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Safeguarding is EVERYONE'S responsibility at St Helen's. 

The Safeguarding team at St Helen's:

The school's Designated Safeguarding Lead is the Deputy Headteacher -  Mr Martin Jarvis. He can be contacted through the school office. Our Safeguarding Policy is available at the bottom of this page.

The Safeguarding team at St Helen's consists of:

Martin Jarvis - Designated Safeguarding Lead / Deputy Headteacher Kate Hodgetts - Alternate Safeguarding Lead / Headteacher Frankie Gibbons - Alternate Safeguarding Lead / Family Liaison Officer  Carol Pickering - Safeguarding Governor

All staff receive regular Safeguarding training in school including any relevant updates.

Training for Safeguarding:

Training for Safeguarding takes place at two main levels in school:

ALL staff in school receive:
  • Two-yearly training in 'Safeguarding for Education-Based Settings'
  • Two-yearly training in 'Online-Safety for the Workforce' training
  • An annual update in both the above areas
  • PREVENT training
The Safeguarding Team above receive additional training:
  • Two-yearly Designated Safeguarding Lead training - at the same level regardless of whether the Main or Alternate Safeguarding Leads
In addition to this the Headteacher completes:
  • Safer Recruitment Training
While the Designated Safeguarding Lead has completed:
  • Online Safety Lead Training
  • Safeguarding and Online Safety Training 4 Trainers - to undertake safeguarding training for all school staff
  • Multi Agency Safeguarding training
  • Suffolk 'Signs of Safety' training 
  • Common Assessment Framework (CAF) Thresholds Training
  • Annual Safeguarding Conference

What is it? Prevent is about safeguarding people and communities from the threat of terrorism. Prevent is 1 of the 4 elements of CONTEST, the Government’s counter-terrorism strategy. It aims to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism.

All staff receive PREVENT awareness training and know what to do if they are concerned about an individual.

More information about PREVENT can be located on the 'Let's Talk About It' website.

Early Help:

Effective early help relies upon us all working together, providing local support as soon as a problem arises at any point in a child’s life, from early years through to the teenage years and into early adulthood.  Providing early help is more effective in promoting the welfare of children than reacting later. By identifying emerging problems, sharing information with other professionals and targeting assessed need, positive outcomes for children, young people and their families are increased.

What we mean by Early Help

Early help is about stopping problems escalating. It relies on accurate early identification of difficulties and early action which is targeted and evaluated. It can involve intensive intervention or lighter touch support and is usually based on a clear support plan, with identified actions, responsibilities and outcomes, which is then reviewed.

Early help is a form of targeted activity, with a specific action or actions being put in place to address a defined issue or combination of issues. It therefore forms part of a continuum of activity in supporting families.

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