Safeguarding is the responsibility of every single person at RBA. All staff are highly accountable for keeping all children safe. However, some staff play a key role.
Our designated safeguarding lead is Mr D Pomeroy, Assistant Headteacher. Please contact him in the first instance if you have any immediate concerns about the safety or well-being of students in the school, or don’t know who else to contact.
Designated Safeguarding Lead:
- Mr Dan Pomeroy - email@example.com
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads:
- Mrs Lee Smith – Pastoral Support Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org
- Mrs Sheryl Brackenbury – Attendance Officer email@example.com
- Ms Lorraine Chadwick - Student Service Manager, Attendance & Safeguarding firstname.lastname@example.org
Safeguarding is of top priority at RBA, and we want to teach each and every one of our students how to stay safe in and outside of school. We place high significance and importance in ensuring that opportunities are identified in the taught curriculum and wider curriculum for students to learn about safeguarding. We are sensitive in our teaching and recognise that some more sensitive subjects need to be taught at an age appropriate level, or by specialist services or 1:1 level where a more urgent need arises.
Support for Parents and Students
The following sections provide some useful links to further information.
Big Deal - BigDeal is a place for young people to find information and support related to gambling.
Drinkaware - Drinkaware provides independent alcohol advice, information and tools to help people make better choices about their drinking.
Frank - Talk to Frank for facts, support and advice on drugs and alcohol.
Childhood Bereavement Network - A hub for those working with bereaved children, young people and their families across the UK.
Grief Encounter - We work closely with individuals, families, schools and professionals to offer a way through the anxiety, fear and isolation so often caused by grief.
Hope Again – Supporting young people coping with bereavement and living after loss.
Winston's Wish – Supporting children and their families after the death of a parent or sibling.
Anti-Bullying Alliance - The Anti-Bullying Alliance is a coalition of organisations and individuals that are united against bullying.
Bullying UK - Bullying UK, part of Family Lives, is a leading charity providing advice and support to anyone affected by bullying.
Ditch the Label - Advice, information and tips for young people who are being bullied or are affected by bullying.
Runaway Helpline - Runaway Helpline is here if you are thinking about running away, if you have already run away, or if you have been away and come back.
Fearless - Fearless is a service that allows you to pass on information about crime 100% anonymously.
Herts Sunflower - This is Hertfordshire’s domestic abuse support network. It provides free and confidential support for anyone affected by domestic abuse.
Refuge - Refuge supports women, children & men experiencing domestic violence with a range of services.
AFRUCA - AFRUCA works in UK BAME communities to protect and safeguard children from abuse and harm.
Karma Nirvana - Karma Nirvana is an award-winning British human rights charity supporting victims of honour-based abuse and forced marriage.
Shelter - Shelter helps millions of people every year struggling with bad housing or homelessness through our advice, support, and legal services.
Stonewall - Information and support for LGBTQ+ communities and their allies.
Anxiety UK - Anxiety UK is a national registered charity for those affected by anxiety, stress and anxiety based depression.
Beat - Beat is the UK's eating disorder charity. We exist to end the pain and suffering caused by eating disorders.
CALM - The Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) is leading a movement against suicide.
Harmless - Harmless is a passionate organisation who works to address and overcome issues related to self-harm and suicide.
Heads Together - Heads Together work to ensure that people feel comfortable with their own and their friends and family everyday mental health and well being.
Kooth - Kooth offers emotional and mental health support for children and young people aged between 11 – 24 years and is available up to 10pm every day.
MindEd - MindEd for Families has advice and information from trusted experts and will help you to understand what problems occur, what you can do to best support your family, and how to take care of yourself.
Samaritans – Samaritans is a registered charity aimed at providing emotional support to anyone in emotional distress, struggling to cope, or at risk of suicide
Self Harm UK – Access to Alumina. Alumina is a free, online 7 week course for young people struggling with self-harm.
Young Minds - The UK’s leading charity fighting for children and young people's mental health.
Thinkuknow - Thinkuknow is the education programme from NCA-CEOP, a UK organisation which protects children both online and offline.
UK Safer Internet Centre - Advice about smartphones, gaming devices, tablets and other internet-connected devices
Net Aware - Your guide to apps, games and social media sites
Click – Click is a unique service providing early intervention relationship support from a mobile-friendly platform. Individuals, couples, families and professionals can use Click to access helpful, evidence-based support from a secure, mobile-friendly space.
DAD.Info – Europe’s largest advice and support website for fathers. It celebrates the changing role of Dads with engaging, helpful, practical, entertaining resources and content for every stage of their journey. It is home to the largest connected community of active, involved Dads through its interactive forum, providing great peer to peer support and advice for what can be one of the most challenging and rewarding life experiences.
HABS Family Support Team - HABS (Hoddesdon and Broxbourne Settings) is a Local Schools Partnership. We employ a team of highly trained Family Support workers, and counsellors, to support our local schools and the community offering a diverse package of support from counselling, to working on projects in the community to help improve the lives of families living within Hoddesdon, Broxbourne, Turnford and Wormley.
Netmums – The UK’s most relevant, inclusive and supportive parenting community, welcoming millions of parents every month to explore forums, parenting content, recipes, local listings, product reviews and courses.
Relate – The UK's largest provider of relationship support. Here to help you make the most of your couple and family relationships, past, present or future. Services include Relationship Counselling for individuals and couples, Family Counselling, Mediation, Children and Young People's Counselling.
HertsSARC - The Herts SARC (Sexual Assault Referral Centre) offers free support and practical help to anyone in Hertfordshire who experiencing sexual violence and/or sexual abuse. The team includes specially trained independent sexual violence advisors who will support those who have been assaulted.
Herts Rape Crisis - This organisation provides a free and confidential service to women aged 18 and over who live in Hertfordshire and have been raped or sexually abused or assaulted at any time in their lives. It also supports families and friends who are supporting survivors of sexual violence.
Mosac - Mosac helps all non-abusing parents and carers whose children have been sexually abused.
Stop It Now - Stop It Now! offers anonymous and confidential support to help you prevent child sexual abuse.
The Lucy Faithful Foundation - The Lucy Faithfull Foundation is the only UK-wide child protection charity dedicated solely to preventing child sexual abuse.
Brook - Brook is the only national charity to offer both clinical sexual health services and education and wellbeing services for young people.
Services for Young People - Services for Young People [Hertfordshire] provides a range of sexual health services for young people aged 13-19 at its Access Points.
Sexual Health Hertfordshire - Free and confidential sexual health and contraception services across the whole of Hertfordshire.