As part of the school’s support for parents during these unsettling times, they should inform parents through their website, of services, charities that can help them, including support for domestic abuse. The website for Domestic Abuse support is EDAN Lincs Domestic Abuse Service https://edanlincs.org.uk/
What is safeguarding?
All organisations that work with or come into contact with children have safeguarding policies and procedures to ensure that every child, regardless of their age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, or sexual orientation, has a right to equal protection from harm.
Setting up and following good safeguarding policies and procedures means children are safe from adults and other children who might pose a risk.
Safeguarding is the action that is taken to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm.
- protecting children from abuse and maltreatment
- preventing harm to children’s health or development
- ensuring children grow up with the provision of safe and effective care
- taking action to enable all children and young people to have the best outcomes.
Child protection is part of the safeguarding process. It focuses on protecting individual children identified as suffering or likely to suffer significant harm. This includes child protection procedures which detail how to respond to concerns about a child.
Taken from the NSPCC website.
More information about our school policies and procedures can be found here: Final January 2020 LCC School Child Protection Safeguarding Policy v13 (1) . Paper copies of documents can be requested from the school office.
If you would like any further information, please speak to any of our DSLs (Designated Safeguarding Leads). Our school DSLs are:
Charlotte Hickerton – Headteacher – Designated Safeguarding Lead
Sammy Robinson – Family Support Advisor – Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Emily Pinney – SENCO – Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Vicky Cook – EYFS Team Leader – Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
If you are worried about a child or are aware that a child may have been harmed please call Lincolnshire customer service center on 01522 78211 or speak to one of the schools DSL’s (Deputy Safeguarding Leads)
For information on reporting on-line safety please visit www.ceop.gov.uk
Also, the Lincolnshire Safeguarding Children’s Board hold lots of information and contact details please visit www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/lscb
Useful links and websites
Lincolnshire Safeguarding Children Board
Every month, the LSCB produces a factsheet on an internet safety area. Monthly newsletters can be located on the ‘Safeguarding in Schools’ tab on the Stay Safe Partnership website.
Above is a link to the Parent Info website. Parent Info is a collaboration between CEOP and Parent Zone. The website provides high quality information to parents and carers about their children’s wellbeing and resilience.
This service is free and ranges across a wide range of subject matter, from difficult topics about sex, relationships and the internet or body image and peer pressure to broader parenting topics like ‘how much sleep do teenagers need?’
We would like to draw particular attention to the articles section, which may be of use and interest to parents and carers.
Net Aware is an online tool that informs parents about the social networks, apps and games that children might be using
At the above link you will find help and advice for parents regarding how to keep children safe on social networks, apps and games.
Parents and carers can contact the NSPCC helpline whenever they’re worried about a child by calling 0808 800 5000, emailing email@example.com, texting 88858* or contacting us online at nspcc.org.uk/ helpline. The helpline is free, available 24/7 and calls can be made anonymously. NSPCC have joined forces with O2 to provide adults with the skills and tools to help keep children safe online. This helpline provides practical, technical advice including parental controls on electronic devices, adjusting privacy settings, understanding social networks, and information about online gaming. Call the Online Safety Helpline on 0808 800 5002.
The NSPCC in conjunction with Dan Hawbrook have produced two simple guides on how to handle peer pressure for both young people and teachers/parents.
Lincolnshire’s Stay Safe Partnership
Lincolnshire’s Stay Safe Partnership has a range of online/e-safety resources available at www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/ssp
Chief Medical Officer for the UK
The Chief Medical Officer for the UK has published guidance on screen-based activities. The guidance itself has a poster on page 11 which helps parents and carers think about the challenges of managing their children’s screen use. The full guidance and poster can be found here https://assets.
Parent and Carer Online Toolkit (Childnet)
The new non-statutory guidance published in the summer, Teaching Online Safety (2019, DfE), recommends that schools ‘Proactively [engage] staff, pupils and parents/carers in school activities that promote the agreed principles of online safety’ (see paragraph 42).
Childnet have updated their parent and carer toolkit that will help parents have conversations about online safety. Their booklet ‘Let’s talk about life online’ includes ten key messages that should be shared with children:
- “You can always come to me if you need help.”
- “What would you do if this happened…?”
- “Remember that not everyone is who they say they are online.”
- “Keep your personal information safe, and other people’s too.”
- “Be respectful to others online.”
- “Think before you post.”
- “Remember to ask if it’s okay.”
- “Remember not everything is true online.”
- “The things other people post online might not always show what their life is really like.”
- “Recognise how going online makes you feel and take a break when you need to.”
The Parent and Carer Toolkit can be found here: https://www.childnet.