Safeguarding legislation and government guidance says that safeguarding means:
Protecting children from maltreatment, preventing impairment of children’s health or development, ensuring that children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care and taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.
Child Protection: is part of safeguarding and promoting student welfare. It involves measures and structures designed to prevent and respond to significant harm, abuse, exploitation and neglect.
Safeguarding includes: Child Protection, Health Care Plans, Health and Safety, Site Security, Safety on school trips and visits, Safer recruitment – School Central Record & DBS checks, online safety and associated issues, anti-bullying work, children’s & learner’s health, mental health and emotional well-being and so much more.
The Academy has a suite of Safeguarding policies. These include:
· Child Protection
· Safe Recruitment
· Drug and substance misuse
· Anti-bullying policy
· Code of Conduct
· Health & Safety
· Behaviour Management
These policies are reviewed regularly, and all staff receive annual Child Protection and Safeguarding update training, and are aware of the internal procedures for passing on concerns within the Academy.
If any member of the Academy or local community has concerns about the welfare of a student in the Academy, then please direct them to Mr S Richardson, Vice Principal and Designated Safeguarding Lead, (Named Person with responsibility for Child Protection.) or Mrs C Baldwin (Pastoral Support and Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead).
Our Safeguarding Governor is Sally Edwards.
Further Useful Links:
Radicalisation and Extremism: essex.police.uk/about/prevent
Essex Safeguarding Board: escb.co.uk
Staying Safe - Advice
We have an Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) in place that outlines to you and your children safe working practices for computers and the internet. If your child is upset by anything they have viewed on the Internet, or are the subject of bullying at school you should contact the school immediately to discuss the matter. If you have any questions or concerns about your child using the internet or other technology, please feel free to email email@example.com who will be happy to advise wherever possible.
What can you do to help as a parent?
- Keep a watchful eye on your child's internet use including email and social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc).
- Check the history folder of your internet browser to check what sites have been accessed.
- Consider purchasing filter software or see if your ISP (BT, Sky, Talk Talk, etc) provide their own.
- Protect your computer with firewall/antivirus software.
You could also read the #DITTO Online safety magazine from the eSafety advisor Alan Mackenzie
Alan's newsletters are available from his website. Alan and his contributors discuss subjects including cyberbullying, live Streaming, sanctions and rewards and the popular apps. In #DITTO JUNIOR there are also articles from children and young people.
You can download #DITTO magazine here: http://www.esafety-adviser.com/latest-newsletter/
Google Family Safety - www.google.co.uk/goodtoknow/familysafety/
Gives information about how to stay safe whilst using Google products, including enabling Safe Search on Google and Safety Mode on YouTube. Also includes information on how to report inappropriate content.
Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) - www.thinkuknow.co.uk
An excellent site providing information on child abuse and other related issues. Parents and children are able to report attempts at grooming to the global taskforce.
Childnet International - www.childnet-int.org
A non profit organisation working with others to “help make the Internet a great and safe place for children”. The site contains excellent Internet safety information for parents and children and each year runs an 'Internet Safety Day'
Bullying Online - http://www.bullying.co.uk/advice-for-parents/
Advice on what to do if you think your child is being bullied.
Facebook Family Safety Centre - en-gb.facebook.com/safety/
An official site from Facebook to help you and your children stay safe whilst using the social network.
Net Aware - https://www.net-aware.org.uk
A guide to common social media platforms
Twitter Safety Tips - support.twitter.com/articles/470968-safety-tips-for-parents
A page from Twitter's help centre to help you and your children stay safe whilst using the social network.
Finally, don’t let the above information put you off letting your child use the Internet, the benefits far outweigh the dangers. It’s just a balance between keeping them safe and not making them afraid.