Safeguarding and Child Protection
Rutlish School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff, governors, visitors and volunteers to share this commitment.
We have a number of policies and procedures in place that contribute to our safeguarding commitment, including our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy which can be viewed on our policies page, via the link below.
We aim to always follow safer recruitment practice in checking the suitability of all staff and governors and we work hard to raise awareness of safeguarding and child protection issues amongst staff, as well as equipping our students with the life skills needed to keep them safe.
Sometimes we need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies when there are concerns about a student’s welfare. We will ensure that our concerns are discussed with parents/carers first unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the student’s welfare.
We actively support the Government’s Prevent Agenda to counter radicalism and extremism and we ask visitors and volunteers to also abide by the school’s equality commitment. There must be no statements which might cause offence to others, or otherwise undermine tolerance of other faiths or beliefs: and there must be no extremism material.
All visitors and volunteers will be asked to wear an identification badge which must remain visible at all times.
Our Designated Safeguarding Leads are:
Designated Safeguarding Lead: Mr Gormally, Deputy Headteacher
Designated Safeguarding Deputy: Mrs Wildman, Head of Inclusion
Safeguarding Governor: Mr Mills
For out of hours or school holidays please see the links below:
- Merton Mash - 020 8545 4226 or out of hours 020 8770 5000 or email
- Merton Safeguarding Partnership
- Radicalisation - Educate against hate
- Prevent - Government prevent strategy
- Online safety - Child Exploitation & Online Protection command: CEOP
If you are concerned about a student’s well-being or if you are aware of a family in a very fragile position, please e-mail:
Please include the following fundamental details:
- Your name and contact details
- The individual or families name, age and address (if known)
- Exact details of the concern, providing as much information as is possible (ideally in bullet point form)
We will endeavour to respond to your e-mail within 48 working hours, school term times.
You can also contact the school office on 020 8542 1212 and ask to speak to the Designated Safeguarding Lead.
Children and young People's Victim and Witness Support Service
This service, operated by Victim Support, is the main support service in London for children and young victims and witnesses of crime. Support is provided on a one to one basis by trained caseworkers in a confidential space that is suitable for children and young people.
The Children and Young People's Victim and Witness Service supports children and young people aged 4 - 17 affected by crime, whether it has been reported to the police or not.
Telephone 08 08 16 89 111 or visit their website:
National Online Safety
Provide guides specific to games and social media sites that young people use. You can access and download these guides for free and be equipped with the knowledge you need to understand online dangers and how to manage risk.
UK Safer Internet Centre
Young people are technology literate and often use programmes that parents and carers are unfamiliar with. UK Safer Internet Centre offers support to parents/carers to understand internet connected devices so that they can support young people with responsible and safe internet usage.
A not-for-profit organisation set up to empower parents and carers to keep children safe in the digital world. Their support for parents includes a range of downloadable guides covering subjects such as transition to secondary school, Vlogging & livestreaming, online gaming and cyberbullying.
Includes a range of resources to help parents keep children safe when they’re using the internet, social networks, apps, games and more.
From CEOP and Parent Zone, Parent Info is a website for parents covering all the issues amplified by the internet. It is a free service which helps schools engage parents with expert safety advice, endorsed by the National Crime Agency’s CEOP command. This website provides expert information across a range of online harms.
Offers a range of resources for families, to help them meet the challenges of the digital age, including parent guides on the latest digital trends and platforms.
Provides advice from the National Crime Agency on staying safe online.
Offers a toolkit to support parents/carers of children of any age to start discussions about their online life
Child Exploitation and Online Protection
Are you worried about online sexual abuse or the way someone has been communicating with you online?
To support student wellbeing please follow this link