Every child has the right to be treated with dignity and respect – to be free from abuse and neglect. Thames Park Secondary School will follow recommended guidelines to safeguard our students from harm, neglect or abuse and ensure our students are provided with safe and effective care that enables them to have the best outcomes.
Thames Park Secondary School takes safeguarding our students very seriously. We follow safer recruiting procedures and all our staff and governors are regularly trained on Safeguarding matters so they are equipped to identify and act on any concerns relating to:
- Racist, disability, homophobic and transphobic abuse
- Radicalisation and extremist behaviour
- Child sexual exploitation
- Substance misuse
- Gang activities and youth violence
- Domestic violence, sexual exploitation, FGM and forced marriage
Any concerns about actual or potential harm, neglect or abuse will be treated with a high degree of sensitivity so that a child at risk will be protected. The nominated person with responsibility for setting procedures in motion if child abuse is suspected or reported is Mr Bains. The safeguarding team at the school consists of Mr Akande, Mrs Hills, Mr Jose and Mrs McNeill who are deputy designated safeguarding leads.
From time to time students will participate in school events and photographs may be taken. These may be used either in school publications or the local press. If you do not want your child to be photographed, please inform the school in writing.
At Thames Park, all students are encouraged to download and instal the Tootoot app.
Tootoot makes it simple for our students to report anything from bullying to a mental health concern. The simple-to-use app makes it easier for our students to speak-up and gives them confidence that their concerns are being taken seriously.
Please help us to safeguard all students by asking your child to download the app for their phone. They may never know when it might be useful, the app can be used to raise concerns about themselves but also any concerns they may have about their peers.
Keeping Children Safe In Education 2022