As a school we are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all of our students. The health, safety and well-being of every child are our paramount concern, to enable them to thrive in a secure, happy and safe environment, underpinned by a culture of openness where both children and adults feel secure, able to talk and believe that they are being listened to.

We see safeguarding at Testwood as everyone’s responsibility, as such it does not rest solely with the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) and their deputies to take a lead responsibility.

Our Safeguarding Team

We have a Safeguarding Policy and a Child Protection policy which can be found here. All adults who work on or visit the site (including supply staff, volunteers and Trustees) must ensure that they are aware of these procedures and subscribe to our principles of keeping children safe.

Safeguarding Curriculum at Testwood

Student safeguarding is at the core of our Safeguarding Curriculum at Testwood School. Great importance is placed on identifying opportunities in the taught curriculum for students to learn about areas of safeguarding. Our broad curriculum gives students opportunities to experience life in all its diversity, to acquire knowledge, understanding and skills that significantly impact on personal development, behaviour and welfare and equips every student with the knowledge and skills required for personal safeguarding. Our PSHE curriculum covers all areas of Safeguarding through each of the strands to a different degree, however some go into more detail. We are sensitive in our teaching and recognise that some more sensitive subjects need to be taught at an age appropriate level, or at a small group or 1:1 level when a more urgent need arises. We plan to constantly challenge students to think deeply about safeguarding matters and their own personal, physical and mental well-being. In combination with our diverse assembly themes, we give them opportunities across the curriculum to explore values, personal rights, responsibilities and equal opportunities that develop moral concepts that impact positively on safeguarding, promote British values and prevent radicalisation and extremism. There are many opportunities throughout our learning in school to explore safeguarding issues.

To support and promote the physical and emotional welfare of our students, we have a comprehensive Pastoral Care page where you can find additional information and support for anxiety and mental health issues.

Support Agencies

Seeking help or support can seem daunting at first. The agencies below may help in taking the frst steps.

UK’s leading children’s charity who work to prevent abuse, help rebuild children’s lives and support families      0808 800 5000

A counselling service for children and young people, dealing with any issues which cause distress or concern     0800 1111

Make a report online if you are worried about online sexual abuse or the way someone has been communicating with you.

Hampshire CAMHS (Child Adolescent Mental Health Services). You can contact them for advice on all things related to your mental health. If you are already working with CAMHS, you can also call them if you need some further support.

access a range of support services including one-to-one counselling, discussing issues through online discussion boards, and recording your feelings via journals and goal trackers. The online nature of Kooth means that you can access help in a way that is most suitable for you, at a time that is convenient for you, 365 days of the year.

A local charity that has been in Totton for over 25 years, YFM aims to be there for children, young people, adults and families in this community who are facing tough challenges.

Raises awareness of depression and self harm in young people. while promoting positive and creative ways of dealing with the bad days.

A charity dedicated to supporting children, young people, and parents through loss and trauma

A charity that provides free, confidential support for young people under 25 via inline, social and mobile.

Campaigning for better recognition and diagnosis of autistic girls and to support them in finding their identity and feeling understood.

PAPYRUS Prevention of Young Suicide is the UK charity dedicated to the prevention of suicide and the promotion of positive mental health and emotional wellbeing in young people.