Safeguarding and Child Protection
Our Safeguarding Contacts
Designated Safeguarding & Child Protection Governor: Mrs C Tootill
The school has a clear policy on child protection and safeguarding in line with Bracknell Forest Council. Any concerns can be reported to any of the above staff members. We have close working relationships with other professionals, including Health and Social Services.
If an issue is raised about a child who appears to be neglected, ill treated or not thriving, we have a duty to clarify the situation. We will contact parents/ carers to find out whether there are any problems that can be dealt with. However, in some circumstances the law requires us to take action to protect a child from abuse or neglect by contacting social services without first informing parents or carers.
We recognise that all families have times of difficulty and may need some support. We encourage you to let us know if you need help, and we will do our best to put you in contact with the right people to help and support you.
We believe that an open and honest partnership with families is vital. Problems at home often show themselves in school and vice versa. Communication is essential so that we can support you and your children. Please let us know if events at home might affect your child’s behaviour and emotional well being in school.
Our Safeguarding and Child Protection policy can be viewed here.
Our Code of Conduct for School Employees can be viewed here.
Bracknell Forest Council Education Safeguarding Manager: Tel. 01344 354014
Bracknell Forest Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub: Tel. 01344 352005
Emma Langdon, Local Authroity Designated Officer (LADO): Tel. 01344 351572, Email: LADO@bracknell-forest.gov.uk
Emergency Duty Team (Out of hours): 01344 786543
Family Support Worker
Our School Family Support Worker is Mrs Greenwood. Raising children is wonderful but can sometimes be really challenging! We know that sometimes families need a little extra support or advice. If you would like to discuss anything or would like some extra encouragement and support, Mrs Greenwood is here to help. Please visit her if you have any problems. You can contact her via the main school reception or by telephoning the school on: 01344 301269.
Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)
The School follows rigorous procedures when employing staff. All members of the school staff, adults who help regularly in school, governors and adults from outside organisations, for example sports coaches are all checked.
Security in School
The security of the school is a priority. During the day all gates that access the school site are locked. The main school entrance is open and manned from 11.30am – 11.45am and 12.30pm – 12.45pm to allow our nursery parents and carers to collect and drop off.
The internal Reception doors are controlled electronically and cannot be opened by anyone who is not permitted to enter.
Visitors sign in at Reception and wear a badge. Staff understand the need to check the identity of anyone on the School premises who is not wearing a badge.
There is an emergency action plan in place in the event of an emergency. We hope never to use the plan, but you will appreciate the importance of having procedures in place. Emergency procedures are practised regularly.
We rely on the local community to support us in keeping our school safe. Please let us know if you see any unusual or suspicious activity around the School site.
Use of Photographs
We have a policy about use of the internet. Please let us know if you do not want your child’s photograph to be used in publications that go out of school or on our school website. You will be advised by school staff regarding the use of cameras and video equipment at school events. We do ask that you are sensitive when using photographs on social media and use only those images of your child / children.
Parents’ and Carers’ Contact Details
Please keep us up to date with contact details, including address and telephone numbers and children’s medical details, emergency contacts and any other relevant information. It is very helpful for us to have a phone number for text messages as this provides a way of sending information quickly, for example, if a coach is held up and children are likely to arrive back later than expected. Please make sure you register with our sQuid system which we use as our primary way to communicate with parents for example fortnightly newsletters, school information and parents evenings.
Our Charter for Keeping Safe:
Guidance for Parents:
During COVID Closure
Dear Parents ,
The vast majority of schoolchildren in Bracknell Forest are now using online learning resources following the closure of schools. While moving to online learning is absolutely necessary under these unprecedented circumstances it has, unfortunately, provided opportunities for online predators who seek to groom and exploit children.
We have been made aware of an increase in reports to the police of predatory adults posing as online tutors contacting children to offer one-to-one tutoring. We would therefore urge parents and carers to do the following:
- Take time to monitor your child’s online activity, even if you are busy working from home yourself
- Ensure your child is only using their school’s online learning portals or established, trusted websites (for example BBC Bitesize or Times Table Rockstars)
- Not to respond to any offers of online tutoring from people you don’t know, be it via email or social media, even if it has been shared by friends/contacts
- Remind children that strangers online are just like strangers in real life and that if anyone they don’t know tries to contact them they should tell an adult
- Report anything suspicious to the Child Exploitation and Online Protection command (CEOP) via www.ceop.police.uk (there is also advice and guidance about reporting on this site)
- Visit www.thinkyouknow.co.uk with your child. Think You Know is run by CEOP and provides age-appropriate help and guidance to children about how to stay safe online.
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A great video from NSPCC on the safety of talking about PANTS with PANTOSAURUS. Meet Pantosaurus – our pant-wearing Dino! He wants every child to stay safe and strong, just like him, and he’s on a mission to share an important message.
There can be so many risks inside and outside the home, it can be hard to keep track of them all.
For instance, did you know that:
Falls are one of the most common causes of childhood accidents?
Six toddlers are admitted to hospital every day because they’ve been so badly burned?
Many accidents can be prevented in just one minute, by moving dangerous objects out of a child’s reach?
A great video to talk to KS2 children. In this film, CITV presenter, Sam Homewood, encourages children to be ‘road ready’ and be safe on the road.
Help Sheets for parents:
Cartoons about online safety launched for four-year-olds
Jessie & Friends features three animated children who explore online videos and social media – but they soon realise that dangers are lurking there. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-47553456
Reports of online scares or challenges encouraging harmful or suicidal behaviours can be alarming and confusing. Here we look at how you can speak to your child about scares and challenges, and how to respond if they have seen one..
Stories and warnings often circulate online about online scares or suicide challenges which are alleged to have encouraged children to engage in harmful activities. Most have been found to be hoaxes, fake news or wildly exaggerated stories.
Seeing or hearing about this content can be distressing for both children and parents.
We wanted to draw your attention to the excellent work from the National Online Safety team. They have many excellent articles but their recent one on Youtube is especially helpful. https://nationalonlinesafety.com/resources/wake-up-wednesday/youtube-online-safety-guide/
Own it APP
Share this widely – great new app https://www.bbc.com/ownit
Thinkuknow is an education programme from the National Crime Agency’s CEOP Command.
Since 2006, Thinkuknow has been keeping children and young people safe by providing education about sexual abuse and sexual exploitation.
Thinkuknow is unique. It is underpinned by the latest intelligence about child sex offending from CEOP Command.
Thinkuknow aims to ensure that everyone has access to this practical information – children, young people, their parents and carers and the professionals who work with them.