Safeguarding at Winterbourne Earls C. E. Primary School
Safeguarding the welfare and well-being of our pupils, and protecting them from significant harm is our prime concern at Winterbourne Earls C. E. Primary School. Safeguarding encompasses issues such as child protection, pupil health and safety, bullying/cyber-bullying, appropriate medical provision, drugs and substance misuse. These areas have specific policies and guidance which can be found on this page.
Should you have any queries or wish to raise concerns, please do not hesitate to contact either myself or the Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads, Mr Thomas Ackland, Mrs Vanessa Kerley and Mrs Kate Woodfine.
Headteacher and Designated Safeguarding Lead
Claire Jost is the Safeguarding Governor for Winterbourne Earls. You can contact her through the Clerk to the Governors via the school office.
Preventing Radicalisation at Winterbourne Earls
What is PREVENT?
From 1 July 2015 all schools, registered early years childcare providers and registered later years childcare providers (referred to in this advice as ‘childcare providers’) are subject to a duty under section 26 of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015, in the exercise of their functions, to have “due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”. This duty is known as the Prevent duty. It applies to a wide range of public-facing bodies. Bodies to which the duty applies must have regard to the statutory guidance. Paragraphs 57-76 of the guidance are concerned specifically with schools and childcare providers.
The Prevent duty: what it means for schools and childcare providers
In order for schools and childcare providers to fulfil the Prevent duty, it is essential that staff are able 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 our wider safeguarding duties at Winterbourne Earls, and is similar in nature to protecting children from other harms (e.g. drugs, gangs, neglect, sexual exploitation), whether these come from within their family or are the product of outside influences.
The teaching staff o build pupils’ resilience to radicalisation by promoting fundamental British values and enabling them to challenge extremist views. It is important to emphasise that the Prevent duty is not intended to stop pupils debating controversial issues. On the contrary, schools should provide a safe space in which children, young people and staff can understand the risks associated with terrorism and develop the knowledge and skills to be able to challenge extremist arguments. For early years childcare providers, the statutory framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage sets standards for learning, development and care for children from 0-5, thereby assisting their personal, social and emotional development and understanding of the world.
The statutory guidance refers to the importance of Prevent awareness training to equip staff to identify children at risk of being drawn into terrorism and to challenge extremist ideas. The Home Office has developed a core training product for this purpose – Workshop to Raise Awareness of Prevent (WRAP). All staff who have regular face to face contact with our pupils have received this training from the headteacher.
NSPCC Radicalisation helpline 0808 800 5000
Promoting Mental Health
Do you have any concerns about your child or children's mental health? This guidance from Wiltshire Council may help. If you have any questions, do drop in and ask for one of the Senior Leadership Team.
What is Online Safety?
'Online Safety' can also be called 'E Safety', 'Internet Safety,' or sometimes 'Web Safety'.
This can be interpreted as 'the safe and responsible use of technology which can connect to the internet.' This includes many means of communicating such as mobile phones, smart watches, tablets, computers/laptops/notebooks and other forms of electronic media, for example gaming platforms and smart devices. (e.g. TV's) Online safety can include electronic security ( E.g. firewalls/age restrictions on devices, or gaming platforms) but it is also about developing a wider knowledge, attitude and behaviour toward the digital world that we live in today. Not every device that we will encounter has the same electronic 'online safety net' and it is vital that we develop an secure understanding of how to work and play safely online, out in the wider community beyond the safety of school and home.
Online Safety in this context can be classified into 3 areas of risk;
1. Content- exposure to illegal, inappropriate or harmful material.
2. Conduct- personal online behaviour that increases the likelihood of, or causes harm.
3. Contact- being subjected to harmful interaction with other users.
National Curriculum 2014
Online safety is included in the Computing section of the curriculum.
At Key stage 1
Pupils should be taught to;
-use technology safely and respectfully, keeping personal information private, identify where to go for help and support when they have concerns about content or contact on the internet, or other online technologies.
Our approach to online safety at Winterbourne Earls Primary School is to embed the learning across the curriculum and increase awareness across the wider school community, with more specific online safety concerns or issues raised during PSHEE and Computing lessons. More vulnerable children are given support with understanding the concepts during these lessons. Good practice and recall of learning is encouraged every time the children are using technology at school, or at home.
Use of Digital / Video Images
The use of digital / video images plays an important part in learning activities. Pupils and members of staff may use digital cameras or I pads to record evidence of activities in lessons and out of school. These images may then be used in presentations in subsequent lessons.
Images may also be used to celebrate success through their publication in newsletters, on the school website and occasionally in the public media.
The school will comply with the Data Protection Act and request parents / carers permission before taking images of members of the school. We will also ensure that when images are published that the young people cannot be identified by the use of their names.
In accordance with guidance from the Information Commissioner’s Office, parents / carers are welcome to take videos and digital images of their children at school events for their own personal use (as such use in not covered by the Data Protection Act). To respect everyone’s privacy and in some cases protection, these images should not be published / made publicly available on social networking sites, nor should parents / carers comment on any activities involving other pupils in the digital / video images.