At Baxter College, we are committed to providing a safe environment for our school community. Everyone who works in our school has a responsibility to make sure that all our young people are safe and settled so that they can achieve their full potential. When concerned about the welfare of a young person, staff members can be relied upon to always take action in the best interests of safeguarding the young person.
Click the button on the right to view our safeguarding policy.
Early Help Statement
Click the button on the right to view our early help statement.
Designated Safeguarding Leads
If you have any concerns about the welfare of a young person and they are not in immediate danger (where you would call 999) please contact one of the staff listed below.
Deputy Safeguarding Lead
Deputy Safeguarding Lead
Deputy Safeguarding Lead
Student Support Centre
We offer a range of support and interventions to support our students, accessed through our Student Support Centre so that students have one point of contact to go to. The centre supports Wellbeing and Special Educational Needs and will support students with safeguarding concerns.
Keeping Children Safe in Education
The Department for Education have recently published updates to their statutory guidance for schools and colleges – Keeping Children Safe in Education.
Click here to view the Keeping Children Safe in Education document
Posting Pictures & Videos - Think before you share!
You can take photos or shoot a video anywhere and share them online in no time. Photos and videos can be a great way to show friends what you’re up to, but it can be really hard to delete pictures or videos from the internet or other people’s mobiles. Once you’ve shared something online or on your mobile you’ve lost control of it!
Click here for more advice on the legal aspects of posting and passing on photos can be found at thinkuknow
Click here for more advice on Snapchat
The internet plays a major part in the everyday lives of young learners in today’s society, both in and outside the school environment. Students are educated in school about the dangers surrounding the use of the internet and learn about appropriate behaviours and critical thinking skills to help them use the internet safely. However, the digital world is always changing and so it is important to make sure you know how to help keep your child(ren) safe when they are using the internet, social networks, apps, games and more.
Nightstop are a local charity that support us by offering mediation services. Nightstop spend one day per week in school offering support to students who are experiencing conflict. The aim of this service is to assist young people in developing strategies that they can use to avoid conflict, or to deal with conflict in a positive manner before it escalates. Developing and maintaining positive relationships is fundamental for good wellbeing and therefore this service is an importance of part of student support service.
Parents and carers can access further guidance on a range of safeguarding matters via the links below. You can view a number of resources, publications, posters and other awareness raising material that could help prevent child sexual abuse.
You may be aware that the School Health service provides us with 3 hours a week of School Health nursing support through lunch time drop-ins and planned one-to-one appointments.
We provide ‘Tier Two’ level of support, in line with the service offered in all other High Schools in the area.
Tier Two service covers sexual health: Chlamydia testing, pregnancy testing, emergency contraception and condoms. It also includes smoking cessation: support/prescription. The decision to enhance the level of support has been made based on the following information:
- Up to a third of young people have sex under 16
- 50% of under 16s use no contraception at first sex
- Britain has the highest teenage birth rate in Western Europe
- 16-19 year old females have the highest rate of Chlamydia of the age group
- Young people need to trust the confidentiality of practitioners to seek advice on other personal issues too, such as drugs, bullying and depression
- Access to other services can be limiting to young people
Health professionals can legally give contraception to young people under 16 without parental consent provided the health professional is satisfied that the young person is competent, i.e. understands fully. This law was brought in as part of Lord Fraser’s judgement in 1985 Victoria Gillick v West Norfolk and Wisbech Health Authority and Department of Health and Social Security. Therefore, none of the services we intend to offer are unique, equitable services can already be accessed from medical centres/GPs in the community etc. The service is not given to young people under the age of 13.
The Governors evaluate the service regularly.