What is Safeguarding?
Safeguarding is the action that is taken to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm. Safeguarding means:
- protecting children from abuse and maltreatment
- preventing harm to children's health or development
- ensuring children grow up with the provision of safe and effective care.
What does Safeguarding cover?
Safeguarding covers numerous topics, many of which are interconnected, including:
- Child Exploitation
- Domestic and Sexual violence/abuse
- Prevent (Preventing Violent Extremism)
- Substance Misuse
- Violence Against Women and Girls (including FGM)
Who is responsible for Safeguarding?
Everyone has a responsibility to keep children and young people safe.
All organisations that come into contact with children should have specific safeguarding policies and procedures in place. This includes voluntary and community organisations, faith groups, private sector providers, as well as schools, hospitals and sports clubs.
Safeguarding at Fortismere
Fortismere takes its safeguarding responsibilities extremely seriously. Our current policy, which you can download here or from our main Policies page outlines our processes and procedures.
On this page we have assembled some information that may be of help. At the bottom of this page you will find updating information from Parent Zone and CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre) on a wide range of issues. We also have a page on E-Safety and staying safe online which is useful for both parents/carers and students.
Here are some general documents that you may find helpful:
Awareness and Prevention of Rape/Sexual Assault
The school provides a range of information on this topic, starting with the Raising Awareness and Prevention project workshops for Year 10s. The RAP workshops have been carefully designed to equip teenage girls and boys between the ages of 13-18 with the tools to avoid becoming a victim of rape and sexual assault. These presentations are not about physical self-defence, sex and relationship education nor about intimidating teenagers but are about empowering them with the common sense skills to be able take care of themselves and each other. The RAP Project focuses on real life cases, laws, statistics and guidelines. Consent, online pornography and social media are also addressed.
Click here for more information.
As part of our Sexual Relationships Education programme, we work with Safer London who have produced this leaflet highlighting issues around Child Sexual Exploitation.
CEOPS/Parent Info RSS Feed:
This is a link to a wide range of articles on various topics for parents/carers and students. Simply scroll down and click on any of the articles that interest you. The list is always being updated by Parent Zone and CEOP.