It is a legal requirement that each school should have a named Designated Person (DP) and in our school it is the Headteacher. Mr Scales has undertaken Multi Agency Child Protection Training, delivered through the Plymouth’s Local Safeguarding Children’s Board (LSCB) and undertakes other training as recommended by the LA every two years. Assistant Headteacher, Mrs Thomas will act in Mr Scales' absence and has also received multi agency training. Our school procedures for safeguarding children are in line with LSCB procedures and Section 175 of the 2002 Education Act, which covers all aspects of child abuse, neglect and non-accidental injury. The Headteacher’s principle consideration is the ongoing welfare, well-being and safety of our pupils. It is the school’s duty to report to outside agencies (i.e. Children’s Social Care) any incidences or concerns to ensure the safety of all pupils. We trust parents will see this as a positive course of action, and it is not meant to cause any upset or difficulty for anyone concerned. The school pays full regard to current DfE guidance “Safeguarding Children and Safer Recruitment in Education” January 2007. We ensure that all appropriate measures are applied in relation to everyone who works in the school who is likely to be perceived by the children as a safe and trustworthy adult, including volunteers and staff employed by contractors.
Our school is also part of a project called Encompass, which is run between all Plymouth schools, the Educational Welfare Service and the Devon and Cornwall Police. The project has been designed to provide early reporting of any domestic violence incidents that occur outside of school, which might have an impact on a child in school. This is done through a phone call to school following an incident. The project ensures that at least one member of the school staff, known as the Key Adult, is trained to liaise with the police and to use the information that has been shared in confidence.
E Safety for parents
On this page you will find useful information and guidance to help you keep your children safe when they are using the internet. Remember this does not just apply to using a computer as many gaming machines and mobile phones allow access to the internet.
- Know what your children are doing online and who they are talking to. Ask them to teach you to use any applications you have never used. Keeping the computer in a family room means that you can share your child’s online experience – and that they are less likely to act inappropriately (i.e. via webcam).
- Help your children to understand that they should never give out personal details to online friends — personal information includes their messenger ID, email address, mobile number and any pictures of themselves, their family or friends. If your child publishes a picture or video online, anyone can change it or share it. Remind them that anyone may be looking at their images and one day a future employer could!
- If your child receives spam/junk email & texts, remind them never to believe them, reply to them or use them. It’s not a good idea for your child to open files that are from people they don’t know. They won’t know what they contain — it could be a virus, or worse — an inappropriate image or film. Help your child to understand that some people lie online and therefore it’s better to keep online mates online. They should never meet up with any strangers without an adult they trust.
- Always keep communication open for a child to know that it’s never too late to tell someone if something makes them feel uncomfortable.
- Teach young people how to block someone online and how to report them if they feel uncomfortable.
The websites below all have resources which you might find helpful.