Education

Independent Schools

Trusted by Hundreds of Independent Day and Boarding Schools

As a Safeguarding company, our mission is to protect children and young people from abuse, harm and neglect, wherever they live, learn and work. 

We are pleased to be part of the BSA's approved supplier scheme and work closely with hundreds of Independent Day, Boarding, and Special Schools to support them to become world-class safeguarding organisations. 

Today, safeguarding challenges have never been more complex nor the legal duties of a school and its staff and volunteers more stringent. Independent Schools must now address such issues as peer-on-peer abuse, sexual harassment, radicalisation, online bullying and e-safety. There has also been a significant increase in the number of young people experiencing complex mental health issues, which for some have been exacerbated by the recent pandemic and magnified by academic pressures.

This creates an enormous responsibility for Independent Schools to support individuals and manage what can be extremely challenging and time-consuming issues, which can have detrimental, life-long effects for those involved and which could result in other damaging consequences for both your staff and your school's reputation.

 

Protecting your students

Total Safeguarding

We believe that successfully achieving high standards of professional safeguarding practice is founded on eight core principles that come together to create Total Safeguarding:

  • Strong governance, leadership and management
  • A clear focus on harm prevention and reduction
  • Efficient recording and case management of concerns
  • Effective team working within and between individuals and organisations
  • Managing and sharing information securely, lawfully, and pro-actively
  • Securing professional and emotional support for your people, your teams and yourself
  • Being able to see the rich picture – understanding your data and developing insight
  • Learning lessons from your own professional practice and that of others.

The essential step to Total Safeguarding is to combine the practice of safeguarding with the very best technology - each is necessary, individually they are unlikely to meet the current safeguarding challenge. Together we can create everything you need for yours to be a world-class safeguarding organisation – one that protects children and adults and supports them to have the best outcomes in learning, in work and in life.

Solutions

Our suite of safeguarding solutions to support Independent Schools is ever-growing, so we can help with your safeguarding processes in a number of ways. MyConcern, is our award-winning platform that offers a secure, centralised system for the management of all categories of safeguarding, child protection, and pastoral concern. Sentry, is our purpose-built safer recruitment and personal vetting solution that can be customised to your needs and acts as your single central record and Confide, our solution for managing allegations and 'low-level' concerns about staff, sensitively and securely.

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MYCONCERN®
MYCONCERN®

For Concerns about Children and Young Adults

Easy-to-use, centralised, secure record-keeping and case management for all types of safeguarding concerns

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SENTRY®
SENTRY®

For Safer Recruitment

A safer recruitment and personnel vetting tool that acts as your Single Central Record. Designed to guide you through the recruitment process and to ensure that no check is missed

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CLARITY®
CLARITY®

For Multi-establishment Reporting

A powerful reporting tool designed exclusively for multi-establishment safeguarding. Paired with MYCONCERN® to provide high-level, anonymised reporting across groups of establishments

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CONFIDE®
CONFIDE®

For Allegations Against Staff

One of the most sensitive issues facing any leader is how to handle serious allegations about their staff. CONFIDE® is the answer

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"It allows us to manage, what I am sure all schools are finding, the increasingly complex nature of safeguarding children."

Alex Balls Deputy Head and Designated Safeguarding Lead, Reed's School

"We estimate that MyConcern has actually saved us £1000 in just one year in terms of staff time! "

Mark Rimmer Assistant Deputy Head and Designated Safeguarding Person, Ruthin School

"MyConcern has saved me HOURS and given me confidence that our recording systems are much more robust. I can’t recommend it highly enough!"

Amanda Windibank Assistant Head (Pastoral), Notre Dame

Using digital solutions to improve pastoral support

Deputy Heads, Safeguarding Leads and School Counsellors have shared some of their top tips for improving safeguarding and pastoral care in their schools using our systems.

  1. Record everything - the 'small' details will join up the pieces of the puzzle and give you greater insights.
  2. Use data to spot patterns and trends to enable proactive interventions.
  3. Share the right information with those that need it to build support networks for individuals.
  4. Export reports to share important data with governors, inspectors and other stakeholders 
  5. Identify staff training and support requirements 
  6. Pinpoint where school premises could be adapted improve safeguarding
  7. Speed up the processes for recording and use the reporting wizard to free up staff time 
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Contextual Safeguarding Webinar

Contextual Safeguarding Webinar

Chief Safeguarding Officer Mike Glanville discusses contextual safeguarding and what this means for schools and colleges given the current challenges in relation to peer-on-peer abuse

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Mental Health: Anxiety, Depression & Self-harm

Mental Health: Anxiety, Depression & Self-harm

The Covid-19 Pandemic has negatively affected the mental health and wellbeing of students and staff alike. We expect to see further issues associated with the pandemic surfacing for months if not years to come. In response, we created this webinar to help teaching staff and safeguarding leads identify when their students may be suffering from depression, anxiety, and self-harm

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Managing Safeguarding & Stress

Managing Safeguarding & Stress

In this webinar, we asked how safeguarding leads can prepare and protect themselves, to be ready when required to step into action. How can they build emotional reserves for resilience as part of a strategic approach to managing the role? What are the best techniques to deal with stress in the moment?

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Facing the Challenge of Peer Abuse in Schools and Colleges

Facing the Challenge of Peer Abuse in Schools and Colleges

John Woodhouse from the Safeguarding Network presented some essential information that you and your staff need to know about peer-on-peer sexual abuse. John presented detailed information on how to recognise the signs, to effectively respond and how to prevent incidents in your school.

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