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Safeguarding & E-Safety

At Heathermount School, safeguarding and child/adult protection is paramount. It is the golden thread that runs through everything we do, which is inclusive of parents, carers and other stakeholders.

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. Safeguarding is effectively  embedded into our whole curriculum which allows students to learn how to keep themselves safe in the wider community and understand online risks.

Core British values are actively taught to educate students how to be tolerant, responsible, respectful citizens of a diverse community.

Heathermount has a Safeguarding Team that meet regularly. Our Team consists of:

  • Jane Jackson (Headteacher/Child Protection and Safeguarding Lead)
  • Julie Swann (Family Partnership Officer and Deputy Safeguarding Lead)
  • Nicole Durrans (Assistant Headteacher, Deputy Safeguarding Lead and E-Safety Coordinator)
  • Caroline Drugan (E-Safety Governor)

Safer Recruitment

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 regular safeguarding training throughout the year and undergo mandatory E-Safety training. This training informs staff of all their responsibilities as indicated in the 'Keeping Children Safe (2016)' DfE guidance, which includes signs and symptoms, advice and guidance about what to do in the event of a concern, FGM, CSE and wider societal trends impacting on safeguarding.

Visitors

Visitors to the school are expected to sign in at our reception where they will recieve a visitor's badge and may be asked to present further identification. In addition, they are provided with safeguarding information on the reverse of the badge as well as provided with a safeguarding leaflet.

Role of Parents/Carers and other stakeholders

It is essential that parents/carers, the school and all stakeholders, including governors, work in partnership to embed the importance of E-Safety across all settings. Parents/carers are provided with useful links, fact sheets, information about current trends via the news source below.

E-Safety Factsheet

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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.

E-Safety News