The school is committed to safeguarding children. The Governing Body is responsible for ensuring the appropriate procedures are in place for the protection of children from abuse of any kind. The Head Teacher is the Designated Person, to whom anybody can bring concerns, and ensures that agreed procedures are in place if required. We operate the Local Authority/Government guidance for staff recruitment; Disclosure and Barring Service checks are carried out before any appointments are made. We also operate a whistle blowing policy if any members of staff have concerns about a pupil’s safety. All staff regularly undergo child protection training.
In keeping with the Nottinghamshire Child Protection and Safeguarding Board expectations, we run a graduated response in line with Nottinghamshire County Council’s Pathway To Provision. We record incidents and observations about children and often we will discuss these with you to keep you informed or to clarify and help you in the care and safeguarding of your children.
If we have concerns about your child and need to make a referral to Social Care (MASH) we will always inform you first, unless to do so puts your child at further risk or danger, or we have tried to contact you and not been able to get through.
If you have concerns about a child's welfare or safety, Social Care may be contacted through the MASH team on 0300 5008090
Our full policy on safeguarding, Whole School Child Protection Policy, can be found within the Key Policies section of this website.
Parents need to start talking with their children about e-safety as soon as the children start using computers. Periodically they need to make sure that this communication remains open: asking what they are doing, looking at their activity, and helping them understand the dangers of online activity.
We especially need your support in making sure that appropriate behaviours are encouraged with respect to electronic messaging and posting. One guiding principle that we teach the children is, “would you say that in a conversation if all the people it may affect were there?” Another is that there is no such thing as ‘private’ on the internet.
The internet and electronic messaging is a huge positive force but children should lose their right to access it if they use it in a negative or inappropriate way, until they have regained trust. At least twice a year we have to manage a problem where the children have put themselves at risk of compromising their safety.
More specific guidance is to be found within the Home/School Book. Parents should familiarise themselves with the resources on the following link- available also from the school website.
We believe that the current climate around Social Networking, access to platforms like SnapChat, YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, is a huge experiment with our children’s psychology. Our anecdotal evidence is that children under the age of 11 do not have the emotional maturity to handle these environments well and our very generalised advice would be to not give them access. We often find ourselves unpicking issues that have started at home in online environments in which no-one seems to have any control. (See earlier request about parent’s monitoring their child’s internet based activity)
Whilst mobile phones are the latest ‘must-have’ accessory, we can see no purpose to children having them before the run up to secondary school. If they are to be brought in to school because of after school and child care arrangements then they should be handed to the class teacher for safe-keeping at the end of the day.
Be careful of the amount of ‘Screen Time’ children have and develop procedures and rules to manage and limit this- it can spiral exponentially very quickly and there is a lot of evidence building up to show that it is not necessarily a good thing for young brain development and social interaction. Books give fewer dopamine hits and are therefore less addictive, but better for children.