The protection and safeguarding of children is a key priority for the school and this has been recognised recently by Ofsted, when our procedures and practices were considered to be "outstanding". All staff receive regular training with regards to child protection and safeguarding; this enables us to deal sensitively, supportively and appropriately with matters should they arise.
Safer recruitment of staff: The school is committed to the safer recruitment of staff including the satisfactory receipt of an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check (alongside references from former employers etc.), in addition to the interview panel being satisfied that the candidate is suitable for post, including a commitment to child protection and safeguarding.
Mrs K Towers is the school's designated senior person with regard to Child Protection and Safeguarding. Staff, students and parents are advised to make contact with Mrs Towers if there is any concern with regard to the safeguarding of children at Richard Lander School. Mrs Yvonne Rippon deputises for Mrs Towers.
If you have immediate concerns or are worried about a child or young person's safety please telephone the Multi Agency Referral Unit (MARU) on 0300 123 1116.
A message for students:
All adults who work with children and young people should work as a team that effectively support and protect you. You may be interested in this document produced for young people, created by the Children’s Rights Director.
As part of the safeguarding team for Richard Lander School, it is our responsibility to record, co-ordinate and manage the safeguarding needs of all students, staff and the wider school community. Part of this duty is signposting our students, parents and carers to relevant information, websites and contacts. Please see the links on the left.
If you have any questions or concerns please contact:
Designated Safeguarding Lead: DSL: Mrs Kerry Towers
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead: DDSL: Mrs Yvonne Rippon
Coronavirus Update - Life in Lockdown..
A small conversation about mental health has the power to make a big difference. Find out more at: https://www.time-to-change.org.uk/get-involved/time-talk-day
Better Health, every mind matters: Looking after a child or young person’s mental health: https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/childrens-mental-health/
Supporting your child during the coronavirus pandemic: Tips, advice and where to get support for your child's mental health during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic: https://youngminds.org.uk/find-help/for-parents/supporting-your-child-during-the-coronavirus-pandemic/
Covid-19: Five ways to stay positive through lockdown: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-55264224
This link is full of all sorts of self-care resources created specifically for young people:
These are apps specifically for supporting young people with mental health and emotional wellbeing:
Young Minds have some resources that speak directly to young people:
Then of course there is Childline, who also have an app now called ForMe:
There is also a text number young people can use if they are in crisis simply by texting SHOUT to 85258