Great Dunham Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all its pupils.
We recognise that some children may be especially vulnerable to abuse and that children who are abused or neglected may find it difficult to develop a sense of self worth, to view the world in a positive way or achieve accordingly. We will always take a considered and sensitive approach in order that we can support all of our pupils.
The school pays full regard to DfE guidance ‘ Keeping Children Safe in Education~ Sept 2020′.
We ensure that all appropriate measures are applied in relation to everyone who works in the school who is likely to be perceived by the children as a safe and trustworthy adult including e.g. volunteers and contractors. Safer recruitment practice including scutinising applications, verifying identity and academic or vocational qualifications, obtaining professional and character references, checking previous employment history and ensuring that a candidate has the health and physical capacity for the job. It also includes undertaking interviews and where appropriate DBS checks.
Designated Safeguarding Lead: Sharon Nour
Alternate Safeguarding Leads: Ellen Watson and Leanne Jarrett
Safeguarding Governor: Brenda Upton
Keeping Children Safe
The safety of our pupils is of paramount importance to us. We believe in supporting parents to keep children safe in all aspects of their life, especially online.
The best way to keep children safe online is to be armed with information so please use the links below to find out all you can to help protect your child at home when using the internet.
Talking to your child about staying safe online – NSPCC
In school, we follow a strict e-safety policy and teach children how to be responsible internet users during Computing lessons.
Safe Search Kids is a custom search engine using Google’s SafeSearch features with additional filtering to block more potentially harmful material.
The Children’s Commissioner’s Digital 5 a day
Easy to follow, practical steps for children and parents to achieve a healthy and balanced digital diet
The digital 5 a day provides a simple framework that reflects the concerns of parents/ carers as well as children’s behaviours and needs. It can also act as a base for family agreements about internet and digital device use throughout both the holidays and term time.
Based on the NHS’s evidence-based ‘‘five steps to better mental wellbeing’, the digital 5 a day campaign gives children and parents easy to follow, practical steps to achieve a healthy and balanced digital diet.
The internet has enabled everyone to maintain friendships and family relationships no matter where they are in the world and children often say that chatting with friends is the best thing about social media.
It’s important to acknowledge that this is how children keep in touch but it’s also important to have a conversation with them about who they are connecting with and their privacy settings. Remember to keep a dialogue open and talk to your child to understand how they’re spending their time and so that they can come to you for help should they need to.
Activity is very important for mental wellbeing and all children should have time to switch off and get moving.
Children don’t have to be an athlete to be active. Find something that they enjoy – be that swimming, walking, dancing or yoga – begin at a level that works for them and make it a regular activity.
Researching an activity or place online before going out is a good way of combining the two and provides an opportunity for you to use the internet together.
The internet provides children with unlimited opportunities to learn and to be creative. From learning to code to building complex structures in Minecraft to creating video content, the summer can be a great opportunity for children to build their digital skills. Time spent online doesn’t have to be spent passively consuming content. It can be educational, creative and can provide opportunities to build skills for later life.
Give to others
As well as using the internet to learn about how to get involved with local and national charitable schemes, children can give to others through their everyday activities.
Remind children that by giving positive feedback and support to friends and family as well as reporting the negative behaviour of others, children can help the web make a positive place for everyone.
We hear that children often feel pressured by the constantly connected nature of the internet. While they might want to do other things, it can be difficult for them to put their phones down when apps are encouraging them to engage. Being mindful about the amount of time that your child is spending online – and encouraging them to be mindful about how this makes them feel – is important.
Encourage children to come up with ways of managing this i.e. keeping a diary as way of logging the amount of time they are spending online or downloading an app that helps them manage their notifications.
Roles and Responsibilities
E-Safety is an important aspect of strategic leadership within our school. The Headteacher and Governors have ultimate responsibility to ensure that the policy and practices are embedded and monitored. The named E-Safety coordinator is Sharon Nour. It is the role of the E-Safety Co-orindator to keep abreast of current issues and guidance through organisations such as Becta, CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection) and Childnet.
We do promote the use of safe Internet practices throughout school and encourage these as the children leave our gates. We strongly advocate family involvement in how their children use the Internet and other means of electronic communication.
Throughout school, there are age appropriate signs explaining how we can be E-Aware. Everyone is encouraged to report misuse of the Internet and anything that makes them feel uncomfortable. Similarly, if staff find any cause for concern it will be tackled immediately and in line with school policies.
E-Safety in the Curriculum
We are continually updating how we teach children to stay safer online. We use Childnet to support children’s E-learning with specific reference to the Kidsmart website and actively promote the age restrictions for social media platforms and games.
How families can help support their children
We offer information events for families about how we teach computing and what the children are learning. We strongly recommend families and children use the CEOP website, Think U Know website, NSPCC Net Aware website to support E-Safety at home. These have information for families to help support and guide children as well as giving information about the minimum ages for social media and other apps.
We recommend that families follow the advice and guidance given on the CEOP website that covers a range of concerns and behaviours families may want to explore with their children.