Harrogate Grammar School are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all of our students. Each student’s welfare is of paramount importance. Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is everyone’s responsibility. Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families and carers has a role to play in safeguarding children. In order to fulfil this responsibility effectively, all professionals should make sure their approach is child-centred. This means that they should consider, at all times, what is in the best interests of the child.
All staff have read Keeping Children Safe in Education 2021. This document can be accessed here – Keeping children safe in education 2021 (publishing.service.gov.uk)
We also comply with Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018 (publishing.service.gov.uk)
This page provides easy accessible information with regard to services available to aid in safeguarding.
CEOP helps any child or young person under the age of 18 who is being pressured, forced or tricked into taking part in sexual activity of any kind. This can be something that has taken place either online or in ‘the real world’, or both. The CEOP Safety Centre has clear information and advice on what can be reported to CEOP, the reporting process and what will happen if you do decide to make a report. You can visit the CEOP Safety Centre and make a report directly to CEOP by clicking the Click CEOP button.
If you are experiencing online bullying or something else online has worried you please speak to an adult you trust, or you can talk to Childline at any time on 0800 1111 or at www.childline.org.uk
Every member of our community has the right to learn and work in a safe and caring environment in order to realise their true potential.
We are a community which values respect and positive relationships. School should be a place of tolerance where everyone is free from harassment, humiliation, intimidation and abuse.
Our collective responsibility is to, through positive actions and with mutual respect for one another, protect and maintain such an environment.
Therefore, our school does not tolerate bullying or harassment of any member of our community and all incidents are taken seriously. If you experience or witness this, please click on the REACH out button and use the form to report it.
The NSPCC’s service for children and young people, Childline, has launched the Report Remove tool with the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) to help young people remove nude images of themselves from the internet.
The Report Remove tool can be used by any young person under 18 to report a nude image or video of themselves that’s appeared online. The IWF then review these reports, and work to have the content removed if it breaks the law.
There are many reasons a young person may have shared a self-generated sexual image. Some may have sent an image for fun, or to a boyfriend or girlfriend, which has then been shared with others or on platforms without their consent. They may also have been groomed online or blackmailed into sharing this content.
To report a nude image or video, the young person has to first verify their age. Our Childline service ensures all young people are safeguarded and supported throughout the process. Young people can expect the same level of confidentiality they would from all their interactions with Childline; they do not need to provide their real name to Childline or IWF if they don’t want to.
If a child has had a nude image shared online it’s vital they know who to turn to for support and our Report Remove tool is available for them.
You can also find more ways to support your child if they’ve been sexting here.
Peer on peer abuse
The document below explains how HGS works to prevent and protect children and young people from peer on peer abuse, including sexual violence and harrassment.
Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSLs)