The most important thing for our children is their safety. We foster a culture of vigilance amongst staff, students, parents and visitors. We always listen to children and take their concerns seriously. Please do not ‘wait and see’ - if you have any concerns please contact the College immediately or use the ‘Tell Someone’ link below. The Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) at the College is Mrs West (Assistant Principal) and the Child Protection Officers are Mrs Barendt and Mr Tugwell.
Worried about how safe your child really is when using the internet? Follow the Safer Internet link to find some helpful advice.
Some useful information can be found from the Somerset Safeguarding Children Board Safeguarding Somerset
Frome College monitors and filters the internet and computer usage within the school to safeguard and protect the students who attend. Please be aware of any Apps which can be installed on to tablets and mobile phones that enable students to circumnavigate our internet monitoring and filtering system, as this can put your child at risk.
Helpful information on how to keep children safe online can be found on the NSPCC website here: https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/#tips
Safer Internet Day - Tuesday 7th February 2017
Our safeguarding procedures
You can find lots more information regarding our safeguarding procedures in the pdfs below.
Students can find talking to adults difficult or intimidating when it comes to personal subjects or difficult situations. If you suspect your child, or your child’s friend, is suffering from bullying, emotional, sexual or physical abuse, ‘sexting’, etc, please don’t ‘wait to see what happens’, tell someone!
If you see or hear something that doesn’t feel right…
Go to our form and fill out all the bits you can – don’t worry if it doesn’t all apply to you,
the important thing is that you Tell Someone!
What happens next?
The College will investigate all reports made via Tell Someone! and appropriate member of staff will be assigned for take further action. You will be kept informed of all progress
We are committed to developing a culture of inclusion, tolerance and respect in order to encourage mutually supportive students at Frome College. We take bullying very seriously. Bullying is unacceptable, regardless of who bullies, how it is delivered or what reasons are given to justify it.
How can I tell if someone is being bullied?
We realise that people who are bullied do not always show their hurt and speak about it, but there are some signs to look out for:
- Being frightened of walking to or from school
- Doesn’t want to go on the school/public bus
- Begs to be driven to school
- Changes their usual routine
- Is unwilling to go to College(school phobic)
- Begins to truant
- Becomes withdrawn, anxious, or lacking in confidence
- Attempts or threatens suicide or runs away
- Cries themselves to sleep at night or has nightmares
- Feels ill in the mornings
- Begins to do poorly in school work
- Comes home with clothes torn or books damaged
- Has possessions which are damaged or ‘go missing’
- Asks for money or starts stealing money (to pay bully)
- Has dinner or other monies continually ‘lost’
- Has unexplained cuts or bruises
- Comes home starving (money/lunch has been stolen)
- Becomes aggressive, disruptive or unreasonable
- Is bullying other children or siblings
- Stops eating
- Is frightened to say what’s wrong
- Gives improbable excuses for any of the above
- Is afraid to use the internet or mobile phone
- Is nervous or jumpy when a cyber-message is received
These signs and behaviours could indicate other problems, but bullying should be considered a possibility and should be investigated.
If you suspect your child is being bullied please report your concern to their tutor, Head of House or the Safeguarding Team so that we can investigate. It is important that you advise your child not to fight back as it could make it worse. Parents/carers must help us ensure we have a culture of tolerance and respect at school by promoting this at home.
No one deserves to be a victim of bullying. Bullying has been linked to potential damage to the mental health of a victim and can have longer term consequences. Bullying directly impacts on the emotional wellbeing of students and we will ensure that any reports of bullying are dealt with in accordance with the College’s anti-bullying policy.
Frome College will ensure that support is in place for the victims of those who have been bullied and that they are supported with their emotional wellbeing; we will work to promote positive wellbeing and building resilience. Whilst we will discipline those that bully others, we will also offer help to them to change their behaviour.
Where can you get some advice?
www.lawstuff.org.uk is a website for young people aged between 10 and 21 years of age to help them understand and access their legal rights.
It covers topics such as:
- Police and Law
- Children’s Services
- Not from the UK
- Home and Family
- At what age can I
- Abuse and bullying
- Sex health and drugs
- My rights
- Online safety