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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.
- As a school we ensure that we are compliant with all legislative and statutory guidance, most notably:
- Keeping Children Safe in Education
- Working together to safeguard children
- The PREVENT duty
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
- 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:
- Hertfordshire Children’s Safeguarding Board
- Child and Adolescent Mental Health
- Hertfordshire Constabulary
Useful contacts and organisations:
This website offers a range of information and support that is available for parents, children and families
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.
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 is an online counselling and emotional well-being support service for children and young people.
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.
Offering support, advice and guidance for LGBT students and parents.
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