Safeguarding at Winterbourne Earls CE Primary School
Safeguarding, promoting and protecting the welfare and wellbeing of our pupils is our prime concern at Winterbourne Earls CE Primary School. We aim to act to enable all our of children to have the very best life chances and ensure they grow up experiencing safe and effective care. We value the happy and supportive relationships we create in school and actively promote good mental health and wellbeing. Our strong and much-valued pastoral support is a strength and our spiritual and emotional support has been further enhanced with the provision of a new school chaplain from September 2022. We do our utmost in the support of each individual child to ensure that school is a safe place full of trusted adults where they can develop as individuals and fulfil their potential. The curriculum that we are in the process of designing is a values-based one, full of enquiry questions to promote personal development, creative thinking and encouraging an understanding of the love of God. We are proud of the fact that children leave us in Year 6 as confident, well-rounded individuals who have experienced the very best foundations we can offer. Feeling safe and building trust are core elements of our safeguarding ethos.
Safeguarding encompasses issues such as keeping children safe, including online that incorporates pupil health and safety; school behaviour management and preventing child on child abuse; supporting children with medical conditions; Relationships, Sex and Health (RSHE) education and Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHE) education; providing First Aid and site security.
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 (the Deputy Head) and Mrs Vanessa Kerley, an experienced teaching assistant in KS1 who also leads Winterbourne Fox Cubs, our onsite out-of-school provision.
Mrs Ali McEwan is our Senior Mental Health Lead and Pastoral and Wellbeing Manager. She is an expert in her field, supporting staff and children, coordinating our Bourne Forces work and she is always happy to work alongside parents and carers. As she works part-time, please contact her via Mrs Hyde in the office.
Georg Knights is our new chaplain who works alongside us on Tuesdays. She can be seen by parents at Pop-In After School Club at St Michael's Church but can be contacted via the office.
Claire Jost is the Safeguarding Governor for Winterbourne Earls. You can contact her through the Clerk to the Governors via the school office.
Headteacher and Designated Safeguarding Lead
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.