Safeguarding, Child Protection and Online Safety
What is Safeguarding?
Safeguarding is ensuring the safety and welfare of all students in the school. In the broadest sense, safeguarding covers much of what we do day-to-day (e.g. ensuring students enter by student reception, ensuring visitors sign in, requesting that parents report child absences). In a more specific sense though, safeguarding is protecting vulnerable adults or children from abuse or neglect. In some cases, where children are at risk or likely to be at risk of harm, we speak about child protection. This page gives you a brief summary of how we fulfil our obligation to do this, and signposts you to sites and resources that will help you do this in partnership with us.
Our core safeguarding principles are:
- safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility
- the school’s responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of children is of paramount importance
- safer children make more successful learners
- safeguarding practice is at its best when representatives of the whole-school community of pupils, parents, staff and governors are included in the practice, development and review of the policy
Who are our Safeguarding Leads
Our Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) is Ben Lacey, Assistant Headteacher, and our Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads (DDSL) are Louise Hamnett, Assistant Headteacher, and Tab Hussain (Learning Mentor).
Where a safeguarding concern is identified, the member of staff will alert a member of the safeguarding team and appropriate action is taken.
Mobile Phones and Social Media
As schools increasingly work online, it is essential that children are safeguarded from potentially harmful and inappropriate material. The use of technology has become a significant component of many safeguarding issues. We teach about online safety through our extensive PSHEE (Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education) curriculum, and have assemblies around the safe of use of phones and technology. Parents of new Y7 starters are offered advice as part of our Induction programme, and this year we had our first evening workshop for parents run by the NSPCC on raising children who are wise to the opportunities and risks posed by mobile devices and the internet.
Use of Mobile Phones in school and at home
In school we have ‘Phone Zones’, which are the only areas in school where phones may be used (the dining room, Deli bar, Piazza and the field). This helps students to limit screen time in school, and helps us to keep the focus on learning in school.
You may also have agreed some rules for home to help them to stay healthy and happy. One of the best boundaries to have at home, is that devices are left out of bedrooms after a certain time. We would certainly advise that children do not take their devices into their room at night, but leave them charging elsewhere to ensure they get a good night’s sleep.
You will find links to some brilliant sites to the right of this page. Also, please follow us on Twitter – we regularly retweet and post guidance and advice on apps and how to keep your child safe online.
Designated Child Protection Liaison Officer
Ben Lacey - Assistant Headteacher (Behaviour, Welfare and Safety)
0114 267 0000
Deputy CHILD PROTECTION LIAISON OFFICER
Louise Hamnett - Assistant Headteacher (Inclusion and Learning Support)
0114 267 0000