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Safeguarding and Support

Safeguarding, Child Protection and Support

Our Safeguarding statement of intent

Southborough High School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children through the embodiment of our values in everyday life, both in and out of school

We expect all students, staff, governors, visitors and volunteers to share and uphold our values of…
Respect, Responsibility, Relationships, Resilience, Challenge and Support

Southborough High School takes great pride in its pastoral care and the support we provide for our students. However, before any provisions, support or interventions are applied or implemented, it is important that our students learn and develop the important life skills which will best equip all children for the many challenges they will face now and in the future. Consequently, we are committed to embedding our core values in all our students so they might learn to prepare and adapt to the many challenges of adulthood by being resilient, respectful and responsible citizens within society.

All members of staff are dedicated to promoting the students' wellbeing and at the forefront of this is our well trained and experienced pastoral leaders. Our Form Tutors, Pastoral Support Officers and Heads of Year, alongside a wide network of support staff and partner external agencies, work collaboratively to ensure students remain safe and happy in school. We want pupils, parents and carers to feel confident that we are here to listen and help resolve any issues they may have.

If you have any concerns regarding any students, be these concerns inside or outside of school, then please contact the school directly by:

0208 391 4324

We will forward on any concerns raised to an appropriate member of staff who should be able to assist you further with your concern/query.

Perhaps the most convenient way for you to raise any wellbeing concern would be through our simple to use the Class Charts app.

All referrals go instantly and directly to all key professionals within the school (Form Tutor, Pastoral Support Officer, Head of Year and the safeguarding team) and your child’s Form Tutor will endeavour to respond as soon as possible.

Well-being Referral

If you would like support or guidance regarding wellbeing referrals then please click here.

If you have a serious safeguarding or child protection concern then you will find below the contact details for the school’s Designated Safeguarding Team.

Southborough High School
Designated Safeguarding Team

Karl Nicholas (SENDCO)

Dan Edwards (Senior Assistant Headteacher & Deputy DSL)

Niall Smith (Headteacher)

Rebecca Linney (Assistant Headteacher & Deputy DSL)

Brain Burns (Deputy Headteacher & Designated Safeguarding Lead)

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Contact details for the Designated Safeguarding Leads

For a safeguarding concern out of school hours or during the school holidays you can:

Call the Royal Borough of Kingston Single Point of Access (SPA) for any concerns you may have on:

0208 547 5008

between 8:00am - 5:15pm, Monday - Thursday, and Friday between 8:00am - 5:00pm 

Or call the out of hours duty team (evenings and weekends) on:

0208 770 5000

Or call 999 if you think a child is in immediate danger.

Local Authority Information and Support

You will now find below a number of the whole school’s provisions that highlight and emphasise the importance wel place on safeguarding our students. 

Our Safeguarding & Personal Development Curriculum

To add to our robust and heavily resourced Personal Development curriculum, which is delivered weekly to every student in the school, we also liaise closely with external guest speakers and specialist professionals to run additional workshops to support our students on key safeguarding issues.

Student Safety & Personal Development Workshops

We are dedicated in trying to provide the best pastoral care we can and supporting our students is a core value at the heart of the school’s culture.

Pastoral Care and Student Support

The school has clear procedures and policies in place to ensure all sexualised behaviours are addressed.

Harmful Sexual Behaviour



Click on the links below for further information and support
ChildLine Confidential support service for children
NSPCC Support and guidance to help keep children safe
Cruse Bereavement Support Grief can be overwhelming. You don't have to deal with it alone
NHS Smokefree NHS helpline to help you quit smoking
Exam Results Helpline If exam results are not what you hoped, get free advice
NHS 111 NHS health advice and information
Mind For support with mental health
Quit Advice on how to give up smoking
Get Connected Free, confidential help for people under the age of 25

Online mental wellbeing counselling

Young Minds Support for young people’s mental health
BEAT Youthline  Advice on beating eating disorders
UCAS Application For information and advice about universities
Education  Support confidential independent support and counselling to the teaching profession
Kidscape anti-bullying helpline for parents of bullied children
Alcoholics Anonymous Advice on getting over alcohol addiction
Al-Anon Family group support for beating alcoholism
Talk to Frank unbiased information about drugs
Brook Confidential helpline for people under 25
Halo Project stopping a forced marriage or you need help leaving one
The Lesbian and Gay Foundation Advice, support, and guidance on children's sexuality
Lucy Faithful Foundation Support on how to reduce the risk of children being sexually abused

Student Support

Exam revision tips & managing stress

Mind - Exam revision tips & managing stress Mind - Coping with academic work and exams
BBC Advice -How to cope with student life
BBC Advice- Revision tips
BBC Advice- How to keep calm when revising
BBC- Revision tips
Beat exam stress- NHS info
Spark notes- literature study guide
Student room- revision, exam and homework help




Mental health and wellbeing

Young Minds- Mental Health and Wellbeing for Young people
Mind- How to improve your mental wellbeing
NHS- 10 ways to fight your fears

Voice collective- Peer support for young people who hear voices


Parent Support

Online Safety Tips for parents and carers

Setting parental safeguards on your child’s devices

12 social media online safety tips

A parent's guide to You Tube

A parent's guide to SnapChat

A parent's guide to Tik Tok

A parent's guide to Monkey

Smartphone safety tips

Exam revision tips & managing stress (guidance for parents)

Young Minds- Top Tips for parents concerned about children’s exam stress
Young Minds Parents Helpline
Special educational needs advice service, run by charity Contact a Family

Mental health and wellbeing (guidance for parents)

Young Minds- Mental health and wellbeing - for parents
Mood Gym- Free online self help resource
Voice collective- support for parents
Harmless- information about self harm
Information on suicide and self harm for parents
NSPCC- Advice for parents on why children self harm

Alcohol and drugs (guidance for parents)

FRANK- Worried about a child? Advice for parents and carers