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Safeguarding

At Woodlands School we take safeguarding incredibly seriously, it is the single most important consideration of all of it's staff members and visitors. We work together to ensure that every member of the community is safe and therefore able to thrive in a nurturing environment where barriers to learning and engagement are removed,

Our pastoral care reaches the highest standard. All of our young people have a form tutor and Head of Year to support them, offering information, advice and guidance throughout their time with us. This is complimented by a dedicated safeguarding team, Assistant Heads of Year, internal counsellors and our work with external agencies.

We believe in educating our young people and community members in the best ways to keep safe and work tirelessly to ensure that our provision is current, robust and supportive.

Our Designated Safeguarding Team Lead is Mr Riste

If you are ever concerned about the safety of yourself or another student please refer this to the school’s safeguarding team through the staff members below. Your concerns will be taken seriously and may require a follow up conversation.

 

At Woodlands School we want all of our young people to be safe. All of the staff receive up to date child protection and safeguarding training.

 

Environment of equality

Woodlands School maintains a ‘zero tolerance’ approach to Harmful Sexual Behaviour and homophobia. These societal issues manifest themselves in schools and any sexualised behaviour between peers that has become harmful or abusive is unacceptable and must be addressed.

Our school recognises that children and young people are vulnerable to and capable of abusing their peers sexually. We consider any allegation of peer on peer sexual abuse seriously and do not tolerate harmful sexual behaviour

The principle aim of our approach is to foster the conditions in which our young people can aspire to and realise safe and healthy relationships, at school and as they continue in life. We work to cultivate a culture in which the voice of our young people is central, where our young people feel able to share their concerns openly, knowing that they will be listened to, and that they will not be judged.

We use relationships, our AROE curriculum (RE or RSE and Health Education curriculum) to help our young people understand, in an age-appropriate way, what harmful sexual behaviour is, including by peers. We teach them the knowledge they need to recognise and report abuse, including emotional, physical, and sexual abuse. We also teach them about the importance of making sensible decisions stay safe (including online), whilst being clear that if a CYP is abused, it is never their fault.

Please see our Harmful Sexual Behaviour/Peer on Peer Abuse Policy below for more information.

The resources include Parents & Carers courses, online video resources and weekly guides covering a huge range of topics, to create your account, please follow https://nationalonlinesafety.com/enrol/woodlands-school-2 and complete your details. When you’re set up, you’ll be able to set ‘Parent/Carer’ as your user type, which gives you access to all the resources.  

You can access National Online Safety online via any device- including via smartphone app.