Bredon School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. Our objective is to provide a safe environment for all young people to learn and reach their full potential. A copy of our Safeguarding Policy is available here.
If you have a safeguarding concern, you can contact our Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSL) as follows:
Mr Tom Butt, Deputy Head Pastoral - Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mrs Lucy Dickson, Teacher - Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Miss Charmain Eaton, Teacher - Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mr Rob Starr, Head of Boarding - Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Miss Hodkinson, Head of Stable House, Boarding - Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mrs Jill Blakeney, Head of Health and Wellbeing Centre - Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mrs Nicola Starr, Houseparent, Boarding - Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mr John Kerr, Assistant Houseparent, Boarding - Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Miss Rebecca Glover, Assistant Houseparent, Boarding - Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Tel: 01684 293156
Keeping children safe online
The internet has undoubtedly created an amazing and exciting platform for us all to access and share information, but with this freedom comes risk. Keeping children safe online doesn’t have to be difficult; it’s more about common sense and communication than computer know-how.
Through our extensive PSHE programme, we do as much as we can to educate our pupils about the dangers they may face and what they can do to stay safe online. Supporting our parents to do the same is important to us.
We advise all parents and carers to carefully monitor what your child/ren are doing online, including their conversations with friends or other people. This may require you having full access to their devices so you can see the online applications they are using. We recommend that you understand the applications (apps) they have installed and that privacy settings are enabled so that their profiles are not available to anyone else other than friends they know.
There are a number of useful online resources where you can find out more about online safety and the safe and effective use of the Internet.
Childnet Childnet International is a registered UK charity that aims to make the internet a safe place for children and young people.
CEOP (Child Exploitation & Online Protection) CEOP helps keep children and young people safe from sexual abuse and grooming online. If you are concerned about anything your child sees or hears online we encourage you to use the CEOP button to report your concerns. The button has been developed to offer children, young people, parents/carers and professionals working with these groups with a simple and convenient mechanism for gaining access to trusted online safety advice, help and support. It also provides access to an online mechanism for reporting known or suspected child sexual exploitation or child sexual abuse directly to CEOP. This function is offered as a convenient and potentially less intimidating method of reporting these sensitive types of crime, and as an alternative to face-to-face and telephone reporting to local police forces. CEOP take all concerns seriously. Once you have completed the form it is likely that one of their officers will get in touch with you soon after. All reports to CEOP are treated as reports of crime and as such anonymous reports cannot be accepted. We encourage you to support us in educating your child about reporting through CEOP.
NSPCC (National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children) The NSPCC is a charity campaigning and working in child protection in the United Kingdom and the Channel Islands.
Safekids Contains information about the dangers of children using the internet. Rules, advice, and tips relating to child security and the web.
National Online Safety - Here you will find guides to help keep your child safe online
Young minds - UK’s leading charity for fighting mental health
Mee Two – safe and secure forum for teenagers wanting to discuss any issue affecting their lives – advice from experts or other teenagers going through similar experience
Bestie Worcestershire – New online resource and app to support children’s mental health and wellbeing, offering advice and support
Shout – 24/7 free, confidential support via text, for anyone in a crisis anytime, anywhere. Text SHOUT to 85258
Mind – Information and support for mental health problems
CAHMS - if you are concerned about your Child’s mental health
Other useful information:
Many young people access social media and gaming sites whilst being under the age limit. It is useful to be aware of the popular social media sites and games and their age rating:
Grand Theft Auto - 18 years
WhatsApp - 16 years
Snapchat - 13 years
Facebook - 13 years
Instagram - 13 years
Skype - 13 years
Fortnite - 12 years
There is no age restriction for watching videos on YouTube, but for those who set up an account, the age rating is 13 years.
You may have seen news reports or heard concerns raised about the online video game ‘Fortnite’. Concerns include; the chat function, allowing children to potentially speak with strangers; the in-app purchases and the addictive nature of the game. For further information and guidance regarding child safety please see this ‘Fortnite Factsheet’ (pdf) from The Key – Safeguarding Training Centre.
What is sexting? And how to engage with your child about the issue.
A guide on how to change privacy settings on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/help/privacy
More advice on Facebook settings https://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2010/09/17/protect-facebook-places/
Google Safe Search - a filter system that can be applied directly to Google.
How to apply filters on your PC, Mac and games consoles: