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Being at home shouldn't mean at risk

COVID-19 is affecting everyone but we know that for some families it is  a particularly challenging time. Please click here to find out more about the services of Barnardo’s, an organisation who are helping hundreds of thousands of children, young people, parents and carers across the UK.

If you or someone you know is suffering from domestic abuse, isolation rules do not apply. Police response support services remain available. Find support at www.gov.uk/domestic-abuse or call 999 if you are in immediate danger. (You can also press 55 when calling 999 if you can’t talk.)

You can also Call the National Domestic Abuse Helpline for free and confidential advice, 24 hours a day on 0808 2000 247.

Click here for Whisper, our school’s anonymous reporting tool where anyone can share a concern with the School’s safeguarding team.

If helpful, you can click here for a child or young person’s guide to domestic violence:

 

You can visit the BAVA website or a list of local and national domestic and sexual abuse support services.

For further support services information, guidance, and resources please feel free to get in touch with our DSVA Champion, Learning Mentor Jane Grey. Jane can be contacted via either school office.

 

Bristol Ideal 

Our school is working towards the Bristol Ideal award. The Bristol Ideal award is part of the Bristol Healthy Schools Award and is a set of standards for schools to follow to:

  • tackle domestic and sexual violence in Bristol
  • promote healthy relationships, respect and gender equality

The Bristol Ideal is a citywide project, which aims to promote healthy relationships and prevent domestic and sexual violence through encouraging a ‘whole-school approach’ towards these issues. You can find out more here:

www.bristol.gov.uk/web/bristol-healthy-schools/our-awards/bristol-ideal-specialist

Our school has a culture which promotes healthy relationships, respect between pupils and respect for diversity, gender and sexuality equality. We want to protect and nurture this distinctive ethos. We also feel that it is important to raise awareness and try to tackle domestic abuse because:

  • 1 in 5 children in the UK have been exposed to domestic violence (NSPCC.org.uk)
  • children who witness domestic violence may have impaired educational attainment and struggle with self-esteem and forming relationships (Byrne and Taylor, 2007)

We take a zero tolerance approach to:

  • all forms of gender based violence, abuse, harassment and exploitation across the whole school population.
  • This includes sexual harassment, sexual bullying, sexism and homophobia