Safeguarding our Children
Keeping our children safe is our number one priority!
Our school ensures children learn in a safe, caring and enriching environment. Children are taught how to keep themselves safe, to develop positive and healthy relationships, how to avoid situations where they might be at risk including by being exploited.
The school also has a statutory responsibility to share any concerns it might have about a child in need of protection with other agencies and in particular police, health and children’s services. Schools are not able to investigate child protection concerns but have a legal duty to refer them. In most instances the school will be able to inform the parents/carer of its need to make a referral. However, sometimes the school is advised by children’s services or police that the parent/carer cannot be informed whilst they investigate the matter. We understand the anxiety parents/carers understandably feel when they are not told about any concerns from the outset. The school follows legislation that aims to act in the interests of the child.
We will always seek to work in partnership with parents and other agencies to ensure the best possible outcomes for the child and family.
Latest Safeguarding News
SAFEGUARDING UPDATE – Digital Parenting Magazine
Safeguarding our pupils is our number one priority at Florence Melly and we are delighted to bring you the new issue of Digital Parenting magazine. ‘Digital Parenting’ is an online safety guide for families as part of a partnership between Parent Zone and Vodafone and is distributed to families through schools and other youth and family organisations. The magazine has advice from teachers, parents and online safety experts on subjects ranging from Virtual Reality, to body image in the social media age, to live streaming. It has tips from online safety experts, parents and children and young people themselves. In this issue, they have an updated guide to setting parental controls on apps and devices and information on gaming and keeping kids safe while they play. The online version of the magazine can be accessed using this link: https://parentzone.org.uk/digital-parenting-online-safety-magazine-archive
Florence Melly is committed to ensuring the safety of all our children. We have a detailed Child Protection Policy that explains the procedures that the staff must follow in order to protect our children. The Designated Safeguarding Lead for our school is Mr A Leach, Designated Safeguarding Lead.
Mr Leach can be contacted on 0151 226 1929 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr Leach is supported by a dedicated team of staff, who will be more than happy to help with any concerns you may have.
Additional guidance can be found in the DFE ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education (2016) document.
This guidance applies to all schools and is primarily for:
- headteachers, teachers and staff
- governing bodies, proprietors and management committees
It sets out the legal duties you must follow to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people under the age of 18 in schools and colleges.
This document can be accessed by clicking the link below.
Safeguarding Across the Curriculum
Online Safety Session for Parents 2017
A big thank you to those parents who attended the Online Safety Session with Paul Bradshaw. We really appreciate your support and hope that you left with some practical strategies to best support your child/children to be safer when they go online. The feedback from parents was extremely positive and as a result, we will be offering further sessions later in the year. If you have any questions or concerns relating to online safety, please do not hesitate to contact Mr Leach, our Designated Safeguarding Lead, who will be happy to help.
Comments left by parents
“What a fantastic session. It really opened my eyes to the dangers my children face but more importantly, showed how to allow my children to work safely online.” (Parent)
“Really interesting and informative. Thank you so much – every parent should listen to this!” (Parent)
“I found this very interesting! I’m so glad that I attended as it opened my eyes to what goes on. I will definitely be keeping more of an eye on my kids with this new knowledge. Thank you.” (Parent)
“Well presented and very informative. I found the session very useful.” (Parent)
“It is nice to see the school take a proactive approach towards online safety and recognise what an important issue it is. A huge thank you to staff for arranging this and to the parents for attending. They certainly left with a better understanding. I’m sure that our pupils will love the sessions this afternoon.” (School Governor)
Safer Internet Day 2017
On Tuesday 7th February 2017, our pupils celebrated Safer Internet Day as part of the global ‘Be the Change: unite for a better internet’ campaign. Pupils from every class explored how to stay safe online and our teachers took the opportunity to talk to the pupils about the safe, responsible and positive use of technology. Pupils created a range of fabulous resources which will be proudly displayed in our meeting room and in the communal ICT suite. Furthermore, we have arranged for Mr Paul Bradshaw from the Local Authority, who works to raise digital awareness as well as encouraging a greater understanding of social media and online gamin with children, to deliver workshops to KS2 on Friday. He will also be delivering a parent workshop, to parents of children in Year 4, 5 and 6, between 09:15 and 10:00am. We do hope that you can attend.
Year 6 GANGS Workshops
Throughout the week beginning 23rd January 2017, our Year 6 pupils have been learning all about GANGS (Get Away ’N’ Get Safe). The workshops were led by James Riley, who worked in the Criminal Justice System for over 18 years as a Probation Officer. He specialises in Urban Street Gangs and Organised Crime Groups and set up the GANGS Programme with a simple mission in mind:
“To educate, inspire and empower young people to take control of their future by rejecting the gang lifestyle.”
The pupils have thoroughly enjoyed the workshops this week and have taken the valuable information and messages given by James on board. He was truly amazing and delivered such a valuable, important and difficult message with expertise and really engaged our pupils. I think he was as impressed with our pupils as we were with him. Check out his tweets…
Pupil voice was conducted at the end of the week and here are just a few comments taken from our pupils:
”I really enjoyed this experience and it made me realise that gangs are dangerous. I will never go near one and choose my friends carefully. I will always remember: Get Away ’N’ Get Safe”.
“It has made me think how dangerous gangs are and I will persuade my friends to Get Away ’N’ Get Safe”.
“I really enjoyed the last few days and I will never get involved in this lifestyle, EVER!”
“Choosing your friends is important, learning about the harm of gangs could change your life. Get Away ’N’ Get Safe”.
“I really enjoyed the last four days with James. It has made me think that in the future I’m never going near gangs and family is more important”.
“I am never going to get involved in gangs and I will choose the right friends”.
For more information about the GANGS programme, please visit their website: http://getaway-n-getsafe.co.uk
NSPCC Let’s Talk PANTS
This week, pupils from across the school were given the opportunity to learn about the NSPCC programme ‘Let’s Talk PANTS’. Talking PANTS teaches our children important messages, like their body belongs to them and they should tell an adult if they’re upset or worried. The children got together and sang along with Pantosaurus and created a wonderful PANTS display for the rest of the school to see.
For further information about the NSPCC PANTS programme, please click the following link: https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/underwear-rule/
Advice and Guidance
If you require further advice, guidance or information about any safeguarding issue or subject. Please come into school to discuss the matter further. Alternatively, you can access a wealth of information online using the links below.