Christopher Hatton Primary School

Christopher Hatton Primary School

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Safeguarding

If you are concerned about the safety or wellbeing of a child either in or out of school please talk to Gwen, who is the designated child protection lead for the school.  In emergencies contact the police for advice.

If there are any concerns about your child's safety a referral may be made to agencies who can provide help; you will be kept closely involved in this process, unless it is deemed unsafe to do so.

Useful resources to support you and your child to keep safe are available on the parent link section of our website.

We run regular internet safety workshops for parents; if you would like any advice on e safety please talk to Andy or Gwen

The school governor with responsibility for safeguarding is Kate Grange - she can be contacted via the school office.

You may find the following policies useful:

 

 

Keeping Children and Young People Safe from Radicalisation and Extremism:
Advice for Parents and Carers

There have been many reports in the media recently of young people being targeted by adults and peers who hold extreme views that advocate violence. Some young people have been persuaded to leave the country in secret and against the wishes of their family, putting themselves in extreme danger as a result.

The attached leaflet explains what radicalisation and extremism are, the signs to look out for and where to get help if you need it.

The government has launched a website for parents and schools ‘Educate Against Hate’ www.educateagainsthate.com which provides useful information about radicalisation and extremism.

If you have any concerns please talk to your child’s teacher or to Gwen.

Keeping Children and Young People Safe from Radicalisation and and Extremism: Advice for Parents

Drug awareness

Following the Drug Awareness workshop for parents, here is the information that was presented:

FWD work with young people giving advice and support in relation to substance abuse. If you have any concerns about a young person you can contact FWD on: 02079744701 or email: ypsmt@camden.gov.uk

Bringing up the subject of drugs with your child

To raise the subject you need to be able to talk with some confidence. The way you talk will make a difference to how your child responds.

Find out about drugs for yourself first so you know what you are talking about. What’s the latest up-to-date information? What are the common drugs and their effects? The Alcohol and Drug Information Service has fact sheets on all of the common drugs

Try to discuss it at a time when you are both in a reasonable mood. Make some private time and do not do it in front of other family and/or friends

Say something that opens up the subject in an easy way such as, ‘I have noticed that you haven’t been yourself lately. Are things okay for you?’ Most young people will let you know what is happening if you ask at the right time, if they are not afraid of punishment, and if they see you as a caring and supportive.

Make it easy for your child to talk to you. Try talking about someone else you know, so that your teenager sees that you are open to listen. You might say, for example, ‘I was talking to a friend about her daughter smoking cannabis. She was very worried. What do you think about it?’ Sometimes a young person will test out parents by talking about a friend when they really mean themselves — be careful how you respond!

How will I know if my child is taking drugs?

This is the most common question that parents ask. The answer is that there is no easy, sure way to tell. This is because the effect of the drug might have worn off before you see your teenager or because the effect of the drug is not something that is easy to see.

Even when there is a major change in behaviour, it could be caused by something else, such as illness.

Parents who know their children well will notice any sudden change in behaviour that might be a sign that something is wrong.

These changes include:

  • unusual or out-of-character behaviour
  • silence, sulking, or anger towards other
  • mood swings
  • more than usual lack of cooperation and rudeness
  • avoiding being with or talking with the family
  • drop in school work, or truancy
  • dropping out of regular activities, for example sport
  • change of friends—unexplained or sudden change to a new group of of friends
  • changes in physical appearance, for example reddened eyes
  • eating problems
  • lack of energy, tired all the time
  • valuable items or money missing at home.

Don’t jump to conclusions! Think about all the possible reasons for a change in behaviour:

  • Is it due to a sudden growth spurt, or changes due to puberty?
  • Are there problems at school or with friends?
  • Are things going on within your family that could be affecting him?

Remember that there are many reasons other than drugs that might be the cause of these changes.

It’s a good idea to react to the situation in the same way you would to anything that made you feel worried about your child’s wellbeing. Then you won’t jump to the wrong conclusion which could damage your relationship.

Some basic information

You cannot stop young people taking drugs – but you can help make sure that they have the information, skills and confidence to make healthy choices for themselves. Explore with them some of the social consequences; for example, the increased risk of aggressive behaviour or having unprotected sex whilst drunk, as well as the legal and health implications. Help young people to develop confidence to say what they really want, rather than bowing to peer pressure.
 

Listen – to young people’s opinions and concerns. Create opportunities for them to discuss how they feel about a wide range of drug related issues, including the legal status of drugs, penalties for misuse and health debates. Explore issues such as drugs in sports and the impact of media and celebrity culture on drinking and smoking. Magazines, newspapers and TV are always rich sources of discussion topics to spark debate.
 

Remain non-judgmental. You may have strong feelings about drugs and alcohol, but before you share your personal opinion consider how useful that is to someone else. It is far more beneficial to explore values and opinions, differing points of view (whether you support them or not) and offer correct information, than it is to take the stance that ‘all drugs are bad’, or ‘I can stop people taking drugs by telling them about my experiences.’ After all, if a young person feels judged they are far less likely to open up and far more likely to be defensive.
 

Accept that people make mistakes. Whilst family/professionals can support young people if they make bad choices, they cannot stop them making them. It is important that young people understand that mistakes do not make you a ‘bad person’, and ensure that young people know that if they do make mistakes, or feel worried about the behaviour of others, there are support services that can help.

Possible Effects of Cannabis

Slows Down Brain

Slows Down Reactions

Hard to Concentrate

Hard to feel Motivated

Feel Depressed

Hallucinate

Giggle

See Things

Hear Voices

Paranoid

Anxious

Munchies

Cancer

Lung Disease

Heart Disease

Stomach Cancer

Mental Health Problems