William Howard School is committed to ensuring the welfare and safety of all students. We believe that students have a right to learn in a supportive, caring and safe environment which includes the right to protection from all types of abuse.
If any members of the school or local community have concerns about the welfare of a child in the school, or if you have any safeguarding queries, please contact our School Safeguarding Team.
Alternatively, you can speak to any member of staff in school if you are concerned about bullying, discriminatory behaviour, risk-taking behaviour or anything that makes you worried for your own or someone’s safety.
Our Designated Safeguarding Leads are:
Designated Safeguarding Lead
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Cumbria Safeguarding Children Partnership
Every Local Authority area has an Independent Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB). LSCB’s are responsible for ensuring agencies work together to safeguard children and for testing how effectively this happens. The Cumbria LSCB became The Cumbria Safeguarding Children Partnership (CSCP) in 2019.
Provides advice and support to young people on any issue they wish to discuss
Childline is there to help anyone under 19 in the UK with any issue they’re going through.
You can talk about anything. Whether it’s something big or small, their trained counsellors are there to support you
|Website: Childline | Childline
Childline is free, confidential and available any time, day or night. You can talk to us:
Whatever feels best for you.
Support and tips to help you keep children safe.
From advice on children’s mental health to staying safe online, support for parents and what to do if you’re worried about a child.
The Mix is the UK’s leading support service for young people.
They provide help and advice on any challenge you’re facing – from mental health to money, from homelessness to finding a job, from break-ups to drugs.
|Website: The Mix – Essential support for under 25s
Talk to us via our online community, on social, through our free, confidential helpline or our counselling service.
If parents feel that their child has been exposed or have any concerns about radicalisation.
|Website: Prevent – Cumbria Constabulary
Give a range of advice for parents if their child is being bullied or if they suspect they are being bullied.
Helpline: 0808 800 2222
Operation Encompass is a unique Police and Education early intervention safeguarding partnership which supports children and young people exposed to domestic abuse. Operation Encompass is the reporting to schools before the start of the next school day when a child or young person has been involved or exposed to a domestic abuse incident the previous evening. The information is given in strict confidence to a school’s Key Adult to enable support to be given dependent on the needs and wishes of the child.
Online Safety Information
If you are worried about online abuse or the way someone has been communicating online let CEOP know. CEOP is here to keep children safe from sexual abuse and grooming online. CEOP Safety Centre
CEOP for Parents/Carers: https://parentinfo.org/
UK Safer Internet Centre
Provides a range of advice and guides on a range of online safety issues and advice on how to stay safe. Homepage – UK Safer Internet Centre
UK Safer Internet Centre SEND advice pages
Provides a range topics and suggestions for starting and having discussions with young people with SEND about their online experiences. SEND – UK Safer Internet Centre
National Online Safety
Provides a range of online guides for parents on a variety of online platforms and other cyber issues. https://nationalonlinesafety.com/guides
Think u know?
CEOP education programme. They provide a range resources and information on how to protect yourself online. Resources are provided for parents and for different age groups of children. CEOP Education (thinkuknow.co.uk)
Little Digital Helps Toolkit
Created in partnership with Tesco Mobile, this is a one-stop shop for all the things you need to set controls and privacy settings on new and old devices that your children use, with plenty of advice on how to deal with online risks. https://www.internetmatters.org/little-digital-helps-toolkit/
Roblox Privacy & Safety Checklist
Roblox is home to millions of immersive experiences, from gaming to social hangouts, to concerts, sports, fashion shows, education, and entertainment. https://swgfl.org.uk/assets/documents/roblox-checklist-2023.pdf