Safeguarding and E-Safety
The document ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children’ (March 2015) defines Safeguarding as:
- Protecting children from maltreatment;
- Preventing impairment of children's health or development;
- Ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care; and
- Taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.
In schools this refers to areas including:
- Child protection procedures
- Recruitment of staff and volunteers
- Health and safety
At Wildridings, we pride ourselves on working closely with parents and carers for the benefit of our pupils and to keep them safe. If you have any concerns about the safety or well-being of a child please contact any of the following (details can be found on the “Contact Us” page):
- Mr Cope, the Head teacher, who is the Designated Senior Member of Staff for Child Protection.
- Miss Cook, our Family Support Advisor, is the Deputy Designated Member of Staff
We review our policies and procedures regularly and ensure they are consistent with the Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) and all staff and volunteers in our school undergo training and induction in child protection procedures. Moreover, we encourage children to share any worries and concerns at home or with the range of adults in school.
Our Governing Body also plays an important part in the monitoring of our Safeguarding Policy and procedures through the work of the Pastoral Care Committee, and governors have undertaken safeguarding training as well.
Our curriculum is reviewed and updated regularly and covers a wide range of safeguarding and safety issues including topics such as e-safety, stranger danger and water safety. E-safety is taught and reinforced through our Computing and PSHCE lessons.
At Wildridings, E-safety is treated with the utmost seriousness. In a world of modern conveniences and ever increasingly easy ways to access new technology and information, we believe that it is important that all children know their rights and are confident to feel safe and secure when using technology whether that be in school or otherwise.
Children are taught and encouraged to use the internet and other technologies safely by showing them how to behave in an appropriate manner both offline and online. Children are informed on the importance of how to keep their personal data and security safe, advised to be critical of the things they see online and are taught strategies on what to do if they feel uncomfortable with anything they see or hear, either online or through other technology such as mobile phones.
All of this is achieved through regular weekly Computing lessons for every year group from Year 1 to Year 6 as well as widely accepted special events such as Anti-Bullying Week and Internet Safety Week.
Useful Website Links
Bracknell Forest Local Safeguarding Children Board – http://www.bflscb.org.uk/
Berkshire Child Protection Procedures - http://berks.proceduresonline.com/
Advice for parents and carers -http://www.safenetwork.org.uk/training_and_awareness/Pages/parents_and_carers.aspx
How to talk to children about personal safety -
E-safety: Think You Know Website - https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/
E-safety: Child Exploitation and Online Protection Website - https://www.ceop.police.uk/safety-centre/