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Rawmarsh Community School’s Ethos Safeguarding

Your child’s welfare is of paramount importance. Our school will establish and maintain an ethos where pupils feel secure, are encouraged to talk, are listened to and are safe. Children at our school will be able to talk freely to any member of staff if they are worried or concerned about something.

Everyone has the responsibility to keep children and young people safe. At RCS we know the importance of staying vigilant in order to quickly identify any child who might be at risk.

At Rawmarsh Community School we have the following policies in place that should be read in conjunction with this policy:

  • Anti-Bullying Policy
  • Child Protection Policy
  • E-safety Policy
  • SEND Policy

These policies can be viewed here.

For more information regarding Peer to Peer Abuse please Click Here.

The Keeping Children Safe in Education, 2016 states that schools should ensure that policies and procedures are in place to deal with Peer to Peer abuse. As a school, we treat any form of abuse as a high priority and as such aim to ensure that all students feel safe when in school. Children and young people may be harmful to one another in a number of ways which would be classified as peer on peer abuse.

The purpose of our safeguarding policy is to ensure as a school we explore the many forms of peer on peer abuse and include a planned and supportive response to the issues.

At Rawmarsh Community School we continue to ensure that any form of abuse or harmful behaviour is dealt with immediately and consistently to reduce the extent of harm to the young person, with full consideration to impact on that individual child’s emotional and mental health and well-being.

FAQ

How do I talk to my child about sexual health?

Social Studies is the main area for the delivery of Relationships and Sexual Health Education. It is taught within a planned programme of lessons from Years 7 – 11 by staff who are specially trained for this role. We promote positive relationships and equality by approaching the subject openly, sensitively and within a caring context.

NSPCC – Talking About Sex  – The underwear rule campaign from the NSPCC a simple way that parents can help keep children safe from sexual abuse – without using scary words or even mentioning sex.

BBC Advice – Sex And Relationships Offers advice and information on a variety of issues to do with relationships and sexual health. This is targeted at the young people themselves.

I’m worried my child is in a negative relationship, what can I do?

Domestic violence and what a good relationship looks like is taught through social studies.

Violence Free RelationshipsAbuse is not normal and never ok. If you are in a relationship with someone, you should feel loved, safe, respected and free to be yourself. There are different forms of abuse, which you can find out about on this website, but if your relationship leaves you feeling scared, intimidated or controlled, it’s possible you’re in an abusive relationship. Find out more about the issue, have your say and seek help here.

My child is starting puberty. How do I talk to them about it?

Changing bodies is taught in Y7 Social Studies. The lessons have been carefully planned to allow pupils to ask questions and get advice.

Puberty – Offers advice and information aimed at females. You will find sections on periods and different products available.

 

Helpful videos to show both girls and boys can be found here –

Wellcast – What is Puberty? Decoding Puberty in Girls

Wellcast – All About Boys Puberty

General advice 

My child's behaviour is changing.

A change in behaviour can be worrying and there can be lots of reasons behind it. If talking to your child does not help then here are some useful links. Please also see our emotional help section of the website.

RCS CHAT

Safe at Last – One of our partner charities has lots of advice regarding behaviour changes.

I think my child is hurting themself. What should I do?

There are many reasons why a child might self-harm and there are many forms it can take. If you are at all worried about your child then please contact either the relevant SPM or please use the contact form below.

Contact Form

If you feel your child is in immediate danger please use the in case of emergency contacts as forms sent to us might not be checked outside of school hours.  Please also see the emotional well-being page for more information on emotional help and advice.

Here are some useful websites that can give you further advice and information.

Young Minds

NSPCC

Papyrus

Useful Links

Puberty – Offers advice and information aimed at females. You will find sections on periods and different products available.

BBC Advice – Sex and Relationships – Offers advice and information on a variety of issues to do with relationships and sexual health.

Violence Free Relationships – Abuse is not normal and never ok. If you are in a relationship with someone, you should feel loved, safe, respected and free to be yourself.

LGBT – Information and support from the lesbian, gay and bisexual charity.

In Case of Emergency

IF YOUR CHILD IS IN IMMEDIATE DANGER – CONTACT 999

If the danger is not immediate but you are worried then contact Rotherham Children’s Social Care Services to report your concerns.

Call the Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) on 01709 336080

For non-emergencies call the Police on 101

SAFEGUARDING CONTACTS IN SCHOOL

Phone the school on 01709 710672 and ask for the SPM linked to your child’s year group:

Alternatively please use this Contact Form, or please don’t hesitate to come into school to speak with an SPM face to face.