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Student Support and Safeguarding

Pastoral Care

We provide caring and responsive pastoral support which puts the needs of our pupils at its centre. We work in partnership with parents to help all pupils develop positive relationships and learn to cope with the issues that they face. Students build strong relationships with their tutor and College Achievement Leader. All students are part of a small vertical tutor group which belongs to one of four colleges. The College is very proud of its small and friendly community. Our aim is to encourage students to become confident, responsible and independent members of society.

Young Carers

Bassingbourn Village College recognises the important role young carers play within their families’ lives and the additional responsibilities this places upon them.  We are committed to meeting the needs of young carers and young adult carers so that they can attend and enjoy school in the same way as other pupils and achieve their potential.

Young carers are children and young people under 18 who provide or intend to provide care for another person who is ill, disabled, has a mental health condition or addiction problem. A young carer becomes vulnerable when their caring role risks impacting upon their emotional or physical wellbeing and their prospects in their education and life.

The school has designated Young Carers’ School Leads with responsibility for young carers and their families:
Young Carers’ Champion: Vicki Piggott
Senior Leadership Team Lead for young carers: Vickey Poulter

The school will only share information about young carers with professionals and agencies on a need to know basis in order to support pupils and their families.

The school actively seeks feedback and ideas from young carers and their families to shape and improve support.

The school has an effective referral system and strong partnership in place with the school nurse team and Centre 33, the local young carers’ service where Sophie Hughes assists in the running of the young carers group which on the last Monday of every month. The group provides young carers with mentoring support, a time to relax and unwind and a range of fun-packed activities which they are thoroughly engaging with.


Under the Education Act 2002 (section 175/157), schools must “make arrangements to safeguard and promote the welfare of children”.

We will endeavour to provide a safe and welcoming environment where children are respected and valued.

The school will therefore be alert to signs of abuse and neglect and will follow the Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) procedures to ensure that children receive appropriate and effective support and protection.

Parents/carers should know that the law requires all school staff to pass on information which gives rise to a concern about a child’s welfare, including risk from neglect, physical, emotional or sexual abuse. The school should make parents/carers aware that records of welfare concerns may be kept about their child.  They should be informed that school staff will seek, in general, to discuss any concerns with them including referrals to other agencies. However, in situations where the child is suspected to be at risk of harm, the law says that schools may take advice from other agencies without informing parents/carers.

In accordance with local Information Sharing protocols, we will ensure that information is shared securely and sensitively.  Information will only be shared with other services where it is deemed necessary and proportionate to ensure that children and young people are safe and receive the right service.

Schools will seek advice from Social Care when they have reasonable cause to suspect a child may be suffering or likely to suffer significant harm. Occasionally, concerns are passed on which are later shown to be unfounded.  Parents/carers will appreciate that the member of staff in the school with responsibility for child protection (known as the Designated Safeguarding Lead or Designated Person) was carrying out their responsibilities in accordance with the law and acting in the best interests of all children.

Under Section 3 (5) of the Children Act 1989, schools or any person who has care of a child “may….do what is reasonable in all the circumstances of the case for the purpose of safeguarding or promoting the child’s welfare”.  This means that on rare occasions, a school may need to “hold” a child in school whilst Social Care and the police investigate any concerns further.

* The word ‘school’ is used throughout but this would include all educational settings e.g. Academies, Pupil Referral Units, Further Education establishments and Independent schools.


Senior Leadership Team Lead: Ms V Poulter – Designated Safeguarding Lead
Email: vpoulter@bassingbournvc.net

SEN Co-Ordinator, Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead and Prevent Lead:  Ms S Murphy
Email: smurphy@bassingbournvc.net

Second Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead:  Mrs H Edwards, Assistant Principal

Email: hedwards@bassingbournvc.net

Young Carers’ Champion: Mrs V Piggott
Email: vpiggott@bassingbournvc.net

Our Safeguarding Policy including prevention of radicalisation can be found on the Policies page of website.

External Contacts

A list of External contacts can be downloaded HERE

ChatHealth –  CLICK HERE TO WATCH NOW  ChatHealth Cambs – School Promo Pack

ChatHealth is a secure NHS approved text messaging service that is run by the school nursing team in the Cambridgeshire Healthy Child Programme. From 9.30am to 4.00pm Monday to Friday ChatHealth has experienced clinicians online waiting to answer and deal with any messages from young people.  If you’re 13-19 years old, text 07480635443 if you need advice or help with emotional health, relationships, bullying, alcohol, self harm, healthy eating, drugs, smoking.

Any messages outside this time frame receive and automated response letting young people know when they will receive a reply or who to contact to get immediate help 

Three Apps Parents Should Know About      Parents may be interested in reading this information regarding social media apps that has been sent to us by the Local Authority’s Safeguarding Team.  The 3 apps are Yubo, Monkey and Musical.ly.

School nursing team: Tel: 0300 029 5050,   Email: ccs.cambs.hcp.schoolnursingdutydesk@nhs.net , Email Website: www.cambscommunityservices.nhs.uk

Centre 33 Young Carers Project Worker: Sophie Hughes
33 Clarendon Street,  Cambridge, CB1 1JX
Email: help@centre33.org.uk
Tel: 07496 618968  or 01223 307488
Website: www.centre33.org.uk

Carers Trust Young Carers Policy and Development Officer: Tania Bingham
4 Meadow Park, Meadow Lane, St Ives PE27 4LG
Email: care@carerstrustcambridgeshire.org
Tel: 0345 241 0954 or 01480 499090. Mobile: 07720 343401
Twitter: @CarersTrust  @YoungerCarers

Cambridgeshire County Council Young Carers’ Assessor: Maya Kalinowska
Young Carers’ Assessment Team, Amundsen House, Compass Point Business Park
18 Stocks Bridge Way, St Ives, PE27 5JL
Email: youngcarers@cambridgeshire.gov.uk
Tel: 01480 372798 or 01480 727964

Total Voice. A new advocacy service for adults, carers, and children and young people who are looked after or are in need. The service can support with physical disabilities, learning disabilities, autism, mental ill-health, sensory impairments, social of health care needs and NHS health complaints.
Find out more at http://www.totalvoicecp.org

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Core Purpose:

To know all our students as individuals. To provide a wide variety of opportunities and experiences through a personalised curriculum and support. To ensure rapid and sustained progress within a kind, caring and close family environment. To nurture individuals to have high aspirations, a love of learning and to become confident, responsible and independent members of society.


Safer online practice

ESafety publications

DITTO-Ed-11-January-2018 Esafety update

BVC Anti-bullying Ambassadors’  Safer Online fact sheet

Bassingbourn Village College

South End, Bassingbourn, Royston, Hertfordshire, SG8 5NJ

01763 242344