At Temple Moor High School, we are committed to the safeguarding of our students.
Our safeguarding of students at Temple Moor is based on three levels:
Universal – Our aim to is keep all students safe by creating and maintaining an appropriate environment. This includes excellent site safety, safer recruitment of staff, clear school rules related to behaviour and attendance and a rounded curricula experience focusing on a student’s Personal Development. This includes a focus on topics such as, RSE (relationships and sex education, personal and online safety awareness, and mental health awareness.
Targeted – The focus here is on groups of students whose personal, social or economic circumstances may result in an increased risk to their safety. For example, looked after children, students with special educational needs, children subjected to racism etc. In such cases, children are provided with additional input, for example through our Pastoral Team and Safer Schools Officer.
Responsive – This is when we have to respond quickly and appropriately to situations where students may be or have suffered harm. This is our support through our strong child protection procedures. All school staff have undertaken annual Child Protection training and understand how to follow school systems for the recording and actioning of concerns. We work closely with our external partners, such as Education Safeguarding, West Yorkshire Police and CAMHS.
Our focus is to ensure that we uphold the highest standards of professionalism and knowledge in working with children and families on areas including:
- child protection
- Mental health provision
- behaviour and attendance
- special educational needs
- physical contact / positive handling
- intimate and nurture care
- children looked after
- staff recruitment
- Personal Development
You can read our safeguarding policy HERE
Our Designated Child Protection Officers are:
Mr A Beecroft, Deputy Principal – Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mrs J Smith, Pastoral Support Officer – Deputy Safeguarding Lead
Mrs H Britton, Senior Assistant Principal
Mrs S McAndrew, SENDCo
Mr G Nicholson, Pastoral Officer (Y8 & Looked After Children)
Mr D Hollingworth, Pastoral Support Officer (Y9)
Mrs L Campey, Pastoral Support Officer (Y10)
Mrs M Constantine, Pastoral Support Officer (Y11)
Mr D Moxon, Pastoral Support Officer (Y7)
Miss E Williams, Mental Health Practitioner
Miss B Gilmour, Parent & Student Engagement Officer
Mrs S Pearson, Pastoral Leader for Post 16
Mrs C Waldron, ELECT Centre Leader
Mrs A Daniels, ELECT Pastoral Officer
Mr D Rushton, ELECT Teacher
Mrs R Starr, Head of High Care Partnership
Mr M Sangra, High Care Partnership Teacher
Mrs G Hope, High Care Partnership HLTA
Sexual Harassment, Abuse and Violence
There has been much attention, quite rightly, given to the issue of sexual harassment, abuse, and violence in the media and specifically schools. This has been an issue of national significance, following the ‘Everyone’s Invited’ testimonies and we have taken this time to reflect on what this means for our own community. All students across the school have received input as part of their curriculum, including what action to take if they felt concerned. We have also listened carefully to the views of our young people to better understand this issue.
The NSPCC/DfE have also set up a dedicated independent helpline, launched on 1st April. This will provide both children and adults who have experienced sexual abuse in schools with support and advice, including onward action such as contacting the police if they wish to. The helpline will also provide support to parents and professionals. Anyone who gets in touch through this dedicated helpline will also be signposted to other relevant support services available, including Childline, which provides ongoing support and counselling to children and young people. The dedicated and confidential NSPCC helpline – Report Abuse in Education can be reached on 0800 136 663 or by email at email@example.com.
Childline’s Report Remove Tool
The NSPCC’s service for children and young people, Childline, has launched the Report Remove Tool with the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) to help young people remove nude images of themselves from the internet.
The Report Remove Tool can be used by any young person under 18 to report a nude image or video of themselves that has appeared online. The IWF then review these reports, and work to have the content removed if it breaks the law. We would strongly urge any such incident to also be passed on to school, where we can offer further support and investigate
There are many reasons why a young person may have shared a self-generated sexual image. Some may have sent an image for fun, or to a boyfriend or girlfriend, which has then been shared with others or on platforms without their consent. They may also have been groomed online or blackmailed into sharing this content.
To report a nude image or video, the young person has to first verify their age. The Childline service ensures all young people are safeguarded and supported throughout the process. Young people can expect the same level of confidentiality they would from all their interactions with Childline; they do not need to provide their real name to Childline or IWF if they don’t want to.
If a child has had a nude image shared online it’s vital they know who to turn to for support and the Report Remove Tool is available for them
General Safeguarding Guidance
Domestic Violence & Abuse – Guidance from Leeds City Council
Support for whose who are concerned, at risk or are the victim of Domestic violence.
A collaboration of support for parents that require additional help and guidance on areas such as relationships and sex, e-safety and wellbeing.
SAFEGUARDING ALERT: UNICO LIVE App
The Internet, Relationships & You
Advice from CEOP Education at the National Crime Agency.