Pastoral & Safeguarding

Stretford High takes safeguarding and child protection very seriously and we are dedicated to supporting all our students and their families. We are aware that people face many varied challenges in life and as a school, we strive to ensure that everyone has access to an education, everyone is safe and everyone is happy. We want all of our students to go on to have enjoyable fulfilled lives no matter what.

The below are a selection of some of the issues students and families may deal with. Please contact the school directly if you have any questions or concerns.

 

Young Carers
A young carer is someone under 18 who helps look after someone in their family, or a friend, who is ill, disabled or misuses drugs or alcohol.
Stretford High is committed to helping families with young carers and can help with accessing support and funding. We are non judgmental and here to help.

Young carers may support someone with:
– Practical tasks, such as cooking, housework and shopping
– Physical care, such as helping someone out of bed
– Emotional support, such as talking to someone who is distressed
– Personal care, such as helping someone dress or bathe
– Managing the family budget and collecting prescriptions
– Helping to give medicine
– Helping someone communicate
– Looking after brothers and sisters

For more info follow this link

 

Looked After Children
A child who is being looked after by their local authority is known as a child in care. They might be living:
– with foster parents
– at home with their parents under the supervision of social services
– in residential children’s homes
– other residential settings like schools or secure units.
They might have been placed in care voluntarily by parents struggling to cope. Or, children’s services may have intervened because a child was at significant risk of harm.
Care is a vital part of our child protection system. Most young people in care say that their experiences are good and that it was the right choice for them (Beihal et al, 2014). But more needs to be done to ensure that all children in care are healthy and safe, have the same opportunities as their peers and can move successfully into adulthood.
Children’s early experiences have a significant impact on their development and future life chances. As a result of their experiences both before and during care, looked after children are at greater risk than their peers.
A child will stop being ‘looked after’ when they are either adopted, returned home or turn 18. The local authority will continue to support children leaving care at 18 until they reach 21
At Stretford High we are committed to ensuring that all students have the same chance to be happy and successful and reach their full potential no matter what their living situation or past experiences.
For more information, follow this link

 

Mental Health
Mental Health affects all aspects of a child’s development including their cognitive abilities, their social skills as well their emotional wellbeing. Building emotional resilience is key and we believe there are core attributes seen in mentally healthy children and young people:
– The capacity to enter into and sustain mutually satisfying personal relationships
– A continuing progression of psychological development
– An ability to play and to learn appropriately for their age and intellectual level
– A developing moral sense of right and wrong
– The capacity to cope with a degree of psychological distress
– A clear sense of identity and self worth

With good mental health, children and young people do better in every way. They enjoy their childhoods, are able to deal with stress and difficult times, are able to learn better, do better at school, navigate the online world they grew up in so they benefit from it and enjoy friendships and new experiences.

Childhood and teenage years are when mental health is developed and patterns are set for the future. So a child with good mental health is much more likely to have good mental health as an adult, and to be able to take on adult responsibilities and fulfil their potential.
For more information, follow this link

 


Healthy Eating

Young people have more health problems today linked to poor diets than ever before. Obesity levels in the UK have more than trebled in the last 30 years. In 2011, around three in 10 boys and girls (aged two to 15) were either overweight or obese and around 16% were obese.

Poor diet and an unhealthy lifestyle has a significant impact on your general health and wellbeing. Obesity is linked to:
-some cancers
– type 2 diabetes
– high blood pressure
– risk of heart disease and stroke

At Stretford high, we are dedicated to prompting a healthy lifestyle for all our students and encourage eating a healthy diet and adopting and active lifestyle.
For more info follow this link

 

