Keeping My Child Safe
School Safeguarding Arrangements
The school is fully compliant with all best-practice guidance on issues surrounding Safeguarding of our children. Below are details of how the school ensures that all members of our school community are kept safe:
Day to day arrangements
- All staff, Governors and regular visitors hold DBS certificates, details of which are kept on our Single Central Record. DBSs are renewed every three years.
- The school is a fully compliant member of Operation Encompass which gives early alerts to schools if their children has experienced domestic abuse
- All visitors to site are clearly identified with the use of Visitors’ Badges.
- All visitors required to sign in on entry to the school.
- Secure entrance to school
- Through our whole-school approach to Personal, Social and Health Education, the school follows the SCARF programme which gives teachers access to the very best resources for teaching all aspects of Relationships Education, including Online Safety, Mental Wellbeing and Physical Health and Development.
- Childline and anti-bullying posters displayed in all cloakrooms and toilets
- Trained Anti-Bullying Ambassadors work with children on the playground
- E-safety information in all classrooms, reinforced by class teacher
- Open policy to discuss concerns, worries or other issues with a wide range of school staff
- Trained drawing and talking therapy member of staff
- Learning Mentor support
- Children heavily involved in risk assessments and managing own risk, particularly in Forest School
- All staff have received up to date training on positive handling techniques
- School Voice are heavily involved in managing aspects of Safeguarding, for example attending ACCT training on anti-bullying and delivering whole school assemblies.
- The Dedicated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) for the school is: Matt Cole
- Deputy DSLs are: Sue Miles, Sarah Oyarzabal
- Full Safeguarding and E-Safety Policy in place
- All staff and visitors receive guidance on managing concerns
- Child protection procedures all followed rigorously and staff understand they have a legal obligation to pass on child protection concerns, regardless of personal issues which may have influence on a case (e.g. knowing a family personally)
Keeping my child safe at home
There are lots of ways you can help keep your child safe – from giving them responsibility for things around the home, to the more specific things like e-safety and personal safety.
At school, we run an Online Safety course for parents each year and can always provide you with support and advice as you need it. For issues around your child’s emotional needs, speak to your child’s teacher or to our SENDCo, Mrs Cathy Farmer. For questions about child protection, we suggest you speak to Mr Cole, Mrs Miles or, for Preschool, Mrs Phillips.
Below are some resources which might be useful in broaching some common issues with your child…
NSPCC Pants Rule – advice for adults
NSPCC Pants Rule for Children (YouTube link)
Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOPS)
Think U Know online safety toolsand advice
…and finally these are some useful Online Safety links for different issues you may need to deal with:
|Under 5s (Parents/ Carers)||ThinkUKnow: keeping your child uunder 5 safe online||https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/articles/keeping-your-under-five-safe-online/|
|4-7 years||ThinkUKnow: animations to help young children stay safe online||https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/jessie-and-friends/|
|8-10 years||ThinkUKnow: resources to help children recognise pressuring and manipulation online||https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/playlikeshare/|
|Parents/ Carers||ThinkUKnow: Advice on what to do if you think something has happened online||https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/articles/are-you-worried-about-something-that-has-happened-online/|
|Parents/ Carers||ThinkUKnow: Parents’ advice on Personal Information online||https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/articles/parents-guide-to-personal-information2/|
|Carers||ThinkUKnow: Advice on keeping children in care safe online||https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/articles/Looked-after-children-Specific-risks/|
|Parents/Carers||ThinkUKnow: Explaining in-game chat for parents||https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/articles/in-game-chat/|
|Parents/Carers||NSPCC: Advice on children sexting and sending nudes||https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/sexting-sending-nudes/|
|Parents/Carers||NSPCC: How to set Parental Controls||https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/parental-controls/|
Please remember you can speak to the school at any time if you have safeguarding concerns of any sort.