What is Safeguarding?
Oakgrove is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
The school has a culture of vigilance to identify, report, record, offer help and support as early as possible if a concern for safety and welfare arises. The school works with the appropriate partner agencies. These include Milton Keynes Council, the Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH), Thames Valley Police, NHS and the Children’s and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS). Students may also work with the Terence Higgins Trust/iCASH, Service Six, Young Carers and Child Bereavement UK, to name just a few.
Designated Safeguarding Leads
For any concerns regarding the safety or welfare of a child, please do not hesitate to contact one of the safeguarding team at Oakgrove School on 01908 545300.
- The Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) for Oakgrove School is Rachel Cooke
- The Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads for Oakgrove Primary and Nursery are Heather Loake and Verity Walsh
- The Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads for Oakgrove Secondary are Ben Robinson and Georgina Collins
- The safeguarding governor for Oakgrove School is Karen Carabine.
- The safeguarding governor for Kingsbridge Educational Trust (KET) is Charles Clay.
Oakgrove School has produced a safeguarding guide and leaflet, with useful information and links to organisations who can offer further support:
Counter Terrorism Policing has launched a new safeguarding website www.actearly.uk aimed at family and friends to encourage them to share concerns that a friend or loved one might be vulnerable to radicalisation.
Terrence Higgins Trust 1:1 Support Programme
You can now access 1:1 education, advice and support from the Terrence Higgins Trust. The education team are commissioned to work on a 1:1 basis with young people aged 13 to 24 who attend education establishments (or live) in Milton Keynes.
The program runs for between 3 to 6 weeks/sessions, and uses a combination of discussion, activities and problem solving to increase young peoples’ confidence in building and maintaining healthy relationships and good sexual health. Examples of topics we cover include STIs and contraception, consent, online safety, and healthy relationships.
The programme is confidential, and the school will only need to share personal information with other agencies if it is needed in order to keep a young person safe from harm or abuse.
Currently the school is working remotely through a variety of video calling/conference software, so you must have access to the internet and appropriate tech (for example a tablet or laptop) in order to take part. Sessions can be organised through your school/college, or be done from home (if you are under 16 we will need parental consent to hold sessions with you from home).