All children have the right to be looked after properly, kept safe and protected from harm.
Everyone who works at the school as a member of staff, a governor or a volunteer, is committed to ensuring the safety and welfare of all children and has a duty under the law to pass information onto relevant agencies if they have concerns that a child is at risk of significant harm.
At Tattershall Primary School we will:
- Establish and maintain an environment where school staff and volunteers feel safe, are encouraged to talk and are listened to when they have concerns about the safety and well-being of a child.
- Ensure children know that there are adults in the school whom they can approach if they are worried.
- Ensure that children, who have additional/unmet needs, are supported appropriately. This could include referral to Early Help services or specialist services if they are a child in need or have been / are at risk of being abused and neglected.
- Consider how children may be taught about safeguarding, including online safety, through teaching and learning opportunities, as part of providing a broad and balanced curriculum.
- Maintain an attitude of ‘it could happen here’ where safeguarding is concerned.
- When concerned about the welfare of a child, staff members should always act in the interests of the child and develop a culture where Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility.
If you are ever concerned about the safety or well‐being of someone at our school please talk to the school’s Designated Safeguarding Lead (Mrs Richardson) or Deputy Safeguarding Lead (Miss Mottram).
Inappropriate Content Online Advice for Parents
Over the last 12 months we have seen an increase in the number of schools reporting that students, while at home, have accessed content which is not always appropriate, some of which has been quite scary or upsetting. While there is no perfect way to eliminate this risk, we feel that there are things parents and carers can do to support their children online, reduce the risk or manage it after the fact. Here are some of the practical steps parents and carers can follow:
- Contact their Internet Service Provider (ISP): Companies that provide broadband such as BT, Sky and Virgin, offer free protection for parents and carers. They can filter your internet connection directly, without having to install anything. Guide on how to use this can be found here: Internet Matters Broadband & mobile networks guides
- YouTube is a fantastic resource, but not all the content is appropriate for children and not all YouTube channels are made for young audiences. YouTube has an app just for children – YouTube Kids – but many people don't realise that the main YouTube app has a restricted mode. Check out more about how it works here: Internet Matters YouTube Controls & Settings guide
- Games consoles have features that can limit what games they can play based on the age ratings, and can even turn off certain features to allow gaming to be a little safer. To learn more about these features visit Internet Matters YouTube Gaming consoles & Platforms
- Games are also rated based on the content, not how difficult they are. 18 rated games can have very graphic violence, adult language and themes, sexual content and horror elements. Learn a bit more about appropriate games by visiting Thinkuknow's Gaming: what's appropriate for your child? or visit this site for more about game ratings Parent Zone's PEGI games ratings explained
It's important to remember that no filters or controls are 100% effective so make sure your child knows that they can, and should, talk to someone if they see or hear anything upsetting online so we can offer them some reassurance. This information from Thinkuknow might be useful I’m worried my child might see something inappropriate online
Lincolnshire Safeguarding Children Partnership's
The Lincolnshire Safeguarding Children Partnership's Facebook page is now live on the social media platform. The purpose of this page is to provide information, guidance and signposting to parents, carers, and families.