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Keeping Children Safe

Paddock Junior, Infant and Nursery School gives the highest importance to the safeguarding and welfare of our children. The governors, Headteacher and staff will carry out their responsibilities efficiently, effectively and diligently to ensure that the academy is a safe learning environment for our children.

We recognise that, at times, our children may be vulnerable and we will always adopt a sensitive approach to support our pupils and families.

Everyone in our school is aware of their responsibility to keep our children safe. All staff attend regular child protection training, in addition to this, staff and volunteers also access a safeguarding and child protection briefing and regular updates. Everyone working with our children has a responsibility to help keep our children safe by providing an environment that will allow our pupils to be happy, cared for and to develop a love of learning.

For all safeguarding issues or concerns, please speak to the Designated Leaders for Safeguarding and Child Protection; Mrs Pearson, Mrs Norris and Ms Harvey.

We are an Operation Encompass school. If you want anymore information about what this means then please contact the school office. 

Preventing Radicalisation and Extremism

Radicalisation is defined as the act or process of making a person more radical or favouring of extreme or fundamental changes in political, economic or socal conditions, institutions or habits of the mind.

Extremism is defined as the holding of extreme political or religious views.

The Department for Education has published advice for schools on the Prevent duty.  The Prevent duty requires all schools to have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism in the exercise of their functions.

We are already responsible for keeping children safe, including the risks of extremism and radicalisation, and for prolonging the welfare of children in our care.  The Prevent duty reinforces these existing duties by speading understanding of the risks and current good practice across the country.

Paddock Junior, Infant and Nursery School is fully committed to safeguarding and prolonging the welfare of all its pupils.  Every member of staff recognises that safeguarding against radicalisation and extremism is not different to safeguarding  against any other vulnerability in today's society.

If you are connected about a child being at risk of extremism please speak to a member of the Safeguarding team: Mrs Pearson, Mrs Norris, Ms Harvey, Mrs Kermani, Miss McLinctock

Helpline contact information

Preventing extremism in schools and children's services helpline

Email: counter.extremism@education.gov.uk 

Telephone: 020 7340 7264

Open: Monday to Friday from 9am to 6pm (excluding bank holidays)

Online Safety

The internet – on the whole an inspiring and positive place

The internet is an amazing resource which enables children and young people to connect, communicate and be creative in a number of different ways, on a range of devices.

However, the internet is always changing, and being able to keep up to date with your children’s use of technology can be a challenge.

You may sometimes feel that your children have better technical skills than you do, however children and young people still need advice and protection when it comes to managing their lives online.

Issues that your child may encounter on the internet will vary depending on their age and online activities. These have been grouped into 4 potential risk categories.

CONDUCT: CHILDREN MAY BE AT RISK BECAUSE OF THEIR OWN BEHAVIOUR, FOR EXAMPLE, BY SHARING TOO MUCH INFORMATION

Children need to be aware of the impact that their online activity can have on both themselves and other people, and the digital footprint that they create on the internet. It’s easy to feel anonymous online and it’s important that children are aware of who is able to view, and potentially share, the information that they may have posted. When using the internet, it’s important to keep personal information safe and not share it with strangers. Discuss with your child the importance of reporting inappropriate conversations, messages, images and behaviours and how this can be done.

CONTENT: AGE-INAPPROPRIATE OR UNRELIABLE CONTENT CAN BE AVAILABLE TO CHILDREN

Some online content is not suitable for children and may be hurtful or harmful. This is true for content accessed and viewed via social networks, online games, blogs and websites. It’s important for children to consider the reliability of online material and be aware that it might not be true or written with a bias. Children may need your help as they begin to assess content in this way. There can be legal consequences for using or downloading copyrighted content, without seeking the author’s permission.

CONTACT: CHILDREN CAN BE CONTACTED BY BULLIES OR PEOPLE WHO GROOM OR SEEK TO ABUSE THEM

It is important for children to realise that new friends made online may not be who they say they are and that once a friend is added to an online account, you may be sharing your personal information with them. Regularly reviewing friends lists and removing unwanted contacts is a useful step. Privacy settings online may also allow you to customise the information that each friend is able to access. If you have concerns that your child is, or has been, the subject of inappropriate sexual contact or approach by another person, it’s vital that you report it to the police via the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (www.ceop.police.uk). If your child is the victim of cyberbullying, this can also be reported online and offline. Reinforce with your child the importance of telling a trusted adult straight away if someone is bullying them or making them feel uncomfortable, or if one of their friends is being bullied online.

COMMERCIALISM: YOUNG PEOPLE CAN BE UNAWARE OF HIDDEN COSTS AND ADVERTISING IN APPS, GAMES AND WEBSITES

Young people’s privacy and enjoyment online can sometimes be affected by advertising and marketing schemes, which can also mean inadvertently spending money online, for example within applications. Encourage your children to keep their personal information private, learn how to block both pop ups and spam emails, turn off in-app purchasing on devices where possible, and use a family email address when filling in online forms.

Safeguarding our children against possible risk is of upmost priority to Paddock Junior, Infant and Nursery School. Online safety is taken extremely seriously and is embedded into our curriculum. As a parent you can also ensure your child’s safety whilst online. Below are a number of links which offer support and guidance:

WWW.SAFERINTERNET.ORG.UK
WWW.CEOP.POLICE.UK
WWW.THINKUKNOW.CO.UK
WWW.NSPCC.ORG.UK

WWW.NET-AWARE.ORG.UK
WWW.NET-AWARE.ORG.UK
 (INFO ON APPS AND GAMES)
WWW.PARENTINFO.ORG

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Safe: Keep safe by being careful not to give out personal information when you’re chatting or posting online. Personal information includes your email address, phone number and password.

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Meet: Meeting someone you have only been in touch with online can be dangerous. Only do so with your parents’ or carers’ permission and even then only when they can be present. Remember online friends are still strangers even if you have been talking to them for a long time.

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Accepting emails, messages, or opening files, images or texts from people you don’t know or trust can lead to problems — they may contain viruses or nasty messages!

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Reliable: Someone online might lie about who they are and information on the internet may not be true.

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Tell a parent, carer or a trusted adult if someone, or something, makes you feel uncomfortable or worried, or if you or someone you know is being bullied online.

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