St Helena School

Sheepen Road, Colchester, CO3 3LE 

Email: contact@st-helena.essex.sch.uk

Phone: 01206 572253

The Sigma Trust t/a St Helena School

Walton Road, Clacton-on-Sea, CO15 6DZ

Registered Company No:  07926573

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Pastoral Structure

At St Helena School we pride ourselves on the level of care, guidance and support we provide for our students. In Ofsted inspections, the pastoral system has been regularly recognised as a strength of the school.

 

The Form Tutor is at the heart of our pastoral care, seeing each student at the start of every day and thereby establishing one of the most important relationships a student has in their school experience. Our tutor groups are 'horizontal' in structure, with students from the same year group together in their form. This allows us to target our support with age-appropriate activities, and means that we can offer the most relevant experiences to forms in each year group.

Each year group has a designated Year Leader who oversees the support, care and guidance of their students. Our  Year Leaders are supported by a team of non-teaching staff who are able to provide instant access for students who have difficulties, concerns or who just need a bit of reassurance.  The principle work of this team is to assist students in addressing and removing any barriers to learning which could stand in their way of achieving academic success. The team has a wealth of experience and excellent working relationships with numerous external agencies, all of which can provide students, parents/carers and their families with any required support.

Health & Well Being

The Medical Room is staffed from 8.30am-3.15pm during the school day by the Health and Welfare Officer (who is First Aid trained) to deal with accidents or incidents that require first aid treatment, or to provide regular medication or care to students with ongoing medical issues. The Medical Room can assist students who become unwell during the school day to help and to identify what action should be taken to obtain the appropriate support and/or treatment. This help will take the form of any necessary immediate first aid treatment and emergency care for onward referral to a suitable trained medical professional if appropriate. Parents will be contacted in this instance. The school is unable to provide medical advice to students. The school is not able to redress wounds that are being treated by a medical professional. 

The school will maintain records of those students who have been supported by the Medical Room.  This information is purely to assist the school with providing the appropriate support to students. This information will be held on the school’s database which can only be accessed by staff with the appropriate authority to access the system.   

For students with long term medical conditions the school will support students to be as independent as possible to manage their condition.  The school will work with parents, medical professionals and other outside agencies where appropriate to ensure a Care Plan is put in place to support those student’s individual needs. 

The school requires parents to make the school aware at the earliest opportunity concerning their child’s medical support needs in order that a Care Plan can be put in place. This also applies to any changes that may arise as the student progresses through each school year. 

The school will not administer any prescription or non-prescription medicines without written parental consent and instructions as to how these medicines need to be administered. The relevant consent form can be
found here or in printed form from Reception or The Medical Room. Parents are required to provide non-prescription medicines, such as Paracetamol and Antihistamines in original box or container with a letter of consent if they wish their child to take these – the school will not supply any non-prescription medicines. 

 

The school will not permit students to carry Paracetamol, Aspirin, Ibuprofen and other non-prescription medicines with them at School; these can only be accessed via the Medical Room. 

 

Parents are required to provide the school with the medication needed for their child with a letter of consent for those students who are Diabetic, Asthmatic, and Epileptic or who have a similar ongoing medical condition, even in instances where the student normally self-manages their medication. This is to ensure that students can access their medication should they omit to bring their medication into school. 


The school will be able to store medicines in the Medical Room in a secure cupboard or fridge as appropriate in line with manufacturers’ guidance.  This will be readily available to students during the school day.  A record will be kept of all medicines with the name of the student, the medication, dose, and frequency and method of administration.  Medicines will be reviewed monthly and parents will be contacted to collect any medicines that have expired and to provide a replacement.   

Immunisations are offered to students in school (with parental consent) as directed by the NHS. More details can be found in the NHS Immunisations Schedule.

 

Schools are not currently allocated a school nurse but a member of the team provide a drop-in at St Helena School once per half-term.

 

Students in Year 9 are selected as Youth Health Champions to spread positive health and wellbeing messages among their peers. The students get to choose which health campaigns they want to focus on and how they will raise awareness in school. Campaigns have included anti-smoking, healthy eating and sun safety.

