Safeguarding and E-Safety
SAFEGUARDING & CHILD PROTECTION
A range of documents, circulars and guidance for good practice governs Child Protection work at St. Gregory’s Catholic Science College. Key documents, which inform this policy, are:
- The Prevent duty 2015
- The Prevent Duty: Guidance Documents 2022
- Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018 (updated July 2022)
- Keeping Children Safe in Education 2023 (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 (updated July 2022)
- London Child Protection Procedures 2023
- Recommendations from the Munro Report 2011
- Multi-agency guidance on female genital mutilation 2016
- Information sharing advice for safeguarding practitioners 2018
- Mental Health and behaviour in schools 2018
- Teaching online safety in schools 2019
The designated safeguarding lead is the Associate Deputy Headteacher, Mr A Hogan, and in his absence Miss McCarthy (Deputy Headteacher). Should Mr Hogan and Miss McCarthy be absent the matter should then be referred to Mr Byrne (Assistant Headteacher) or another member of the Senior Leadership Team. The nominated Governor for safeguarding is Mrs Allen.
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
- GDPR Policies
- Good Behaviour
- Health & Safety
- Medical Conditions
- Physical Intervention
- Remote Education
- Risk Assessment
- Safer Recruitment (including DBS)
- School Rules
- Search and Confiscation
- Staff Code of Conduct
- Staff Handbook
- Staff Procedures
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).
Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined for the purposes of this guidance as:
- protecting children from maltreatment;
- preventing impairment of children’s mental and physical health or development;
- ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care; and
- taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.
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 – via the local authority website).
- Ensuring that all staff are aware that both mental and physical health are relevant to the safeguarding and welfare of children.
- Monitoring children who have been identified as ‘at risk’ (this includes those at risk of sexual exploitation and those children who have a social worker).
- Ensuring that outside agencies are involved where appropriate.
- Ensuring that key concepts of Safeguarding (including child on child abuse and online safety) are integrated within the curriculum especially via Relationships, Sex and Health Education and PSHE.
- Creating an environment where children feel secure, have their viewpoints valued, are encouraged to talk and are listened to.
- Creating an environment where everyone assumes that sexual harassment and abuse (including online abuse) are happening in school (even where there are no specific reports).
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 multi agency safeguarding partners.
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.
If you have a Child Protection concern, please contact Mr Hogan, Associate Deputy Headteacher at the school.
DOMESTIC ABUSE SUPPORT
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.
Internet matters - for support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online
London Grid for Learning - for support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online
Net-aware - for support for parents and careers from the NSPCC
Parent info - for support for parents and carers to keep their children 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 – Help and advice for parents/carers.
For information, advice and guidance on a range of Apps that your child/children may be using or have access to, please read the factsheets below from National Online Safety.
If you have any e-safety concerns please contact the school’s E-Safety Officer, Miss McCarthy.
The school’s E-Safety Policy is available on request from the school.