Staying

Safe

At The Write Time, we prioritise the safety and well-being of our students. We're dedicated to creating a secure environment where every student feels heard and supported.

We want everyone in our school community to feel safe, respected and able to talk about any concerns they may have.

At TWT we recognise that safeguarding children and young people is everyone’s responsibility.

We want all children and adults to feel confident about reporting any safeguarding concern – and to know that they will be listened to.

Got a

Concern?

Would you like to talk to someone at TWT about a concern you have?

Please get in touch with our Designated Safeguarding LeadLana Philippson or our Deputy Designated Safeguarding LeadKevan Wayne-Morris.

Email:
lanaphilippson@thewritetime.org.uk
kevanwayne-morris@thewritetime.org.uk
Phone: 020 8689 7676

Or you can reach out to:
Croydon SPOC – 020 8255 2888
Lewisham MASH – 020 8314 6660
Bromley MASH – 020 8461 7373/7379/7026
Bexley MASH – 020 3045 5440
Sutton SPOC – 020 8770 6001
Merton MASH – 020 8545 4226/4227
Wandsworth MASH – 020 8871 6000

We recognise how important it is that everyone in our school community keeps learning and keep listening carefully to what children and young people are experiencing in their daily lives.

The Write Time is committed to facilitating an environment where everyone feels confident about reporting any incidents of child-on-child abuse or sexual harassment and knowing that they will be heard and supported.

We follow the guidance in the Department for Education’s Keeping Children Safe in education guidance at all times – as outlined in our safeguarding policy.

The NSPCC has a dedicated helpline for children and young people who have experienced abuse at school, or for worried adults and professionals that need support and guidance, including for non-recent abuse. t: 0800 136 663.

If you’re worried about your boyfriend or partner’s behaviour, learning more about the warning signs of domestic violence could help you – or someone close to you – stay safe. Refuge offers advice about domestic abuse for teenage girls and young people. t: 0808 2000 247

The Hide Out also offers advice for children and young people about domestic abuse.

If you are worried about a young person who might be in an abusive relationship, you can find out more information about teenage abusive relationships and how to get help. You can also call Childline to talk about any concerns you might have. They have trained counsellors there to support you. t: 0800 1111

The Write Time believe that everyone in the school community has the right to learn and to teach in a supportive and caring environment without fear of being bullied. We will help all members of the school community to benefit from computing and online technologies, whilst understanding its risks, and equip children with the knowledge and skills to be able to use it safely and responsibly.

If you would like advice about how to stay safe online visit thinkyouknow.co.uk They also have information about online blackmailing and how to access help if you need it.

Common Sense Media has useful reviews and advice by parents and children of all the latest games, apps and films.

The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) offers advice on online safety. If you have been a victim of sexual online abuse or you’re worried this is happening to someone you know, you can let CEOP know safely and securely on their website.

Please encourage your child to speak to any member of our staff if they have any worries about bullying.

All The Write Time staff are committed to doing everything they can to prevent all kinds of bullying.

We want our school to be an environment which is safe, supportive and free from intimidation. We actively promote a culture of awareness, tolerance and inclusion where all forms of bullying are seen as unacceptable. You can find more details in our our anti-bullying policy.

Bullying UK offers lots of advice for young people and parents about bullying. You can also call their helpline t: 0808 800 2222.

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. t: 0800 1111

We understand the importance of providing support and resources for students who may be struggling with mental health issues, and we have a range of measures in place to ensure that they receive the help they need. Our goal is to create a safe and supportive environment where all students can thrive, and we are committed to working with our students, parents, and staff to achieve this.

Please speak to our SENCO (Lana Philippson) if you have any worries about mental health.

Mind is a mental health charity which provides support to everyone who has experienced a mental health problem. If you are concerned about your own mental health or about someone you know, you can contact Mind for advice t: 0300 1233393 or text 86463.

YoungMinds offers information and advice about children and young people’s wellbeing and mental health. They have lots of advice for young people about coping with mental health issues. They also have a helpline for parents and carers t: 0808 8025544.

The Kooth team provide free, safe and anonymous online support and counselling for young people.

Samaritans are available, day or night, for anyone who’s struggling to cope, who needs someone to listen without judgement or pressure. They give people ways to cope and the skills to be there for others. And they encourage, promote and celebrate those moments of connection between people that can save lives. They offer listening and support to people and communities in times of need. You can call free on 116 123.

If you’re worried that a child or young person might be or is at risk of being exploited by a county lines gang, you must share your concerns. Please speak to our school’s designated safeguarding lead (Lana Philippson) or a member of staff.

If you think a child is in immediate danger, contact the police on 999.

The NSPCC have lots of information and expert advice about how to support a young person who may be at risk of gang involvement or involved in county lines. t: 0808 800 5000 e: help@nspcc.org.uk

You can also contact Crimestoppers (anonymously) t: 0800 555 111

A useful government guide for parents and carers has lots of advice about keeping children and young people safe and how to get support if you need it.

The guide includes information about:

  • Protecting children from domestic abuse
  • Teenage relationship abuse
  • Child sexual abuse and exploitation
  • Sexual assault referral centres
  • Crime, Criminal Exploitation and County Lines, violence and gangs
  • Protecting children from radicalisation
  • Prevent
  • Online child safety
  • Mental health

Staff enable pupils to discuss their experiences, views and personal concerns confidently. Staff deal with any matters of concern quickly.

Policies &

Procedures

Please read our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy. It outlines the systems we have in place to ensure that all members of our community are aware of the importance of safeguarding and child protection. Additionally, it makes clear the responsibilities for identifying and reporting issues, and how they are dealt with.

We are committed to creating an open, honest and respectful school community for everyone.