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Safeguarding/E-Safety

At Heathermount School we take safeguarding and child/adult protection very seriously. We believe that all those who come in contact with children and families in their everyday work have a duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and adults.

Prior to employment all staff (paid or voluntary) are DBS checked for their suitability to work with children and young people. Once employed, staff then have safeguarding training with annual updates. This training includes an overview of our responsibilities, signs and symptoms as well as advice and guidance about what to do in the event of a concern.

Visitors to the school are expected to sign in at our reception where they will receive a badge with the Safeguarding Information clearly identified on the back.

Heathermount has a Safguarding Team that meet once a month. Our Team consists of:

  • Jane Jackson   ( Headteacher/Child Protection and Safeguarding Lead)
  • Julie Swan   (Family Partnership Officer and Deputy Safeguarding Lead)
  • Alyce McCourt (Safeguarding Governor)
  • Ben Robinson (Deputy Headteacher and E-Safety Coordinator)

 

Our current Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy is shown below. Please be aware that following changes to KCSiE 2016 our policy has been updated and is awaiting approval by our Governing Body.

 

In addition, E-Safety is an important part of our safeguarding provision at Heathermount School. Our E-Safety Coordinator is the Deputy Headteacher, Ben Robinson and our E-Safety Governor is Caroline Drugan. We have committed to ourselves to improving our E-Safety, which includes the annual Safer Internet Day , offering seminars for parents to develop their understanding and a strive to get the E-Safety Mark by December 2017. We have already security measures in place in school, which are monitored internally, to help safeguard students from potential dangers or unsuitable material, any E-Safety incidents are recorded and managed appropriately, an E-Safety Policy (linked below), regular meetings between the E-Safety Coordinator and the E-Safety Governor and two certificates by 360 Safe showing our commitment to E-Safety and our progress towards the E-Safety Mark. In addition, E-Safety is taught to students, explaining and demonstrating how to stay safe and behave appropriately online.

We can only be successful in keeping our young people safe online if we work with parents/carers to ensure the E-Safety message is consistent. It is important that parents speak to their children about how they can keep safe and behave appropriately online.

Useful Websites

 CEOPCEOP (The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre) delivers a multi-agency service dedicated to tackling the abuse and exploitation of children in the real and online world. Often it is referred to as an online 999. By clicking on the button, young people and parents can get advice on a range of issues such as viruses, hacking and dealing with bullying online.

 Internet MattersInternet Matters is a new online portal designed for parents to access simple, easy and practical advice about online safety for their children, right through from pre-school to teens. It provides tips on protecting children from online grooming, cyberbullying, privacy and identity theft and inappropriate content. Internet Matters is a not-for profit organisation set up by BT, Sky, TalkTalk and Virgin Media.

  1. Heathermount Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy April 2017
  2. E-Safety Policy 2017