Barnhill is committed to providing a safe and secure environment for children, staff and visitors. We promote an environment where students and adults will feel confident about sharing any concerns which they may have about their own safety or the well-being of others.
What is the role of DSL/DDSL at Barnhill?
The Dedicated Safeguarding Lead, Ms Hernandez (DSL) has a crucial role in taking lead responsibility for child protection issues in school. DSL’s must be senior members of the schools leadership team and at Barnhill we have a Deputy DSL supporting the DSL, Miss Snaith. There are many other staff also trained to the same level in school such as PSM’s and Heads of Year.
A DSL is always available during school hours for staff to discuss any safeguarding concerns. There is a DSL on school site from 8am to 4pm every day.
DSL’s are trained to take on this role and that training is updated every two years with additional training and conferences in between.
The DSL has many responsibilities including working with staff and agencies involved with safeguarding children, working with parents and families, giving advice to staff, training staff, managing referrals from staff and investigating concerns passing them onto the correct body as necessary, managing records of safeguarding and Child Protection concerns, keeping own knowledge up to date etc.
If you have a safeguarding concern about the welfare of a student you are required to report this immediately to one of the Designated Safeguarding Leads or a senior member of staff.
Outside of school hours please contact Hillingdon Social Services on 01895 556633
For more information about our approach to safeguarding please see our Child Protection and Safeguarding and Child Protection policy.
Barnhill Community High School actively supports the Metropolitan police and the local community when called upon. This could include but not limited to supporting the act of random knife arches, bag searches and/or sharing student information when requested.
Age Restrictions for Social Media Platforms
Do you know what your child is doing online?
Are you routinely talking to your child and checking what internet sites they are accessing?
It is very important to monitor and teach your child some key internet safety rules
(and to role model them as adults helps)…
- Don’t post any personal information online – like your address, email address or mobile number
- Think carefully before posting pictures or videos of yourself. Once you’ve put a picture of yourself online most people can see it – is it a photo you want everyone to see?
- Make sure you ask friends if it is ok to post a picture of them before you upload
- Keep your privacy settings as high as possible – and regularly check these as companies change settings and do not inform you!
- Check that you have your location setting turned off on your phone
- Never give out your passwords (except to your parents if they want to check accounts to keep you safe)
- Don’t befriend people you don’t know
- Don’t meet up with people you’ve met online. Speak to your parent or carer about people suggesting you do this
- Remember that not everyone online is who they say they are – adults sometimes pretend to be children to make friends with you online
- Think carefully about what you say before you post something online
- Respect other people’s views, even if you don’t agree with someone else’s views doesn’t mean you need to be rude – sometimes it is better not to comment than to get into an argument
- Use parental safety software/apps to block inappropriate Internet use and monitor children’s online activity
- Ensure that the online games your child wants to play are appropriate to their age. Look at the Pegi rating this shows you the age they should be to play that game, and it is there for a reason
- If you see something online that makes you feel uncomfortable, unsafe or worried – leave the website, tell a trusted adult immediately or report it to CEOP. Keep your webcam covered up when not in use:
What is the minimum age for account holders on these social media sites and apps?
(13+ means with parental consent)
Use this website to see the minimum age required for apps: