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Impington Village College - Definition of Safeguarding

Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is everyone’s responsibility.  Everyone who comes into contact with children, their families, and carers has a role to play in safeguarding children.

To ensure we fulfil this responsibility at Impington Village College, all professionals are trained to ensure their approach is child-centred; what is in the best interest of the child at all times.  No single professional can have a full picture of a child’s needs and circumstances. If children and families are to receive the right help at the right time, everyone who comes into contact with them has a role to play in identifying concerns and the sharing of information, on a 'need to know' basis. The Child Protection Team will ensure the information is collated and dealt with appropriately.

Impington Village College Safeguarding Team:

Katie Jarvis – Assistant Principal – Safeguarding Lead Professional

Ryan Kelsall – Principal

Sue Campbell – Head of Personalised Learning

Suzy Offord – Sixth Form

Sharonne Horlock – SENCo

Robert Campbell – CEO

The Key Principles at Impington Village College:

  • The welfare of the child is paramount
  • Staff should understand their responsibilities to safeguard and promote the welfare of students
  • Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility
  • Make record of any such incident and of decisions made/further actions agreed. In accordance with our Safeguarding Policy
  • Apply the same professional standards regardless of our gender or sexuality (Equality Act 2010)

The Safeguarding team:

  • Take action on any concerns raised by staff members
  • Work with external agencies when required (Police, Social Care)
  • Manage child protection files, adhering to national guidance
  • Provide safeguarding training to all members of staff and provide update when required
  • Continuously review the child protection and safeguarding procedure at Impington Village College.

If you have concerns about a child at Impington Village College please report your concerns to Katie Jarvis (


Drug Advice for parents 

Drug Advice for Parents

Parents will do almost anything to keep their children safe, but communicating with young people can become more challenging as they get older. That is why you should talk to your children about alcohol and other drugs early. It is a conversation that you need to have, because drugs can have a significant negative impact on a child’s life.

Every year, millions of teens try alcohol, marijuana or tobacco products for the first time. Most of them will not get caught, become addicted or have a car accident, but a significant portion of them will and the consequences can be devastating.

You can keep your children from becoming a statistic by being involved in their lives, having honest conversations with them and practicing what you preach.

Some parents, despite their best efforts, will have a child who develops a substance use disorder. That does not mean a parent or child has failed. Helping a child recover from addiction is just one of the many challenges parents might face.

Learn About Teen Drug Use

As students get older, they often start to question the life lessons they hear from parents and teachers. They become more heavily influenced by the things they see on TV, the internet and social media. Teens listen to what their peers say and they pay attention to what celebrity role models do. As a result, they get mixed messages and they have to determine which information to believe.

Anti-drug messages such as “just say no” aren’t effective. Teens need concrete reasons to avoid alcohol and other drugs. They need facts and evidence. Parents have to know what they are talking about if they want their children to listen.

Drugs Most Commonly Used By Teens

The most popular drugs that young people use have not changed much for the past five decades. Alcohol, marijuana and tobacco consistently rank among the top substances of abuse among young people, but other perils have become popular in recent years. The packaging and advertisements for alcoholic energy drinks, electronic cigarettes and synthetic marijuana are designed to appeal to teens.

The abuse of medications such as cough syrups, anti-anxiety drugs, ADHD medications and prescription pain relievers is less common, but the side effects can be life threatening. Less than one percent of teens use heroin, crystal meth or cocaine regularly.

How Drugs Affect the Teen Brain

The teenage brain is wired to be curious and seek news experiences. It is in a constant state of development, meaning it adapts to addictive substances more quickly than an adult brain.

Teen brains also have a mature reward system. They feel pleasure and pain in ways similar to adults, but the decision-making areas of the brain are immature. Thus, teens are more likely to act on impulse or emotions and less likely to fully assess situations.

The reward system works by releasing a small amount of a chemical called dopamine in the brain. Dopamine makes us feel happy. It is naturally released to reward basic behaviours necessary to survival such as eating, exercising or having sex. Other behaviours that teens find pleasurable, such as playing sports, listening to music or socializing, cause small dopamine releases.

