Safeguarding at Braddock School
Our school community has a duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. This means that we have a child protection policy and procedures in place. All staff including our volunteers and supply staff must ensure they are aware of our procedures . Parents and carers are welcome to read these on request, please ask at the school office.
Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies when there are concerns about a child’s welfare. We will always ensure that our concerns about our pupils are discussed with the parents/ carers first unless we have reason to believe that this is not in the child’s best interests.
If you have a concern about a child please speak to Mrs H Bridges – Head of School.
Our Designated Safeguarding Lead is Mrs H Bridges
Our Deputy Safeguarding Lead is Mrs R Kemp
Our Safeguarding Director (on our board of directors) is Angela Hazeldine
Vodafone produce a really useful online magazine for parents, so they can help their children to make the most of digital technology and deal with the challenges it might bring.
The magazine covers a wide range of useful tips, advice and research in to the developments in technology.
Please click here to take a look; it is a very useful FREE resource.
For advice on everything from Digital, Family life, Education, Health and Well being, to Sex and relationships, social media and apps, and Special needs. Includes info from CEOP – the Child Exploitation and Online Protection command of the National Crime Agency.
Click here to read more.
Safer Internet Day
Safer Internet Day 2016 took place on the 19th April with the theme:
'Play your part for a better internet!'
The pupils and staff at Braddock Primary took part in this special day to raise our awareness of how to stay safe whilst using the internet. We used the Safer Internet Centre resources alongside specific Internet Safety resources provided by Espresso.
Mrs Bridges attended an ‘Emotional Wellbeing in the Digital World’ conference provided by HeadStart Kernow at The Eden Project. As a Multi Academy Trust we work very closely with Head Start Kernow. One of our joint priorities is to ensure the emotional wellbeing of all our students, we work together in using the ‘Thrive Approach’.
The conference detailed how we as educators can help to encourage the development of healthy ‘Digital Citizens’. Understanding how to help children and young people develop 'Digital Wellbeing'. Digital Health and Wellness focuses on using technology safely and appropriately.
In the technological world we live in today our society is becoming dependent on the use of the internet. It is becoming increasingly necessary to inform our students about the dangers involved with frequent internet use. Internet Safety is integral to our Computing policy and has an equally important role within our curriculum. The new National Curriculum requirements for ‘Computing’ includes ensuring our pupils are taught how to:
- understand computer networks, including the internet; how they can provide multiple services, such as the World Wide Web, and the opportunities they offer for communication and collaboration
- use search technologies effectively, appreciate how results are selected and ranked, and be discerning in evaluating digital content
- select, use and combine a variety of software (including internet services) on a range of digital devices to design and create a range of programs, systems and content that accomplish given goals, including collecting, analysing, evaluating and presenting data and information
- use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly; recognise acceptable/unacceptable behaviour; identify a range of ways to report concerns about content and contact.
Please note we ensure our pupils are aware of the issues raised through the use of internet enabled devices throughout our creative curriculum, not just on one day!
Please help at home to ensure your child is safe online.
The minimum age to open an account on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, Kik, and Snapchat is 13. For Vine, Tinder and Yik Yak it's 17. YouTube requires account holders to be 18.
If your young child simply MUST have a social life online, then there are plenty of safe alternatives designed specifically for younger users like Club Penguin, WebKinz, and Whyville. Each of these offer restricted and supervised networking.
For more information please visit the NSPCC website, or the websites opposite, alternatively look at the resources we have in school, which are also included in the resource section opposite too.