SAFEGUARDING

SAFEGUARDING

Nothing is more important to us than the safety and welfare of our pupils. We take rigorous steps to ensure that children stay safe and do not come to any harm. We work closely with parents/carers and a range of professional external agencies in order to secure this.

If you have any concerns, no matter how small they may seem, about the safety or welfare of any child, please contact the school’s Designated Lead for Child Protection, Diane Deans, Head Teacher or in her absence speak to: Russell Pryke (Deputy Head), Emma Brewster (Acting Deputy Head), Sara Shambrook (SENCO) or Rose Hounsell (Early Years Setting).

On this page you will find documents linked to Safeguarding / Child Protection and references to the PREVENT strategy, Internet Safety and child illness.

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NSPCC 
Talking about the Underwear Rule with your children.


The NSPCC’s work in schools help encourage conversations about staying safe – and they have a number of child-friendly materials to help you carry on the conversation afterwards.  That includes ‘The Underwear Rule’, a simple way for parents to help keep children safe from sexual abuse – without using scary words or even mentioning sex. The guide uses the rules of PANTS to teach children that their body belongs to them and them alone. You can find out more and download the free resources Click here
If you’d like to know more about the NSPCC’s work, or take a look at the wide range of information and advice which is available for parents and carers, please visit their website Click here


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Internet Safety Update

We have been made aware of the following concern from E-safety trainers:
Internet safety officers are very concerned about the popular app ROBLOX which is one of the most popular games played by children from 5 to 10 years of age.
A lot of children have disclosed that they had online friends in ROBLOX that their parents didn’t know about. It got worse when many of the children stated they had received many in game messages from ‘strangers’ and that they hadn’t told their parents. All of the children then stated that they had seen ‘naked’ characters walking around the game and that the characters were doing very adult things.
The inappropriate content has been disclosed to the internet safety team thousands of times by young children but they were previously unaware that the children were being sent numerous messages. A lot of the messages are inappropriate but children are not telling their parents.

We would advise every parent to check their child’s ROBLOX account and look to see if they have friends that they do not know. Many children said their accounts were ‘maxed out’ meaning they have 200 online friends.

We would also ask parents to check the child’s in game message inbox to check if they have been receiving inappropriate messages. We have included below the most up to date app icon to make it easier for people to spot.

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Documents:
Child Protection Policy Click here

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PREVENT STRATEGY

What is the Prevent strategy?
Prevent is a government strategy designed to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorist or extremist causes.  The Prevent strategy covers all types of terrorism and extremism, including the extreme right wing, violent Islamist groups and other causes.

How does the Prevent strategy apply to schools?
From July 2015 all schools (as well as other organisations) have a duty to safeguard children from radicalisation and extremism.  This means we have a responsibility to protect children from extremist and violent views in the same way as we protect them from drugs or gang violence.
Importantly, we can provide a safe place for pupils to discuss these issues so they better understand how to protect themselves.

What does this mean in practice?
Many of the things we already do in school to help children become positive, happy members of society also contribute to the Prevent strategy.

These include:
– Exploring other cultures and religions and promoting diversity
– Challenging prejudices and racist comments
– Developing critical thinking skills and a strong, positive self-identity
– Promoting the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils, as well as British values such as democracy.

We will also protect children from the risk of radicalisation, for example by using filters on the internet to make sure they cannot access extremist and terrorist material, or by vetting visitors who come into school to work with pupils.

Different schools will carry out the Prevent duty in different ways, depending on the age of the children and the needs of the community.

Frequently Asked Questions

How does Prevent relate to British values?
Schools have been required to promote British values since 2014, and this will continue to be part of our response to the Prevent strategy.

British values include:

  • Democracy
  • The rule of law
  • Individual liberty and mutual respect
  • Tolerance of different faiths and beliefs

Is my child too young to learn about extremism?
The Prevent strategy is not just about discussing extremism itself, which may not be appropriate for younger children. It is also about teaching children values such as tolerance and mutual respect. The school will make sure any discussions are suitable for the age and maturity of the children involved.

Is extremism really a risk in our area?
Extremism can take many forms, including political, religious and misogynistic extremism. Some of these may be a bigger threat in our area than others.  We will give children the skills to protect them from any extremist views they may encounter, now or later in their lives.

KEY TERMS:

Extremism – vocal or active opposition to fundamental British values such as democracy, the rule of law and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs
Ideology – a set of beliefs
Terrorism – a violent action against people or property, designed to create fear and advance a political, religious or ideological cause
Radicalisation – the process by which a person comes to support extremism and terrorism

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INTERNET SAFETY

Safer Internet Day 2017 – ‘Be the change: unite for a better internet’.

This year, Safer Internet Day will take place on Tuesday 7th February.  Children at White Court School will be joining in the global celebration by exploring ways to stay safe on the internet, through fun animated video clips and songs.  Teachers will highlight important safety guidelines to ensure your child stays safe when using the internet.
For more information, please visit the following websites:
Safer Internet Day:  Click here  

Excellent websites for information on e-safety:
– Think U Know: Click here  

– Parent Info (From CEOP and Parent Zone): Click here
NSPCC advice for parents on Keeping Children Safe Click here.  This includes talking to children about staying safe, guides on Minecraft and Pokemon Go and sexting.

Free online magazine – Digital Parenting Click here

Reporting abuse:
For help and advice on Internet Safety, or to report an incident, click on the CEOP logo below:

ceop

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CHILD ILLNESS AND WELLBEING

Guidance on infection control in schools and other childcare settings. Click Here.
For further information and advice Click here or contact your local health PHE centre.
A parents guide to common childhood illnesses and wellbeing Click here