Safeguarding Pupils

 

Every school must have a Child Protection Policy – often referred to as the school’s Safeguarding Policy. The aim of the policy is to ensure that our school has effective measures in place to safeguard your children from the potential risk of harm and that the safety and wellbeing of the children are of the highest priority in all aspects of our school’s work. Having the policy in place ensures that all members of your school community:

  • Are aware of their responsibilities in relation to safeguarding and child protection
  • Know the procedures that should be followed if they have a cause for concern
  • Know where to go to find additional information regarding safeguarding
  • Are aware of the key indicators relating to child abuse
  • Fully support the school’s commitment to safeguarding and child protection.

Safeguarding is not just about protecting children from deliberate harm. It presents schools with a wide range of issues that they need to be prepared for.

Whilst all staff are responsible we have a dedicated team to follow up on any safeguarding concerns. These staff are all trained through Lancashire Authority. All staff have annual safeguarding training.

 

Mrs Sarah Burtoft

Mrs Sarah Burtoft

Headteacher

Designated Lead for Safeguarding

Mrs Andrea Peake

Mrs Andrea Peake

Pastoral Worker

Designated Lead for Safeguarding

Mrs Alysia Gupta

Mrs Alysia Gupta

SENDco

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

Mrs Sandra Simpson

Mrs Sandra Simpson

Chair of Governors

Safeguarding Governor

We take every disclosure from a child or adult seriously and will follow procedures set down in our policy and in line with Lancashire Children’s Safeguarding Board. This at times can be distressing but it is essential we ensure the safety of every child. We will endeavour to support all members of the family through any procedures necessary.

If you have any queries or concerns please don’t hesitate to come and speak to a member of staff.

Please see the following documents for further information:

 

Safety on the Web

Internet access at West Street Primary School is filtered by our Internet Service Provider (ISP) but ultimately, parents and guardians of minors are responsible for setting and conveying the standards that their children should follow when using media and information sources. We also have a secondary filtering provided by a dedicated internet server/router. This provides additional filtering which allows the children to only view certain pages.

Mr Smith runs annual e safety meetings for parents with lots of helpful tips and advice. Please ask at any time if you need some help.

What we recommend and teach the children about Personal Security Guidelines

Pupils should:

  • Never reveal personal information, either their own or others, such as home addresses, telephone numbers and personal e-mail addresses etc.
  • Not use photographs of themselves on their web pages unless the parent/guardians have given permission to do so.
  • Never meet people in person that they have contacted on the internet without a parent/guardians permission.
  • Notify their teacher whenever they come across information or messages that are dangerous, inappropriate, or make them feel uncomfortable.
  • Be aware that the author of an e-mail or web page may not be the person they claim to be.

Access Permission

Pupils are responsible for appropriate behaviour on the schools computer network just as they are in the classroom or in the school playground. Communications on the network are often public in nature. General school rules and the Behaviour Policy apply and it is expected that users will comply with the guidelines of this policy.

At the beginning of each year children are taught a series of E-Safety lessons the build their knowledge of how to stay safe online. The children also have refresher lessons each term.

Parental Support

Pupils could potentially have unfiltered, unsupervised internet access at home. All parents should be aware of the concerns and benefits of school internet use. Parents are therefore encouraged to look at government guidance available on the internet to help in the supervision of their children. We have also organised and will continue to organise E-Safety training for parents.

Safety on the internet for parents website address: www.gov.uk

The school provide a comprehensive guide with links to many online helpful resources on its Internet Safety page.

West Street Primary School

West Street
Colne
Lancashire
BB8 0HW

Tel: 01282 865840
Email: head@weststreet.lancs.sch.uk

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