We work hard to ensure our children are safe in school and out of school.
If anyone, any adult or any child, has any safeguarding concern, including any related to radicalisation, they are encouraged to contact one of our safeguarding team, Mr Carter-Tufnell, Mrs Levett, Mrs Barker, Miss Mann and Mrs Smith in person, via telephone or via email.
If you have any safeguarding issues but would prefer not to speak to Mr Carter-Tufnell please contact Mrs Epsom (Chair of Governors) firstname.lastname@example.org
If we have reasonable cause for concern that a child maybe at risk of significant harm, we will refer to social care. This referral can be made with or without us informing parents.
Some quick tips for keeping your children safe on-line:
You are the responsible adult. You pay the bill. You own the phone. Therefore, you have the right and responsibility to be a good watchdog.
- Learn how to check up on your child.
- Privacy covers things like going to the bathroom, not ignoring all of their tech communication.
- Limit access to mobile phones and tablet devices e.g. not in your bedroom or not after 8pm.
- There are Apps available that allow you to limit access to certain times e.g. OurPact, Screen Time Parental Control.
- Keep a note of your child’s password to social media accounts so that you can monitor activity.
- Be curious, know where they are going and where they have been online. Advise children not to respond to abusive or obscene postings whether this is online, text messages or video messages. You can report incidents of abusive emails and inappropriate sites to your Internet Service Provider (ISP). Your mobile service provider should have a number that you can ring to report abusive messaging. Try their websites for details.
- Ask your children to teach you how to use what they are using
BBC Own it
The BBC has some great resources for children and for parents. The ‘Kids Explain’ section may be an education for parents!
The Basics – Learn about life online – Own It – BBC
Answering your digital questions and providing positive, practical, and powerful online tips.
Advice on how to keep your children free from exploitation – Letter to parents and carers from Police.
Below are links to well-known organisations with help and advice about keeping children safe and what to do if you have a concern a child is not safe.
The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children is a charity campaigning and working in child protection in the United Kingdom and the Channel Islands
More than half of parents unaware of age limit on social media
The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Command, or CEOP Command, is a command of the UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA) and is tasked to work both nationally and internationally to bring online child sex offenders, including those involved in the production, distribution and viewing of child abuse material, to the UK courts.
The Essex Safeguarding Children Board is a statutory body which acts as a mechanism for agreeing how relevant organisations in Essex co-operate to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people.
Internet matters is a not-for-profit organisation that has a simple purpose – to help keep children safe in the digital world.
As they are backed by the UK’s most prominent internet industry players, BT, Sky, TalkTalk and Virgin Media, and are supported by leading child online safety experts, they are able to offer advice and information available on tackling e-safety issues.
Gaming – resources for parents and carers
David Wright, Director of SWGfL and the UK Safer Internet Centre, and John Carr, one of the world’s leading authorities on young people’s use of the internet, explore how ratings for games and apps are determined and why parents should be wary of them.
These are some really basic questions which are all too easily ignored in the pressure to buy the latest technology, because “all my friends have got it!”.