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Safeguarding and Child Protection
We ensure our staff and children are as knowledgeable as possible about the benefits and potential risks associated with using the internet.
Our online safety and acceptable use policies are reviewed regularly and are reflective of the best practice advised by the Department for Education and national sites such as Internet Matters, The Safer Internet Centre and the NSPCC.
The school's robust filtering and monitoring systems minimise the risk of inappropriate content being exposed to children in class. Home internet systems however, do not always have these in place, where children are more likely to be online by themselves. There are a variety of sites and resources to support parents in keeping their children safe when online, including advice for social media apps. (click for more info).
March 8th 2021 Reopening Comprehensive Risk Assessment:
4th November 2020: Letter from Mr. Illsley regarding new safeguarding measures in light of new national lockdown:
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At Stithians School staff have a duty of care to keep children safe from harm. All employees receive Tier 1 and Tier 2 Safeguarding and Child Protection training. The Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) is Headteacher Nick Illsley. The Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead (DDSL) is Mr Manley – deputy head. Both these members of staff have completed Tier 3 training. If you have a concern about a child’s well-being please speak to one of these officers or contact Cornwall Council’s Multi-Agency Referral Unit (0300 123 1116). For more information about our Safeguarding arrangements please read the school policy.
We are also committed to safeguarding children from radicalisation and extremism and female genital mutilation (FGM). Senior staff have have undertaken Prevent Duty training, the government programme to challenge extremist views, and FGM training with Reconstruct. Staff throughout the school have had awareness training in these areas as part of our commitment to ensure Stithians pupils are kept safe from harm.
At Stithians School we welcome many visitors and volunteers to work alongside the staff and children. All visitors and volunteers must sign in on arrival at reception. It is the policy of the school that all visitors and volunteers who work directly with children should undertake a DBS clearance, otherwise they will not be permitted to work unsupervised.
If you have a concern about a child’s well-being please contact the DSL or DDSL at the school. If this is not possible please contact Cornwall’s Multi-Agency Referral Unit (MARU) on 0300 123 116.
Cornwall Multi-Agency Referral Unit (MARU) Tel: 0300 123 116.
Stithians Community Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and 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 which can be viewed at the bottom of this page.
Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies, when there are concerns about a child's welfare. 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 Mr Nick Illsley (Headteacher). Our Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead is Mr Trevor manley (Deputy Headteacher). The Governor with responsibility for safeguarding in our school in Cath Cullen.
Everyone at Stithians C.P. School takes the responsibility towards preparing the children for life in modern Britain. Fundamental British Values are introduced, discussed and lived out through the ethos and work of the school. All curriculum areas provide a vehicle for furthering understanding of these concepts and, in particular, our RE, PSHE lessons and assemblies provide excellent opportunities to deepen and develop understanding.
Children embrace these concepts with enthusiasm and demonstrate a good understanding of their application to their own lives. We make considerable efforts to ensure children have exposure to a wide experience beyond their local community during which these concepts are shown, for example, sporting events, assemblies and a range of visits.
Their strong rooted values-based understanding gives them an excellent platform for embracing difference. All staff and governors are aware of their responsibilities towards radicalisation and have received training on The Prevent Duty.
Staff understand their obligation to identify children who may be vulnerable to radicalisation, and know what to do when they are identified. Protecting children from the risk of radicalisation is seen as part of schools’ wider safeguarding duties, and is similar in nature to protecting children from other harms.
As a school we are preparing children for the 21st century and embrace the technologies that can enhance learning. Our aim is to safeguard and promote our pupils’ safe use of internet and electronic communication devices, such as, mobile phones and wireless connectivity. The internet and other technologies have an important role in the learning and teaching processes however, we feel it is important to balance those benefits with an awareness of the potential risks. For further information on this please see our e-safety policy.
If the actions of a member of staff causes any concerns regarding their conduct with a child, then the matter will be dealt with following whistleblowing procedures in which the Headteacher and Chair of Governors will investigate and if needed will contact the local authority to report their concerns. If you are ever concerned about a child or adult in our community, please contact one of our designated safeguarding leads- Mr. Illsley and Mr. Manley.
The school uses the services of Operation Encompass, a unique Police and Education early intervention safeguarding partnership which supports children and young people exposed to domestic abuse.
Operation Encompass is the reporting to schools before the start of the next school day when a child or young person has been involved or exposed to a domestic abuse incident the previous evening.
The information is given in strict confidence to a school’s Key Adult to enable support to be given dependent on the needs and wishes of the child.
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. This is emphasised before concerts and shows etc.
We understand that in exceptional circumstances a parent or carer may not wish their child to be photographed or videoed in this way. You have the opportunity to let us know on the form that we send out at the beginning of every school year.
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 and on our display screens around the school. If you do not wish photographs of your child to be used for these purposes, then please contact the Headteacher.
ESSENTIAL SAFEGUARDING POLICIES
Risk Assessment for Young People on Work Experience: