Copthall is our school and we want it to be a safe and happy environment for all. All staff, including volunteers, have a full and active part to play in protecting our students from harm and keeping them safe. We are committed to ensuring that safeguarding and promoting student wellbeing is the priority for all members of staff. Our emphasis is on prevention and early intervention to minimise any risk to our students. We endeavour to provide a safe and welcoming environment where children are respected and valued. We are alert to the signs of abuse, neglect, exploitation and radicalisation and follow our procedures to ensure that children receive effective support, protection and justice.
We work closely with local authorities and external services to strive to have the most effective relationships that benefit our students.
Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined for the purposes of this guidance 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; and taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.
The school aims to:
- Keep you safe in School.
- Help you to understand what Safeguarding means to you and to help you decide what could be a problem and whom you should talk to.
- Appropriate action is taken in a timely manner to safeguard and promote children’s welfare.
- All staff are aware of their statutory responsibilities with respect to safeguarding.
- Staff are properly trained in recognising and reporting safeguarding issues. (Keeping Children Safe in Education, safeguarding policies and trends).
Designated Safeguarding Lead,
Social & Emotional Mental Health Mentor
If you or your child are ever concerned about safety then please contact the Form tutor, Head of Year or member of the Safeguarding team at : firstname.lastname@example.org
Please click on the following links to view our policies for further information:
If you are concerned that your child may be having difficulties with their mental health and wellbeing, please discuss with your child's Head of Year in the first instance and complete the following (SSR) for either Social Emotional Mental Health or Counselling.
Helpful Resources Information for Parents
Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) Team (Children's)
North London Business Park,
Oakleigh Road South
New Southgate London
9am – 5pm
Tel: 020 8359 4066
Out of Hours Duty Team
Tel: 020 8359 2000
Tel: 028 9075 5070
Helpful Resources Information for Children
Under 18 Help Line: 0800 1111
Tel: 0808 800 5000
Text: Shout 85258
Tel: 0300 123 6600
Tel: 0208 771 3377
Tel: 116 123
Copthall School is dedicated to educate students and parents about online safety and appropriate behaviours for all our students to remain safe. We educate our students with an effective PSHE program and external agencies that also assist our staff to deliver a clear message of online safety. Parents and guardians have access to our newsletter and can be invited into school to understand more regarding the risks of online safety.
Staff at Copthall are aware of the risks and dangers our students face online and are constantly training and looking for ways to keep our students safe. We are empowering students whilst following child protection laws to develop critical thinking skills to reflect and enable students to keep themselves safe.
We have put measures in place so student’s Internet access is restricted and in line with our online safety guidelines. Access to the Internet in school is supervised and approved beforehand.
With so many things happening on the internet; from social media, online scams, cryptocurrencies, to upsetting content, it is difficult to know where to get safe guidance from. National Online Safety have created lots of easy-to-digest posters on different topics to help.