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Safeguarding and child protection

WHO DO I CONTACT IF I HAVE AN ISSUE?

You could contact your form tutor, who is emailing you once a week to find out how you are doing.  You could email your senior house tutor, who will also check in with you once a week by email.  You could also email Safeguarding@hopevalley.chorustrust.org

There is also a free counselling service available https://www.kooth.com who can give you access to someone to talk to.

If you need support at any point please contact one of the people above and they will talk to someone in school to support you.  You don’t need to feel alone.

If you don’t understand a piece of work, email your teacher directly.  Please be patient when waiting for a response.

 

HOW DO I LOOK AFTER MY WELLBEING?

We have a whole page full of various organisations, apps and websites that provide support on a range of issues. This includes support for anxiety about Coronavirus. You can view this page here.

 

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I AM WORRIED ABOUT MY HEALTH?

  • Look on the NHS direct website – there is lots of helpful advice about coronavirus as well as other medical conditions. 
  • Go online at www.111.nhs.uk  and complete an online screening form.
  • Call your GP – your normal family Doctor.
  • Call 999 if it is an emergency.

 

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I AM WORRIED ABOUT MY SAFETY?

  • You can speak to Mrs Petts and Mr Robinson.  Their numbers are: 07912 259 118 or 07912 259 120. You can also email them if your worry is less urgent by emailing:  Safeguarding@hopevalley.chorustrust.org

 

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF AM WORRIED ABOUT SOMEONE ELSE?

  • Encourage them to ring Mrs Petts or Mr Robinson.
  • Email Mrs Petts or Mr Robinson about your concern. You could also email your tutor or senior house tutor.
  • If you have worries about your or someone else's safety outside of normal school time or outside of normal school term, speak to a trusted adult. If this is not possible you can call Childline 0800 1111.
  • If you or someone you are with is in immediate danger call 999.

 

Early Help Information

We know that all of our families and carers want to do the best for their young people, but sometimes require some extra support. 

Early Help is provided by all who work with children, young people and their families or carers nationally. It is an integral part of how we support our young people and families 

When we feel that a young person or family may need an early help assessment our family resource worker will talk with the young person and family to ascertain if this is the right thing.  An Early help assessment will be completed to help you and your young person understand what help you may need. 

The assessment will be completed by our family resource worker – who is based at the school – during a visit to the family and young person. They will meet with other family members as appropriate and talk to people who are involved with the family such as a health visitors or staff of other schools. They will look at all the strengths and difficulties the family has and gather the views of the family. 

As part of the Early Help Assessment, we will: 

  • talk to the young person and their family 

  • listen carefully to the views of the young person and their family 

  • look at strengths and needs in the family 

  • aim to help resolve the difficulties the family is having 

  • refer to other agencies for support 

  • keep the family involved in all decisions 

  • offer support and advice on other services 

  • keep information confidential unless we have to share information to protect a child 

There are several potential outcomes of the Early Help Assessment: 

  • The family may not require any further support at that time 

  • They may need support and we will refer them to other agencies to receive this 

  • If further concerns have been raised, we may need to discuss these with Social Care 

If you are aware of a family who may be in need of support please email Safeguarding@hopevalley.chorustrust.org

 

WHAT IF MY FAMILY IS IN FINANCIAL DIFFICULTY?

FREE SCHOOL MEALS

If you are eligible for free school meals, please read the information on our Free School Meals page here.

FREE SANITARY PRODUCTS

We have lots of free tampons and pads in school. Please contact Mrs Scorer at escorer@chorustrust.org

 

You can also find more information in our Safeguarding Policy which is on our Policies Page here.

 

Meet the team

Principal of Hope Valley College

Mrs Petts - Vice Principal

Mrs Petts is the Designated Safeguarding Lead and the Designated Teacher for Looked after children. Mrs Petts has oversight of the Inclusion Team 

 

Mr Robinson - Safeguarding Manager and Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

 

Mr Millington - Family Support Worker

I am the Family Support Worker based at Hope Valley College.  I also have responsibility for eight other Primary and Junior schools located in and around the Hope Valley area.    

My role is to offer support to families who may need help over and above that which is routinely available to all of us.  I don’t have all of the answers to the difficulties that life can present but having spent twenty-eight years helping people in the public sector, I have a good idea of where to start to look for them.   

We all need a helping hand sometimes – whether that is dealing with debt, our mental health or the trials and tribulations of raising children. 

Sometimes, we may have more complex needs which require help and co-ordination from one or more outside agencies.  In these circumstances I may gather information using something called an Early Help Assessment, which allows me to get a detailed picture of a family's needs.   

If you feel that I can be of assistance to you or your family, or you would just like an informal chat, then please feel free to contact me at the following email address – emillington@chorustrust.org