Safeguarding – School Responsibilities
Mrs Ryding is the designated school safeguarding lead, with Mr McDermott and Mrs Lawton as deputy safeguarding leads.
We have a responsibility to ensure that children are safe in school, on their way to school and on their way home from school.
In school, our policies are written to keep children safe and healthy. We have the following policies and most of these are on the school website. If you would like a paper copy, please call into the office.
|Anti-bullying Policy||First Aid Policy|
|Anti-Cyber Bully Policy||Health and Safety|
|Behaviour Policy (Inc.) Playground rules||Administering of medicines|
|Complaints Procedure||Mission Statement and Aims|
|E safety Policy||Risk assessment|
|Equality policy||Safeguarding Policy|
|Fire Drill Evacuation||SEND procedures|
The purpose of Wigan Encompass is to safeguard and support children and young people who have been involved in or witness to a domestic abuse incident.
Domestic abuse impacts on children in a number of ways. Children are at increased risk of
physical injury during an incident, either by accident or because they attempt to
intervene. Even when not directly injured, children are greatly distressed by witnessing the physical and emotional suffering of a parent.
Encompass has been created to address this situation. It is the implementation of key partnership working between the police and schools. The aim of sharing information with local schools is to allow ‘Key Adults’ the opportunity of engaging with the child and to provide access to support that allows them to remain in a safe
but secure familiar environment.
Following the report of an incident of domestic abuse, by 9.00am on the next school
day the school’s Key Adult will be informed that the child or young person has been
involved in a domestic incident. This knowledge, given to schools through Operation
Encompass, allows the provision of immediate early intervention through silent or
overt support dependent upon the needs and wishes of the child.
The Key Adult in this school is Mrs Ryding , she will receieve information from Operation Encompass.
Walking Home from School – is your child Safe?
As Parents/carers, it is your decision whether your child is mature enough to walk to school alone and to walk home alone.
Please read the NSPCC booklet – Is my child ready to go out alone? https://www.nspcc.org.uk/globalassets/documents/advice-and-info/out-alone-keeping-child-safe.pdf
Whilst there is no legal age when a child can walk to and from school, you will need to assess the risks associated with the school route and balance it against your child’s maturity. It goes without saying that safeguarding issues grow when children are walking the streets as the evenings get darker and when they are given the responsibility of looking after younger siblings.
When do I decide to leave my child home alone? A useful guide here
Children at our school use the internet on a regular basis as part of their learning. In school, we have regular eSafety activities to remind children of the importance of keeping themselves safe online.
Below are a few links to some very useful information regarding e-safety for parents, carers and children.
An award-winning internet safety programme for children.
lots of useful advice for keeping yourselves and your children safe on the Internet.
An organisation which helps to prevent bullying and child abuse.
ChildLine is the free helpline for children and young people in the UK.
USEFUL LINKS FOR PARENTS
The internet for many parents can be a daunting place but to our children it is a necessity of life. Access to the internet has never been so vast and continues to spread with the increasing popularity of tablets devices and access through mobile phones. To support you in protecting your child on line there are some useful links below to sites with tips and guidance:
CEOP (Child On-Line Protection) Parents and Carers Area
This site offers advice and guidance for all types of online behaviours be it on line gaming, social networking, sharing and much more. Your children will be familiar with the child version of this site as it used in school you could perhaps ask them to help you with navigating through it.
A Parents’ Guide to Facebook
Would you know whether your son/ daughters profile is set to public or private? Would you know how to check? Do you know what POS stands for when children are online chatting (Parent Over Shoulder)? Do you know what Phishing is? Facebook is very popular amongst young people (and many adults) this guide is produced annually to keep parents up to date with tips for keeping their children safe when using Facebook and informing them of the latest trends for Facebook usage.
Share, Take Care: tips for parents
This short guide will help you to make sure your teen stays safe and happy online.
With the digital world changing all the time, how can you make sure your child’s staying safe? Whether you’re an online expert or you’re not sure where to start, our tools and advice will help you keep your child safe
An illustrated guide to e-safety for parents and carers
Sophos are offering a free antivirus / firewall for home use. Visit their website at www.sophos.com/en-us/products/free-tools.aspx to find out more.
Think You Know is a site where you can report online abuse, or find out more information. There are age specific areas for children too.
Parent Zone has a host of information and advice about all things digital
This is a site full of useful information for helping keep your child safe online. Below are some of their parent guides to help you set parental controls and to help your child to surf the internet safely.
Our School Policies