Stockbridge Village Primary School fully recognises its responsibilities for child protection. If you have a concern about the well being or safety of a child in our community or a vulnerable adult it is important that you share it with us so we can help.
The designated senior members of staff with responsibility for child protection are Mrs Jan Smyth, Miss Alex Borrill and Miss Wendy Flexen; although all staff and governors have a responsibility for the safeguarding of pupils.
Our policy applies to all staff, governors, parents, visiting professionals and volunteers working in or associated with the school. Our community aims to promote a safe environment where child safeguarding concerns can be managed in an appropriate and efficient way.
We have strong links at our school with Barnardos. This year they are helping us deliver our PHSE curriculum, delivering workshops in years 4 and 5, helping children understand their rights and empowering them to make the right choices in all aspects of their life. Barnardos also came to our school and delivered a whole school assembly on Keeping Safe. We are really proud of this work!
Click on the link below to see the work the children will complete
The ‘Real Love Rocks’ campaign…
The Real Love Rocks team is focussed on supporting and equipping young people, parents and professionals to have the confidence and information to chat and raise awareness about child sexual exploitation, healthy relationships and stay safe. At SVP our staff have been trained in how best to deliver these materials to pupils at the right stage of their development.
For more information about ‘Real Love Rocks’, please visit www.barnardosrealloverocks.org.uk.
MALS & KOOTH:
We have worked with MALS and Kooth to provide counselling for children and their families. If this is something you would like to know more about please see Wendy.
Technology is a wonderful tool and these days it seems that children all have wide access to a range of devices. All of these devices are fun and engage children in a stimulating interactive environment. Used appropriately, they can bring enormous benefits to learning but used inappropriately they can be a risk to children. All adults have a responsibility to support children to make the right choices when online and this is an appropriate time to point out some simple measures that can be applied at home.
Some tips for you to help keep your children safe online
Teaching eSafety is an importing part of keeping our children safe and we do this in school using age appropriate resources to demonstrate the risks and how to avoid them. It is very important that children take these messages with them at the end of the school day and are supported when using technology at home. Each and every adult has a responsibility to protect children and this includes when they are on line. Below are a list of websites that you may find useful.
Child Sexual Exploitation
Child sexual exploitation (CSE) is a type of sexual abuse in which children are sexually exploited for money, power or status.
Children or young people may be tricked into believing they’re in a loving, consensual relationship. They might be invited to parties and given drugs and alcohol. They may also be groomed online.
Some children and young people are trafficked into or within the UK for the purpose of sexual exploitation. Sexual exploitation can also happen to young people in gangs.
The ‘Listen to my Story’ campaign…
The Listen to my Story campaign has been developed by Merseyside Police, local councils and third sector agencies throughout the Merseyside area to raise awareness of CSE in our communities and to educate young people, parents/carers, teachers, health professionals and service industry workers as to the signs and vulnerabilities of CSE.
For more information about ‘Listen to my Story’, please visit www.listentomystory.co.uk.
All of our staff have been trained in the signs of CSE. If you are concerned about your child or someone you know let us know – we will be able to help.
Radicalisation and Extremism:
From 1 July 2015 all schools are subject to a duty under section 26 of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015, in the exercise of their functions, to have “due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”. This duty is known as the Prevent duty.
In order for schools to fulfil the Prevent duty, it is essential that staff are able to identify children who may be vulnerable to radicalisation, and know what to do when they are identified.
Schools can build pupils’ resilience to radicalisation by promoting fundamental British values and enabling them to challenge extremist views. It is important to emphasise that the Prevent duty is not intended to stop pupils debating controversial issues. On the contrary, schools should provide a safe space in which children, young people and staff can understand the risks associated with terrorism and develop the knowledge and skills to be able to challenge extremist arguments.
At our school we promote British Values in all aspects of school life. We discuss and debate current affairs in assemblies, PHSE, RE and History lessons. We promote the right to choose and the rights of the child through our work on UNICEF and we aim to help all of our children understand the positive contribution they can make to life in Great Britain. We ensure that children understand that we live in a free, democratic and multi-cultural society and that these elements are fundamental to British society.
Members of our SLT have attended training/briefing sessions on the PREVENT duty and this learning will be disseminated to all curriculum staff in the Spring term 2016.
We have recently joined the Toot Toot community. If you would like to report a concern about your child or another at the school you can do so online, just follow the link below and use the login in details provided:
Websites to visit for more information
www.thinkuknow.co.uk – Visit the ‘Parent/ Carer’ section and use the ‘Click CEOP’ button to seek advice and report online abuse.
www.saferinternet.org.uk – Advice, guidance and ‘Top Tips’ for both parents/ carer and children can be found on this site.
www.childnet.com – Visit the ‘Know It All’ Section for an interactive guide about online safety.
www.getsafeonline.org – Free up to date Security advice including using complex passwords, privacy settings, safe searching and social networking
Thank you to all the parents that attended our Online Safety Briefings this term!