Safety and Well-Being
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How to stay safe and well is an ever-evolving aspect of our lives and as such we receive useful information on a regular basis from contributors such as the Local Authority Safeguarding Team, NHS and National Online Safety.
BBG Academy understands its responsibilities towards child protection and safeguarding and gives student safety the highest priority. We are committed to ensuring that students feel safe in their education, and if we suspect that a child has been harmed, or may come to harm, we will take action to safeguard and protect the child.
We have in place a range of policies and procedures to support our safeguarding commitment. These can be located under the “Policies” section of the website.
Part of our role is to educate children and young people on how to keep themselves and others safe. We provide this through our curriculum offer and wider school curriculum offer such as assemblies and targeted workshops. There are links to external sites near the bottom of the page which provide help and advice for parents and carers, as well as students themselves.
Designated Safeguarding Leads
We have a number of child protection trained staff who are available to discuss any concerns or questions you may have. The following named staff are available for staff or students to speak to about a concern:
Designated Safeguarding Lead and SENDCo
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Click on the following link to see a full list
In addition to the team above, students can speak to a member of the MAT Team or another trained member of the safeguarding team. If you have any concerns about the safety or wellbeing of your child, or another student, please contact one of the above.
Social networking is hugely popular. Many young people are sophisticated in the way they use social media apps and websites, tailoring their communication for different audiences, and accessing them from a range of devices including smartphones, tablets, and games consoles.
But social media, like all forms of public communication, comes with some risks. Not all of these risks turn into actual problems; and if children never face any risks, they never learn how to deal with them. By helping your child understand what the risks are, you can play a big part in preventing them from turning into problems.
What they might see or do:
- seeing or sharing of violent, sexual and pornographic content;
- inaccurate or false information and extreme views;
- promotion of harmful behaviours including self-harm, anorexia and suicide;
- over-sharing of personal information;
- actively or unintentionally getting involved in bullying or hurtful behaviour.
Who they might meet:
- people who might bully, intimidate, or frighten;
- people posing behind fake profiles for: mischief-making, sexual grooming and stalking, blackmail and extortion or identity theft and hacking.
How this could affect them:
- fear of missing out leading to excessive use or exaggeration;
- getting upset by things they have seen and being uncertain about what to do;
- engaging, or being pressured into engaging in more risky behaviour either by accident or by design;
- developing unrealistic, and perhaps depressing ideals of body image and gender;
- becoming subject to peer pressure or interactions that are intense or too difficult to handle;
- creating an online reputation that may create problems for them in the future.
Don’t be put off by believing your child knows more than you: the tools are actually quite easy to manage.
- Ask them to show you which social media apps they use and what they like about them. Talk about how they use them and what makes them so engaging.
- Explain how you can use privacy settings to make sure only approved friends can see posts and images.
- Check if any of their apps have ‘geo-location’ enabled, sharing their location unintentionally.
- Show them how to report offensive comments or block people who upset them.
- Check ‘tagging’ settings so that when others are posting or sharing photos online, your child’s identity is not revealed. It is also important to get people’s consent before sharing photos.
- Encourage your child to come and talk to you if they see anything that upsets them.
Encourage your child to think carefully about the way they, and others behave online, and how they might deal with difficult situations.
- People may not always be who they say they are online: how can this create problems?
- Why is it unwise to meet anyone in the real world that you’ve only ever met online?
- Even if you think your messages are private, remember that words and images can always be captured and broadcast.
- There can be pressure to be part of a particular group online or to be seen to be following a certain set of ideas.
3 Apps parents should know about
Five online areas parents should be aware of
Your child’s digital footprint
Snapchat – a guide for teachers and parents
‘Strip Fortnite’ – everything you need to know
TikTok: a parent’s guide
Understanding social media settings
What is grooming
Yubo – what you need to know
Parents’ FAQs: extremism and radicalisation
A Parents’ Guide to Nintendo Switch
A Parents’ Guide to Nintendo 3DS
A Parents’ Guide to Wii U
A Parents’ Guide to Playstation
A Parents’ Guide to xbox360
A Parents’ Guide to xboxone
Thinkuknow Guide to Periscope
Parental Advice on Facebook
Facebook – Bullying tips and strategies
YouTube Parents’ Guide
A Parents’ Guide to Cybersecurity
A Parents’ Guide to Instagram
A Parents’ Guide to Snapchat
A Parents’ Guide to Extremism and Radicalisation
WhatsApp Guide for Parents
Keeping your child safe from Child Sexual Exploitation
Keeping your child safe online
Leeds – Keeping Children and Young People safe online
Child Online Safety
Risks children face online: Accessing inappropriate websites
Risks children face online: Cyberbullying
Risks children face online: Online grooming
If young people are being harassed, threatened, or blackmailed because of a sexual image they can report at CEOP via the CEOP report form at www.ceop.police.uk/safety-centre
Mental Health and Well-Being
Good mental health is very important for all in the academy, both students and staff. While we do not control all the things that shape mental health beyond school, we will always consider the impact of the decisions we make on the wellbeing of staff and students. We all have mental health, like we all have physical health. Both change throughout our lives. And, like our bodies, our minds can become unwell. Mental health problems might actually be more common than we think. One in four of us will be affected by mental illness in any year.
