Beighton Nursery and Infant School

Beighton Nursery and Infant School
Beighton Nursery and Infant School

Safeguarding

Safeguarding is everybody's responsibility

Safeguarding and promoting the mental, emotional and physical welfare of children is everyone’s responsibility who works or volunteers at Beighton NI School and central to everything we do.

Consequently, everyone who comes into contact with our children has a role to play in safeguarding and child protection.  In doing so all staff and volunteers ensure their approach is child centred.  This means we are committed in ensuring, at all times, what’s in the best interests of every child, that they are protected from abuse and neglect and that every child reaches their full potential.

We are committed to provide a secure and supportive environment in which children can grow and progress, helping them to develop a secure understanding of how to keep themselves safe at home, school and in the community.

The best interests of the children will always be our priority. As such, there are times we will need to record, monitor and share information with other agencies. We will share concerns about our pupils with the child’s parents/carers unless we have reason to believe that such a move would not be in the child’s best interest.

What you can do

Parents and carers play a role in safeguarding children in their community. If you have any concerns, no matter how small, you should report them to someone who you trust will listen.

We advise parents, carers and children speak to Miss Hindley (the Designated Safeguarding Lead) or Mrs Reid (Safeguarding Deputy) should you have any concerns about a child or staff member.

If you think a child or young person may be in immediate danger, call 999. Otherwise contact Sheffield Safeguarding Hub on 0114 2734855 (24 hours).

The key policy that all our staff are familiar with and adhere to is DfE Keeping Children Safe in Education.

Here is our Safeguarding Policy.

Our Designated Safeguarding Lead:

Name: Lisa Hindley - Deputy Headteacher

Tel. 0114 2486572

Our Designated Safeguarding Deputy:

Name: Helena Reid - Headteacher

Tel. 0114 2486572

Our Designated Safeguarding Governor:

Name: Simon Cadd

Contactable via the Safeguarding Lead, Deputy or the School Office

Further information and our policies:

Please click here for further information about Safeguarding in our school

Sheffield Children Safeguarding Parntership (SCSP)

Sheffield Children Safeguarding Partnership have developed a website to provide easily accessible and up-to-date safeguarding information for parents & carers, professionals & volunteers, children & young people.

Click on the link below for more info:

www.safeguardingsheffieldchildren.org/sscb

Advice and Guidance for Parents

Helping children to be safe online:

Working with social care:

Advice about gambling:

Support for families bereaved by suicide:

Online Safety

Online safety is a key safeguarding area at Beighton.  We are very aware that the way children are engaging with the online world, alongside the advances in technology and social media platforms creates rapidly increasing risk, at an even younger age.

Whilst we want to educate and expose children to the wealth of advantages and educational benefits of IT, we have to be mindful and take stock of their mental health and wellbeing, the type of content they are viewing and what they are posting online. Aside from the more obvious risks such as online bullying, grooming or device addiction,

We educate children and raise awareness through many aspects of our personal development including the RSHE curriculum, assemblies, national theme days, such as Internet Safety Day and Safeguarding Awareness Week, and reinforce the knowledge and understanding through the Computing Curriculum.

How we prioritise keeping children safe Online at Beighton:

~ Educating children about the importance of:

- Knowing the minimum ages of apps and social media

- Making sure their social media accounts aren’t public, wherever possible

- Only accepting friend requests from people they know and trust in real life

- Telling an adult if anything online makes them feel upset or uncomfortable

- Knowing how they can report an inappropriate message or other content within an app/social media site, and how to block people (where possible)

- Not sharing personal data and creating passwords

~ Supporting and upskilling parents/carers so they know how to help keep their child safe online

~ Challenge any conversations about inappropriate sites/apps, unkindness/bullying taking place online, inappropriate contacts online, posting/sending/receiving images online

~ Respond to cyber-bullying (also known as online bullying) as you would to any other bullying

~ Include all of the above in the RSHE curriculum

~ Include online safeguarding at induction and provide regular updates and training to staff

~ Clear policy and procedures understood and adhered to by everyone in school

~ Home-school agreements and acceptable use policies

~ Appropriate school technology provided for staff (ipad) for teaching & learning and used appropriately

~ Ensure filtering and monitoring systems are in place and effective    

Support for Parents

We are keen to ensure parents and carers are fully informed about Online Safety, the risks, the issues children face online and share practical advice on how to support at home.

We send regular Online Safety communications and resources home.  Staff are always available to offer any advice or help should you have any concerns regarding your child's online behaviours.

We delivered a Parent Workshop in school.  The presentation is available at the below:

Online Safety Workshop January 2024

The children have been learning about how to stay safe online. Please see below our Top Tips to share and talk about with your children:

Enjoying all the amazing things we can do online! 

Talk with your child about the games they enjoy playing and the videos they love to watch. Doing these things together is a great way to explore how amazing the internet can be.

Always being kind and respectful to others online.

Explain to your child that being kind and respectful helps make the internet fun and safe for everyone. Yes, even their little brother if he’s beating them on their favourite game! This is something you can show them in your own words and actions online too.

Making safe choices.

Your child will have to make lots of choices when they’re using technology and the internet, so talk regularly about what they can do to keep themselves safe. This might be keeping personal information like their name or school private and never agreeing to meet up with someone they only know online. The earlier you start these conversations the better equipped your child will be as they grow older.

Remembering that it’s okay to say no to people online.

Online friendships can be difficult to manage, but a simple step to help keep your child safe is making sure they know that they are in control. Discuss how they might respond if someone says or does something that makes them feel uncomfortable. Remind them that they never have to do something just because an online friend has told them to and that they can come to you for help and advice.

Always telling an adult if anyone or anything online makes you worried, upset or uncomfortable.

The most important thing you can do to support your child online is let them know you’re there to support them. Talk regularly about all the points above, and more! Make sure they know that if anything online makes them worried, upset or uncomfortable, then they can come to you for help.

Useful Links:

http://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/5_7/hectorsworld/

http://www.childnet.com/

Child Safety on YouTube - Parent Factsheet

https://www.childnet.com/parents-and-carers/hot-topics