Safeguarding

Have a concern? Report it to: safeguarding@watfordutc.org

Safeguarding at The Watford UTC

Useful number:Children’s Services Hertfordshire: 0300 123 4043 (Social Services)

The Watford UTC is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all students.

Our school policies for Child Protection and Safeguarding can be found here: Click here to view our Safeguarding Policy.

Staff training

All of our staff complete safeguarding training annually.  Our safeguarding team have all the appropriate levels of training for their respective roles, which is regularly renewed as required.

All staff also receive regular updates and training throughout the year.  This includes:

  • Induction sessions for new staff
  • Annual refreshers
  • Training about specific topics during INSET days and through CPD sessions

Student awareness

  • Students are taught about key safeguarding topics through the curriculum.  They explore a whole range of topics through Decision Making.

Working with others

As a school, we are committed to working with other agencies where appropriate, in order to safeguard young people.  This includes working closely with:

Useful contacts and organisations:

Hertfordshire Directory:

This website offers a range of information and support that is available for parents, children and families

NSPCC

www.nspcc.org.uk

The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children has a comprehensive website for all aspects of safeguarding.  The answers to most questions and concerns can be found on this site.

Childline

www.childline.org.uk

A free private and confidential service for young people.  They offer information and advice on a variety of different issues including; bullying, feelings and emotions, relationships, drugs and alcohol, home and families and school and college work.  Childline can be accessed either online, or through a free phone number

KOOTH

www.kooth.com

Kooth is an online counselling and emotional well-being support service for children and young people.

CHUMS
chums.uk.com/parents

CHUMS Mental Health & Emotional Wellbeing Service for Children and Young People provides therapeutic support in a variety of ways.

Its unique service model ensures that they support your whole family wherever possible. CHUMS recognise that parent sometimes need some help too in supporting their children when there is a mental health or emotional wellbeing difficulty.  All the group programmes offer a facilitated parent group alongside the children and young people’s groups.

STONEWALL

www.stonewall.org.uk

Offering support, advice and guidance for LGBT students and parents.