Safeguarding at EPCS
The O.K. Room
Welcome to The O.K Room, Easthampstead Park Community School’s safeguarding support zone. This is an area of the school, located within the SEN department designed to safeguard and support all members of the school community.
Within The O.K Room, you will find information and resources we hope you find useful to assist with keeping safe and well in our ever-changing world. Further down this page, there are useful links for additional support for parents/carers and students.
If you have any resources that you feel would be useful to share with others please contact Mrs. Charlotte Osborn, child protection officer at Easthampstead Park Community School via email firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can find our safeguarding and child protection policy on our policies page or by clicking here.
The Designated Safeguarding Lead at Easthampstead Park Community School is the headteacher, Liz Cook. The deputy Designated Safeguaring Lead is Charlotte Osborn, supported by the extended services coordinator and CLA lead Gill Kelly.
If you have concerns that any young person is at risk of harm, you can also call the police in the event of an emergency on 101 or Bracknell forest children’s social care on 01344 352005 or email email@example.com.
Child Protection and Safeguarding Links
Resources Available to Parents/Carers and Sudents
THE LITTLE BLUE BOOK OF SUNSHINE Funded by NHS, this is a free paper resource available in school.
YOUTHLINE Free printed leaflets available from school on Self Harm and Eating Disorders
E-SAFETY SUPPORT AND INFORMATION
www.saferinternet.org.uk Printed Privacy and Safety Checklists for Instagram, Facebook, and Snapchat available in school
www.thinkuknow.co.uk Thinkuknow is the education programme from the National Crime Agency’s CEOP command. Thinkuknow aims to empower children and young people aged 5-17 to identify the risks they may face online and know where they can go for support.
https://www.internetmatters.org/hub/guidance/whatsapp-safety-a-how-to-guide-for-parents – WHATSAPP guide for parents/carers
https://www.internetmatters.org/hub/guidance/snapchat-safety-a-how-to-guide-for-parents – SNAPCHAT guide for parents/carers
https://www.internetmatters.org/hub/news-blogs/yubo-formerly-yellow-social-media-app-parents-need-know – YUBO parents/carers information
https://www.internetmatters.org/hub/guidance/youtube-tips-and-tricks-to-keep-your-children-entertained-and-safe – YOUTUBE parents/carers tips and tricks to keeping your child safe
https://www.internetmatters.org/hub/guidance/instagram-safety-a-how-to-guide-for-parents – INSTAGRAM guide for parents/carers
ONLINE GAMING INFORMATION
https://www.childnet.com/blog/roblox-a-guide-for-parents – A parent/carers guide to the game ‘ROBLOX’
https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/minecraft-a-parents-guide A parent/carers guide to the game ‘MINECRAFT’
CEOP Resources on Nude Selfies
These are new resources for parents to support you in having conversations with their children about the sharing of pictures online.
VIDEO THREE https://www.youtube.com/watch?V=E5LA2nKHVZ0
VIDEO FOUR https://www.youtube.com/watch?V=IK3TDzETkRg
Radicalisation or Extremism
Where to find advice if you are worried about a young person who might be in danger of radicalization or extremism:
Bracknell’s Alcohol and Substance Misuse Youth Workers
07899 063655 for Debbie Coleman
07825 364534 for Bianca Askew-Gallipoli
Mrs. Charlotte Osborn
Child Protection Officer / DSL
Tel. 01344 390865 / Main School 01344 304567
Mrs. Osborn supports children who raise concerns about their welfare or who are under a multi-agency plan such as, a child in need, child protection or other circumstance where they could be vulnerable. Mrs. Osborn works in partnership with social services, the police, the Family Intervention Team as well as the Education Welfare Service.
Mrs. Osborn or other designated staff may conduct a search of students if items of concern are thought to be on their person or in their bag. Parents will always be informed of the reason for the search and the outcome but permission does not need to be provided prior. You can read our school policy on this here.
Mrs. Osborn has received mental health first aid training as well as being a trained Stonewall Champion for the school.
Mrs Gill Kelly
Extended services coordinator / CLA Lead – firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs. Kelly works with a wide range of agencies to access support for children who may have specific needs for example; young carers, family members who care for children and have special guardianship or looked after children.
Mrs. Kelly coordinates referrals to outside agencies. She has provided opportunities for students to receive counselling, mindfulness or support to manage mild mental health conditions.
Mrs. Kelly is mental health first aid trained and has received extended Prevent training.
Below are various useful help links for students.
Online wellbeing project that EPCS has received National Lottery funding to host for one year to promote positive mental health and build emotional resilience. Each student enrolled at school will have their own unique I.D to log on to use the resource. This system is CAMHS approved, has audio and video clips, self help guides, anonymous reporting function and further support links.
Get help with lesbian, gay, bisexual & trans issues from Support U, the LGBT+ network in Reading, Berkshire. Affinity is Reading’s LGBT+ youth group, that runs weekly at Support U in Reading’s town centre designed for ages 13 – 19. The group is a relaxed, safe space for young LGBT+ to meet each other and discuss issues which are affecting them.
Hope Again is the youth website of Cruse Bereavement Care. It is a safe place, where young people who are facing grief can share their stories with others.