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Culture of Safeguarding

Ortu Gable Hall School is committed to providing a safe and secure environment for all pupils, staff and visitors.  We promote a culture where pupils, parents and staff feel able to share the concerns they have about their own or others safety and wellbeing. We actively promote social, physical and moral development of all students and aim to foster an atmosphere of respect and security for all.

Ortu Gable Hall School has a culture of belief and support and takes all disclosures seriously.  We maintain an ‘it could happen here’ attitude at all times; aim to ensure that pupils feel they are taken seriously, and that they will be supported and kept safe. Pupils will not be given the impression that they are creating a problem by reporting, nor feel ashamed of making a report.

We ensure Child Protection concerns are handled sensitively and professionally, advocating early help and involving outside agencies where appropriate, to support the specific needs of the individual.

This page is designed as a source of information about safeguarding to help educate parents and carers, pupils and the wider community with the aim of protecting those within our school community.

Ortu Gable Hall School and the Prevent Duty

Ortu Gable Hall School has a Prevent Duty Lead. The Prevent duty has two specific strategic objectives to safeguard our students against radicalisation, extremism and any actions or beliefs that are contrary to British Values and our school ethos.

  1. Respond to the ideological challenge of terrorism and the threat we face from those who promote it.
  2. Prevent people from being drawn into terrorism and ensure that they are given appropriate advice and support.

Ortu Gable Hall School opposes all form of extremism. We define ‘extremism’ as vocal or active opposition to fundamental British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs.

Ortu Gable Hall School and “Channel”

The school will work closely with the counter-terrorism referral programme “Channel”.  Channel is a multi-agency approach to identify and provide support to individuals who are at risk of being drawn into terrorism.

The programme uses a multi-agency approach to protect vulnerable people by:

  • identifying individuals at risk
  • assessing the nature and extent of that risk                           
  • developing the most appropriate support plan for the individuals concerned.

 

Ortu Gable Hall School Safeguarding Team 2022-23

At Ortu Gable Hall School we have a Designated Safeguarding Lead and deputies who you can contact if you have any questions or concerns relating to either child protection or safeguarding.

Every member of Ortu Gable Hall School staff has completed their child protection training.

Our Safeguarding Team
  • Mrs N Jeffery - Designated Safeguarding Lead & Prevent Lead
  • Mr G Walker – Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
  • Mrs S Carter
  • Mrs D Spriggs
  • Miss L Nancolas
  • Miss F Gard
  • Mrs Courcha
  • Mr Michael Taylor
  • Mrs Oakley
  • Miss S Weston – Sixth Form Designated Safeguarding Lead
  • Mr S Dixon
  • Mr C Wilson
  • Mrs A Marks
  • Mrs C Keeble – Ortu Trust
  • Mrs Billington Pearce.

Any safeguarding concerns can be emailed to safeguarding@gablehall.com   

Mental Health First Aiders
  • Miss N  Jeffery
  • Mrs S Carter
  • Mrs T Tarling
  • Miss S Weston
  • Miss L Tyrrell
  • Miss P Martin

Any pastoral queries or concerns can be emailed to pastoral@gablehall.com

 

Contextual Safeguarding

Young people encounter risk and safety in locations outside of the home. These experiences are crucial in shaping how they move through their local neighbourhood and how to keep themselves safe. We process and complete a safety mapping exercise which students complete with their form groups and form tutor and within our wellbeing survey, so we can learn and understand about where they feel safe or at risk. The local areas that were picked out by our pupils so far are the following;

  • Stanford Railway station
  • Co-op – Gardner Avenue
  • Corringham Town Centre
  • Local Parks/One Tree Hill
  • Alley ways in local area
  • Lakeside
  • Grays
  • Tilbury Town

 

Radicalisation and extremism

The school believes and actively supports the view that all students should be protected from radicalisation and extremism

https://www.jcc.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Victvs-Parents-Guide-to-Extremism-and-Radicalisation-PRINT-Ver2.pdf

 

eSafety

ICT in the 21st Century is seen as an essential resource to support learning and teaching, as well as playing an important role in the everyday lives of children, young people and adults. Consequently, schools need to build in the use of these technologies in order to arm our young people with the skills to access life-long learning and employment. 

Information and Communications Technology covers a wide range of resources including; web-based and mobile learning. It is also important to recognise the constant and fast paced evolution of ICT within our society as a whole. Currently the internet technologies children and young people are using both inside and outside of the classroom include:

  • Websites
  • Learning Platforms and Virtual Learning Environments
  • Email and Instant Messaging
  • Chat Rooms and Social Networking
  • Blogs and Wikis
  • Podcasting
  • Video Broadcasting
  • Music Downloading
  • Gaming
  • Mobile/ Smart phones with text, video and/ or web functionality
  • Other mobile devices with web functionality 

Whilst exciting and beneficial both in and out of the context of education, much ICT, particularly web-based resources, are not consistently policed. All users need to be aware of the range of risks associated with the use of these Internet technologies.

At Ortu Gable Hall School, we understand the responsibility to educate our pupils on eSafety issues; teaching them the appropriate behaviours and critical thinking skills to enable them to remain both safe and legal when using the internet and related technologies, in and beyond the context of the classroom. 

Both this policy and the Acceptable Use Agreement (for all staff, governors, visitors and pupils) are inclusive of both fixed and mobile internet; technologies provided by the school.

Under no circumstance does Ortu Gable Hall allow any Alien device onto its network. This is in agreement with the Network manager and the governors.

 

Think You Know

The Think You Know website is created by the police for parents of children at secondary school. It contains useful information about:

  • what children are doing online
  • how to talk to children about what they are doing online
  • what risks your child might face
  • what tools are there to help them stay safe.

Think You Know have also produced a Parents Guide to E-Safety and also the following booklets to provide parents/carers with helpful information on how to explore and monitor their children’s apps.

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