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 Miss Rebecca Harris – Acting Head of School.
Our Designated Safeguarding Lead is Miss Rebecca Harris
Our Deputy Safeguarding Lead is Mrs Rebecca Kemp
Our Safeguarding Director (on our board of directors) is Trevor Pearton
Links to Important Information
If you have concerns about a child but you are unable to speak with school staff, you can find up to date information about Child Protection in the South West here:
If you have urgent concerns, please contact the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly MARU team (Multi-Agency Referral Unit) on 0300 123 1116
Other policies relating to child protection can also be found in our 'policies section' of the website e.g. FGM, CSE and Prevent policies
The School is now an 'Operation Encompass' School. This means that we can work more quickly to support children when they need it. Please see below for an explanation of what 'Operation Encompass' is and why it is so important.
Miss Harris has now attended her 'Tier 3 Safeguarding training'. This means that she is now the Designated Safeguarding Lead. Mrs Kemp continues to be the Deputy Designtated Safeguarding Lead.
We are now using 'Tootoot' to share worries and concerns. In the Summer Term Mrs Kemp worked with all of the pupils to show them how to use 'Tootoot'. All of the pupils have been given their own log ons and have set their own passwords and many are now using 'Tootoot'. Our next step is to share this with parents :-) Please see below for an explanation of what 'Tootoot' is and why we have chosen to use it at our school!
Mrs Kemp will temporarily be taking on the role of Safeguarding Lead, with Mrs Simpson as deputy, while Mrs Bridges is on secondment.
8th March 2017
On Wednesday this week we had our termly safeguarding session with all the children across the school. Mrs Kemp had the morning to talk to the children about how to keep safe on the beach, at home, at school, in the park, in the town and online. The children worked in groups to put together their ideas and shared their thoughts and the risks that could occur with the rest of the school. The children enjoyed watching the Pantosuarus video and listened attentively to PCSO Rebecca Steed who came in to give advice on e-safety. Interestingly, there were lots of children who were talking about apps and games where the age limits were 13+ and even 18+. If you're not sure if a game is appropriate for your child please go to www.commonsensemedia.org. This is a fantastic website that tells you all about games and apps. It even lets you preview the content and offers reviews from other parents.
Initiatives, companies and charities we work with and support us with safeguarding at Braddock CE Primary School...
Taken from the Tootoot Website:
My name is Michael Brennan and I'm the founder of tootoot. I was bullied as a young boy and as a result I was forced to move schools. At my new school - Berwick Academy - things were much better, and I wanted to help other students who were being bullied. To begin with, I created the first ever peer mentoring scheme back in 2008, which won me a National Rotarian Award for Services to Anti-Bullying.
Despite the peer mentoring scheme being a great success across the UK, the main recurring problem I kept seeing was that there was no easy way for students to report their concerns safely and directly to their place of learning in a discrete manner without the fear of the bullies finding out.
To tackle this issue head on, I spent the last 2 years developing tootoot alongside teachers and other leading governing bodies, with the goal of providing students with a safe, anonymous environment to report and resolve their concerns discretely.
We've already made such a big impact in such a short space of time, and we're continuing to grow rapidly. I really think tootoot can make a visible and measurable impact at your educational institution, just as it's done at hundreds already across the world.
Tootoot is the award-winning reporting platform and app for schools, colleges and universities. In short it has four key features.
Student reporting - children and young people can log into tootoot on a computer, tablet or mobile and report any worries or concerns they might be having directly to the teachers in your school, in a safe and anonymous way.
Incident recording - your staff can use tootoot to record, track and monitor behavioural and safeguarding incidents as and when they occur, giving staff the tools they need to collaborate with colleagues, save precious time and build detailed chronologies.
Parent reporting - much like the students, parents can be invited to use tootoot by your school. Once invited tootoot gives the parent a vehicle in which to report concerns discreetly and confidentially to key staff at your school. Parent's can only report one-to-one, they can't read what their child or another parent reports.
Evidence & impacts - all this data is stored and processed automatically, giving senior leadership simple yet comprehensive reports and insights at the click of a button. From chronologies to weekly reports, tootoot can be tailored to meet the needs of your school, allowing you to make evidence based decisions in a fraction of the time.
Taken from the Operation Encompass Website:
Operation Encompass is a Police and Education early intervention safeguarding partnership which supports children and young people exposed to domestic abuse.
Operation Encompass is the reporting to schools before the start of the next school day when a child or young person has been involved or exposed to a domestic abuse incident the previous evening.
The information is given in strict confidence to a school’s Key Adult to enable support to be given dependent on the needs and wishes of the child.
Operation Encompass is a Trauma Informed and Trauma Sensitive charity. We acknowledge and understand the impact of Domestic Abuse as an Adverse Childhood Experience.
Operation Encompass mitigates against the damaged caused by exposure to Domestic Abuse and other ACE’s
Think U Know
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 have a look at the website - 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.
Visit the website for more information visit the website: http://parentinfo.org/
Safer Internet Day
The pupils and staff at Braddock Primary regularly take part in this special day to raise our awareness of how to stay safe whilst using the internet. Safer Internet Day 2016 took place on the 19th April with the theme: 'Play your part for a better internet!' We used the Safer Internet Centre resources alongside specific Internet Safety resources provided by Espresso.
Being Safe in an Technological World
In support of Safer Internet Day, 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.