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:
- Julie Swann (Family Partnership Officer and Safeguarding Lead)
- David Stewart (Headteacher and Deputy Safeguarding Lead)
- Craig Drummond (Deputy Headteacher, Deputy Safeguarding Lead and E-Safety Coordinator)
- Nicole Durrans (Assistant Headteacher (Primary) and Deputy Safeguarding Lead)
- Harriet Agbenowu (Assistant Headteacher, (Secondary), Deputy Safeguarding Lead)
Safeguarding & Child Protection Policy
Please click here to view our Safeguarding & Child Protection Policy
Please click here to view the COVID-19 Annex to our Safeguarding & Child Protection Policy
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 (2020)' 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 to the school are expected to sign in at our reception where they will recieve a visitor's badge and will 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/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.
USEFUL WEBSITES & LINKS
|CEOP (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 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.|
|The UK Safer Internet Centre delivers a wide range of activities to promote the safe and responsible use of technology and operates the UK’s hotline for reporting online criminal content.|
|A non-profit making organisation working directly with children, parents and teachers to ensure that the issues of online child protection and children’s safe and positive use of the internet are addressed. Childnet International produce an online CD guide specifically for parents - Know IT All.|
|The Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre has set up its own educational website which has been designed and written specifically for children, young people, teachers, parents and carers.|
|A beginner’s guide to using the internet safety, including a quiz and some video tutorials about how to ‘stay safe’ on-line.|
One in five young people have experienced bullying by text message or via email. This web site gives advice for children and parents on bullying.