How we teach Safeguarding

At Cleeve Meadow School we recognise the importance of preparing students for adult life and equipping them with the skills and understanding they need to be independent, keep themselves safe and develop healthy relationships.

Understanding risks to safety and developing the confidence to deal with potentially difficult and unsafe environments and relationships takes time. We believe that students need to be provided with a range of opportunities to develop an understanding of the risks present in modern society and the skills to be able to assert their own needs.

Our curriculum is adapted to ensure that students at all levels are able to engage and develop the skills of self expression. In our PHSE (personal health and social emotional) curriculum, students learn the following topics which are designed to develop an understanding of the importance of staying safe:

  • Healthy friendships and families
  • Keeping healthy (diet)
  • Respect- prejudices and stereotypes
  • Online safety
  • Medicines, smoking and vaping
  • Alcohol and drug use
  • Sexual consent, sexual relationships, Contraception
  • FGM
  • Marriage
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Keeping safe in the community (gangs and knife crime)
  • First Aid
  • Sexual Health
  • LGBT and diversity
  • Gambling
  • Parenting
  • Using Health services

In addition to the PHSE curriculum, students follow a module on online safety each year in their IT lessons. 

We have a number of assemblies covering topics such as; safety in the community (delivered by the safer neighbourhoods team), safety around water, fire safety (delivered by our local fire brigade), online safety and the safe use of social media.

We have a healthy relationships group which is delivered by a specialist social worker in the borough of Bexley.

We teach the students about self regulation through the Action Your potential ‘12 rocks of wellbeing’ and through the ZONES of REGULATION.

Students learn about wellbeing and who to go to in the school or community if they are struggling with their mental health.