Bridgwater College Academy recognises that high self-esteem, confidence, supportive friends and clear lines of communication with a trusted adult helps all children, and especially those at risk of, or suffering from, abuse. Therefore at Bridgwater College Academy we have:
- An ethos where children feel secure and encouraged to talk, and are listened to. This is evidenced everyday through our agreed Academy values.
- Established that students know there are adults in the Academy who they can approach if they are worried or are in difficulty.
- Included in the curriculum activities and opportunities for Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural education which equip students with the skills they need to stay safe from abuse and which will help them develop realistic attitudes to the responsibilities of adult life in Modern Britain.
- Ensured that wherever possible every effort will be made to establish effective working relationships with parents and colleagues from other agencies.
The Safeguarding Team at BCA
BCA takes its safeguarding responsibilities extremely seriously. Our current policy, which you can download here or from our main Policies page outlines our processes and procedures.
All staff and volunteers at the Academy receive annual child protection and safeguarding training and are aware of the procedures for passing on concerns about children.
If any members of the Academy or local community have concerns about the welfare of a child, they can pass it onto the Safeguarding Team at BCA. The team consists of key staff who work with the children and families. They are clearly identified at the Academy by their pink lanyards.
Miss Kate Nichols Mr Iain Drayton Miss Lisa Hunt Mrs Laura Moore
Designated Safeguarding Deputy Safeguarding Lead Safeguarding Officer Safeguarding Lead Administrator
If you have any concerns or would like to talk to a member of the Safeguarding Team, please call the Academy on (01278) 727327 and ask to be connected to safeguarding or alternatively e-mail the team at email@example.com
Welcome to Whisper the new anonymous service that lets you report a problem you may have at school or at home. Whether it be bulllying, cyber bullying, issues at home or concerns about other fellow students.
Sharing things that upset you is not always an easy thing to do. SWGfL Whisper is designed to act as another way you can tell a responsible adult at the school about any issues that you or others might be having. Sometimes that way might be easier than a face to face meeting.
This might include:
You or someone else being bullied
If you feel somebody at the school is at risk
If you have a problem that you need to talk about to somebody
Please don’t use bad language as we may not receive your message: the school systems may filter and block things like swear words and stop your message getting to the Whisper account.
Or BRI9 + your message to 07860 021 584
Please be aware that reports are only monitored during term time and weekdays (Monday to Friday).
WHO DO MY REPORTS GO TO?
When you send your report through the SWGfL Whisper system, it goes directly to a school email address that the school has chosen.
Someone at school has the responsibility of reading the reports and then deciding on a course of action. In most cases, this will be a member of staff who has safeguarding expertise and knows how best to deal with it.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT TO HAPPEN?
This depends. The school has a duty of care to deal with any issues that involve the safety or well-being of students or pupils, so you can expect it to be acted upon.
If you haven’t left your details but wanted to pass on information about someone or something that you are concerned about, the school will investigate the issue further using the information you have provided. This could mean talking to the people directly involved or any other possible bystanders.
Below are a number of apps for iOS and android devices that can support your emotional wellbeing and mental health:
Catch it: Uses Cognitive Behavioural Therapy to help users learn how to manage feelings like anxiety and depression. Users can record and rate their mood, helping them to keep track of progress and identify triggers to their symptoms.
Stress & Anxiety companion: helps users handle stress and anxiety on-the-go. It provides tools like breathing exercises, relaxing music and games. Goals is to help users change negative thoughts to help them better cope with life's ups and downs.
For Me is a free app from Childline. It offers counselling, group message boards, and advice.
Calm Harm is a free app with password protection that provides a range of techniques to relive emotional distress. It’s particularly helpful if you often use self-harm to cope.
Clear Fear is a free app to help with managing anxiety.
Recharge – Move Well, Sleep Well, Be Well uses a free, personalised 6 week programme to help you improve your mood and energy levels.
Smiling Mind provides free mindfulness meditations aimed at reducing stress, anxiety and concentration levels.
MeeTwo helps teenagers talk about difficult things.
The following information is about services/ websites you can contact directly to ask for free advice and help or they may have forums about a range of topics you might want to learn/ understand more about:
ChildLine offer a 24-hour counselling service for children and young people. Telephone: 0800 1111.
Young Minds website also has a range of videos, blogs and advice on a range of topics.
Kooth is an online counselling service for anyone aged 10-25 in Somerset. You can access a chat/ messenger service, discussion boards, goal setting tools and a journal and a magazine containing a number of articles and some specifically about coronavirus and the impact on children and young people. The website is moderated by trained professionals. You need to register but it is anonymous.
Mind Somerset Details of peer support groups and their emotional support helpline – 24/7. 01823 276892
Somerset Mindline 24/7 Mental Health Helpline . If you are concerned about how you are feeling, contact them – 01823 276 892
NHS Somerset School Nurse Service Parent advice and support- Text 07480 635 515
Young people aged 11-19. Concerns about emotional health, relationships, drugs, alcohol etc. Text for confidential advice 07480 635 516
Shout is the UK’s first free 24/7 text service for anyone in crisis anytime, anywhere. It’s a place to go if you’re struggling to cope and you need immediate help. If you are experiencing a personal crisis, are unable to cope and need support, text Shout to 85258.
The Mix are there to help anyone under 25 take on any challenge you’re facing – from mental health to money, from homelessness to finding a job, from break-ups to drugs. The website has lots of helpful resources. Their confidential helpline (0808 808 4994) and online chat service are open from 11am to 11pm, 7 days a week, and are both free to contact. They also have a Crisis Messenger service that is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and you can email them.
General Safeguarding Information
- BCA CP and Safeguarding Policy 2021 22
- Conversation Starters for Parents and Carers Online Content
- DFE Prevent duty departmental advice v6
- DFE Working together to safeguard children inter agency guidance
- House Party App
- KCSIE 2021 September
- Keeping children safe in education Sep 2020
- Screen Zombie
- Snapchat Online Safety Guide
- Supporting Childrens Mental Health 10 Conversation Starters for Parents Online Safety Guide
- The BCA Child Protection Statement
- TikTok Online Safety Guide
- Useful Information
- What do you do if you feel a child is at risk
- What is Safeguarding
- What Parents and Carers need to know about Houseparty
- What Parents and Carers need to know about Instagram
- What Parents and Carers need to know about Snapchat
- What Parents and Carers need to know about TikTok
- What Parents and Carers need to know about Whatsapp
- What Parents Need to Know About Instagram
- What Parents Need to Know About Online Grooming