Safeguarding is the action that people take to keep all children and young people safe. All children and young people have a right to be protected from harm. Child protection is the process of protecting children and young people who have identified as suffering, or likely to suffer harm as a result of abuse.
As required the school has a senior member of staff who is responsible for child protection. There are also two deputy designate safeguarding leads and 3 additional safeguarding officers:
Abbeyfield School has a Child Protection & Safeguarding Policy This document sets out the process for dealing with child protection concerns. A copy of this document can be found by clicking the link above. If you require a paper copy of the policy, please ask at reception. This policy also sets out the process of reporting allegations about members of staff, including volunteers.
All adults in school including volunteers, must have regular training to ensure that they are aware of the signs of abuse and know what to do about their concerns. They have a duty to report these to the Designated Safeguarding Lead.
The school has a legal duty to talk to other agencies such as Children’s Social Care and the Police if they think a child or young person may be at risk of harm.
What do you need to know?
If anyone in school is worried about the welfare of your child this will be discussed with you unless they think that this conversation could put your child at a greater risk of harm. The school must share all relevant information with Children’s Social Care if they are concerned about your child. The social worker may consult with other agencies before deciding what should happen next. They will also speak to you about the concern and keep you informed about what is happening.
If there is an allegation about an adult who works at the school, the school will hold discussions with the Police and Children’s Social Care. If your child is involved, you will be kept informed of any discussions and decisions as appropriate.
The internet is a fantastic place to learn, have fun and talk to friends and family. However there are risks and everyone must make sure they know how to stay safe and protect themselves online.
CEOP is the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre set up to protect children and young people from sexual abuse. CEOP have an education programme and website called Thinkyouknow which provides information about staying safe online for young people, parents and professionals – www.thinkuknow.co.uk
Cyberbullying is when someone uses any form of technology to deliberately upset someone else. This could be name calling, prank calling, racist remarks, sending nasty text messages and posting on hate sites as well as forwarding horrible emails. By using technology such as mobiles or the internet, this type of bullying can affect someone not just at school, but at home as well. It takes place in the “virtual” world and is accessible seven days a week and at any time of the day and night. It can therefore make someone feel threatened or upset in their own home.
Some useful sites include:
For reporting inappropriate content: www.iwf.org.uk
To talk to somebody in confidence: www.childline.org.uk
For additional information about keeping young people safe online: http://parentinfo.org/
To report anonymously: www.crimestoppers-uk.org
For more information: www.nspcc.org.uk
In addition you can also press the CEOP REPORT button if you feel at risk when online