Greenmount Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

We would like to share with you school policies and practices with regards to ensuring that children are taught in a safe environment and encouraged to live healthy lifestyles and adopt safe practices.

School policies are in place to ensure that there is a consistent approach to safe practices throughout school and that they are adhered to by staff, governors and volunteers.

Adults have a tremendous impact on young children and with this in mind adults at Greenmount:

• Are good role models for children

• Work within the agreed policies of the school

• Promote a happy, caring and safe school

• Create an environment of trust

There are numerous policies in place to safeguard our children and they include:

Child Protection

This is sensitive area in which all staff receive regular training. Here, school and other services for children and families all work together to support the needs of children. There is a named governor for child protection, Mrs Thornton. The child protection policy can be viewed by parents on the Policies page. The named members of staff for child protection are Miss Carr – Headteacher, Mrs Dixon – Deputy Headteacher, Mrs Priestley-Inclusion Leader and Mrs Khattun – Family Support Worker.

Attendance

Children’s attendance at school is monitored on a daily basis and notable absences or patterns of absences are followed up by Miss Healey as our attendance officer and in more serious cases the Education and Welfare Team.

Behaviour

High standards of behaviour are expected in school. However, as we all know children do fall out from time to time or lose concentration. Where this is the case, it is dealt with sensitively by an adult who gives the children time to explain what the problem is and helps the issue to be resolved. Children are often reminded about our school rules and they know that we have them in order for everyone to be happy and keep safe.

Health and Safety

Everyone here at Greenmount knows they have a responsibility to ensure children and adults are able to work in a healthy and safe environment. The school has a fully trained paediatric and  first aiders who deal with accidents should they occur.

Curriculum

We ensure through the planned curriculum  that the issues of healthy eating, physical exercise and safety are taught.

E – Safety 

All children in school receive regular teaching about E-Safety as part of their computing sessions and in any area of the curriculum where they will be using a computer.

Safer Recruitment and Selection 

This aspect is taken very seriously. Governors and the school ensure that all new staff and volunteers who work in school on a regular basis undertake a DBS check and full references are acquired before the person takes up post.

Complaints/Concerns

If you have any concerns about your child or any aspect of school life, please let us know so that we can help resolve any issues.  No problem is too small and can often be prevented from becoming a bigger issue.  Parents can;

• Make an appointment to see your child’s class teacher

• Speak to the Family Support workers who will always be happy to meet you

• Make an appointment to see Miss Carr (HT) or Mrs Dixon (DHT)

• The school is committed to working closely with parents/carers for the benefit of the children.

Staying Safe On-line (E-safety)

ESSENTIAL PARENTS INFORMATION
(See Parent Guides section for leaflets)

To keep your child safe on Digital Media and Games (Fortnite) … see the link below

https://www.net-aware.org.uk/

There is an online game called Blue Whale, which originated in Russia. It encourages self harm for 50 days then committing suicide on the last day. Young people carve a whale on their forearm.  There has been increased suicides in Russia, linked to this game. In Hampshire there have been 2 completed suicides and 2 very near misses.

 Please also see attached information re: new dating app for teenagers “Yellow” and a library of all the different types of social media apps available. The social media library document  currently contains 127 different apps including an additional two newly identified apps courtesy of the NW region.

These are ‘Lovoo’ and ‘Woozworld’.

Lovoo is an online dating, chatting and flirting app.  You can search for people who are close to your current location and engage in private chats.  The app is free but there is also a ‘VIP’ paid membership option.  The VIP membership enables you to end a greater number of chat requests, have more matches and view other users profiles anonymously in ‘ghost mode’ so they don’t know you’ve seen their picture and details.

Woozworld is a virtual gaming app which allows the user to create their own fashion themes avatar and do quests.  It has chat facilities and the app has been described as being designed for the ‘tween’ market with the average age of users being between 8 and 14.

Information and support.

Education staff have a statutory responsibility to  educate the whole school or college community in their use of technology and establishes mechanisms to identify, intervene in and escalate any incident where appropriate.  There is a wealth of information available to support schools and colleges to keep children safe online. The following is not exhaustive but should provide a useful starting point:

www.thinkuknow.co.uk

www.disrespectnobody.co.uk

www.saferinternet.org.uk

www.internetmatters.org

www.childnet.com/cyberbullying-guidance

www.pshe-association.org.uk

educateagainsthate.com

www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-use-of-social-media-for-online-radicalisation

CSE Social Media Library

Information on Yellow

Links for Children

There are lots of great things to do on the Internet from playing games, looking for something for school, listening to music, watching video clips or just looking for cool stuff. But you also need to know how to stay safe online and what to do if you come across something you don’t like.

Think U Know for 5 to 7 year olds – 5, 6 or 7? This website has been set up just for you, to help you go on the internet in a safe way and know who to talk to if you are worried.

Think U Know for 8 to 10 year olds – showing you what’s good on the Internet. Have a look at what’s not and shows you ways you can get yourself out of bad situations.

Kids Smart – gives advice on how to stay safe on the Internet, whatever you are doing including searching for information, playing games, listening to music and entering competitions.

CBBC Stay Safe: Advice on Internet Safety – includes interactive clips from Tracy Beaker, a Newsround Special and Dongle’s Guide to be SMART.

Links for parents and carers

Using the internet can make learning fun, fast and easy. Whether researching a school project, chatting with frends or playing a game, you can help your child surf safely and feel confident about learning online. The following sites offer help to keeping you and your child safe online:

BBC Webwise online safety course – this site gives advice on not only keeping your child safe, but also gives tips on what adults should be doing for themselves too.

Think U Know – Parents and Carers – produced by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP). Their site offers really good advice on keeping your child safe online.

UK Council for Child Internet Safety– offering advice on Cyberbullying, Social Networking, downloading files and online gaming as well as general advice on keeping your child safe online.

Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy