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Looking after your whole self during lockdown
If you have been affected by any online abuse, inappropriate behaviour, behaviour that just doesn’t feel right - tell someone. An adult at home, a friend, us firstname.lastname@example.org
If you want someone to talk to about signs of depression or just feeling down, visit Young Minds, MIND or NSPCC for advice
Some top tips to help your mind stay healthy and strong during this time:
- build in breaks during your school day to move around, play your favourite music, talk to someone in your family.
- get organised for the day ahead so that you feel in control and not rushing around, behind in everything
- get out for your daily, socially-distanced exercise. You are allowed to meet up with one other person
- eat and sleep well, drink plenty of water and chunk each day into manageable, achievable parts.
During term time
If you have any concerns regarding the safety, health or well-being of a child who is a student at our Academy, please call 0116 2703176 or alternatively email the Lancaster Academy safeguarding team at email@example.com (Emails are checked periodically outside of opening hours/term time).
Should you need to report a Safeguarding concern of an urgent nature outside of our opening hours/term time, please contact the Police on 999 or Duty and Assessment on (0116) 4541004
Opening Hours during term time:
08:00 - 17:00 Monday to Thursday & 08:00 - 16:30 on a Friday
Useful Student Contacts:
- Childline 08001111
- Police Non-emergency 101
- Police Emergency 999
- NHS 111
- Text a public health nurse (school nurse) Leicester 07520 615386
- Text the Young Minds Crisis Messenger, for free 24/7 support across the UK if you are experiencing a mental health crisis.
- If you need urgent help text YM to 85258
Keeping children and young people safe online
Parents and guardians should supervise the internet use of the young people in their care.
See Government advice:
- What parents and carers need to know during school closures which includes detailed advice on keeping children safe online. It includes how to have age appropriate conversations with children about online safety, home filters, age appropriate parental controls and risks of platforms and apps
- Support for parents and carers to keep children safe from online harms outlines resources to help keep children safe from different risks online and where to go to receive support and advice
- Support to stay safe online includes information on security and privacy settings
- If your child is worried or needs support, they can call Childline (0800 1111) or download the ‘For Me’ app.
Designated Safeguarding Leads
The Lancaster Academy is committed to safeguarding, and promoting the welfare of all of our students. We recognise that in an ever changing and fast moving world it is essential that we promote students well-being, confidence and resilience, and that we provide our students with up to date information and signpost them to places where they can find support, where necessary.
We see protecting our students from the risk of radicalisation as part of our wider safeguarding duties, and that it is similar in nature to protecting students from other harms (e.g. drugs, FGM, neglect, and sexual exploitation), whether these come from within their family or are the product of outside influences. We acknowledge the Prevent duty and we have due regard to the need to prevent young people from being drawn into terrorism.
At The Lancaster Academy all staff are expected to uphold the fundamental principles of British Values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect, and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. These values are promoted through our Academy Pledge, the curriculum, PSHE, tutor time, assemblies and The Lancaster Ways for Behaviour and Teaching and Learning.
Early Help at the Lancaster Academy
At The Lancaster Academy we recognise that children, young people and their families may need some additional help and support from time to time. We work closely with a range of local partners to ensure that we can signpost you to the relevant agency to find support if you need it. We also provide support a wide range of support within the school for all of our students, such as mentoring and referrals to the school nurse, and support for parents and carers. Should you require more information regarding the support available, please contact us for further information.
All Leicester Schools have become part of a new safeguarding initiative, which aims to improve outcomes for children and families affected by domestic violence and abuse. For further information please download the letter below.
The Lancaster Academy Pledge
I will always be conscientious, PREPARED to make the best effort that I possibly can to reach my true potential.
I will be RESILIENT in everything that I do, whilst recognising and cherishing the efforts made by the Lancaster community on my behalf.
As an ambassador of Lancaster I will show INTEGRITY at all times, be truthful to myself and others, always trying to do the right thing.
I will always champion the DIVERSITY within our Academy, and in the wider world, valuing care and consideration, respect and tolerance for all.
I will embrace the ENTERPRISING spirit here, in all aspects of my learning, and strive to achieve the best future for myself and for the Academy.
“PRIDE in Lancaster”
Keeping your child safe online
It is sometimes difficult for families to know how to keep their children safe online. The NSPCC provides advice for parents about online safety and being “net aware” which will help you learn how to keep children safe online. By copy and pasting the address below you can click onto both links to receive advice and guidance to support your child being safe online.
Support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online:
We are able to offer parents the opportunity to learn about the dangers faced by children on line and how to try to keep children safe online. The link below allows you to access a free course which is useful for finding out about online safety.
If you are interested in finding out more please log on to the website below. You will need to provide your email address and create a password. When you have logged on pick the course section and you will be directed to the parents and carers training. There are lots of topic videos to choose from. Each one takes a maximum of 15 minutes.
We hope you find the courses helpful.
- 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 careers 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
- Public Health - advice for wellbeing
To support mental health
KoothOnline Counselling Service for Young People
Worried about your child being in a gang?
Worried about grooming?
Further support and advice can be found at: