Safeguarding

At Brune Park we understand that it is our collective and moral accountability to provide the best quality learning for all – so everyone in the school community makes progress, achieves their best, and is happy and well.

This School, therefore, recognises its prime responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of all learners.

The latest version of our Child Protection and Safeguarding policy can be found on our policies page here.

If you have a safeguarding concern or something you would like to discuss please contact a member of the safeguarding team.

You can do this by speaking to a member of reception staff or by emailing Rachael Adderley (radderley@gfmat.org).

If your child has an issue or a concern please encourage them to speak to their tutor, year team (HOY or DHOY) or any member of the Safeguarding Team.

Mental Health Awareness

Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make healthy choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood.
Being aware of your children’s mental health as well as your own is so very important. Below you will see some helpful links to help support you and your families.

Mental Health Support

Advice for parents

ThinkNinja

ThinkNinja is a new way to support your child’s mental health and emotional wellbeing. The app is free to download for all students on a smart device such as a phone or tablet. The app supports young people in a range of daily life issues such as being stressed, feeling low or having unhelpful thoughts and behaviours that might be triggered by pressures such as exams, struggling to make friends and social situations.

You can download the app from our app store here.

Social Media Guides

Useful Links

  • Safe4me is a website developed by Hampshire police to offer support and guidance to parents/ carers when dealing with a range of issues (anti-social behaviour, sexting, drugs etc…). It aims to link the knowledge students gain at school to real life and helps parents/ carers address these issues with their children. The safeguarding team have found the teachers sections of the website really useful when delivering information about difficult topics to young people.
    https://www.safe4me.co.uk/parents/
  • Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE) is a really helpful document for all school staff and parents/ carers. It talks through the different types of safeguarding concerns we may encounter with young people and the methods in which we may choose to use when dealing with these concerns.
    https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/1101454/Keeping_children_safe_in_education_2022.pdf
  • NSPCC are the leading children’s charity in the UK, specialising in child protection. Their website is full of useful resources.
    https://www.nspcc.org.uk/
  • The Broadband Search website has compiled some stats about the dangers that children face when they go online and have outlined some of the best ways you can make sure your child stays safe when browsing.
    https://www.broadbandsearch.net/blog/internet-safety-kids

Smartphones

Mental Health Support

  • CAHMS is an amazing resource for mental health support.
    https://www.camhs-resources.co.uk/websites
  • People who live in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight can now text ‘HANTS’ to 85258 to be connected to a trained volunteer who can help with anxiety, stress, loneliness or depression. 

Well Being Resources

Online Resource Website Brief description
Childline https://www.childline.org.uk  Childline is there to help anyone under the age of 19 with any issues they may have, no matter how big or small. They also provide information on bullying, abuse, safety and the law, you and your body, your feelings, home and families and friends and relationships. 
NSPCC https://www.nspcc.org.uk  NSPCC aims to protect children and prevent abuse. They provide lots of accurate and up-to-date information and resources to help support children. 
Samaritans https://www.samaritans.org  Samaritans are there, day or night, for anyone who’s struggling to cope, who needs someone to listen without judgement or pressure. They offer a listening and support service to anyone who needs it. 
Young Minds https://youngminds.org.uk Young minds aim to help young people feel supported and empowered, whatever the challenges. They are there to make sure they get the best possible mental health support and have the resilience to overcome life’s difficulties.
NHS Mental Health and Well being https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress- anxiety-depression/ Provide accurate and up-to-date information and support with mental health conditions such as stress, anxiety and depression. 
CAMHS https://hampshirecamhs.nhs.uk/  Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) are an NHS service that aims to help young people up to the age of 18 who are finding it hard to manage their emotional and psychological health, and who are suffering with acute, chronic and severe mental health problems.
CEOP Think You Know https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk Great advice for young people with regards to staying safe (and well) online and reporting any problems/issues.
Self Harm  https://www.nhs.uk/mental-health/feelings-symptoms-behaviours/behaviours/self-harm/getting-help/  NHS directory of support services for self harm. Including CALM, MIND, Harmless
Frank https://www.talktofrank.com  The Frank website provides the most accurate and up-to-date information about drugs, the laws and the dangers.
Catch  22 https://www.catch-22.org.uk A county-wide specialist treatment service offering targeted, specialist, and family support for children and young people affected by substance misuse. We offer free and confidential advice and support for young people aged up to 25.
No Limits https://nolimitshelp.org.uk/ No Limits is a charity offering free and confidential information, advice, counselling, advocacy and support to children and young people under the age of 26 in Southampton and Hampshire. Young people can come to No Limits for free support on a wide range of issues including housing, homelessness, debt, employment, relationships, sexual health, mental health and substance misuse.
Kooth https://www.koothplc.com/our-products/young-people Kooth.com is commissioned by the NHS, Local Authorities, charities and businesses to provide anonymous and personalised mental health support for Children and Young People. With over 4000 logins per day, we provide end to end support whatever the need.
Chathealth TEXT – 07507-332-160 11-19 Confidential advice from a chat health nurse on relationships, anxiety, smoking, stress & self harm
Let’s Talk About It  https://www.letstalkaboutit.nhs.uk A great website for advice and information on contraception, STI’s and general sexual health. Provides information on local services offering free contraception, emergency contraception, STI testing, etc.
Brook https://www.brook.org.uk Brook provides free and confidential sexual health advice. They provide advice and information on STI’s, contraception, pregnancy, sex, gender, sexuality, abuse, relationships, well-being, etc. 
Disrespect Nobody https://www.disrespectnobody.co.uk  A website which provides information on healthy relationships and support to help recognise when relationships are unhealthy. 
Moving on project  https://www.the-mop.org/ The Moving On Project’s mission is to provide quality counselling which is actionable and sustainable to support the young people in the local community
Always Puberty https://www.always.co.uk/en-gb  An excellent website that gives girls information and advice on changes they may experience during puberty and advice and support for periods. 
Change for Life https://www.nhs.uk/change4life/food-facts Change for Life is a useful and informative website for children and their families which looks at the importance of healthy eating. They provide food facts, recipe ideas and fun activities for keeping active. 
Eat Well NHS https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/eat-well/  This website provides accurate information on the different types of food that are required to maintain a healthy diet. It also gives some recipes tips and advice. 
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