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Orchard Park High School

Safeguarding updates

 

If you have any concerns about your child, please contact your child's form tutor, head of year or the safeguarding team at Orchard Park High School. 

Safeguarding updates will be posted below and on our Twitter feed @orchardparkhigh. There are also links to many useful resources about online safety here.


Information

We would like to make you aware of an attempted robbery on a female student who was walking home from school along the Firsby avenue/woodland way alleyway on Monday evening. 

Please ask your children to avoid this alleyway and advise them to walk along the main roads where possible. We advise to keep their mobile phones in their bags and avoid walking alone. 

Please report any incidents immediately to the police via 999. 


Vaping – the facts

We have some useful information about vaping to share with families.

Please see the attached toolkit and the attached carers and parents' leaflet.


Cali Vape pens

As the commissioned substance misuse provider for the borough of Croydon, I would like to  support the young people and the schools that have been effected.

Change Grow Live (CGL) offers a range of interventions that support young people who are using. misusing and at risk of using a substance. They offer individualised support using evidence-based psychosocial interventions, bespoke workshops and professional training with a robust commitment to multi-agency partnerships that enable our young people to thrive.

Please see the attached leaflet and the website here: 
Referrals - Young People's Drug and Alcohol Service - Croydon (changegrowlive.org) 


Vapes

We have been alerted by police that over the past week there have been a number of instances of young people collapsing/passing out after the use of a vape called a Cali Pen. A Cali Pen is a disposable vape pen containing CBD (Cannabidiol).  There is little research around the long-term effect of any vape and, obviously, it is illegal to sell vapes to anyone under 18. We encourage you to have conversations with your children around the dangers of vaping and reach out for support if needed.


Crime prevention advice

A useful sheet from the Metropolitan Police about crime prevention and personal safety can be downloaded here.


Registering your child’s mobile phone

As I am sure you are aware, thefts of mobile phones during street robberies are rising in the Croydon area.

With the return to school after the festive season, it is a timely reminder that serial numbers (IMEI numbers in particular) of high value items such as mobile phones/tablets can be registered free on the National Property Register for mobile phones, laptops, bicycles etc. The website to register on is: www.immobilise.com

In the event that an item is stolen and subsequently recovered by the Police, if the item is registered police, this increases the chances of it being identified as stolen and subsequently being returned to the owner.


Winter holidays support line

You can find support for young people during the Christmas break on the Off The Record's Winter Holidays Support Line. Download the flier here.


Non-violent resistance workshop 

NVR is an approach that helps adults in caring roles to resist violence, aggression, coercion and control from within the family. They are running workshops in January for parents and carers. More information is available here.


Safety at night and over the holidays – December 2023

As the nights are getting longer and we start to move towards the holiday period, it is really important you are having conversations with your children about keeping safe on their journey to and from school.

It is inevitable that they will be travelling as it is getting darker and through busy parts of Croydon and Bromley – here are a couple of tips you can share:

  • Ensure you look carefully before crossing the road and use junctions – you may not be as easy to see in the dark as you think. 

  • Take your headphones out – although good to unwind and listen to music, ensure the volume isn’t so loud you are unaware of your surroundings.

  • Travel with a friend – work out if you have a friend who lives near you and agree to travel together.

  • Stay downstairs on the bus – although not always possible, try and stay downstairs where you are in clear view of the bus driver and adults who will be able to support if necessary.

  • Don’t take shortcuts – stick to main well-lit roads instead of crossing parks at night time to remain as visible as possible.

  • Have credit on your phone – phones are a tricky one to manage, but if you are using a phone, ensure it has credit so you can contact someone in an emergency.

If your child is concerned about anything outside of school, their main contact should be their parents or the police. We want them to come and tell us if anything has happened so we can continue to support them in school.