Keeping Children Safe

Daniela Rader

Lead Officer for Safeguarding and Child Protection and E-safety Lead

Rebecca Mackenzie             Rajinder Rathore

Deputy Lead Officers for Safeguarding and Child Protection

 

At De Beauvoir, our prime responsibility is to ensure that all children are safe. Safeguarding can be defined as:

“The process of protecting children from abuse or neglect, preventing impairment of their health and development and ensuring they are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care that enables children to have optimum life chances and enter adulthood successfully.”

School plays an important role in this. At De Beauvoir Primary School, we have procedures for the following:

Child Protection, Behaviour, E-Safety, Visits, Incident Management, Risk Assessment, Allegations of Abuse, Child Absconding, Information Sharing, Medical Needs and Supervision.

A copy of our child protection policy is available in the school office and is available here.

Useful contacts

Childline – if you are worried about anything, you can contact Childline on 0800 1111 for advice and support https://www.childline.org.uk/

NSPCC – information and advice is available by calling 0808 800 5000 or online at https://www.nspcc.org.uk/what-we-do/

Safer recruitment

We are committed to safer recruitment, safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All staff and volunteers at De Beauvoir will be expected to present or apply for an Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS).

Online safety

As part of the computing curriculum, children are taught how to stay safe online and how to recognise internet dangers. In KS1, children use technology safely and respectfully, keeping personal information private; identify where to go for help and support when they have concerns about content or contact on the internet or other online technologies. In KS2, children use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly; recognise acceptable/unacceptable behaviour; identify a range of ways to report concerns about content and contact.

At home, parents should be aware of the programs, games and apps that children are using, ensuring they are age appropriate and children know what to do if they are concerned.

Useful websites

Net-Aware – can be used to check the appropriateness of social networking sites being used by your child https://www.net-aware.org.uk/

NSPCC – information about online safety and links to report concerns https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/

CEOP – Centre for Exploitation and Online Protection Command – a site for reporting online abuse and concerns about online content or interactions https://www.ceop.police.uk/safety-centre/