Safeguarding and Online Safety
At Dilton Marsh C of E Primary School we are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all pupils in our care. The health, safety and well-being of all our pupils is taken seriously and all staff and volunteers are aware of their responsibilities and will do all they can to provide a safe, caring and positive environment where children feel happy and secure. We have a robust recruitment procedure and professional development programme which ensures all staff uphold our strong ethos and values.
Your child's safety and welfare is of paramount importance, overriding all other considerations. Schools are legally required to follow set procedures and the LA requires the Headteacher or the Designated Safeguarding Lead to report any obvious or suspected cases of child abuse, which include non accidental injury, severe physical neglect, emotional abuse and/or sexual abuse.
We believe that:
•All children have the right to be protected from harm
•Children need to be safe and to feel safe in school
•Children need support which matches their individual needs, including those who may have experienced abuse
•All children have the right to speak freely and voice their values and beliefs
•All children must be encouraged to respect each other’s values and support each other
•All children have the right to be supported to meet their emotional, and social needs as well as their educational needs – a happy healthy sociable child will achieve better educationally
•Schools can and do contribute to the prevention of abuse, victimisation, bullying, exploitation, radicalisation, extreme behaviours, discriminatory views and risk taking behaviours
•All staff and visitors have an important role to play in safeguarding children and protecting them from abuse.
Safeguarding is defined as:-
•Protecting children from maltreatment
•Preventing impairment of children’s health or development
•Ensuring that children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care
•Taking action to enable all children to have the best life chances
Jill Hibbs – Headteacher, Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Sharon Broad –Designated Safeguarding Lead and Child Protection
Caroline Tout - Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Hilary Fairfield– Chair of Academy Council
All staff are trained and receive training updates in Prevent, Safeguarding and Keeping Children Safe in Education.
The Child protection and Safeguarding policies are in the policies section of this web site which can be accessed through the School Information tab, they are also available from the school office on request.
In the weekly staff briefing 'Safeguarding' is a recurrent agenda item, as it is at all Academy Council meetings.
All members and volunteers will require DBS (Disclosure Barring Services) certification.
We actively support the Government’s Prevent Agenda to counter radicalism and extremism.
We have an induction process, including DBS checking, for any adults coming into school and working with the children.
Our key Safeguarding policies can be found on our policies page here.
Children at Dilton Marsh C of E Primary School use the Internet on a regular basis as part of their learning. In school, we have regular ‘Online-safety’ activities to remind children of the importance of keeping themselves safe online. At home, sometimes children can be given unsupervised access to the Internet. This, potentially, allows them to access all kinds of society (both good and bad) and bring them virtually into their homes.
Here are some tips and useful links to help you to keep your children safe online:
• Facebook/Bebo/Myspace/Snapchat/Twitter/Instagram and Youtube – These sites have a minimum age limit of 13, so pupils should NOT be using them. This is so that children’s details and credentials can be protected by The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) passed in 1998.
• Keep your computer in a shared area – Talk to your child about what they are doing online and, if possible set up your computer in a shared area at home so that you can all share in the wonderful sites that are available online.
Online Safety Information
Each term we produce and send out a copy of our Online Safety Newsletter to all parents. This includes updates on websites, things to try at home and suggestions for safe use of the internet and mobile technology.
Some links to-safety information:
• Think U know – containing internet safety advice for those aged from 5 to 16, along with parents and teachers, this site is produced be CEOP (the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre). • Kidsmart – An award-winning internet safety programme for children.
• Know It all – lots of useful advice for keeping yourselves and your children safe on the Internet.
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