St Monica Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all its pupils. We believe that:
•All children have the right to be protected from harm
•Children need to be safe and to feel safe in school
•Children need support which matches their individual needs, including those who may have experienced abuse
•All children have the right to speak freely and voice their values and beliefs
•All children must be encouraged to respect each other’s values and support each other
•All children have the right to be supported to meet their emotional, and social needs as well as their educational needs – a happy healthy sociable child will achieve better educationally
•Schools can and do contribute to the prevention of abuse, victimisation, bullying, exploitation, radicalisation, extreme behaviours, discriminatory views and risk taking behaviours
•All staff and visitors have an important role to play in safeguarding children and protecting them from abuse.
Safeguarding is defined as:-
•Protecting children from maltreatment
•Preventing impairment of children’s health or development
•Ensuring that children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care
•Taking action to enable all children to have the best life chances
Mrs K Bevan- Mackie – Headteacher/ Designated Safeguarding Lead and Child Protection
Mrs J Hobbs – Head of Inclusion
Mrs R Jackson – SENCO
Ms M Kelly – Attendance Officer
All staff receive training in FGM, Prevent, Breast Ironing, Safeguarding and Keeping Children Safe in Education.
Children at St Monica Primary School use the Internet on a regular basis as part of their learning. In school, we have regular ‘e-safety’ activities to remind children of the importance of keeping themselves safe online.
At home, sometimes children can be given unsupervised access to the Internet. This, potentially, allows them to access all kinds of society (both good and bad) and bring them virtually into their homes.
Here are some tips and useful links to help you to keep your children safe online:
• Facebook/Bebo/Myspace/Snapchat/Twitter/Instagram and Youtube – These sites have a minimum age limit of 13, so pupils should NOT be using them. This is so that children’s details and credentials can be protected by The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) passed in 1998.
• Keep your computer in a shared area – Talk to your child about what they are doing online and, if possible set up your computer in a shared area at home so that you can all share in the wonderful sites that are available online.
Download our eSafety Posters:
• We have these e-safety posters on display in our classrooms. Why not put one up next to the computer at home and talk about it with your children?
Some links to more e-safety information:
• Think U know – containing internet safety advice for those aged from 5 to 16, along with parents and teachers, this site is produced be CEOP (the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre).
• Kidsmart – An award-winning internet safety programme for children.
• Know It all – lots of useful advice for keeping yourselves and your children safe on the Internet.
• Facebook Privacy Controls
• Xbox 360
• Windows 7
If you need more help with Internet Safety, or if you wish to report a problem to CEOP, click the link below.
E Safety St Monica Primary Support for parents
Are you worried about online sexual abuse or the way someone has been communicating with you online?
Next week we will be talking to the children about the NSPCCs PANTS focus.
PANTS stands for;
P Privates are Private
A Always remember your body belongs to you
N No means no
T Talk about secrets that upset you
S Speak up, someone can help