Skip to content
RGS Worcester Main Menu

Our Safeguarding Principles

At The RGS Worcester Family of Schools, we are committed to safeguarding and promoting the well-being of all the pupils in our care, regardless of age, gender, religion or beliefs, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation or socioeconomic background. We provide a caring, positive safe and educationally stimulating environment that promotes spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.

More information on supporting families can be found here

Our Safeguarding Policy

The safeguarding and welfare of our pupils is our priority, and we recognise that all staff, including temporary staff, volunteers and Governors, have a full and active part to play in protecting our pupils from harm. We ensure that everyone understands their roles and responsibilities in respect of safeguarding and is provided with the appropriate training to recognise, identify and respond to signs of abuse, neglect and other safeguarding concerns that we may have about pupils. Necessary steps are taken to prevent the employment of unsuitable individuals.

Appropriate action is always taken where there is an incident, or there are concerns of abuse. Support will always be provided to the individual(s) who raise or disclose a concern.  Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies when there are concerns about a pupil.  We will ensure that concerns about our pupils are discussed with their parents or carers first unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the pupil’s welfare.  Confidential, detailed and accurate records of all safeguarding concerns are maintained and securely stored.

We also support the welfare and safety of all pupils by ensuring that Child Protection is included in the curriculum to help children stay safe, recognise when they do not feel safe and identify to whom they can talk if they have concerns.  

We understand the crucial role that a school can play in identifying a safeguarding problem for a child and their family as it emerges and that, by putting in place Early Help at this stage, we can often prevent problems from escalating into something more serious. We have invested heavily in our Early Help provision as a school, and we can offer dedicated one-to-one support from a member of our experienced and trained Pastoral Leaders as well as with our fully qualified Nurses, School Counsellor, or Relaxation Therapist. In addition, we can support families by organising for other Early Help specialists to come into school to work with a pupil during the school day. Such external specialists may already be working with a family, for example, a Bereavement Counsellor, or can be a result of an Early Help referral that the school can make for a family through Worcestershire Children First.

For more details, please refer to our Safeguarding Children Policy, which can be found in our Policies section and click to read the Department of Education’s Keeping Children Safe In Education Part One.

If you are worried about a child:

If you have reason to believe that a child or young person is at immediate risk from harm, contact the Police on 999.

If you have any concerns about a particular child or young person and feel that they may be in need of protection or safeguarding, members of the public should contact the Worcestershire County Council Family Front Door on 01905 822666 from Monday to Thursday 8.30am to 5.00pm, Friday 8.30 am to 4.30pm.

If you have any concerns about a pupil’s welfare, please contact one of our Designated Safeguarding Leads:

RGS Senior School – Mrs Sofia Nicholls

RGS The Grange – Mrs Wendy Wreghitt

RGS Springfield – Mr Ian Griffin

RGS Dodderhill – Mrs Sarah Clay

Online Safety

In this digital age, we all rely on and benefit from the use of technology. We realise how challenging it can be for parents to ensure that their child remains safe, particularly when using the internet. We also appreciate that you will want to have measures in place to ensure that your child does not view inappropriate material from their mobile device or from a device you have at home. Please refer to our Safeguarding Children Policy, which can be found in our Policies section, to see what we have in place to protect your child in School 

We are always happy to provide advice and guidance should you need it, either of a general nature or technical support from our Computing and IT Department.

The link to the CEOP Think You Know website provides up-to-date advice and guidance for pupils and parents.

Further information on E-safety:

Whilst there are huge benefits with being able to offer this provision. We recognise parents may feel concerned about activities and content online. Therefore, we would like to take the opportunity to remind you to have regular conversations about staying safe online and to encourage your children to speak to you if they come across something worrying online. We have also some links to share that have resources that provide further guidance for parents and carers to keep your children safe:

Thinkuknow by the National Crime Agency – Child Exploitation and Online Protection Command (NCA-CEOP) provides resources for parents and carers, and children of all ages to help keep children safe online

Childnet has developed guidance for parents and carers to begin a conversation about online safety, as well as guidance on keeping under-fives safe online

Parent Info is a collaboration between Parent Zone and NCA-CEOP, providing support and guidance for parents and carers related to the digital world from leading experts and organisations

This section of the NSPCC website has specific advice on support about online abuse

The Child Exploitation and Online Protection command (CEOP) has information pages about when to report concerns to them and what happens when you do along with age-specific advice for keeping children safe from sexual exploitation; CEOP 

Website and advice sheets for parents

Some links for Newsletters and Websites to help parents and young people on a range of safeguarding issues:

Parents Protect – a website to help parents protect their children against sexual abuse.

My Mental Health – Advice for parents, professionals and young people on Mental health and general well-being support

Teenage Relationship Abuse – a parents’ and carers’ guide to violence and abuse in teenage relationships.

Sexting – how to talk to children about the risks of sexting and what you can do to protect them (NSPCC).

Get Advice – CEOP advice on talking to children about sex, relationships and their lives online.

Chat Danger – Advice for parents and carers on keeping their child safe online, including parental controls. There is also a complete guide to protecting a child’s privacy online.

Self-Harm in Young People – Information for parents and carers and anyone who works with young people.

Know the Signs – Information on suicide and self-harm for parents (Samaritans).

Discover More

RGS Schools Menu