Keeping Children Safe including Online Safety
Safeguarding is Everybody’s Responsibility
Children have a right to be looked after, cared for and protected. At Stanbridge we have a duty of care to ensure that all users of the school are kept safe from harm. We are committed to providing 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 including online.
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.
If you are worried that a child is at risk of harm, please report this immediately to the following staff in school on 01525 210328 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Designated Safeguarding Lead:
- Miss Sam Gooding – Headteacher
Deputy Safeguarding Leads:
- Mrs C Golby – Senior Teacher
- Mrs T Davies – Family Liaison and Education Officer
Designated Safeguarding Link Governor:
- Mr C Gunning
Everyone has a responsibility to protect children from harm.
Some children can be at risk of neglect, emotional harm, including bullying, physical abuse and sexual abuse in any environment and can include close family members as well as strangers.
Radicalisation and Extremism Children, teenagers and adults can be drawn towards the process of radicalisation in a number of ways, many of which may overlap. When we talk about ‘vulnerability’ or ‘susceptibility’ within this context we mean individuals who, because of their circumstance, experiences or state of mind can be lead towards a terrorist ideology. The website Lets Talk About It explains this by looking at the vulnerabilities that children or adults may experience that could leave them open to radicalisation and extremism. Please go to www.ltai.info for further information.
If you think a child you know is being harmed or at risk of being harmed, please contact the Access and Referral Hub on 0300 300 8585, who you can talk to about your concerns, and they will give you advice or may investigate the circumstances. All calls are treated in confidence and you need not give your details. The Hub can be contacted outside of school hours.
Advice for Parents – Keeping Your Child Safe Online
Further Information for Parents: How to keep your child safe online
Challenges and hoaxes
- online safety alerts: think before you scare provides information on why sharing warnings can be counterproductive
- the ‘digital ghost stories’ report looks at the impact and risks of hoaxes
- UK Safer Internet Centre provides advice for school on responding to online challenges
- Samaritans shares information about challenges relating to suicide and self-harm research into online suicide challenges
Supporting Children and Young People
- NSPCC: let children know you’re listening
- Childline for free and confidential advice
- What to do if you see worrying suicide and self-harm content online
- Talking safely about suicide onlineSupport for Parents and Carers
- Coronavirus (COVID-19)_ support for parents and carers to keep children safe online – GOV.UK_file
- Thinkuknow: helping adults protect children from online harm
- Parent Info: help and advice for families in a digital world
- Internet Matters: helping parents keep their children safe online
- NSPCC: online safety
- London grid for learning (LGfL): online safety
- UK safer internet centre: Tips, advice, guides and resources to help keep your child safe online
- Childnet international: parents and carers toolkit
- Parentzone: experts in digital family life
- LGfL: parents – scare or prepare
- Thinkuknow: what to do if there’s a viral scare online
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