Safeguarding at PTM
- Designated Safeguarding Lead – Rebecca Arnould (Assistant Headteacher)
- Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead – Ruth Bartlett (Family Support Officer)
- Safeguarding team – Christine Peden (Headteacher)
- Safeguarding Governor – Julie Gallagher
Our School Commitment
Pear Tree Mead is committed to providing a safe, supportive and inspiring environment where every child is able to reach their full potential free from harm, abuse and discrimination. Our staff and volunteers recognise their safeguarding responsibilities and effectively support and communicate, ensuring all children, especially those at risk, are able to thrive.
In order to keep our children safe we have a safer recruitment policy. We ensure that all members of staff are adequately vetted and volunteers are suitable to work with children. Regular training and updates are completed by leadership, HR and governors to provide a consistent and robust approach.
Through all areas of the curriculum we encourage children to think about how to stay safe: At home, crossing the road, out on their own, or on the internet. Regular PHSE lessons, Philosophy sessions or Computing topics can provide especially good opportunities for children to discuss these issues.
PTM have an approach that involves good communication with families, school and at times other agencies. We endeavour to support children and families by promoting and delivering effective ‘Early Support’. We try and offer support that fits the diverse needs of thePTM families. This may cover areas like bereavement, parenting support, behaviour management and families in conflict. We have an open door and would welcome any PTM families wanting support and guidance.
There may also be times when adults are concerned about children in the community.
If so, then you can contact:
- CHILDREN & FAMILIES HUB PRIORITY LINE on 0345 603 7627
- Emergency Duty Service (Immediate Out of Hours Response) No: 0345 606 1212 (Mon – Thurs 5.00pm – 8.45am, Fri 4.30pm – Mon 8.45am Inc. Bank holidays)
- Essex Police (999 or 112)
Please don’t ignore concerns; child protection is everyone’s responsibility.
Key safeguarding documents
Family wellbeing Information for parents/carers
You may have heard the term “Child Exploitation” a lot in the media over the last couple of years. The term refers to both the sexual or criminal exploitation of children and young people. Child exploitation is when young people receive something (e.g. money, food, alcohol, drugs, accommodation) in exchange for sexual or criminal acts. Parents Against Child Exploitation (PACE) is a national charity who have a free online course for parents and carers. The free e-learning course takes around 30 minutes and has been designed to help you learn more about child exploitation. They also have advice on how to spot the signs of CSE. Parents and carers can report any concerns around child exploitation by calling the Essex Police Parent Hotline on 01245 452058. The line is staffed Monday to Friday 8am-4pm with voicemail available outside these hours. It can be hard to start conversations with your child or children about difficult topics, especially when you are trying to keep them safe. NSPCC have some great advice on how you can do this. The Children’s Society and Barnardo’s have come together in partnership to extend the CARE service and provide support for parents and carers affected by child exploitation throughout Essex by offering a new programme called DICE. CARE is run by the Children Society and their aim is to provide individual, independent, blame-free and non-judgemental support to parents/ carers and families with a view to helping them to further develop their understanding of what is happening, together with offering support with proactive measures that aim to help their child break free of exploitative relationships. The service offers:
◾Telephone support and advice to parents/ carers
◾Face to face support and advice to parents/ carers
◾Advice regarding your rights as parents and guidance regarding how to work with statutory agencies such as social care and police
◾Facilitating peer support groups, where similarly affected parents can come together
◾Advice and support with disruption techniques
You can contact the CARE team by calling 01245 493311 and asking for the CARE team. The DICE programme, provides support for parents of ‘at risk’ children and young people. The programme has been developed to support parents/carers with knowledge and strategies that will enable them to have a greater understanding, be more tolerant and nurturing to their child at risk. DICE is a four week parenting programme delivered over a two hour session. Topics include:
•The Life of a Teenager
•Parenting the ‘at risk’ child
•Who can help
You can contact the DICE programme on 01268 558448 or CareFamilySupport@barnados.org.uk.
As parents we make an effort to offer our children healthy meals and snacks but it can be frustrating if they refuse to eat them. The NHS have some great tips for fussy eaters:
- Offer your child the same food as the rest of your family
- Don’t leave meals until your child is too hungry or too tired to eat
- Your child may be a slow eater, so be patient
It can get confusing when there is so much conflicting nutrition advice for families so take a look at the clear information on get to grip with food labels to help you. There is also a handy and fun food scanner app that you and your children can use when shopping.
Make sure you follow your local Essex and Child Family Wellbeing Service on Facebook to find out about all of the great activities they run in your local Family Hubs and Delivery Sites. For example, Colchester Berechurch Family Hub have ‘Move it Mondays’ activities for all of the family.
Use the Sleep Council’s interactive bedroom to find out what could be helping or hindering your teenagers sleep. Make sure you are also getting enough sleep yourself and if you need inspiration try the 30 day better sleep plan.
According to the Alcohol Education Trust the average age a child will have their first whole alcoholic drink is between 13 and 14 years. It’s important to talk to them before this age to help them to understand units and the effects of alcohol. Click here for further information.