Safeguarding / Child Protection
Our school community has a duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. This means that we have a Safeguarding Policy and have procedures in place to ensure that Child Protection issues are dealt with efficiently and appropriately. All staff, including our support staff, are aware of our procedures and parents and carers are welcome to read our school Safeguarding policy. Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies when there are concerns about a child’s welfare.
We will always ensure that our concerns about our students are discussed with their parents/carers first, unless there is reason to believe that this is not in the child’s best interests. If you have any concerns for a child or vulnerable adult then speak to one of the following who have been approved as safeguarding officers.
Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mrs Alex Kettlewell
Telephone: 01209 203721/07738407810
Designated Safeguarding OfficerMrs Beth HaslamAssistant HeadteacherTelephone: 01209 203700
Designated Safeguarding OfficerMrs Sally MinersDeputy HeadteacherTelephone: 01209 203700
Benamon Tame Mike McGovern, Rebecca Yates, Debbie Nicholas, and Debbie Goodman.
Cases of Sexting show how impulsive children can be when using mobile phones.
In response, a new app SelfieCop teaches children to Stop-&-Think before taking or sharing photos. It works in 2 ways: (www.selfiecop.com)
- Everytime the camera is activated a message appears to remind children that their photos could (ultimately) be seen by anyone.
- SelfieCop can also send parents a copy of photos taken by the camera, so they can be reviewed for safety (until their children are older).
By deterring Sexting the app also helps to:
- Reduce cyberbullying.
- Restore discipline in the classroom.
- Prevent the criminalisation of children.
"SelfieCop is a useful tool that can help parents safeguard their children's online activities." ISPCC
SelfieCop takes just 3 minutes to set-up.
Step-1 :: Download & install the SelfieCop Parent-App onto the parent's smartphone.
Step-2 :: Download & install the SelfieCop Child-App onto the child's smartphone.
Step-3 :: Link the apps via SMS & share the encryption code.
That's it. From then on, SelfieCop will detect photos & videos taken via popular messaging apps, such as:
- WhatsApp - Instagram - Twitter - Facebook - MessageMe - Twitter - Kik -Telegram - & more
SelfieCop is aimed at children aged about 7-13 years, when they get their first smartphone.
The idea is to teach safe behaviours early, so when they are older (& a tool like SefieCop is less appropriate) they are more likely to think-twice before sharing an unsafe image.
SelfieCop takes privacy very seriously - it is *NOT* SpyWare.
Selfie Cop treats children as crucial stakeholders & take their UNCRC Article 16 "Right to Privacy" (e.g. in communications) very seriously. For example, our set-up process requires parents to ask children for consent during installation.
Many schools, child protection agencies & police forces now support SelfieCop.
SelfieCop is now available for all Android smartphones.