In the curriculum we teach our students about their emotional health through our Resilience curriculum, understanding social and emotional learning, healthy habits and how to foster a growth mindset.
In ensuring excellent behaviour we have a consistent whole academy approach with clear routines of behaviour, well communicated social norms and familiar routines bringing a sense of calm. The key emphasis in our approach to behaviour is to allow young people to self-regulate, so they develop the skills of capable adulthood.
In maintaining a significant, experienced and dedicated MAT Team, we can put in place measures to support young people and their families who may be experiencing difficulties. This team of staff have a range of expertise covering areas including bereavement, anxiety, behaviour support, exam pressures and many more. Our MAT Team work closely with all staff, parents and carers to ensure our students are offered the right level of support, at the right time.
If you have any concerns about the mental health of a young person at the academy, then please contact a member of the MAT Team. In addition, there some videos and links below to resources that may help provide you with some key reminders, strategies or additional support.
Expand the box below for links for very useful resources/tools around mental health and well-being:
Resources and Links
Free, safe and anonymous online support for young people. Click here
The Market Place
Free services, confidential and available for 11-25 year olds. A range of services including one to one support, counselling, group-work and drop-in service 7 days a week. Click here
Free 24 hour confidential helpline for children with ANY problems - Freephone 0800 1111
Click here for website
The NSPCC is the UK’s leading children’s charity, preventing abuse and helping those affected to recover. Free 24 hour helpline - 0808 810800
Click here for website
Willows Young Carers
Supporting Young Carers Aged 5-18 - click here
Essential Support for Under 25s - click here
Website created by Women’s Aid for children and young people to understand Domestic Violence and abuse and how to take action if it is happening to them or they are witnessing it. Click here
National Association for the Children of Alcoholics
Provides advice and guidance for everyone affected by parents/carers drinking. Click here
Other useful websites:
- Supporting your teenager with lockdown and the return to school (should this happen in the future).
This is a video for parents, carers, or those working with adolescents, offering guidance around how to support teenagers during lockdown and help them cope with Covid-19. We also look at how to support them with the transition back into school.
- Parenting teens in times of uncertainty
This video is for parents and caregivers of teenagers recorded from a live workshop. It will look at the following the topics: Supporting your teenager with sleep, how to enable teens to hear what we're saying; recognising anxiety and low mood in teens; how to respond to heightened teen emotions.
- Supporting your teenager with anxiety
This video is aimed at the parents or caregivers of teenagers and provides some ideas as to how you can support them if they are experiencing worry or anxiety.
We endeavour to instil in our students a responsibility to take all aspects of their personal safety seriously, including road safety. Brake, the road safety charity, states that, ‘Road safety is not just for younger children. As students get older, the risks increase. Students need to walk, cycle and play safely without supervision. They also need to understand how to be safer passengers in vehicles, including on school buses, and then, if they learn, how to be safe motorbike riders and car drivers’.
Students need to study their road safety:
- A – Awareness
- B – Behaviour
- C – Choice
For further information on road safety visit:
Follow this link if you would like to find out more information about the facts on drugs, searchable by the name of the drug, written for younger people: www.drugscope.org.uk
Talk to Frank – If you would like to know more information from the UK Government backed site covering all drug related questions in a no-nonsense frank way, follow this link:
- If you want to talk, you can call FRANK free, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Talk to Frank: 03001236600
- 82111- Need a quick answer? Text a question and FRANK will text you back.
Tips for Keeping Safe
We want students to enjoy their free time, but we also want them to stay safe. Following the simple tips below should help students to stay safe and feel more confident. Follow this link for further guidance: Stay-Smart