Child Sexual Exploitation
Child sexual exploitation is a form of child sexual abuse. It occurs where an individual or group takes advantage of an imbalance of power to coerce, manipulate or deceive a child or young person under the age of 18 into sexual activity in exchange for something the victim needs or wants, and/or for the financial advantage or increased status of the perpetrator or facilitator. The victim may have been sexually exploited even if the sexual activity appears consensual. Child sexual exploitation does not always involve physical contact; it can also occur through the use of technology.
Like all forms of child sexual abuse, child sexual exploitation:
• can affect any child or young person (male or female) under the age of 18 years, including 16 and 17 year olds who can legally consent to have sex;
• can still be abuse even if the sexual activity appears consensual;
• can include both contact (penetrative and non-penetrative acts) and non-contact sexual activity;
• can take place in person or via technology, or a combination of both;
• can involve force and/or enticement-based methods of compliance and may, or may not, be accompanied by violence or threats of violence;
• may occur without the child or young person’s immediate knowledge (through others copying videos or images they have created and posting on social media, for example);
• can be perpetrated by individuals or groups, males or females, and children or adults. The abuse can be a one-off occurrence or a series of incidents over time, and range from opportunistic to complex organised abuse; and
• is typified by some form of power imbalance in favour of those perpetrating the abuse. Whilst age may be the most obvious, this power imbalance can also be due to a range of other factors including gender, sexual identity, cognitive ability, physical strength, status, and access to economic or other resources.
For more information follow this link.
If you are worried this is happening to you or someone you know, you should call the police

 

Radicalisation and Extremism
Radicalisation is a process by which an individual or group comes to adopt increasingly extreme political, social, or religious ideals and aspirations that reject or undermine the status quo or undermine contemporary ideas and expressions of freedom of choice.

Extremism is the advocacy of extreme measures or views.

All schools have a duty to support students who they feel may be at risk of being radicalised or who hold extremist views. We will contact relevant organisations if we feel someone is at risk, who will work with individuals to make sure they are safe and they do not act on their views in a negative way.

For more info follow this link



Drugs and Alcohol (Substance Misuse)
Although it is uncommon for young people to develop drug or alcohol dependency, some young people do experiment with them and can develop unhealthy habits.
Illegal drugs and alcohol use can lead to risk taking behaviour, reduce motivation and be unhealthy for children’s physical and emotional development. They can also lead to low mood, distress and anxiety amongst others.

You can be stopped, fined or arrested by police if you’re under 18 and drinking alcohol in public.
If you’re under 18, it’s against the law:
– for someone to sell you alcohol
– to buy or try to buy alcohol
– for an adult to buy or try to buy alcohol for you
– to drink alcohol in licensed premises (eg a pub or restaurant)

You can get a fine or prison sentence if you take, carry, make or sell drugs or psychoactive substances. The penalties depend on the drug and the amount you have, and whether you’re also dealing or producing the drug.
You may be charged with possessing an illegal substance if you’re caught with drugs, whether they’re yours or not. If you’re under 18, the police are allowed to tell your parent, guardian or carer that you’ve been caught with drugs.

Although there are many stories in the media about drugs leading to addiction, crime and death, it is important to remember that:
– for most young people illegal drug taking is not a part of normal life;
– most people who do try drugs do not continue using them.
If you are worried about someone’s drug or alcohol use, follow this link for more information

 

Domestic Abuse
Any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are, or have been, intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality. The abuse can encompass, but is not limited to:
– psychological
– physical
– sexual
– financial
– emotional

According to the NSPCC, young people aged 16 – 24 are the most at risk group to experiencing abuse from a partner and 1 in 5 teenagers have been physically abused by their boyfriends or girlfriends
At Stretford High, we are committed to safeguarding all people within our school community.
If you are concerned about domestic abuse contact the police or follow this link for more info.

 

LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender)
The terms lesbian, gay and bisexual describe some people’s ‘sexual orientation’. Sexual orientation is a person’s emotional, romantic and/or sexual attraction to another person.
– Lesbian means a woman who has an emotional, romantic and/or sexual attraction towards women
– Gay means a man who has an emotional, romantic and/or sexual attraction towards men. It is also a generic term for lesbian and gay sexuality, and some women identify as gay rather than lesbian
– Bisexual (or bi) means a person who has an emotional, romantic and/or sexual attraction towards more than one gender
The term transgender describes some people’s ‘gender identity’. We are all assigned a sex at birth (male or female) but our gender identity is our internal sense of our gender. Our gender identity may, or may not, sit comfortably with the sex we are assigned at birth.
– Transgender is a word that describes people whose gender is not the same as, or does not sit
comfortably with, the sex they were assigned at birth

Exploring sexual orientation or gender identity is a normal part of growing up and should be a positive experience for all young people, including lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans young people. However, it isn’t always easy to know how best to support a young person as they begin to think about who they are nor obvious how to make sure they have everything they need to develop and flourish at school.
The impact of homophobia on LGBT young people can be devastating and Stretford High School is committed to supporting all young people and takes homophobic bullying very seriously.

For more information follow this link