Safeguarding at St Gildas is the responsibility of all staff.
If you have concerns about a child or a member of staff you should contact:
Alison Frost (Designated Safeguarding Lead) - email@example.com
Juliet Cahill (Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead) - firstname.lastname@example.org
Bernice Cooke (Safeguarding link Governor) - email@example.com
Safeguarding reminder - 20-01-2020
Mrs Alison Frost is the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) for the school. Any concerns about a child should be made directly to her. In her absence, Mrs Juliet Cahill or Mrs Mary Cooper are the Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads (DDSL), and concerns should be reported to them.
Please remember that social media apps have age restrictions set for a reason. Most of these are set at 13 years of age for a reason which means that no pupil in St Gildas should have an account with these apps. It has been brought to my attention that some Year 1 pupils have been messaging each other using Whats app. If you are concerned about the use of social media by your child please let a staff member know.
Please monitor any child who is using social media and make sure all privacy settings are correct on profiles. Staff monitor apps as part of our safeguarding responsibility and we have found many profiles that are accessible by anyone. Children are also posting inappropriate materials, please check and remove any content that is inappropriate. If you would like help with this please speak to a member of staff.
Following on from National internet safety day yesterday I have found some helpful guides that could be used at home.
The children have been very responsive to the work the school has been doing recently on internet safety but work at home would also be useful. Children don't naturally see links between home and school; they don't understand that behaviour at home isn't accepted in school and vice versa. Any work or discussions you can have with your child(ren) around being safe online will really help their understanding.
The guides are saved below.
As a school we get regular updates from County on issues regarding online safety for children. We have been informed that there is a new online game that requests the players undress using a camera. We have taught our pupils the potential issues regarding online gaming and safety but we are making parents aware of this new game. We haven't got a name but please be vigilant to any changes in behaviour regarding your child(ren) and playing online games.
We will be starting a series of 'Safeguarding' assemblies. These will focus on the children's understanding of safeguarding and how to keep safe. During these assemblies we will be referring to information and guidance from the NSPCC. If your child comes home asking questions about keeping safe then please answer them honestly but at a level they can understand.
We will be covering aspects of child abuse and if you would rather your child not be involved with this then please let me know.
Here are some useful websites that could help at home:
Protecting our children
"A strong culture of safeguarding has been built around a secure knowledge of pupils’ individual need," - OFSTED 2017
The school takes its Child Protection responsibility seriously and aims to protect and safeguard the welfare of children and young people in its care.
Our ethos fosters partnership between school and parents, listening to and valuing pupils, training staff to be aware of signs and symptoms of abuse and carrying out the correct procedures, maintaining a safe school environment, and working in partnership with other agencies in this area.
The Designated Safeguarding Lead is Mrs A Frost, so please speak to her should you with to know more about these procedures, or see a copy of the school's Child Protection Policy. Miss A-M Travers and Mrs M Cooper are the Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads.
Equally, we are also committed to policies that promote equality of opportunity, positive attitudes to cultural diversity, the elimination of racial discrimination, and safeguarding children. The Single Equality Policy and Accessibility Plan are available from our Policies page, or hard copies can be supplied via the School Office.