Whilst we all worked very hard every day to ensure our school, and all schools, are as safe as they can be for children we are faced recently with compelling evidence that for many school is not a safe space.
As of the 1st April, a dedciated NSPCC helpline 0800 136 663 for victims of sexual violence and harassment in schools has been opened.
We are unequivocal in our message that sexual harassment, abuse or any mistreatment of any member of our community is wrong and will not be tolerated at Arts & Media School Islington. When victims of such treatment bravely come forward we envelop them in support and care. We have onsite counselors, support workers and trained staff to assist them in telling their story and we always report all allegations to the police immediately and where necessary social services or professional bodies. You can read more about our local safeguarding arrangements and other policies on our Safeguarding page.
We have a well trained, experienced and highly effective safeguarding team, their work is reviewed externally every year. This team is led by the Headteacher and Ms Morgan, our designated safeguarding lead. We support students daily in making sure that they are welcomed into a calm and safe place of education.
The education we provide includes strong and regular messages around abuse and mistreatment: what it is, how to spot it and what to do if it is happening to you or someone you know. Our assemblies and form time sessions ensure that this a regular message, not a once a year reminder. Our PHSE and SRE curriculum are reviewed every year and keep in line with advice from leading charities and advisory bodies.
We hope that no member of the AMSI family have ever endured abuse from any of their peers or staff members. We hope that no member of the AMSI family will ever endure abuse from any of their peers or staff members. However we also know that to be blind to the possibility is to be blind to the problem.
Together we can and will stop abuse in schools.
Other services which may help
Childline (24 hours)- 0800 11 11
Crime Victims – Victim Support 0808 16 89 111
Crimestoppers – Crime Prevention 0800 555 111
NSPCC – Child Protection Helpline (24 hours) 0808 800 5000
Samaritans (24 hours) -116 123
The dedicated NSPCC helpline 0800 136 663 for victims of sexual violence and harassment in schools.