Garth Hill College

Garth Hill College fully recognises the responsibility it has under section 175 of the Education Act 2002 to have arrangements in place to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. It also takes due regard of the DFE statutory guidance  Keeping Children Safe in Education DfE September 2018 and HM Government’s  Working together to Safeguard Children HM Government 2018. It is also consistent with the Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) procedures. 

We believe that every child regardless of age has at all times and in all situations, whether in the class room, at home or in the wider community, a right to feel safe and protected from any situation or practice that results in a child being physically or psychologically damaged. Complacency is not an option. Safeguarding is a shared responsibility. We recognise the need for vigilance on the basis that “it could happen here”.

Help or Advice

If you need help or advice about any safeguarding issue, please contact:

  • Mrs S Cordoba Tellez, Senior Teacher, Designated Safeguarding Officer (safeguarding@garthhillcollege.com)

Useful information for children and young people about knife crime and what they can do if they are involved:

https://www.childline.org.uk/info-advice/bullying-abuse-safety/crime-law/gun-knife-crime/

Information for parents

https://parentinfo.org/article/if-your-child-is-in-a-gang

Information on the Knife Free Campaign

https://www.knifefree.co.uk/go-knifefree/

What the law says about gangs, knife crime and carrying a weapon

The law focuses on criminal behaviour. If an offender is part of a group or a gang, this may lead to a longer sentence.

  • If your child’s presence or actions lead to a crime they could be charged with the same offence as the main offender. For example, if they provided support or encouragement to a fellow gang member who committed a robbery or injured someone, they too could be charged with the offence. This is called joint enterprise.
  • It is illegal to carry a knife in a public place, even if it belongs to someone else.
  • It is also illegal to carry a folding pocketknife if the edge of the blade exceeds 3 inches.
  • It is illegal to carry a pocketknife if the blade can be locked.
  • It is illegal to carry any knife, including folding knives, if there is intent to use it as a weapon, even if it belongs to someone else.
  • The maximum sentence for possessing a knife in a public place without a good excuse has been increased from two to four years for 16-17 year olds and adults.
  • It is illegal to keep any prohibited firearm, or to carry any firearm – including an imitation firearm – in public, even if you are carrying it for someone else.
  • The maximum sentence for unlawful possession of a prohibited firearm is 10 years. The minimum sentence is three years for 16-17 year olds and five years for adults.
  • Police can and will search someone if they believe they are carrying a gun, knife or other weapon.
  • Police and school staff can also search young people for weapons at school.

You should call 101 to report crime and other concerns that do not require an emergency response. Call 999 in an emergency.

Policies

As part of its commitment to Safeguarding its pupils, the College regularly updates its policies. Policies which relate directly to Safeguarding include:-

  • Safeguarding Policy
  • Recruitment Policy
  • Anti Bullying Policy
  • E-safety Policy
  • Information Sharing Protocol
  • Whistle Blowing Policy
  • Sex and Relationships Policy
  • Drugs Education Policy

Please see the College’s policy documents area to view these.

E-safety

Please open the PowerPoint file in the Featured Content area of this page to see an E-safety Presentation for Parents.

E-Safety Links for Parents:

Important Safeguarding Contacts

  • Bracknell Forest Children's Services and Children’s Social Care (8.30am to 5.00pm Mon-Fri )
    Tel: 01344 352020
  • Emergency Duty Team (5.00pm - 9.00am Mon-Fri, 24 hrs on weekends and bank holidays)
    Tel: 01344 786543
    Text: 07867 907 877 (for clients with hearing problems)
  • NSPCC
    0800 1111 (for children and young people)
    0808 800 5000 (for adults worried about a child)
  • 101 - Non- emergency Police number to report a crime
  • 999 - For emergencies