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South Dartmoor
Community College

Child Protection and Safeguarding

NEW SAFEGUARDING ALERTS

‘PURPLE DRANK’

ALERT Reports of the use of ‘PURPLE DRANK’ (also known as ‘LEAN’ or SIZZURP’) by young people

Information has been received from our Addaction service in Exeter that young people in the Honiton area are using ‘purple drank’. ‘Purple drank’ may also be known as ‘LEAN’ or Sizzurp’.

What is ‘Purple Drank’?

This is a term used for a recreational drink that combines the following:

• Liquid medications that can be purchased over the counter from a pharmacy (or via

prescription and online) that contain codeine, promethazine or dextromethorphan.

These may be purchased as individual medicines and mixed together.

• Soft drinks

• Fruit-flavoured sweets to improve taste

Please click here to read more information

YOTI app - Sexting

I would like to make you aware of the YOTI app which has been verified as legitimate by the National Crime Agency.

Childline and the Internet Watch Foundation have come together to provide a service where children can request the removal of sexual images of themselves which have been shared online. As part of that process the child would be asked to provide a link to where the image is stored online, rather than send the image itself.

The child is also required to verify their identity and age and this is done through the YOTI app. YOTI will not store images of the child’s ID following the verification process. Below are a couple of online resources which contain details regarding this service:

 https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/sexting - There is a section which covers what you can do if you’ve lost control of a sexual image and refers to the YOTI app.

 https://contentreporting.childline.org.uk – This is the portal where you can report images and videos for take down and again refers to using the app to verify age.

Operation Encompass

In every force, in every school, for every child

Dear Parents and Guardians

The school has been given the opportunity to take part in a project that will run jointly between schools and Devon and Cornwall Police and is currently running throughout the UK.

Operation Encompass is the reporting to schools, prior to the start of the next school day, when a child or young person has been exposed to, or involved in, any domestic incident.

Operation Encompass will ensure that a member of the school staff, known as a Key Adult, is trained to allow them to liaise with the police and to use the information that has been shared, in confidence, while ensuring that the school is able to make provision for possible difficulties experienced by children, or their families, who have been involved in, or exposed to, a domestic abuse incident.

We are keen to offer the best support possible to all our students and we believe this will be extremely beneficial for all those involved. Safeguarding is at the heart of everything we do at the College, and our participation in Operation Encompass will further help safeguard our students.

Any further information or advice can be obtained by accessing the website: www.operationencompass.org

Please don’t hesitate to contact the College if you have any questions regarding the Nationwide initiative.

                                                                                               

 Safeguarding & CHILD PROTECTION Team

  

Dan Vile   

Deputy Principal

Designated Safeguarding Lead  

             “Learning Together through Quality First Teaching, Personal Responsibility and Ensuring Progress for All

 

A child's legal rights Gillick competency and Fraser guidelines

When we are trying to decide whether a child is mature enough to make decisions, people often talk about whether a child is 'Gillick competent' or whether they meet the 'Fraser guidelines'.

The Gillick competency and Fraser guidelines help us all to balance children’s rights and wishes with our responsibility to keep children safe from harm.

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/child-protection-system/legal-definition-child-rights-law/gillick-competency-fraser-guidelines/

At South Dartmoor we will always strive to inform parents when their son/daughter is receiving or accessing medical and/or external agency support. This decision will always be disucssed with the young person.

 

Chris Hodges

Deputy Safeguarding Lead

Lower School Team

              

The Performance Leaders

Left to right - Mike Slater - Bel Tor, Jamie Morrison-Hill - Fox Tor, Dave Ray - Hay Tor, Phil Roberts - Hound Tor, Amy Matthews - Rippon Tor

 

Sixth Form Team

                                                                            

       Jared Baldwin                                    Adam Fox                                      Neil Whitelaw

Acting Director of Sixth Form         Deputy Head of Sixth Form        Deputy Head of Sixth Form

 

All of the safeguarding team above have completed their Level 3 safeguarding training. All Level 3 trainied staff will be wearing RED ID badges. 

SAFEGUARDING Notice board messages  

Item 1

Encouraging better mental health - Year 7 pilot to start January 2018.

Item 2

Operation Encompass is the early reporting on to schools that a child or young person has been exposed to domestic abuse. Start date: Monday 27th November.

In every force, in every school, for every child

Any further information or advice can be obtained by accessing the website: www.operationencompass.org

Item 3

Year 7 Safeguarding Survey November 2017