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KEEPING CHILDREN SAFE

HOW WE KEEP CHILDREN SAFE

Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is everyone’s responsibility.

Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families and carers, has a role to play in safeguarding children. At all times, every adult who works with children in Foxhills Junior School should consider what is in the best interests of the child.

 

What does 'safeguarding' mean?

Safeguarding includes everything an organisation can do to keep children and young people safe, including minimising the risk of harm and accidents and taking action to tackle safety concerns. Safeguarding is also about being able to respond quickly and appropriately to concerns or allegations brought to the organisation, which means having the right policies and procedures in place to deal with difficult situations if they arise.

 

We ensure a safe culture is created in our school by

  • building an ethos of keeping children safe
  • being proactive about any concerns, and
  • protecting staff by avoiding vulnerable situations with children.

 

We regularly monitor and evaluate our practices to ensure this safe culture is embedded in everything we do in the school.   Our approach to safeguarding and Policy has been based upon professional training and a number of documents, including Guidance for Safer Working Practice in education.

Avoiding Vulnerable Situations

All staff at Foxhills Junior School receive an induction so that they understand the school's procedures and policies. Staff and volunteers are asked to sign to acknowledge that they understand how these policies are applied in school.  The school has a formalised 'code of conduct' and the Do's and Don'ts of working with children, which serve to support both pupils and staff. All staff are expected to report concerns to a Designated Safeguarding Lead and know how to do so.

Building an Ethos of Safeguarding Children

All staff are aware of their safeguarding responsibilities. The school's 'Safeguarding Principles and Responsibilities' documents (see below) support staff in following the advice set out in the school's Child Protection Policy, Keeping Children Safe in Education (2016), Working Together to Safeguarding Children (2015) and The Prevent Duty (2015).  Staff have annual safeguarding training and safeguarding is a standing agenda item during our staff meetings.

 

The school has a team of Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSL's). The school's headteacher, Mr Andrew Shore is the appointed DSL and in his absence, Mrs Chris Bristow (Deputy), Natalie Hogbourne (Senior Teacher), Matt Goodchild and Hayley Sired (Team Leaders) are available at all times. All staff know how to report concerns and are aware of the signs of abuse and neglect. All concerns are always addressed and/or investigated. The school works closely with other professionals because we understand that, in order to gain insight into children's needs, a multi agency approach is essential. 

 

Our children are taught how to keep safe as part of the curriculum and during assemblies. At Foxhills Junior School we listen to children and always take swift action to ensure all children are safe.

ON-LINE SAFETY

The school's internet access is fully protected and is monitored by an authorised organisation. We have specific filters to protect children from viewing inappropriate content.

We have a comprehensive program that teaches children how to be safe on-line and some of the risks that they face.

 

Accessing inappropriate content at home

If your child has access to a mobile phone, tablet or games console that is connected to the internet, then, unless you have monitoring software at home, then they will have freedom to access and view adult and inappropriate content. We strongly advise parents to use monitoring software at home - all major providers (Virgin/ BT/ Talktalk) provide this free of charge. It is natural for children to be inquisitive but it is not acceptable for them to be exposed to some of the terrible content out there.

 

Below is the SMART guide that we use for our children. Each time they log on to the computer, they have to click this screen-shot before they use the internet. 

DRUGS and SUBSTANCES MISUSE POLICY

The school follows the Hampshire guidance in relation to handing cases of drug and substance misuse.

 

SUPPORT FOR PARENTS

Are you worried about your child?

Please use the links below to help you safeguard your child.