At RBA, we are committed to safeguarding. Our designated safeguarding lead is Mr B Martin, 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.
· Mr B Martin email@example.com
Deputy designated safeguarding leads are:
· Mrs Lee Smith – Pastoral Support Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org
· Mrs Sheryl Brackenbury – Attendance Officer email@example.com
· Miss Sophia Stabler - Behaviour Support Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org
For all other student concerns, the Form Tutor is usually the first point of contact, and then the Head of Year.
Ofsted Recognition of our work on Safeguarding
Ofsted visited RBA in June 2019; they reported the arrangements for safeguarding continue to be “effective” and recognised the safe and caring culture created within the school:
“Pupils feel safe and are confident in the staff that look after them. Adults promote caring, secure relationships with pupils, including the large number of pupils who join the school mid-way through the year.” The school has “created a culture where pupils feel free to express worries or concerns. Pupils are taught how to stay safe, both online and in the wider world” and “they feel safe and are confident to speak to adults in the school if they are worried or have a problem.”
We are also pleased that from speaking with inspectors “Pupils say that bullying is not a problem, as people appreciate and value the things that make them different” and “staff deal with any problems quickly and effectively.” It was also recognised that “An array of services help pupils when they are facing additional problems or a crisis or have concerns. School nursing teams, the school counsellor and the school’s new well-being coordinator ensure that pupils get timely and well-coordinated support and guidance.”
Visitors to RBA
When visiting RBA, you will be asked to sign in at Main Reception, and given a numbered visitor badge. You will also be asked to read our 'Visitors to RBA' leaflet, which outlines our expectations and important information you may need during your visit, including what to do if you have any concerns, fire evacuation procedures and a map of the site.
Useful Web Links
If you are concerned about something that may have happened while online, please go to the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre and report the incident. Thinkuknow
As well as the revised HSCB Child Protection & Safeguarding Children Procedures 2010, you will find lots of useful information, guidance and support on the Hertfordshire Safeguarding Children Board website. Herts Safeguarding
Childline is a free service offering support advice and guidance “online, on the phone, anytime” Childline
Childnet International is a non-profit organisation working with others to help make the internet a great and safe place for children Childnet
The NSPCC is the leading children's charity fighting to end child abuse in the UK and Channel Islands. NSPCC
Student and Parent Help and Advice – how can I get support for me or my child?
On this page you will find links to websites that can give you some really good advice. Please speak to Mrs Stabler, one of the Safeguarding team, your Tutor or Head of Year if there is anyone you would like to talk to in school.
The YC Hertfordshire team has lots of local information, guidance and support and can offer many services, from careers advice to mental health, e-safety, sexual health and lots more online and from their ‘One-Stop Shop’ in Cheshunt: https://www.youthconnexions-hertfordshire.org/advice-and-support/yc-hertfordshire-one-stop-shops-and-centres-1/cheshunt-one-stop-shop/
Advice on drugs - FRANK*
Advice on mental health and well-being - Youngminds*
Need to talk to someone? Childline*
Need to talk to someone? - The Samaritans*
Worried about bullying? - Anti-Bullying Alliance*
Worried about cyberbullying? - Thinkuknow*
Health for teens, includes exam stress*
Support for young people’s mental health
Free Online Mental Health Support for 10-25 year olds in Hertfordshire: https://kooth.com/
Get self-help http://www.getselfhelp.co.uk/selfhelp.htm
Young Minds www.youngminds.org.uk
Mental Health Foundation www.mentalhealth.org
Time to Change http://www.time-to-change.org.uk/youngpeople
Support for young people’s sexual health
Youth Connexions centres can offer one to one advice and support on relationships, sexual health and pregnancy options
Sexual Health Hertfordshire run clinics across the county, which offer STI testing, pregnancy testing and contraception advice
The c-card scheme offers free access to condoms for young people at youth friendly locations
100 local pharmacies offer free Emergency Hormonal Contraception (the morning after pill) to under 25s – to find a young person’s local one use Mogolistings
It is recommended that young people do a Chlamydia test every 12 months if they are sexually active (or whenever they change partner). They can order free chlamydia home testing kits here or visit a sexual health clinic or Youth Connexions centre.
Support for young people on drugs including alcohol and smoking support
FRANK for drugs - http://www.talktofrank.com/
NHS Smoking Services for tobacco - http://www.nhs.uk/smokefree/help-and-advice/local-support-services-helplines
Police Community Support Officers
To speak directly to your local PCSO call 01707 354192 Hoddesdon Town and Broxbourne 6685 Lauren Minors, 6023 Louise Roberts, 6350 Kirsty Smith Hoddesdon North 6225 Mark Humphrey, 6057 Nicholas Platt, 6082 Laura Shearsby.
Herts Young homeless - http://www.hyh.org.uk/