 

Health & Well Being Links

 

NHS Live Well: http://www.nhs.uk/livewell/Pages/Livewellhub.aspx

 

Change 4 Life (healthy lifestyle advice for families): http://www.nhs.uk/change4life/

 

Brook (information and advice for young people on a variety of topics): https://www.brook.org.uk/your-life/category/health-and-wellbeing

 

Headway (charity that works to improve life after brain injury. Provides information, support and services to people affected by brain injury, their family and carers): www.headwayessex.org.uk

Attendance

Attending school is important to ensure students are able to make the most of their education in order to reach their full potential. If you raise a child’s attendance you raise their academic chances.  As a parent/carer you are legally responsible for ensuring that your child receives a suitable education. Failure to ensure that your child attends school punctually and regularly may lead to legal action being taken against you. This could result in each parent/carer receiving a fine of up to £2,500.  In order to try and avoid this St Helena School works with students, parents and other agencies to ensure you carry out your legal responsibility of making sure your child attends school. We do this in partnership with Attendance Solutions Essex Ltd. and Essex County Council. The Government now consider attendance below 95% to be unacceptable. As a school, we are concerned when student’s attendance drops below 96% and we take steps to address issues of attendance with students and/or parents when attendance begins to fall. This can include the following steps:

 

Attendance call: If your child does not arrive at school on time and a parent/carer has not called the school’s Absence Line (01206 572253, press 1) to report an absence we will call you to check whether your child did/didn’t leave for school (to ensure they are safe and to prevent truancy) and/or the reason for their absence. Where relevant we may ask you to bring the child in to school.  If we are unable to confirm the child’s whereabouts (particularly during prolonged periods of absence) we may contact Social Care or the Police in order to ensure the child is not at risk of harm.

Home visit: On occasions where we are concerned about a student’s attendance or welfare (or where we are unable to establish contact with parents) we may ask Attendance Solutions Ltd. to carry out a home visit to discuss issues relating to attendance.

Request for medical evidence: Where students are off school frequently due to sickness or medical conditions you may be asked to provide medical evidence. This could be an appointment card, pharmacy label for prescribed medication (stating the child’s name and date of dispensing) or a letter from a doctor/consultant/paediatrician. Failure to provide medical evidence will result in the absence being recorded unauthorised.

School Attendance Plan (SAP): If a student is absent from school (either authorised or unauthorised) a student will meet informally with an appropriate adult to discuss their attendance, reasons for their absences, why attending school is important and to agree a support plan to improve their attendance where appropriate.

School Attendance Meeting (SAM): If no improvement is made following a SAP parent/carer(s) will be asked to attend a ‘SAM’ to discuss their child’s attendance (either authorised or unauthorised), discuss support available to the student or family to address the issues raised and to explain the legal implications if attendance does not improve. 

Warning letter: If there is still no improvement following the SAM a warning letter is sent to parents reminding them of the legal implications if attendance does not improve.

Penalty Notice and legal action: This will initially be issuing a penalty notice but could potentially result in legal action where the courts may enforce an Education Supervision Order, Attendance Order or Parenting Order (which would include parents attending parenting skills sessions).

Full details of the legal actions and process (including penalty notices) can be found on the Essex County Council website.

Attendance Links:

 

Essex County Council – Attending School: https://www.essex.gov.uk/Education-Schools/Schools/Attending-School/Pages/Attending-School.aspx

 

Essex County Council – Help getting your child to school: https://www.essex.gov.uk/Education-Schools/Schools/Attending-School/Pages/Help-with-getting-your-child-to-go-to-school.aspx

 

Essex Safeguarding Children Board – Missing/absent children: http://www.escb.co.uk/en-gb/safeguardingtopics/missingchildren.aspx

 

Coram Children’s Legal Centre: http://www.childrenslegalcentre.com/index.php?page=education_legal_practice

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. In order to fulfil this responsibility effectively, all professionals should 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.”

