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Information - Safeguarding, Wellbeing and Support for our School Community (June 2020)

Safeguarding and wellbeing concerns and queries
For any safeguarding or wellbeing concerns or queries, please contact our Designated Safeguarding Lead, Mrs Mason via email (amason@dartfordgrammargirls.org.uk). 

If you believe a child may be at risk of immediate harm, please call 999. For concerns that do not require an urgent response, please call 101. 

Other useful contacts:

·      Childline: www.childline.org.uk   Tel: 0800 1111

·      NSPCC: www.nspcc.org.uk   Tel: 0808 800 5000

For resources to support parents/carers, children and young people, please also see the “Kent Information for Children and Young People’s Mental Health needs during the Covid-19 pandemic Bulletin April 2020”: 

https://www.kelsi.org.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0010/106687/Covid-19-CCG-Bulletin-Children-and-Young-People-April-2020.pdf

For other important queries, please email school@dartfordgrammargirls.org.uk. The email account is checked regularly. 

Keeping safe online
The Department for Education has released guidance about keeping students safe online during this period of remote learning. Please see below advice for parents/carers:
Parents and carers may choose to supplement the school or college online offer with support from online companies and in some cases individual tutors. In their communications with parents and carers, schools and colleges should emphasise the importance of securing online support from a reputable organisation/individual who can provide evidence that they are safe and can be trusted to have access to children. Support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online includes:

·       Internet matters - for support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online

·       London Grid for Learning - for support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online

·       Net-aware - for support for parents and carers from the NSPCC

·       Parent info - for support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online

·       Thinkuknow - for advice from the National Crime Agency to stay safe online

·       UK Safer Internet Centre - advice for parents and carers

Kent Together helpline
Kent County Council has launched a new 24 hour helpline called Kent Together to support vulnerable people in Kent who need urgent help, supplies or medication. The helpline will provide a single, convenient point of contact for anyone in the county who is in urgent need of help during the Coronavirus outbreak. It is a collaboration between KCC, central Government, District, Borough and local councils, the voluntary and community sector, the NHS, emergency services and other partners to ensure help is at hand for vulnerable people.
If you are vulnerable and have an urgent need that cannot be met through existing support networks, or are concerned about the welfare of someone else you can contact the Kent Together helpline at www.kent.gov.uk/KentTogether or by calling on 03000 41 92 92. It is a 24 hour service.

School Contact
Please email school@dartfordgrammargirls.org.uk with any important queries.