Children have a right to be cared for and protected, protecting them is everyone’s responsibility. Here at St Peter’s CE VA Primary School we have a duty of care to ensure that all users of the school are kept safe from harm. We are committed to provide a secure and supportive environment in which children can develop and grow into mature and responsible people. Safeguarding children is an essential part of our holistic approach to ensure that children are protected from abuse and neglect and that every child reaches their full potential.
The best interests of the children will always be our priority. As such, there are times we will need to record, monitor and share information with other agencies. We will share concerns about our pupils with the child’s parents/carers unless we have reason to believe that such a move would not be in the child’s best interest.
|School Role / Responsibility
|Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)
|Deputy Safeguarding Lead
|Class 2 Teacher
|Designated Safeguarding Link Governor
We have blue staff lanyards that clearly identify the staff who are fully DBS checked. Visitors to the school without a DBS will wear a red lanyard and be fully supervised at all times and visitors to school who have a DBS will wear blue visitor lanyard.
What you can do
Parents and carers play a role in safeguarding children in their community. If you have any concerns, no matter how small, you should report them to someone who you trust will listen. The school is required to have a designated child protection officer for this purpose. Parents and children should speak to the safeguarding officer if they have any concerns about a child or staff member.
Where there are significant immediate concerns about the safety of a child, contact the police on 999. If you believe the situation is urgent but does not require the police, call 0300 131 2 131 Multi Agency Screening Team (MAST)
Once information is shared the universal referral form must be submitted to email@example.com Out of Hours (Monday – Friday 9am-5pm) call 0300 131 2 131. to speak to the Emergency Duty Team.
As part of our ongoing safeguarding and child protection duties we are fully behind the government’s Prevent Strategy. All staff have received ‘Prevent’ training and understand about and how to deal with any issues they may see inside or outside school.
St Peter’s Brafferton CE VA Primary School is part of a project that runs jointly between schools and North Yorkshire Police.
Operation Encompass is the reporting of police attended domestic abuse incidents to schools, prior to the start of the next school day, where there are children in the home.
Operation Encompass will ensure that a member of the school staff, who is also a safeguarding leader, known as a Key Adult, is trained to allow them to liaise with the police and to use the information that has been shared in confidence, while ensuring that the school is able to make provision for possible difficulties experienced by children, or their families, who have experienced a domestic abuse incident. The Key adult for the school is Sarah Anderson.
One of our key priorities is teaching children to keep themselves safe. This is done through the curriculum all year round.
Our teaching includes:
- Online Safety (e-safety)
- Food Safety
- Water Safety
- Road Safety
- Fire Safety
- RSE (relationships and sex education)
- Stranger danger
- Crucial Crew
- NSPCC workshops
- Let’s talk PANTS | NSPCC
- Crucial Crew
Keep your child safe online
It is important to have regular conversations about staying safe online and to encourage children to speak to you if they come across something worrying online.
Talk to your child about the importance of creating a safe online environment, including keeping any log-in details and passwords safe.
These resources will support you to talk to your child about a range of online safety issues, set up home filtering in a child-friendly way and set up age-appropriate parental controls on digital devices:
- Thinkuknowby the National Crime Agency – Child Exploitation and Online Protection command (NCA-CEOP) – resources for parents and carers and children of all ages to help keep children safe online
- Childnethas developed guidance for parents and carers to begin a conversation about online safety, as well as guidance on keeping under-fives safe online
- Parent Infois a collaboration between Parent Zone and NCA-CEOP – support and guidance for parents and carers related to the digital world from leading experts and organisations
- National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) –guidance for parents and carers to help keep children safe online
- UK Safer Internet Centre– tips and advice for parents and carers to keep children safe online – you can also report any harmful content found online through the UK Safer Internet Centre
- Inclusive Digital Safety Huband Online Safety Hub, created by South West Grid for Learning in partnership with Internet Matters – support and tailored advice for young people with additional learning needs and their parents or carers
- Parents’ Guide to Age Ratingsexplains how the British Board of Film Classification rates content, and gives parents advice on choosing online content well
- The Children’s Commissioner has publishedadvice for parents on talking to your child about online sexual harassment specifically, based on input from children themselves
Our children are continuously reminded about how to stay safe on the internet and how to seek help and advice if they require it. The following links will help both parents and children with e-safety advice and guidance.
The online world is rapidly developing and many of our children now have access to devices which enable them to connect to the internet, take images or video and communicate with others. While it is important not to obstruct them from developing skills from using these devices, it is essential that parents support their children in navigating the online world