Safeguarding and E-Safety
SAFEGUARDING & CHILD PROTECTION
A range of documents, circulars and guidance for good practice governs Safeguarding and Child Protection work at St Gregory’s Catholic Science College. Key documents, which inform this policy are:
- The Prevent Duty 2015
- Working together to Safeguard Children 2018
- Keeping Children Safe in Education 2018 (Part one of this document is given annually to all members of staff and forms part of their annual training)
- Child Sexual Exploitation 2017
- Inspecting safeguarding in early years, education and skills settings 2018
- London Child Protection Procedures 2019
- Recommendations from the Monro Report 2011.
- Multi-agency guidance on female genital mutilation 2016
- Sexual violence and sexual harassment between children in schools and colleges (2018)
- Information sharing advice for safeguarding practitioners 2018
The designated Safeguarding lead is the Assistant Headteacher, Miss McCarthy and in her absence the Assistant Headteacher, Mrs Moran. Should Miss McCarthy and Mrs Moran be absent, the matter should then be referred to Mr Prindiville (Headteacher) or another member of the Senior Leadership Team. The nominated Governor for Safeguarding is Mrs Brown.
The Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy should be read in conjunction with other St Gregory’s policies that also ensure the safety of children. All school policies are available on request from the school. Key relevant policies include:
- British Values statement
- Educational Visits
- Good Behaviour
- Health & Safety
- Medical Conditions
- Physical Intervention
- Relationship and Sex Education
- Risk Assessment
- Safer Recruitment (including DBS)
- Search and Confiscation
- Staff Code of Conduct
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES
St Gregory’s Catholic Science College strives to educate all its pupils within an environment where the Catholic traditions of learning, truth, justice, respect and community are promoted. Consequently, the overall aim of this policy is to safeguard and promote the welfare of the children in our care (in situations where child abuse is suspected, our paramount responsibility is to the child).
This will be achieved by:
- Continuing to develop awareness in all staff of the need for Child Protection (particular care should be taken with children with SEND) and their responsibilities in identifying abuse.
- Ensuring that all staff are aware of referral procedures within the school (Child Protection is everyone’s responsibility and any member of staff can, if necessary, make a referral to social care – contact brentlscb.org.uk).
- Monitoring children who have been identified as ‘at risk’ (this includes those at risk of sexual exploitation).
- Ensuring that outside agencies are involved where appropriate.
- Ensuring that key concepts of Child Protection are integrated within the curriculum especially via PSHE.
- Creating an environment where children feel secure, have their viewpoints valued, are encouraged to talk and are listened to.
Should a member of staff suspect that a pupil has been or is at risk of being abused, they will adhere to the guidance set out by the Brent Local Safeguarding Children Board (BLSCB).
N.B. this does not mean that a parent/carer is being accused of wrong doing.
If you would like a copy of the School’s Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy, please contact the school or for more information from the BLSCB, visit http://www.brentlscb.org.uk.
If you have a Child Protection concern, please contact Miss McCarthy, Assistant Headteacher at the school.
At St Gregory’s we promote and encourage the safe and responsible use of computers and the internet. Students sign an Acceptable Use Policy agreement form when they join the school. E-safety is embedded in the curriculum and is part of the PSHE programme. You will find regular e-safety articles in the school newsletters.
We hope that parents/carers will help their children to use technology safely at home. Many devices are now online including mobile phones and games consoles. It is important that children learn how to show respect and responsibility online, protect themselves from any unsuitable material or risks that they may encounter and know how to report a problem if they are worried about something.
HomeSafe Family Challenge
St Gregory’s has worked closely with The Parent Zone on the HomeSafe Family Challenge.
It is an opportunity for you to learn more about how your children use technology and the internet. Please click on the links at the bottom of the page to open the information leaflets which give advice on helping your family to stay safe.
The information on the following websites will help you and your children to stay safe online.
Social networking safety
Help and advice to manage your account settings to ensure privacy and to report any problems.
Set up parental controls offered by your home internet provider
CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection) – Help and advice for parents/carers and young people. Make a report to CEOP.
Get Safe Online - Advice for adults and young people on a range of topics including protecting your computer, scam emails, online shopping, banking, identity theft, safeguarding children.
UK Safer Internet Centre - Help and advice for parents/carers and young people.
The Parent Zone – Digital Parenting magazine and articles.
If you have any e-safety concerns please contact the school’s E-Safety Officer, Mr McNulty.
The school’s E-Safety Policy is available on request from the school.