(Keeping Children Safe in Education – DfE, September 2019)

Safeguarding is the broad term for keeping children safe from harm – this includes avoiding potential accidents and protecting children from abuse.  Abuse can take many different forms including:

Neglect

Physical abuse

Sexual abuse

Emotional abuse

For more information on the categories and types of abuse please visit the Essex Safeguarding Children Board website.

 

All staff members are provided with training in Safeguarding and Child Protection annually and are issued with a ‘Safeguarding and Child Protection Reference Guide’ to ensure they know how to recognise the signs and indicators of abuse and how to respond to and report any concerns.  The Safeguarding Designated Persons and other child protection staff undertake multi-agency safeguarding training every 2 years. All staff and volunteers are vetted during the recruitment process by seeking satisfactory references and undertaking a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check in line with safeguarding legislation.

If you have concerns about a student (even if they seem minor) please report them to the student’s Pastoral Manager or a Designated Person. If you have any serious or immediate concerns regarding a child’s safety please contact the Police.

 

Safeguarding Links:

 

Essex Safeguarding Children Board:  http://www.escb.co.uk/en-gb/parentscarers.aspx

 

Parent Info (Lots of useful links on the ‘Experts’ tab): http://parentinfo.org/

 

NSPCC (National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children): https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/child-abuse-and-neglect/

 

Centre for Action on Rape and Abuse (CARA): www.caraessex.org.uk

 

Colchester and Tendring Women’s Refuge: www.colchester-refuge.org.uk

 

Forced Marriage Unit (to prevent forced marriage): https://www.gov.uk/stop-forced-marriage

 

Think U Know (information on online safety for parents): https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/

 

Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP): https://www.ceop.police.uk/safety-centre/

 

Disrespect No Body (information about avoiding/preventing abusive relationships) - https://www.disrespectnobody.co.uk/

Mental Health

National Studies suggest that in the UK, about 1 in 10 of all young people may experience a mental health problem or disorder. Without the right support a student’s mental ill-health may impact on their safety and happiness both in and out of school.  Some examples of mental health issues include:

 

Depression

Eating disorders

Self-harm

Anxiety

Low self-esteem

 

More detail about the potential symptoms or possible causes of mental health problems can be found in the 'worried about your child' section of the Young minds website.

The Student Welfare and Pastoral teams at St Helena School have a wealth of experience with supporting students with mental health issues and are able to refer to external agencies including Youth Enquiry Service, The Children’s Society, The Junction and Emotional wellbeing and mental health services (EWMHS) where specialised support is required. There is also access to a chaplain for an opportunity to talk through issues or for mentoring as appropriate.

 

This topic is covered in the PSHE curriculum for: Year 8 (emotional health) and Year 11 (emotional well-being).

 

Mental Health Links:

 

Essex Safeguarding Children board: http://www.escb.co.uk/en-gb/parentscarers/mentalhealth.aspx

 

Colchester Mind (The Junction): http://www.colchestermind.org/youth-services.html

 

Parent Info (Lots of useful links on the ‘Experts’ tab): http://parentinfo.org/

 

MindEd (a free educational resource on children and young people’s mental health for adults): https: //www.minded.org.uk/

 

Young Minds: http://www.youngminds.org.uk/for_parents

 

Brook – 5 steps to improving your self-esteem: https://www.brook.org.uk/your-life/5-steps-to-improving-your-self-esteem

 

Brook – How to be happy: https://www.brook.org.uk/your-life/how-to-be-happy

Equality &  Diversity

St Helena School is a fully inclusive school providing a quality education and experience for all its learners. The school promotes equality of opportunity for all, giving every individual the chance to achieve their potential, free from prejudice and discrimination and has created a culture of respect for the diversity and breadth of its community enabling everyone to participate in the life of the school.

 

The Equality Act (2010) means it is unlawful to discriminate against someone by treating them less favourably because of their: 

 

sex

race

disability

religion or belief 

sexual orientation

gender

pregnancy or maternity

 

St Helena School will not tolerate any behaviour or language that could be considered to be discriminatory. The situation will be investigated and addressed where discrimination is seen, heard or reported to a member of staff. Parents of students with a specific concern or issue are encouraged to contact the school as soon as possible so it can be addressed as appropriate.

St Helena School is a fully inclusive school providing a quality education and experience for all its learners. Our Student Welfare and Pastoral teams works closely with parents and students to ensure that appropriate provision is made for those who may require support around LGBT (lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender) issues. This includes support for individuals who may identify as being LGBT or support and education for individuals who are voicing homophobic or anti-LGBT views which are impacting on other students. The school has created a culture of respect for the diversity and breadth of its community enabling everyone to participate in the life of the school. Parents of students with specific needs are encouraged to contact their child’s Pastoral Manager or form tutor to talk through their child’s individual needs, should they have any issues, questions or concerns.

 

Under the Equalities Act any young person has a right to be addressed as whichever gender they identify as regardless of any diagnosis or medical intervention and irrespective of age.

 

Equality &  Diversity Links:

 

Children’s Rights Alliance for England – Equality Act 2010: http://www.crae.org.uk/childrens-rights-the-law/laws-protecting-childrens-rights/equality-act-2010/

 

Tendring and Colchester Minority Ethnic Partnership: https://www.tendringdc.gov.uk/community/community-directory/tendring-colchester-minority-ethnic-partnership-tacmep

 

The Outhouse (Supporting LGBT people in Essex): http://www.outhouseeast.org.uk/

 

Brook – Information and advice on sexuality and gender: https://www.brook.org.uk/your-life

 

Children’s Rights Alliance for England – Equality Act 2010: http://www.crae.org.uk/childrens-rights-the-law/laws-protecting-childrens-rights/equality-act-2010/

Mermaids (Support for children and their families with gender identity): http://www.mermaidsuk.org.uk/

Anti -Bullying

St Helena School take matters of bullying seriously. Bullying is not the same as poor behaviour (as dealt with by the School’s Behaviour Policy).  It is also important to make the distinction between bullying and falling out with friends.  Falling out is part of everyday life, bullying is not.

 

When bullying is reported, Pastoral Managers gather information from students involved and witnesses to ensure the facts of the situation are established and to look at how to address the situation (including sanctions and support as appropriate).

 

Full details on how we prevent and address bullying can be found in the school’s Anti-bullying Policy. Support for students is offered by the Student Welfare and Pastoral teams and there is also access to the school chaplain for an opportunity to talk through issues or for mentoring if appropriate.

 

This topic is covered in the PSHE/SMSC curriculum across all year groups.

 

Anti Bullying Links:

 

Bullying UK – Advice for Parents: http://www.bullying.co.uk/advice-for-parents/

 

NHS – Bullying – Advice for Parents: http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/Bullying/Pages/Bullyingadviceforparents.aspx

 

Anti-Bullying Alliance: https://www.anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk/

 

Kidscape: https://www.kidscape.org.uk/advice/advice-for-parents-and-carers/

Bereavement & Loss

Students experiencing a family bereavement or loss of someone close to them (or their parent, on the student’s behalf) can talk to their Pastoral Manager or Form Tutor if they feel they need support. 

 

Where appropriate, teachers of the student are informed of the bereavement so they are aware that the student may be behaving differently than usual (e.g. emotional, angry or distracted). Some students are issued with temporary exit cards to offer them time out if they are finding it difficult to cope with their emotions. They can then seek support from staff in Pastoral.

 

The school can refer individuals or families to St Helena Hospice for bereavement support (if they are unable to refer themselves). There is also access to the school chaplain for an opportunity to talk through issues or for mentoring as appropriate.

 

Each year the school chaplains carry out a Remembrance Project where students can contribute to remember someone close to them. This is available to all students both during the project and throughout the year as needed.

