Designated Safeguarding Lead: Fiona McGrath

Second Designate: Tracey Vidler

North Kesteven Academy is resolutely committed to maintaining the highest standards of safeguarding and the promotion of the welfare of children, including meeting its Prevent Duty obligations.

During school opening hours, should you have any safeguarding concerns regarding your child or another North Kesteven Academy student then please contact the Academy on 01522 881010 as soon as you possibly can and we will do our very best to support you.

Should this be outside of school hours or we are unavailable for any reason then we would advise that you contact Lincolnshire Children’s Services for further advice on 01522 782111 (out of hours: 01522 782333).

Useful Resources & Links

The school’s safeguarding policy can be found here.

Lincolnshire Family Services Directory – a brilliant resource detailing all of Lincolnshire’s support services that might be of use to families.

Information on safeguarding children from Radicalisation and Extremism.

Information on ensuring the online safety of your child, including useful guides on Sexting, Online Grooming, Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat, can be found here.

Coronavirus Safeguarding Update

Now that school is closed to all but a select group of students, we wanted to take this opportunity to share some information with you regarding safeguarding and some advice to support our students and their families with their emotional and mental health during these unprecedented times. At the end of last week and over the next couple of days, we will have made contact with a number of families for whom we normally offer some form of support or regular contact for a variety of reasons. Your child’s form tutor has also set up a Microsoft Team for their tutor groups as a point of contact.
If you have any general concerns, please do continue to use enquiries@nkacademy.co.uk
or telephone between 8:45 and 3:15 as we still do have a skeleton staff in school who can answer queries and pass on messages to relevant staff. 
If you have a concern of a safeguarding nature, there are two numbers which you can call to speak with or safeguarding team.

07471067002
07470 552816

These numbers will be active Monday to Friday between 8am and 4:30pm.
We understand that there will be a great deal of anxiety related to the pandemic and the change to our usual routines. This new ‘normal’ will take a great deal of getting used to for all of us. If you are concerned about your child’s emotional or mental health, the following two websites offer support, including an online counselling service and a parent helpline:
Kooth – free, safe and anonymous online advice for young people

www.kooth.com

XenZone is a provider of online mental health services for children, young people and adults. Kooth, from XenZone, is an online counselling and emotional well-being platform for children and young people, accessible through mobile, tablet and desktop and free at the point of use.
Online counsellors: Monday to Friday 12pm to 10pm; Saturday and Sunday 6pm to 10pm

Young Minds – children and young people’s mental health charity
https://youngminds.org.uk

Current blogs:
https://youngminds.org.uk/blog/looking-after-your-mental-health-while-self-isolating/

https://youngminds.org.uk/blog/what-to-do-if-you-re-anxious-about-coronavirus/

https://youngminds.org.uk/blog/talking-to-your-child-about-coronavirus/

Young Minds Parents helpline: 0808 802 5544 Monday to Friday 9:30am to 4pm
 
Whilst there might need to be some adaptation due to social distancing and self-isolation, the principles of the 5 Ways to Well-Being are still sound:
Connect, Be Active, Keep Learning, Give and Take Notice
https://www.childrenssociety.org.uk/sites/default/files/TCS_FIVE_WAYS_TO_WELLBEING_CHILDREN.pdf

For those of you with time to look at something more lengthy with guidance on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) exercises, a guide entitled ‘Free Guide to Living with Worry and Anxiety amidst Global Uncertainty’ can be found here:
https://www.psychologytools.com/articles/free-guide-to-living-with-worry-and-anxiety-amidst-global-uncertainty/


Finally, as well as work to support the students’ physical health set by the PE Department on Microsoft Teams, there will also be tasks set to support their emotional and mental health in coming weeks.
Hopefully your child does still feel connected to the world of the academy through the online platform of Microsoft Teams but please do feel that you can continue to make contact with school should you have any concerns.

Best wishes to you and your family.

Jo Tunnicliffe
Headteacher

For details on keeping your child safe online while they are off school, please click here.