Safeguarding

At Downlands Community School, we are committed to safeguarding children. Safeguarding is seen as something that is the responsibility of everyone in school: staff, governors, volunteers and even children. The designated safeguarding lead is Mr James Rielly (Headteacher).

The deputy designated safeguarding leads are Mrs Goodall, Miss Hoare and Mrs Loveless. 

Downlands Community School also have Mrs Waters, an emotional literacy support assistant who can help children understand and manage their emotions, cope with transitions, strengthen friendships and develop social skills. For more information speak to Mrs Waters. 

Please use the links below for further help and information.

Links for Children's Mental Health

 

Anti-Bullying Alliance –  United against bullying

 

Beat – The UK’s eating disorder charity 

 

Bullying – BullyingUK Family Lives is a charity with over three decades of experience helping parents to deal with the changes that are a constant part of family life.

 

CEOP – Are you worried about online sexual abuse or the way someone has been communicating with you online? Make a report to one of CEOP’s Child Protection Advisors

 

Childline – Childline is yours – a free, private and confidential service where you can talk about anything. Whatever your worry, whenever you need help, Childline is here for you online, on the phone, anytime.

Frank – Honest information about drugs

 

Kooth – XenZone is a provider of online mental health services for children, young people and adults. Kooth, from XenZone, is an online counselling and emotional well-being platform for children and young people, accessible through mobile, tablet and desktop and free at the point of use.

 

NSPCC – Every childhood is worth fighting for. Everything we do protects children today and prevents abuse tomorrow, to transform society for every childhood.

 

Think U KNow – Thinkuknow is the education programme from NCA-CEOP, a UK organisation which protects children both online and offline.

 

Young Carers –  Getting support if you are a young carer or a young adult carer

 

Xen Zone –  We use technology to create new ways for people everywhere to access the very best mental health support and treatment.

 

 

Links to Information and Support for Parents / Carers

C-CAMHS – Core Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service. CAMHS provides support to children and young people who are coping with significant mental health difficulties. Find out what we help with – and how

 

CEOP – Are you worried about online sexual abuse or the way someone has been communicating with you online? Make a report to one of CEOP’s Child Protection Advisors

 

Dorset Family Information Service (FIS) – Dorset Family Information Service is a free, impartial information service for parents and carers of children and young people aged up to 19, or up to 25 years for those with special educational needs or disability (SEND).

 

Every Mind Matters – Looking after your mental health. Having good mental health helps us relax more, achieve more and enjoy our lives more. There are simple things we can all do to look after our mental health and wellbeing – take our quiz to get started today with a free plan, expert advice and practical tips.

 

Family Lives – Family Lives is a charity with over three decades of experience helping parents to deal with the changes that are a constant part of family life. We know that many people play active roles in raising children, from dads and mums, grandparents, stepparents and non-resident parents. Our role is to support all of you to achieve the best relationship possible with the children that you care about, as well as supporting parenting professionals. We believe that happy children come from happy families and currently support families to improve the outcomes for over 1 million children each year.

 

Mosaic Family Support – Mosaic are a Dorset based charity supporting bereaved children and young people, their families and the professionals working with them.

 

National Online Safety – At National Online Safety, it is our mission to make the internet a safer place for children. We will achieve this through equipping school staff, parents and children with the knowledge they need to understand online dangers and how best to react should an incident arise.

 

North Dorset Family Partnership Zone (Blandford Children’s Centre) – useful information about support and activities for families in Dorset. 

 

Samaritans – Whatever you’re going through, a Samaritan will face it with you. We’re here 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

 

Dorset Safer School’s Team – The SSCT is a partnership between Dorset Police, The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner and Dorset Combined Youth Offending Service with a remit to prevent/reduce anti-social behaviour, crime and wrong-doing amongst children and young people and help keep them safe in a digital world.

 

Steps to Wellbeing – The Steps to Wellbeing Service is a free, confidential, NHS service for to people aged 18+.  We provide a service across the county of Dorset and in Southampton for people registered at either a Dorset or Southampton GP surgery.

 

Support Line –  SupportLine is particularly aimed at those who are isolated, at risk, vulnerable and victims of any form of abuse.

 

Think U Know – Thinkuknow is the education programme from NCA-CEOP, a UK organisation which protects children both online and offline.

 

UK Safer Internet Centre – We are a partnership of three leading organisations: Childnet InternationalInternet Watch Foundation and SWGfL, with one mission – to promote the safe and responsible use of technology for young people.

 

Young Minds – The crisis in children and young people’s mental health is real and it is urgent. More children and young people than ever before are reaching out for help with their mental health. But for those who take that brave step, help is much too hard to find. Together, we are changing this. We’re fighting for young people’s mental health. Join our fight.

 

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