Child Protection & Student Well-Being
When a parent or member of staff recognises there is a problem with a student in their group e.g. attendance dropping, becoming withdrawn, changes in usual behaviour, or known emotional issues – depending on the issue these concerns need to be discussed with the appropriate member of staff immediately. Various interventions can then be put in place to support the student and/or family.
Mrs. K. Kirkham and Mrs. H. Peacock are also Safeguarding officers.
Mrs. Caroline Varga is the Governor responsible for Safeguarding.
Well Being Manager (WBM) for Students and Families
Mr C Mundy and Mrs D Mills (nee Otter) work closely with the pastoral team and provide support to students who may be experiencing social or emotional difficulties that are impacting on their learning, emotional wellbeing or safety. Interventions include therapeutic support of individuals or family groups, signposting and liaison with other agencies including safeguarding and counselling/mentoring.
Mrs. D Mills is our Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead. She also liaises with the Youth Support Service and other projects where the focus is on the re engagement and enhancement of opportunities for students. Mrs D Mills works with groups of students on topics such as Relationships & Sex Education including Healthy Relationships, Child Sexual Exploitation, and Grooming. She organises presentations and workshops from specialist organisations on topics such as cyber bullying, eSafety, Prevent and Emotional Well Being. Mrs D Mills can also offer support to parents.
We have an experienced counsellor working in Blenheim one day a week. The counsellor works in a confidential setting with students. The Counsellor will alert the DSL to any significant safeguarding concerns in line with the Child Protection Policy. Students can self-refer or Mrs Mills who can make a referral on their behalf. As this is a confidential service we do not inform parents if a student requests a referral. Mrs D Mills is also an experienced counsellor.
Bereavement Counsellors – CRUSE
CRUSE work in Blenheim one to one with students when needed and Mrs D Otter also does some bereavement work. Jigsaw Southeast formerly Jigsaw 4U also offer grief support for students experiencing the death of a significant person. They often work in conjunction with Macmillan.
SSC staff and the WBM have a mentoring role and work on such areas as motivation, self-esteem, and organisation with individual students and small groups . The Blenheim Mentoring Programme is also used by a qualified Learning Mentor who comes into Blenheim to work with students who are referred to him by either the Pastoral Team or Mrs D Mills. In this case the Mentor will contact parents to make them aware. A Learning Mentor is not a counsellor. There is a Peer Mentoring Programme for Year 9’s to support students coming into Year 7. The mentoring outlined here is in addition to any mentoring offered by the SEND department.
The School Nurse sees students at our request or at the request of other agencies e.g. Children’s Services - this could be to discuss dietary issues or sexual health for example. Students can also speak with the school nurse in confidence at the weekly drop in sessions held in the Family Room.
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