 

Bereavement & Loss Links:

 

Young Minds – Bereavement: http://www.youngminds.org.uk/for_parents/worried_about_your_child/bereavement

 

St Helena Hospice – Bereavement support for all: http://www.sthelenahospice.org.uk/how-we-can-help/Bereavement-services-and-support.aspx

 

Stroke Association – Supporting families after a stroke: https://www.stroke.org.uk/finding-support/information-advice-support-service-colchester

PREVENT

“Teenage years are often a time when young people search for answers to questions about identity, faith and belonging, and look for adventure and excitement. This can mean that they are particularly vulnerable to extremist groups, who may claim to offer answers, as well as identity and a strong social network. Schools already help safeguard pupils from the harms they may face such as drugs, gangs and sexual exploitation. Just like these harms, radicalisation can have a devastating effect on individuals, families and communities. Protecting pupils from the influence of extremist ideas is therefore an important part a school’s safeguarding role.”

 

(Educate Against Hate website, April 2016)

Radicalisation and extremism is a process by which an individual or group comes to adopt increasingly extreme political, social, or religious ideals and aspirations. There are extremist groups in a number of religions and social or political groups.  Young people can be particularly vulnerable to the influence of these groups.

In March 2015 the Counter Terrorism and Security Act (2015) placed new statutory duties on schools to prevent young people being drawn into extremism. St Helena School has ensured that all of its policies, procedures and practices are reviewed and updated to take account of the need to safeguard children and young people from radicalisation and extremism. In September all staff members were required to undertake/update their training around understanding radicalisation and extremism. Key staff members within the school have undertaken in-depth training to identify and intervene where appropriate.

 

The Religious Studies department at St Helena School studies the main world religions and promotes tolerance and understanding of world views in timetabled lessons through both Religious Studies and the PSHE curriculum. When appropriate, we discuss current issues in the news that may prompt students to question human behaviour and their motives behind it. We encourage students to use critical thinking skills to identify bias and in doing so develop the skills of analysis and evaluation. Lessons look at ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ in terms of religious beliefs and British Law, so it is made clear what is acceptable behaviour in this country.

 

Issues of concerning language or behaviours are raised with students as and when appropriate to ensure they are able to recognise why it might be a concern, or to allow them to ask someone for help. Students are encouraged to speak to a member of the Student Welfare Team (or a member of staff) if they are worried someone might be at risk so that support can be offered to anyone affected by the issue. The school has a PREVENT trained Safeguarding lead who has attended specialist training to be able to refer to specialist services if there are potential radicalisation issues with a student.

If you have concerns about a student (even if they seem minor) please report them to the student’s Pastoral Manager or a Designated Person/Child Protection Officer. If you have any serious or immediate concerns regarding a child’s safety please contact the Police.

 

PREVENT Links:

 

Educate Against Hate: http://educateagainsthate.com/parents/

 

Advice to Parents (by Tower Hamlets Borough Council) http://www.towerhamlets.gov.uk/Documents/Children-and-families-services/Child-protection/TH-Advice-to-Parents-WebVersion.pdf

 

Interfaith Explorers (educational resource that helps your child value and respect cultural diversity):  http://interfaithexplorers.com/for-parents

 

Let’s Talk About It (An initiative designed to provide practical help and guidance in order to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism):  http://www.ltai.info/

E-Safety

E-Safety awareness for all students and their parents/carers is essential to ensure they are aware of the risks they face online and how they can keep themselves safe. Smart phones now make it possible to access the internet and social networking apps/sites at any time – making it more difficult to supervise your child’s access.

 

Having an open and honest conversation with them so you know what they are accessing and to ensure they can try to keep them safe – advice on how to do this can be found on the ESCB website or NSPCC Share Aware websites below.

 

Possible risks and dangers of being online:

Inappropriate content, including pornography or ‘sexting’

Ignoring age restrictions

Friending or communicating with people they don't know

Grooming and sexual abuse

Sharing personal information

Gambling or running up debts

 

E-Safety is raised with students as and when appropriate to ensure they are able to recognise the risks and protect themselves, or if we have reason to believe someone may be putting themselves at risk online. Students are encouraged to speak to a member of the Student Welfare Team (or a member of staff) if they are worried someone might be at risk so that support can be offered to anyone affected by the issue. 

