Protecting Your Child
Tang Hall Primary School recognises that we are all responsible for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. Every child should feel safe and protected from any form of abuse or neglect.
Designated Safeguarding Lead
Contact: 01904 555271
Contact: 07534 437793
Contact: 07500 952222
Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSLs)
- The lead DSL is Johanna Slack, Head Teacher
- The DSL is Rachel Hiley, SENDCo
07534 437793 / 01904 555271
The Pastoral Lead is Michelle Murray
07500952222 / 01904 555271
The Lead DSL with overall responsibility for school arrangements for safeguarding and child protection is Johanna Slack, Head Teacher.
We ensure that safeguarding permeates all aspects of our school life. There can be no issue of greater importance to our staff, governors, parents and carers. We ensure that safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children underpins everything we do by:
- Protecting our children from maltreatment
- Preventing impairment of our children’s health or development
- Ensuring that our children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care
- Taking action to enable all of our children to have the best outcomes
- Safeguarding Child Protection Policy
We have a responsibility to provide a safe environment in which children can learn.
We teach pupils about safeguarding through the curriculum, extra-curricular activities, PSHCE and assemblies. This includes supporting children to manage their behaviour, build resilience and ensure they know where to go for help.
We also believe that providing early help to families is part of promoting children’s welfare. The Designated Safeguarding Lead works with our Local Area Team to provide early help and assessments.
The school has a Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy, which is written with reference to:
Working Together to Safeguard Children (2018);
Prevent Duty Guidance for England and Wales (2019);
Channel Duty Guidance: Protecting vulnerable people from being drawn into terrorism (2015);
What do to if you're worried a child is being abused: advice for practitioners (2015);
Information sharing: advice for practitioners providing safeguarding services (2015);
Multi-agency statutory guidance on FGM (2016);
The school has a Safeguarding Team, including a Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) who is fully trained to respond to any concerns about a child. Any concerns about a child should be reported to the DSL. Concerns about the conduct of any member of staff should be reported to the Head Teacher; and any concerns regarding the Head Teacher should be reported to the Chair of Governors.
You can report your concerns about a child directly to the Local Authority: City of York Children’s Front Door: 01904 551900.
You can also report your concerns about a member of staff to the Local Authority: Safeguarding Officer (LADO): 01904 551783
VISITORS to the school MUST enter the school by the main reception. Sign in when you arrive and sign out when you leave. Wear a visitor badge and make sure it can be seen at all times, even if you visit regularly. Read a copy of the Safeguarding Leaflet for visitors and keep it with you.
If you are working in school, you will be asked to bring identification. You may also have to bring a copy of your DBS certificate, depending on your role. Inform the Head teacher if you have become subject to any criminal investigation, caution or conviction.
Photographs cannot be taken by visitors, unless arrangements have been agreed by the Head Teacher.
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).
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.
To read more: www.operationencompass.org
Keeping your child safe online
Online safety encompasses internet technologies and also electronic communications via mobile phones, games consoles and wireless technology. By educating our children in online safety we aim to highlight the need for children and young people to think practically about the benefits, risks and responsibilities of using technology.
To ensure all of our children are aware of the dangers we teach a specific online safety lesson as the last computing session every term. This ensures that the children are regularly accessing information regarding keeping themselves safe.
We operate an open-door policy for reporting issues relating to online safety and very much welcome parents and carers to come into school to speak with the dedicated online safety officer, Mrs Sturgeon or a member of the Senior Leadership Team about any perceived problems.
The internet can be a fantastic resource and there are so many benefits to using it for learning, entertainment and even work! It’s not always easy to keep track of what your children are doing online and keep them safe.
What can you do?
Talk to your child about what they’re up to online. Be a part of their online life; involve the whole family and show an interest. Find out what sites they visit and what they love about them, if they know you understand they are more likely to come to you if they have any problems.
Watch Thinkuknow films and cartoons with your child. The Thinkuknow site has films, games and advice for children from five all the way to 16.
Encourage your child to go online and explore! There is a wealth of age-appropriate sites online for your children. Encourage them to use sites which are fun, educational and that will help them to develop online skills.
Keep up-to-date with your child’s development online. Children grow up fast and they will be growing in confidence and learning new skills daily. It’s important that as your child learns more, so do you.
Set boundaries in the online world just as you would in the real world. Think about what they might see, what they share, who they talk to and how long they spend online. It is important to discuss boundaries at a young age to develop the tools and skills children need to enjoy their time online.
Keep all equipment that connects to the internet in a family space. For children of this age, it is important to keep internet use in family areas so you can see the sites your child is using and be there for them if they stumble across something they don’t want to see.
Know what connects to the internet and how. Nowadays even the TV connects to the internet. Make sure you’re aware of which devices that your child uses connect to the internet, such as their phone or games console. Also, find out how they are accessing the internet – is it your connection, or a neighbour’s wifi? This will affect whether the safety setting you set are being applied.
Use parental controls on all devices that link to the internet, such as the TV, laptops, computers, games consoles and mobile phones.
Parental controls are not just about locking and blocking, they are a tool to help you set appropriate boundaries as your child grows and develops. They are not the answer to your child’s online safety, but they are a good start and they are not as difficult to install as you might think. Service providers are working hard to make them simple, effective and user friendly. Find out more about parental controls.
Setting controls on xbox and xbox live:
Contains links to set controls on an xbox, with xbox live and xbox one
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Further useful resources for parents
Think you know - CEOP Internet Safety
Please follow this link for other safeguarding sites.