Safeguarding, On-line Safety and Wellbeing at Lings Primary School
Key Information Safeguarding, On-line Safety and Wellbeing
At Lings we believe safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility. We have a duty to keep children safe and to be alert at all times to their welfare and wellbeing. Any concerns about a child, however small, is reported through our MyConcern recording system to the Safeguarding Team.
The Safeguarding Team is:
Emma Jacox – Head of School - Designated Safeguarding Lead
Jill Ramshaw – Executive Headteacher - Designated Safeguarding Lead
Nicola Mann – Family Support Worker- Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Helen Fox – Family Support Worker - Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Matthew Bushell – Head of School - Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Lings has a strong pastoral team who are very experienced in dealing with family support and safeguarding. Mrs Mann and Miss Fox (Family Support Workers) are available to work with children and their families. This may include supporting children in school with social and emotional difficulties or helping families in difficult circumstances.
At Lings, we promote an ethos of 'professional curiosity' and believe that all children have a right to grow up and learn in a safe and secure environment. If we have any concerns about a child's safety we will speak to you as parents in the first instance. Often by talking things through, the concerns that have been raised are explained. In some cases, we can support you as a family through our extensive experience within school. Occasionally, we may feel that further support is required. This may include early help intervention or referral to outside agencies, such as health. If we believe a child to be at immediate risk of harm we will refer to social services (MASH). This process enables us to protect children at risk and we make no apology for taking the attitude that where there are grounds for suspicion it is better to be safe than sorry. We will always try to work with families, with your consent, to support you through this process.
The Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) deals with referrals from professionals and members of the public who may have concerns about a child’s welfare. It makes the process of dealing with referrals quicker and more effective by improving the way county council: Children’s social care, Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS), Youth Offending Service (YOS) and education, work alongside other partner agency colleagues including Northamptonshire police, Northamptonshire health partners, National Probation Service, and the East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) to share information.
To contact MASH:
By telephone contact to the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub: 0300 126 1000;
Help for Parents from Northamptonshire County Council https://www3.northamptonshire.gov.uk/councilservices/children-families-education/help-and-protection-for-children/protecting-children-information-for-parents-and-carers/Pages/default.aspx
Northamptonshire Safeguarding Children’s Board (NSCB) http://www.northamptonshirescb.org.uk/parents-carers/
Staying Safe when using ICT
At Lings, children and staff are taught to use ICT safely. They participate in Online Safety lessons and learn how to stay safe and use social media sensibly. Outside agencies come into school to share the latest learning with the children and parent workshops are offered regularly to ensure children and adults are aware of the latest developments.
>Latest advice from NCSB about on-line safety< http://www.northamptonshirescb.org.uk/health-professionals/safeguarding-topics/esafety/
CEOP Think U Know
A useful guide to internet safety for parents and carers https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents
On-line Safety - Parental Controls on the use of the internet at home
Guides to show how to keep your children safe when using the Internet at home https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/advice-centre/parents-and-carers/parental-controls-offered-your-home-internet-provider
Your guide to the Social Networks your kids use https://www.net-aware.org.uk/
AT NPAT we want to support our children and families from being drawn into terrorism, becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism or extremism in any form or guise. As a Trust, there is no place for extremist views of any kind whether from internal sources; pupils, staff or governors or external sources' school community, external agencies or individuals. We recognise that extremism and exposure to extremist materials and influences can lead to poor outcomes for children. PREVENT is the prevention of children falling prey to radicalisation or extremism, and forms part of our Safeguarding Children approach.
Our pupils and staff should see our schools as a safe space to explore controversial issues safely and our teachers encourage and facilitate this to happen through their Personal, Social, Health, Education and wider curriculums.