Safeguarding

All children have the right to be protected from harm and it is the responsibility of all members of the school community to be alert to the signs and symptoms of abuse and to follow the correct procedures in order to ensure that children remain safe. Everyone in school is responsible for the safeguarding of children but key information is passed to Miss Rees (Designated Safeguarding Lead) or Mrs Campbell, Mrs Taylor, Miss Horsfield or Mrs Tame (Safeguarding Deputies).

Everyone has a responsibility to report any concerns they have that a child is being neglected or abused.  Professionals can only become involved in helping a family if we know that the family is having problems. 

If you have concerns about a child you can speak to your child’s teacher or another member of school staff such as the pastoral manager or a member of the leadership team.  We will look into the situation and if necessary pass your concerns on to the appropriate agency. If an incident happens outside of school hours, or you feel there is an immediate risk to the safety of a child, contact children’s services or the police directly.  Don’t think what if I’m wrong – think what if I’m right.

 

Confidentiality

All matters relating to child protection are confidential. However, staff will not promise a child or another person reporting abuse or suspected abuse that the information will not be passed on. Staff have a professional responsibility to report all disclosures to the designated person. Information relating to child protection may be shared with other professional agencies such as children’s services.

 

Keeping children safe in school

By following these simple guidelines you can help to safeguard the children at Shaw Wood and yourself.

  1.  Never approach other people’s children to discuss any type of issue with them.  This is unacceptable and the school will take immediate action should we discover it has happened.
  2. Do not approach other parents if you have an issue with them or their child.  This is not the right way to deal with problems and can lead to children feeling frightened and unsafe.
  3. If you see or hear something that concerns you regarding the welfare of a child please come into school and speak to a member of staff.

 

Photographs

If you would like to upload any photographs of your children at school events such as productions or sports days please remember that only your child should be in the picture; unless you have consent from individual parents. We have some children in school who cannot, for safety reasons, be photographed and ask for your cooperation in keeping these children safe.

 

Keeping children safe outside of school

There are many different people and organisations who may be involved in caring for your child.  You need to be able to reassure yourself that your child’s safety and well-being are protected whilst with other people.

People who might look after your child:

Babysitters; relatives; friends; new partners or partners of people close to you; parents of your children’s friends.

Ask yourself:

What do I know about this person?  Do I know this person well enough before I trust them with my child?  Do I have their address and telephone number and do they have mine?  Is my child happy to talk about what they do together?

Organisations that may look after your child:

Sports’ clubs; martial arts; dance; hobby clubs; tutors; church; youth group.

Ask yourself:

Are there adequate staff for the number of children?  Do I know that they have done background checks on staff and volunteers?  Will my child be supervised by a safe adult at all times?  Is my child happy to tell me about the activities and people?  Do the staff have my details and know how to contact me?

Keeping children safe online

Many children spend a lot of time on computers and mobile phones, often connected to the internet.  The internet is a fabulous and exciting way of communicating, learning and being entertained.  However, we need to make sure that children are using it safely.

Some adults who want to abuse children use the internet to access them.  They are clever and know how to approach potential victims, often posing as children to build up friendship and trust.  Offensive, inappropriate or illegal material such as extremist, racist, pro-suicide and eating disorder websites can be accessed if children are not properly supervised.  Emails, chat rooms, web cams and online gaming can be used to bully or exploit children and send them inappropriate images. 

Ask yourself:

How much do I know about the websites my child is visiting?

Have I got parental controls installed to prevent my child from accessing unsuitable web

sites?

What ground rules should I set about the time my child spends online?

Does my child truly understand the need for care when giving out personal details on the internet?

 

 

For more information on these and other questions visit www.thinkyouknow.co.uk.  To report online abuse visit www.ceop.gov.uk