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Safeguarding

What is Safeguarding and Child Protection?

Safeguarding relates to the broader aspects of education, for example, mental well-being of pupils and staff, health and safety, medical conditions, trips, first aid, online safety, risk assessments, children's and staff security.

Child Protection is part of safeguarding it protects children from a range of issues, including Neglect & Physical abuse, sexual and emotional abuse

 

Training

Staff have annual training in safeguarding and child protection during September or if they start during the year it is part of their induction.

All staff members have undertaken safeguarding training including FGM and CSEe-safety training and Radicalisation Training.

The DSL and DDSL's have all undertaken further safeguarding training and attend termly DSL meetings.

The school submit a Safeguarding Audit to the LA Annually. This academic year it was submitted in December. This document is filled in by the DSL team and with the Safeguarding/Child protection Governor Lauren Jayawardena

If you would like to access some further training for yourself and/or your child please click on the link below. The link will take you to the Think you Know website.

Thinkuknow is the education programmer from the National Crime Agency's CEOP (Child Exploitation Online Protection) command. Thinkuknow aims to empower children and young people aged 5-17 to identify the risks they may face online and know where they can go for support.”

ThinkuKnow

 

Keeping Children Safe in Education

All staff have read, signed, understand and follow Keeping Children Safe in Education Part 1.

Our Governing Body are responsible for making sure that our school's policies, procedures and training are effective and comply with legislation.

All Governors have read, signed, understand KCSIE, they know and follow Keeping Children Safe in Education Part 2.

As a maintained school we make sure that at least one member of an interviewing panel has completed safer recruitment training. Five members of SLT have had the training and a number of the Governors.

Part 3 of KCSIE has more information about requirements for safer recruitment. 

Part 4 of KCSIE has information about allegations against staff

Part 5 of KCSIE had information regarding child-on-child sexual violence and sexual harassment.

To read Keeping Children Safe in Education please click on the link below;

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/keeping-children-safe-in-education--2

Further information

The two documents, Working Together to Safeguard children and What to do if you are worried a child is being abused, can be found on the DfE website.

 

CEOP

The National Crime Agency's CEOP Command (formerly the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre) works with child protection partners across the UK and overseas to identify the main threats to children and coordinates activity against these threats to bring offenders to account. We protect children from harm online and offline, directly through NCA led operations and in partnership with local and international agencies.

If you would like to visit the site or report a crime please click on the link below

http://parentinfo.org/

 

Safer Recruitment

Five members of the Senior Leadership Team and some of the Governing Body have undertaken Safer Recruitment training. We follow the procedures when recruiting any new member of staff including volunteers.

 

DBS Checks

All members of staff including volunteers and the Governors have DBS checks before they begin at the school.

 

 

NSPCC Pants Campaign

We have made all parents and guardians aware of the NSPCC PANTS campaign - which is aimed at preventing abuse in children. Please click on the link below to take you to the NSPCC site.

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/underwear-rule/

 

Further help and advice

If you, or someone you know, wants to talk about anything at all, call The Helpline Hotline on their free helpline 0800 141 2055. Lines are currently open Monday to Friday 9AM – 5PM. Take as long as you want – it’s totally free! We won’t judge you. We won’t criticise you. We won’t record the call. So pick up the phone, let off steam! Get it off your chest! It’s why we are here!

Call 0800 141 2055 or Support@iNeedHelp.org.uk

NSPCC – 0808 800 5000 365 days a year

 Police – 101

If a child is in immediate danger ring 999

National Domestic Violence Helpline - 0808 2000 247

https://www.met.police.uk/a/your-area/met/merton/merton-park/

https://www.merton.gov.uk/communities-and-neighbourhoods/crime-prevention-and-community-safety/report-crime-and-anti-social-behaviour

https://londonfriend.org.uk/helpline/  This helpline has lots of helplines that they can share with you including some listed below.

Samaritans. To talk about anything that is upsetting you, you can contact Samaritans 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. You can call 116 123 (free from any phone), email jo@samaritans.org or visit some branches in person.

 

SANEline. If you're experiencing a mental health problem or supporting someone else, you can call SANEline on 0300 304 7000 (4.30pm–10.30pm every day).

 

Social media including any class WhatsApp or Facebook platforms

Poplar school does not have a WhatsApp messaging facility that we use to communicate with our parents/carers. We understand that most classes have a WhatsApp group to communicate between themselves. The following is the Code of Use for any class WhatsApp or groups associated with the school.

Class Reps are generally the group administrator or the Chair of the PTA for the PTA group. They should remind parents/carers to go through the correct channels if there are concerns e.g. speaking to the class teacher in the first instance.

 

WhatsApp and Social Media Platforms - Code of Use for Parents (also relevant for other social media class groups)

  1. Respect the purpose and objective of the group. The purpose of a Class WhatsApp group is to establish communication with other parents for primarily sharing information related to the class e.g. reminders about a trip. Newsletters, the Friday Flyer and the school website should be referred to before contacting the class rep.
  2. It serves the purpose of bringing parents/carers together socially and to enlist support of parent/carer volunteers for school events.
  3. A “WhatsApp class group” should not be used to send messages or content of a personal nature or to promote a business or biased views. Direct messages should be used for personal messages.
  4. The WhatsApp Group administrator (usually the class rep) acts as the moderator, should the messages exchanged fall consistently outside the purpose and the objective of the group. If appropriate, the group administrator can report any concerns to the school’s Parent Rep Lead, Miss Davies
  5. You are encouraged to refrain from sending content, information or “news” that has not been verified by the school.
  6. If you feel uncomfortable in a group for any reason, please notify the group administrator. If appropriate, the group administrator can report any concerns to the school’s Parent Rep Lead, Miss Davies
  7. The WhatsApp group should not be used for you to discuss members of staff. Should you have any personal views or concerns relating to a specific member of staff or a school matter, these should be raised with the teacher or Year lead in the first instance.
  8. Do not take it personally if someone does not respond to your messages in a group. No one is obliged to do so. Better send him/her a direct message if you are seeking a reply.
  9. Before sending a message, video, picture, meme or any content, analyse if such material will be in the interest of the majority of the members of the group. Similarly, avoid sending videos or files that are very large.
  10. Consider whether you would be happy for your message or comment to be written or published before sharing it.
  11. Do not write anything that will cause distress or upset to another person including staff.
  12. If you notice that you are having a dialogue with a single member of the group, consider changing the conversation to direct message because the rest of the group may not be interested in reading your conversation with another person.