 

All staff members complete e-safety training. E-Safety Assemblies are delivered to all year groups during each new Academic year. A useful information resource for parents can be found on the school website.

If you have concerns about a student (even if they seem minor) please report them to the student’s Pastoral Manager or a Designated Person/Child Protection Officer. If you have any serious or immediate concerns regarding a child’s safety please contact the Police.

                 

E-Safety Links:

 

The Online Safety Magazine : http://www.esafety-adviser.com/latest-newsletter

 

Essex Safeguarding Children Board:  http://www.escb.co.uk/en-gb/parentscarers/stayingsafeonline.aspx

 

NSPCC Share Aware: https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/

 

Net Aware: https://www.net-aware.org.uk/#

 

UNICEF – Growing up Online: http://www.unicef.org/endviolence/endviolenceonline/files/UNICEF_Growing-up-online.pdf

 

Parent Info (Lots of useful links on the ‘Experts’ tab): http://parentinfo.org/

 

Marie Collins Foundation (for information on chat room safety, grooming, cyber bullying, internet stalking and internet safety):  http://www.mariecollinsfoundation.org.uk/useful-links

 

Think U Know (for information on which sites are safe or not safe online): www.thinkuknow.co.uk

 

BBC Bitesize activity (KS3 students): http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks3/ict/history_impact_ict/esafety/activity/

 

Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP): https://www.ceop.police.uk/safety-centre/

 

UK Safer Internet Centre: http://www.saferinternet.org.uk/

 

Internet Matters (Helping parents keep their children safe online): https://www.internetmatters.org

 

The Parent Zone: https://parentzone.org.uk/

 

Digital Parenting Magazine:  https://parentzone.org.uk/projects/digital-parenting-magazine

 

ParentINFO: http://parentinfo.org/

Drug & Alcohol Misuse

The use of drugs or alcohol can present both long-term and short-term. The effects and damage can spread beyond the user, to impact on the lives of others. As a school we work hard to educate students of the risks of drugs and alcohol misuse.

Concerns of drug or alcohol use is raised with students as and when appropriate to ensure they are able to recognise the risks and protect themselves, or if we have reason to believe someone may be putting themselves at risk. Students are encouraged to speak to a member of the Student Welfare Team (or a member of staff) if they are worried someone might be at risk so that support can be offered to anyone affected. 

 

This topic is covered in the PSME curriculum for:  Year 7, Year 8, Year 9, Year 10. EYPDAS (Essex Young People's Drug and Alcohol Service) offer specialist one to one and group sessions to students in school where there is a risk of drug or alcohol misuse or where there is a parent/carer or close family member who is drug or alcohol dependent.

Students are expected to not bring alcohol, drugs or related paraphernalia in to school. If we have reason to believe a student has brought alcohol, drugs or related paraphernalia onto the school site the Police may be informed and staff will carry out a bag search (where a student is asked to remove all items from their bags/pockets etc. in the presence of two members of staff, one of whom will be a member of the senior leadership team). If any alcohol, drugs or related paraphernalia are found it will be confiscated and reported to the Police.

 

If you have concerns about a student (even if they seem minor) please report them to the student’s Pastoral Manager or a Designated Person/Child Protection Officer. If you have any serious or immediate concerns regarding a child’s safety please contact the Police.

Drug and Alcohol Misuse Links:

 

Essex Young People’s Drug and Alcohol Service:  http://www.essexlocaloffer.org.uk/listing/essex-young-peoples-drug-and-alcohol-service-eypdas/

 

Talk to Frank: http://www.talktofrank.com/worried-about-a-child

 

Essex Safeguarding Children Board: http://www.escb.co.uk/en-gb/parentscarers/alcoholanddrugs.aspx

 

Parent Info (Lots of useful links on the ‘Experts’ tab): http://parentinfo.org/

 

Open Road (local charity supporting recovery from drug and alcohol misuse): http://openroad.org.uk/

 

