Safeguarding our children in school
We ensure that safeguarding permeates all aspects of our school life. There can be no issue of greater importance to our staff, governors and parents and carers, than the safety of our children. We ensure that the following underpins everything we do:
•Protect our children from maltreatment
•Prevent impairment of our children’s health or development
•Ensure that our children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care
•Undertake a role so as to enable those children and learners to have optimum life chances and to enter adulthood
At Tang Hall Primary School the safety of our children is of upmost importance. This includes keeping them safe when using electronic equipment and more specifically when entering the online world. E-Safety encompasses internet technologies and also electronic communications via mobile phones, games consoles and wireless technology. By educating our children in e-safety we aim to highlight the need for children and young people to think practically about the benefits, risks and responsibilities of using information technology.
To ensure all of our children are aware of the dangers we teach e-safety as the last computing session every term. This ensures that the children are accessing information regarding keeping themselves safe three times each year. We also invite parents and carers to join us for an e-safety evening each year as well as discussing it at the 'Flying Start' meetings in September.
We operate an open-door policy for reporting issues relating to e-safety and very much welcome parents and carers to come into school to speak with the dedicated e-safety officer, Mrs Sturgeon or a member of the Senior Leadership Team about any perceived problems. For additional support and ideas please see the links below
What is Prevent?
Prevent is part of CONTEST, the Government’s strategy to address terrorism. The main aim of Prevent is to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism. Prevent focuses on all forms of terrorist threats. E.g. international terrorism, far right extremists (among others).
A link to the Government’s Prevent strategy can be found below.
From July 2015, all schools have a duty to safeguard children from radicalisation and extremism. Many of the things we already do in school to help children become positive, happy members of society also contribute to the Prevent strategy.
- Exploring other cultures and religions and promoting diversity.
- Challenging prejudices and racist comments
- Developing critical thinking skills and a strong, positive self identity.
- Promoting the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils, as well as British values such as democracy.
Our school has been given the opportunity to take part in a new project that will run jointly between all schools, academies and colleges in York and North Yorkshire. This new project, Operation Encompass, has been designed to provide early reporting to schools of any domestic abuse incidents that occur outside of normal school hours and that might have had an impact on a child attending our premises the following day. This information will be shared at the earliest opportunity between Monday to Friday and, when an incident occurs on a Friday, Saturday or a Sunday, the police will contact us the following Monday.
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