Latest Safeguarding News

This area of the safeguarding site is aimed at providing parents with the latest news and concerns regarding safeguarding.

Each half term we publish a Safeguarding and wellbeing newsletter to support our children and their families with any concerns that they may have. Each newsletter will have a “Hot Topic” that the safeguarding team feel is appropriate for the current time, along with many other tips and advice for parents to help support their children. Links to wider services and articles will be available within each new edition, and this page will store all archived newsletters for parents to be able to access throughout the year. These can be found at the bottom of this page.

Current News

Anonymous reporting for students

One of the biggest challenges that schools face is getting students to report information about bullying. We are currently trialing a new anonymous reporting system with students. By logging onto the school website and going to the contact page, students can scan a QR code which will take them to a page where they can report any concerns. This should give students an outlet to report without fear of any recriminations. The QR code link can be found using the link below:

Contact Us – Saint Benedict, A Catholic Voluntary Academy (


As you may have read in the news recently, there has been a significant increase in young people using vapes or e-cigarettes. As a school in Derby, we have also seen this increase and are concerned about the health implications of vaping at this age.

Vaping Poster | Vaping Poster 2

Vaping Parent and Carers Leaflet

Vaping Awareness Assembly

Andrew Tate – Misogynistic Behaviour

Hopefully you were able to see the article that I recently sent out to parents. If not, here is another website and recording that explains why Andrew Tate is causing so much controversy. We have heard this name mentioned amongst a minority of students in school who have been spoken to but as this man has such a big online presence, this is going to be around for some time.

Andrew Tate: The social media influencer teachers are being warned about | UK News | Sky News

As parents and carers, please can I urge you to check what sites and information your child is accessing on the internet and to talk to them about these issues in a calm non-judgemental way.

Winter Coat Appeal

Thanks to your generosity last winter, we were able to give winter coats to students that otherwise may not have had one. We are running this appeal again so if you have any warm winter coats that would be suitable for a teenager that you no longer need, then please send them to your year office and we will distribute them. Thank you in advance.

Resources for Parents

Students sending nude selfies

Please take a moment to watch these really helpful videos from Think U know, which talk about the way that students are using their mobile phones and social media, more and more as they get older. They also offer helpful suggestions for parents and carers, to tackle the issues at home.

Child Exploitation

PACE – PACE Parents against child exploitation

The Home Office provides free online training for parents about dealing with CSE

Registration – Enable (

Operation Encompass – Stopping Domestic Violence

Operation Encompass is a police and education early information safeguarding partnership enabling schools to offer immediate support to children experiencing domestic abuseOur aim is to enable staff in school to understand how to support children who are experiencing domestic abuse, no matter where in the world the child lives.  If you have concerns about domestic abuse then please get in touch.

OE Childs Voice Poster

OE Secondary School Poster

Online Support and Information for Parents

Help your child stay safe online

Mental Health

Support and tips to help you keep children safe. From advice on children’s mental health to staying safe online, support for parents and what to do if you’re worried about a child.

Keeping children safe | NSPCC

Parents and Careers | Advice and Guidance | Anna Freud Centre

Support for Young People

Build Sound Minds Overview | Action for Children – The Service is a comprehensive early intervention service for children and young people aged 0-17 who are experiencing mild to moderate mental health difficulties

Home – Kooth – free safe and anonymous support  – Online support for mental health issues

Contact Us | Samaritans – online support for mental health issues

Help over the holidays

There is a safeguarding mobile contact number which will be switched on during school hours (9am-3pm Mon-Fri) during the holidays. These two numbers are 01332 554270 or 01332 554261

If you have any immediate concerns about the safety of a child during these times and are unable to contact the school please contact;

Derby Children’s safeguarding board urgent referrals- 01332 641172 (9am until 5pm Monday to Friday)

Careline out of hours- 01332 786968

 Police- 101

Natalie Robinson

Designated Safeguarding Lead