Each drug affects the brain in a different way, but all drugs overload the reward system with dopamine. The brain associates drug use with this positive reward, which causes teens to want to repeat the behaviour. When teens use drugs regularly, the brain repeatedly adapts to the presence of the drugs and associates it with positive rewards.

Some people are genetically more vulnerable to this adaptation than others. They are at a risk for developing an addiction. In those teens, the brain associates drug use with such positive rewards that the dopamine release caused by other activities no longer causes happiness. Drug use becomes a top priority for the brain and the parts of the brain in charge of self-control can no longer keep the reward system in check.

Why Teens Try Drugs

Teens try alcohol or other drugs for a number of reasons that are influenced by several factors.

Risk factors for addiction include:

  • Availability of drugs in the area
  • Prevalence of drug use among peers
  • Exposure to violence or trauma
  • Parental alcohol or drug use
  • Mental illness
  • Poor impulse control
  • Compulsive personality

One risk factor alone may not be enough to spur teen drug use, but a combination of several factors increases the chances that a teen will try alcohol or other drugs. Protective factors such as anti-drug messages in the community, extracurricular drug testing in school and positive parental influence can negate risk factors.

Teens use alcohol or other drugs for a number of reasons. They usually try addictive substances for the first time because of peer pressure or their own curiosity.

Reasons for teen drug use drugs include:

  • To have fun
  • To relax
  • To feel good
  • To forget about problems
  • To relieve stress
  • To look cool
  • To fit in with friends

Teens who drink alcohol or use drugs have few barriers to prevent them. They are not afraid of getting caught and they have little trouble finding substances of abuse.

Talk to Frank is a National Campaign that provides excellent guidance for parents and young people

Parent link:

Bereavement Guidance 

What is grief?

Grief may not feel normal, but it is. Everyone will grieve in their own way. You may experience all sorts of feelings or you may feel nothing. You may find it easy to talk or you might bottle all of your emotions up.

Grief is:

“A massive bundle of different emotions and intense feelings. Feeling sad and missing somebody. Love happens and people die in your family. Someone who has lost someone and they can’t get over it. You cry over someone dying. You cry then you stop. Then you cry, then you stop.”

– Member of our Young People’s Advisory Group

Dealing with your feelings

Whatever you feel is how you feel. You may experience a mixture of feelings all at once. It helps if you can learn to recognise your feelings.

You may feel……

  • Numbness when you think you should be feeling very upset. Lots of young people have told us they feel numb at first.
  • Loneliness - Try spending time with your friends. You are not being disloyal to your family or the person who has died.
  • Worry, perhaps about the future, who will look after you, your siblings or your parent? You may find yourself talking to the person who has died about these worries.
  • Anger - There is not always an explanation or reason for it, but it is perfectly natural to feel it.
  • Guilt and regret - It is very normal to think that you could have done more or that you should have behaved differently. It was not your fault and there is nothing you could have done to prevent the death.
  • Confusion about the way everything in your life has changed.

Child safety online 

Child safety online: some tools to get you started…

Think U Know

Find the latest information on the sites you like to visit, mobiles and new technology. Find out what’s good, what’s not and what you can do about it.

UK Safer Internet Centre

The UK Safer Internet Centre is co-funded by the European Commission and has three main functions: An Awareness Centre, a Helpline and a Hotline

Childnet International

Childnet International is a non-profit organisation working with others to “help make the Internet a great and safe place for children”

South West Grid for Learning

SWGfL provides schools and many other educational establishments broadband-enabled learning resources and services and help, support and advice in using the internet safely

Internet Watch Foundation

The UK Hotline for reporting child sexual abuse content on the internet

CEOP parent support

The parent section of the excellent CEOP website


A website providing practical advice on how to protect yourself, your computer and your mobile device against fraud, identity theft, viruses and many other problems encountered online.

SIP Bench

An official EU study designed to help parents to choose the most appropriate parental control tool that best fits their needs

Internet Watch Foundation Schools Presentation

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