The protection and safeguarding of children is a key priority for the school and this has been recognised recently by Ofsted, when our procedures and practices were considered to be “outstanding”. All staff receive regular training with regards to child protection and safeguarding; this enables us to deal sensitively, supportively and appropriately with matters should they arise.
Safer recruitment of staff: The school is committed to the safer recruitment of staff including the satisfactory receipt of an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check (alongside references from former employers etc.), in addition to the interview panel being satisfied that the candidate is suitable for post, including a commitment to child protection and safeguarding.
Mrs K Towers is the school’s designated senior person with regard to Child Protection and Safeguarding. Staff, students and parents are advised to make contact with Mrs Towers if there is any concern with regard to the safeguarding of children at Richard Lander School. Mrs Yvonne Rippon deputises for Mrs Towers. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have immediate concerns or are worried about a child or young person’s safety please telephone the Multi Agency Referral Unit (MARU) on 0300 123 1116.
A message for students:
All adults who work with children and young people should work as a team that effectively support and protect you. You may be interested in this document produced for young people, created by the Children’s Rights Director.
As part of the safeguarding team for Richard Lander School, it is our responsibility to record, co-ordinate and manage the safeguarding needs of all students, staff and the wider school community. Part of this duty is signposting our students, parents and carers to relevant information, websites and contacts. Please see the links on the left.
If you have any questions or concerns please contact email@example.com
Designated Safeguarding Lead: DSL: Mrs Kerry Towers
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead: DDSL: Mrs Yvonne Rippon
This link is full of all sorts of self-care resources created specifically for young people:
This is an app specifically for supporting young people with mental health and emotional wellbeing:
Young Minds have some resources that speak directly to young people:
Then of course there is Childline, who also have an app now called ForMe:
There is also a text number young people can use if they are in crisis simply by texting SHOUT to 85258
Safeguarding is embedded in all that we do at Richard Lander School. Specific school policies relating to safeguarding are listed below:
If you would like this information on audio type, in Braille, large print, any other format or interpreted in a language other than English, please contact the school at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Designated Safeguarding Lead and Designated Teacher for Children in Care at Richard Lander School is:
Mrs Kerry Towers
In Mrs Towers absence, Mrs Jenny Griffiths is our acting Designated Safeguarding Lead and Designated Teacher for Children in Care:
The Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead at Richard Lander School is:
Mrs Yvonne Rippon
Deputy Safeguarding Lead
01872 273750 Ext. 305
If these contact people are not available do not delay in contacting one of the organisations below:
Cornwall Children’s Social Care Multi-Agency Referral Unit (MARU): 0300 1231 116
Cornwall Children’s Social Care – out of hours: 0300 1234 100
Isles of Scilly Children’s Social Care: 01720 424354
Isles of Scilly Children’s Social Care – out of hours: 01720 422699
Cornwall Safeguarding Children Standards Unit: 01872 326536
The Internet is often the most important place for young people to find out about the world, research information, socialise and find entertainment but we all need to be mindful of the risks online communication can pose.
Here are some tips from saferinternet.org.uk on how to stay safe, please visit their website for more information on how to follow this advice:
- Protect your online reputation – manage your digital footprints and ‘think before you post.’ Content posted online can last forever and could be shared publicly by anyone.
- Know where to find help – Understand how to report to service providers and use blocking and deleting tools. If something happens that upsets you online, it’s never too late to tell someone.
- Don’t give in to pressure – Keep calm and keep in control; once you’ve pressed send you can’t take it back.
- Respect the law – Use reliable services and know how to legally access the music, film and TV you want.
- Acknowledge your sources – Use trustworthy content and remember to give credit when using others’ work/ideas.
The CEOP ‘ThinkUKnow’ Site also has a wealth of information for parents and students:
If you have any concerns about behaviour online, you can report to the police via this link:
More information on keeping children safe whilst the access the internet:
Please find below the E-Safety and Online harm useful links page, as per the parent and carers TEAMS session 09.11.2023.
E-safety and Online harm; Parents and Carers session Nov 2023;
Useful links (linked to the TEAMs session 9.11.2023)
RLS Curriculum Links
RLS Safeguarding page
Safeguarding / Mental health signposting: