At Hall Mead we take great pride in our ‘Family for Life’ ethos and fully understand the duty of care that we have to support the pupils in our school. This support can take any number of forms and be provided by staff at Hall Mead or by external agencies. There are times when things go wrong but there is also a wealth of support for everyone.
This could include:
- Intervention by the form tutor or senior house tutor
- Counselling and/or mentoring
- School Nurse
- Education Welfare
- Social Care
- Advice and guidance from the Safer Schools Police Officer
- Operation Encompass
- Specific organisations who provide specialist help (see below)
The happiness and health of all members of the Hall Mead family is very important to us. Please use the links below to find more detailed guidance and support. Additionally, you can view policies relevant to pupil issues including anti-bullying, behaviour and child protection by clicking here.
Child Protection and Safeguarding
- Hall Mead School Child Protection Officers: Mrs Afteni and Mr Swan
- Advice about sharing child abuse concerns and confidential reporting: NSPCC – 08088 005 000
- Advice regarding suicide prevention please visit Papyrus
Staying Healthy – Information for Parents
Staying Safe Online and Reporting Concerns
- Advice and guidance about keeping young people safe online: UK Safer Internet Centre
- Parents guide to technology: UK Safer Internet Centre
- Advice for pupils and parents about staying safe online: Think You Know
- Parent factsheet: Child safety on TikTok
- Free online safety magazine: e-safety adviser
- Technical advice for parents on how to keep your child safe online: NSPCC and O2
- Report online abuse or inappropriate online communication: Child Exploitation and Online Protection command – CEOP
- Report online criminal content (child sexual abuse images or criminally obscene adult content): Internet Watch Foundation
- Report terrorism related content: Police Counter Terrorism Internet Referral Unit
Operation Encompass is a national, Home Office supported, initiative that helps to safeguard children (under 18s) who may have been exposed to domestic abuse.
If a child has been present when a domestic abuse incident has occurred and the police have been called then the Metropolitan Police will notify the school Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) that such an incident has occurred. This will be done as early as possible in the morning and allow the school to silently support the child. All information received from the Metropolitan Police will be kept confidential in the same way as Child Protection information.
Drug and Alcohol Advice
- Advice for children of parents with alcohol related issues: National Association for Children of Alcoholics
- Drugs related advice and facts: FRANK