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Safeguarding

Our Commitment to Safeguarding

We believe that all children have a right to be safe and should be protected from all forms of abuse and neglect.

 

Although reporting concerns can be uncomfortable for staff, and be unpleasant for families, as a school, we recognise that it is better to help children, young people and their families early, before issues escalate and become more damaging.

Because safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility, all staff members are committed to recognising and reporting all concerns relating to child safety, wellbeing and in particular are vigilant to spot signs of abuse and maltreatment.

As such, we promise to:

  • Be observant and alert to signs of abuse
  • Be curious and question explanations given by parents / children / staff
  • Be compassionate, honest and clear
  • Ask for support when we feel at the limit of our experience / patience / skills
  • Understand and follow school policies and procedures
  • Work together with other agencies when appropriate to make sure that support for children, young people and families is effective and helps improve outcomes.

 

Every school has a Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL), and Deputy, these are the main points of contact for child protection cases.

 

At Thorpe Hall Primary School:

Designated Safeguarding Lead is Anri Ruthven

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead is Susan Biggar

These members of staff are the main contacts in the event of a child protection concern and can be contacted via the school office.

If you think someone who works with children may pose a risk to them, please tell us immediately.

The school's Designated Safeguarding Manager is Prue Barnes-Kemp

The Deputy Designated Safeguarding Manager is Lisa McIntyre

These officers can be contacted via the school office.

 

The Local Authority's Designated Officer (LADO) can be contacted on 0208 496 3646 or you can talk through your concerns by emailing lado@walthamforest.gov.uk

Online Safety

Today’s pupils are growing up in an increasingly complex world, living their lives seamlessly on and offline. This presents many positive and exciting opportunities, but also challenges and risks.

The online world develops and changes at great speed. New opportunities, challenges and risks are appearing all the time. This can make it difficult to stay up to date with the latest devices, platforms, apps, trends and related threats.  It is therefore important to focus on knowledge and behaviours that can help pupils to navigate the online world safely and confidently regardless of the device, platform or app.

 

Key Learning at School

At school we teach about appropriate online behaviour enabling pupils to understand what acceptable and unacceptable online behaviour looks like. We teach pupils that the same standard of behaviour and honesty apply on and offline, including the importance of respect for others. We also teach pupils to recognise unacceptable behaviour in others.

We help children to know how to identify possible online risks and make informed decisions about how to act. The focus is on helping pupils assess a situation, think through the consequences of acting in different ways and decide on the best course of action.

Knowing how and when to seek support, enabling pupils to understand safe ways in which to seek support if they are concerned or upset by something they have seen online.

 

Pupils often spend significant periods of time accessing the internet at home. We know that children sometimes have greater expertise in navigating online services than adults in the home. We offer advice and tips for parents in our federation half termly newsletters and there are numerous websites offering advice to help you support your child. The following links may be helpful.

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/

https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents

https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/advice-centre/parents-and-carers

https://www.childnet.com/parents-and-carers

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