Children and young people spend a large proportion of their lives in School. Mayflower High School is uniquely placed to play a central role in ensuring that students are protected from harm
Mayflower's primary responsibility is to facilitate learning, and children are more likely to engage in the learning process and achieve their potential if they are safe and well
Children who feel supported, listened to and valued at home and in school will welcome the educational opportunities provided for them
Mayflower will cater for children of different backgrounds, religions, cultures and abilities.
Our ability to safeguard will be evident on three levels:
Universal Safeguarding – this is our aim to keep all students safe by creating safe environments. This includes excellent site safety, safer recruitment of staff, strong school rules and codes of conduct and good safety awareness taught across the curriculum.
Targeted Safeguarding – this is our aim to focus on groups of students whose personal, social or economic circumstances may result in an increased risk to their safety. For example looked after children, students with special educational needs, children subjected to racism etc
Responsive Safeguarding –this is our aim to respond quickly and appropriately to situations where students may be or have suffered harm. This is our support through our strong child protection procedures.
Safeguarding for Parents:
IF YOU ARE CONCERNED ABOUT THE SAFETY OR WELFARE OF YOUR CHILD, OR A CHILD YOU KNOW YOU SHOULD ACT WITHOUT DELAY.
In School you can contact:
Mrs V Gray, Assistant Head teacher/Designated Safeguarding Lead
Miss Z Baines, Safeguarding Officer/Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Dr Fawell, Assistant Headteacher of Sixth Form
You can also ask for advice or report your concern to the following:
Police : 999 (if want to report a crime but not an emergency 101)
NSCPCC child protection helpline : 0808 800 5000
Essex Children’s and Family Hub: 0345 6037627
Safeguarding of your child in out of school activities/clubs/sports:
It is important for parents/carers to check that any sports club or activity that their child attends has their child’s safety as its priority. Even if the club seems professional, there are questions that parents and carers should ask to make sure that they have all the necessary safeguarding measures in place.
Our safeguarding governor is Ms T Love McLachlan
A number of other members of staff are also safeguarding level 3 trained at Mayflower.
MHS Safeguarding Officers
Sexual Abuse in an Educational Setting
If you feel that you have been the victim of sexual abuse at school, please notify Mrs Gray / Miss Baines or a Year Manager for support.
Alternatively, the NSPCC are able to offer support via a dedicated hotline on 0800 136 663 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Harmful sexual behaviours
It is normal for some children and young people (CYP) to display sexualised behaviour towards their peers as they develop. However, sexualised behaviour between peers that has become harmful or abusive is unacceptable and must be addressed.
Our school recognises that CYP are vulnerable to and capable of abusing their peers sexually.
We consider any allegation of child on child sexual abuse seriously and do not tolerate or pass off harmful sexual behaviour as ‘banter’, ‘just having a laugh’ or ‘part of growing up’. These allegations are managed in the same way as any other child protection concern and follow the same procedures, including seeking advice and support from other agencies as appropriate.
This policy is in line with the safeguarding requirements in Keeping Children Safe in Education (Department for Education (‘DfE’), 2020), which we must work to; Part 5 of the Keeping Children Safe in Education statutory guidance sets out how schools should manage reports of child-on- child sexual violence and harassment.
More information on how to the school deals with harmful sexual behaviours, bullying and behaviour can be found on the Policies and Documentation page or by clicking here
Conflict in Ukraine
As mentioned in the newsletter (March 4) please find some links below that might help with holding discussions surrounding the ongoing conflict in Ukraine
How to talk to your teenager about the invasion of Ukraine (BBC Bitesize/Anna Freud Centre)
How To Talk To Your Child About The War In Ukraine (YoungMinds)
Worrying about Russia and Ukraine (Childline)
Worrying about war and conflict Sarah Dove (Phoenix Education Consultancy)