Safeguarding

Ravenor Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

We have a number of policies and procedures in place that contribute to our safeguarding commitment, including our Child Protection Policy which can be viewed here below.

Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies when there are concerns about a child’s welfare. We will ensure that our concerns about our pupils are discussed with parents/carer first, unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child’s welfare.

What is Safeguarding?

Safeguarding is the action that is taken to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm.

Safeguarding means:

  • Protecting children from abuse and maltreatment
  • Preventing harm to children’s health or development
  • Ensuring children grow up with the provision of safe and effective care
  • Taking action to enable all children and young people to have the best outcomes

Child protection is part of the safeguarding process. It focuses on protecting individual children identified as suffering or likely to suffer significant harm. This includes child protection procedures which detail how to respond to concerns about a child.

Safeguarding children and child protection guidance and legislation applies to all children up to the age of 18.

Key contacts:

Designated Safeguarding Lead:

Mrs Lobo (Head Teacher)

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead and LAC Teacher:     

Ms. Berkeley (Inclusion Leader)

Safeguarding Governor:         

Lou Grimley

Child Protection Policy Sep 2020 – website version

Keeping Children Safe

What to do if you are worried about a child

If you are concerned that a child or young person is being harmed through abuse or neglect you should contact the local authority’s Children and Families on 020 8825 8000 or the Police on 999 in emergency situation.

If you would like further information about keeping your child safe, the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to children (NSPCC) has lots of advice and guidance: www.nspcc.co.uk

Safety on the web

Ravenor Primary School encourages parents and children to visit the CEOP website (Child Exploitation & Online Protection) to build knowledge of how to stay safe online.

This website has lots of fun activities from which children can gain vital information on staying safe.

Click on the link: www.thinkuknow.co.uk

Pupils should:

Never reveal information, either their own or others, such as home address, telephone numbers and personal e-mail address etc.

Or 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 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.

Photographs and videos

Whilst lots of parents and carers really enjoy seeing photos and videos of their children’s school life we are very mindful of our duty of care towards all our pupils.

We take the issue of safeguarding very seriously and this includes the use of photographic and video images.

As we do not have permission from all of our parents and guardians, for photographs and videos to be taken of their child, we ask that parents, guardians and families do not take photos or videos during whole class, year group or whole school events (e.g. assemblies). We provide safe opportunities for parents, guardians and families to photograph their own child individually. Any individual photographs taken by parents, guardians and families at school productions, sports days or other events, are for the enjoyment of individual families. They must not be used in any way that could potentially place a child at risk. This would include publishing images in any form of print or on the internet including social media networks sites. This is emphasised before concerts and performances etc. This is emphasised before concerts and shows etc and where practical a record of parents and relatives taking photographs or videos is made.

Occasionally, the local press will be invited to take photographs of school events and special achievements. We like to use photographs of our children on our website, in school documents, for parent information meetings, newsletters and on our display screens around the school. If you do not wish photographs of your child to be used for these purposes, then please contact the headteacher.

Safeguarding Policies

To view our safeguarding polices and other policies relevant to safeguarding please go to our school policies section.

Further information

If you would like further information, please click on the titles below:

Childline kids

Child Safe

Hate crimes

CybermentorPlus

Online Tutors

Vodaphone digital parenting magazine

Talking to children about radicalisation

Tips for spotting fake news BBC Bitesize

NSPCC PANTS Rule

FGM

For more information about Online safety, please go to our Online Safety tab.