SAfeguarding during the COVID 19 outbreak
Within all schools, safeguarding is an important issue and managing this remotely, during these unprecedented times, brings many challenges. However, there are many ways in which you can help your child.
Child Line and the NSPCC have great websites to help you discuss safeguarding with your child at home.
The NSPCC website is aimed at parents and carers. It has useful headings giving pertinent support ranging from 'Talking to children about the Corona virus' to 'Working from home' (see link below).
The Child Line website is more geared for children, but it would be beneficial to take time to look at this website together. Again, there are many useful headings - the 'Top Ten Tips for Lockdown' particularly useful (see link below).
Your child's class teacher has also posted the following message on the Google Classroom the pupils in their class -
Keep talking to people and tell someone if you need supportWhilst we are in lock down, it is really important keep in touch with friends online, and talk to people at home. Talking about what’s happening can help to remind you that you’re not alone. Remember that you can still contact your class teacher by sending a message on Google Classroom or you can visit childline.org.uk/kids for advice too.
The School has written a COVID-19 addition to the current Safeguarding policy. Currently, this is being agreed by the Governors and it will be on the school's website shortly - please look out for this.
Finally, if you need support or are concerned about a child's safety you can contact the school or if it is an immediate issue then you need to get in touch with Front Door For Families (please see the link below). https://www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/content/children-and-education/front-door-families
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch,
Mark Rodericks, Deputy Head Teacher and Designated Safeguarding
Patcham Junior School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. It expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
We have a number of policies and procedures in place that contribute to our safeguarding commitment, including our Child Protection Policy/Safeguarding Policy which can be viewed here.
When there are concerns about a child's welfare, we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies. We will ensure that our concerns about our pupils are discussed with parents/carers first, unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child's welfare.
We actively support the Government's Prevent Agenda to counter radicalism and extremism.
Our Designated Safeguarding Lead is Mark Rodericks (Deputy Headteacher). Our Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead is Alister Sutherland (Headteacher). The Governors with responsibility for safeguarding in our school is Marion Rajan and Derrick Davies.
Front Door for Families
When the school has a safe guarding concern about a child, a referral will need to be made to Front Door for Families (FDFF). Front Door for Families is made up of professionals with different areas of expertise who work together to assess, decide and coordinate how best to support children, young people and their families where there are concerns.
For more information please see the FDFF’s website - https://www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/content/children-and-education/front-door-families
Photographs and Videos
Whilst lots of parents and carers really enjoy seeing photos and videos of their children’s school life, we are very mindful of our duty of care towards all our pupils. We take the issue of safeguarding very seriously and this includes the use of photographic and video images.
Any photographs or videos taken by parents, carers and relatives at school productions, sports days or other events are for the enjoyment of individual families. They must not be used in any way that could potentially place a child at risk. This would include publishing images in any form of print or on the internet including social networking sites.
We understand that in exceptional circumstances, a parent or carer may not wish their child to be photographed or videoed in this way. If this is the case, then please contact the headteacher to discuss how this can be best achieved.
Occasionally, the local press will be invited to take photographs of school events and special achievements. We like to use photographs of our children on our website, in school documents, for parent information meetings, newsletters and on our display screens around the school. This is covered in our photo consent form which we ask parents to sign on entry to the school. This can be viewed here Photo/Video Consent Form
Please also see our Safeguarding leaflet for all visitors, trainee teachers, volunteers and those on work experience which is downloadable below.
Our school is be part of Operation Encompass. This is a joint project with Sussex Police which started in September 2018. The project provides early reporting to schools of any domestic abuse incidents involving children (incidents in which a child was present, ordinarily resides at the incident location or with an involved party).
We know that children and young people can be significantly affected through witnessing or being exposed to domestic abuse and this operation will allow our school to better support our pupils/students and their families. A nominated member of school staff, known as a Key Adult, has been trained to liaise with the police. Our Key Adult is Mark Rodericks and Deputy Head Teacher and the Deputy Key Adult is Alister Sutherland and Head Teacher. They will be able to use information that has been shared with them, in confidence, to ensure that the right support is available should it be required by a child/young person and/or their family. We are keen to offer the best support available to our pupils/students and we believe this is going to be extremely beneficial for all those involved.
Additional information about Operation Encompass is available at www.operationencompass.org