated Safeguarding Lead.
This system has been introduced because domestic abuse in a household can have a huge impact on children, even if they do not see what is happening.
This information will be used to ensure the school is able to provide appropriate support for pupils. The information will remain confidential and will only be shared on a strictly need-to-know basis. For example, with the class teacher. It will not be shared with children.
If you would like to speak to someone in confidence about domestic abuse, call the Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0800 802 0028.
Youngminds Crisis Messenger
The YoungMinds Crisis Messenger text service provides free, 24/7 crisis support across the UK. If you are experiencing a mental health crisis and need support, you can text YM to 85258.
We know that finding the right support is important, especially if you need someone to talk to right now. We aim to connect every texter to a trained volunteer promptly to provide crisis help. They will listen to you and help you think more clearly, enabling you to know that you can take the next step to feeling better.
It is free and confidential to text our service from the following major networks:
EE, O2, Three and Vodafone.
These include - BT Mobile, Tesco Mobile, Virgin Mobile, iD Mobile, Sky, Telecom Plus, Lebara and GiffGaff. Some Android phones issue a warning that you will be charged for texting us, provided you are on one of these networks this warning is incorrect and you will not be charged. If you text us from a network that is not on this list there is a possibility that you may be charged for the messages and that they may appear on your bill, this is because some networks do not provide the capability to message short codes.
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