Brook (information and advice for young people on a variety of topics including binge drinking and drug use): https://www.brook.org.uk/your-life/category/health-and-wellbeing

Child Sexual Exploitation

‘Sexual exploitation of children and young people under 18 involves exploitative situations, contexts and relationships where young people (or a third person or persons) receive 'something' (e.g. food, accommodation, drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, affection, gifts, money) as a result of them performing, and/or another or others performing on them, sexual activities. Child sexual exploitation can occur through the use of technology without the child's immediate recognition; for example being persuaded to post sexual images on the Internet/mobile phones without immediate payment or gain. In all cases, those exploiting the child/young person have power over them by virtue of their age, gender, intellect, physical strength and/or economic or other resources.’  

 

(UK National Working Group for Sexually Exploited Children and Young People (NWG))

CSE is raised with students as and when appropriate to ensure they are able to recognise the signs and protect themselves, or speak out and ask someone for help. The subject is also is covered in PSE lessons and assemblies during Year 10 to educate students as a preventative measure.

 

The school raises awareness and encourages discussion amongst students. Students are encouraged to speak to a member of the Student Welfare Team (or a member of staff) if they are worried someone might be at risk so that support can be offered to anyone affected by the issue. The school has a designated ‘CSE Champion’ who has attended specialist training to be able to address or prevent CSE issues with students.

If you have concerns about a student (even if they seem minor) please report them to the student’s Pastoral Manager or the school’s Designated Person/Child Protection Officer. If you have any serious or immediate concerns regarding a child’s safety please contact the Police.

CSE Links:

 

Essex Police: www.essex.police.uk/cse

 

Essex Safeguarding Children Board: http://www.escb.co.uk/en-gb/parentscarers/childsexualexploitation.aspx

 

NSPCC: https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/child-abuse-and-neglect/child-sexual-exploitation/what-is-child-sexual-exploitation/

 

Marie Collins Foundation (for information on chat room safety, grooming, cyber bullying, internet stalking and internet safety):  http://www.mariecollinsfoundation.org.uk/useful-links

 

Parent Info (Lots of useful links on the ‘Experts’ tab): http://parentinfo.org/

 

Centre for Action on Rape and Abuse (CARA): www.caraessex.org.uk

Young Carers

St. Helena School is committed to develop provision for young carers and their families.
We will capture the commitment by further widening our provision, building on the needs of the young people and meet young carers’ needs. We continually review St. Helena School’s provision with a view to ultimately achieving best practice. We have achieved the Bronze Award from the Essex Young Carers Service.


How we will achieve this:


The whole school is committed to meeting the needs of young carers so that they can attend and enjoy school in the same way as other students and achieve their potential.


We have appointed a designated Young Carers’ School Lead with responsibility for young carers and their families. Pupils will be made aware of the identity of this lead and how to contact them to access support on the Young Carers display board in school.

 

The school only shares information with professionals and agencies on a need to know basis in order to support pupils and their families. 

 

St. Helena School will actively seek feedback and ideas from young carers and their families to shape and improve support.

 

The school has an effective referral system and strong partnership in place with relevant external agencies, including referral to young carer agencies providing key workers who will work with young carers and families.

 

We will strive to achieve best practice for students and families in our school in order to provide them with the best chance of success in their future. 

 

For referral requests or more information please contact Mrs Shepherd, Young Carers’ School Operational Lead.


St Helena School Young Carer Leads

 

Young Carers’ Senior Leadership Team Lead
(Strategic responsibility for Young Carers)
Deputy Head Teacher
Mrs Sarah Watson

 

Young Carers’ School Operational Lead
(Responsibility for managing the school’s provision for Young Carers)
Pastoral Manager
Mrs Maria Shepherd

 

Young Carers Links

 

Essex Young Carers https://youth.essex.gov.uk/young-people/young-carers/

 

To make a referral https://forms.essex.gov.uk/default.aspx/RenderForm/?F.Name=VxC8Pwm6m3H&HideAll=1 

 

Carers Trust https://carers.org/

 

Childrens Society https://www.childrenssociety.org.uk/