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Safeguarding

The school operates a robust child protection and safeguarding policy which acts on statutory guidance and uses procedures that have been agreed by the local authority and are fully supported by the governing body and the staff.  Safeguarding is of utmost importance at Bishop Thomas Grant, and parents and students are encouraged to report any concerns regarding child protection and safeguarding with Mrs A O'Donovan, the Designated Safeguarding Lead.

The members of the Safeguarding Team are:

Mrs O'Donovan          Designated Safeguarding Lead

Mrs Westlake               Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

Mrs Levenson               Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

Mr Bennett                     Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

Mr Todd                            Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

If you have any concerns please email us at the following address: safeguarding@BTG-secondary.lambeth.sch.uk during school hours.

7am - 6pm Monday to Friday

Holidays and Weekends - Feel free to contact the email but if it is and emergency call 999 or

Childline   -  0800 1111

NSPCC      -  0808 800 5000 

or Local Social Service Child Protection Referrals

Mental Health & Wellbeing

The Members of the Mental Health Wellbeing Team are:

Mrs Levenson until July 2021

Mr Newell from September 2021

The school will endeavour to take a coordinated whole school approach in Mental Health & Wellbeing of its students which will lead to a readiness to learn. To embed a culture of resilience and emotional health is a priority. Contributions from wider multi agency and interventies will be used to promote optimal Mental Health. We employ Counselling Services and Mentoring Programmes at Bishop Thomas Grant School such as the charity 'Evolve', staff members with counselling qualifications or experience and in addition a counsellor from the Catholic Children's Society (ConnectEd) to support children's mental health.

Parents are also encouraged to be aware of and read our policies pertaining to safeguarding, which can be accessed by clicking on the links below.

Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy

COVID-19 Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy 7 January 2021 - Important update

Online-Safety Policy

Students are encouraged to read and familiarise themselves with the Office of the Children's Rights Director's 'Young Person's Guide to Keeping Children Safe', sponsored by the DofE.

Click here to view the guide

Prevent Strategy 2015 – Information for Parents

December 2015

From July 2015 the government introduced the Prevent Strategy which places a duty on all schools (as well as other organisations) to safeguard children from radicalisation and extremism.  This means that we as a school have a responsibility to protect children from extremist and violent views the same way we protect them from risks such as drugs or gang violence. Importantly, we provide a safe place for students to discuss these issues so they better understand how to protect themselves.

We would like to provide all parents and carers with an Introduction to the Prevent Strategy which can be viewed by clicking  here.

There is also useful information on the LSCB (Lambeth Safeguarding Children Board) website, go to the "Keeping Children and Young People Safe Against Radicalisation and Extremism" document on the Lambeth website  here.

We would also like to highlight our Extremism and Radicalisation Policy which can be viewed here.

If you have anything at all that you would like to discuss about this issue, please do not hesitate to contact the school.

Mrs A O'Donovan

Designated Safeguarding Lead and Assistant Headteacher

If you have any concerns please email us at the following address: Safeguarding@btg-secondary.lambeth.sch.uk

Please note that this email inbox is only monitored during school hours.

Safeguarding during the Covid-19 School Closure

During this period of school closure, the school is monitoring new safeguarding advice from the Government and this will be addressed accordingly in our safeguarding practise.  This advice will be added as an annex to our existing policy Safeguarding and Child Protection    Policy which is located here : https://www.btg.ac/About-BTG/Policies

 

 

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