This page has been created to offer important information for parents/carers regarding issues surrounding Safeguarding and Child Protection.
West Wimbledon Primary School takes seriously its responsibility to protect and safeguard the welfare of children in its care. Please read the following documents carefully, to see how we put that overarching aim into practice.
In addition, we recognise that safeguarding against radicalisation is no different from safeguarding against any other vulnerability. At West Wimbledon Primary School all staff are expected to uphold and promote our British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect, and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. More information on anti-radicalisation appears below.
Children and young people spend a lot of time on the internet. They may go online to research information for homework or to play games and chat with friends. Please see below for more information on what you can do, as a parent, to make that time online safe for your family.
Our practice on Internet safety, is another key component in our commitment to safeguarding the children in our care. Please see below for more information.
Visitors in Schools
We are vigilant in ensuring that every person who comes in to School, whether it is to teach, to train staff, to work on the building, to clean it, to cook or to visit does so with safety of the children paramount in our thinking. Therefore, all visitors – including parents – going beyond the School’s reception have to sign in and have their identities checked and verified. For further information, please see our Safeguarding protocol for volunteers and helpers.
The internet hoists a huge amount of useful information and is a great way of learning about new things and keeping in contact with friends and family. It can also be a very dangerous space, so it is important that children are protected and monitored when they are online.
CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection) has lots of information about how to keep your children safe online. The link to their website is here: www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents
The NSPCC also offers lots of helpful tips and advice which parents can use to keep their children safe on the internet and social networks. The link below outlines the risks and dangers children face when using the internet: NSPCC Online Safety
The internetmatters.org website also has good range of useful information, support and downloadable material.
Considered particularly useful, are their :
- Social media guides for parents, designed to ensure your child’s maximum safety when accessing social networks;
- Cyberbullying conversation starters;
- Age guide leaflets, which are a series of four age-specific check-lists for parents to give them top tips on how to help their children stay safe.
Finally, on the same page as the Age guide leaflets are a range of other guides offering general information on how to keep children safe in our digital world. These guides include an online safety guide, developing a staying safe check-list and (a very welcome) guide to internet manners.
How to Set Up Parental Controls
Parental controls can help keep your child safe. Even the most innocent searches online can bring up not so innocent results. Parental controls can be used to block upsetting or harmful content. They can also help to control online purchases or manage how long your child spends online. The NSPCC have made setting up parental controls really easy:
As a School, West Wimbledon Primary School is committed to ensuring that children are as safe as possible when using the Internet. To that end, we have been actively involved in the Safer Internet campaigns since 2016, running a poster competition in 2017 for the children, as well as assemblies and activities for each class.
School Online Rules
Within school, children are taught regularly, as part of their mainstream lessons, to follow a set of online safety rules. Regular reminders about the importance of these are given to the children.
The School follows a Mobile phone and other electronic communications device policy, which pupils who wish to bring in such technology, and staff are required to follow.
Each year, in line with best practice, we review and amend the Acceptable Use documents we require staff, children and visitors to sign, and the document we send home to families, to ensure that each is consistent with the School’s Online Safety and Safeguarding policies, follows the expert advice we receive from Merton and the London Grid for Learning and meets our statutory requirements. The documents we have used this year, may be viewed below:
- Acceptable use agreement: Staff, volunteers and goverors
- Acceptable use agreement: Parents
- Acceptable use agreement: Key Stage 1 pupils
- Acceptable use agreement: Key Stage 2 pupils
In June 2017, the School hosted a practical advice session for parents and carers, presented by Merton’s Schools ICT Support Manager, Derek Crabtree. His very useful presentation may be downloaded here.
Useful links and other Information from other sources to provide support, guidance and resources to help parents/carers protect their children may be found here.
From 1 July 2015, schools have been 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”.
West Wimbledon Primary School is committed to ensuring that all children are safe. In the increasingly complex world in which we live, children and young people are exposed to a seemingly inexhaustible range of ideas, opinions and causes that may appear – and may well be – intriguing and worthy of consideration.
We value freedom of speech and the expression of beliefs and both pupils/students and adults have the right to speak freely and voice their opinions. Our ethos seeks to build pupils’ resilience to radicalisation by promoting fundamental British values and enabling them to challenge However, we must also be mindful of the fact that some terrorist ideologies draw on and make use of extremist ideas which are espoused and circulated by apparently non-violent organisations, very often operating within the law.
To that end, the School has an Anti-Radicalisation Policy Statement, which may be viewed here. The School also responds positively to the advice of Merton’s Safeguarding Children Board and we recommend parents have a look at the publication it has recently produced, Advice to parents.
Prevent Strategy information and resources for parents:
DfE guidance on the Prevent Duty can be found here: Prevent Duty Departmental advice for Schools and Colleges
The NSPCC have information for parents/carers about radicalisation and dangers associated with extremism. There are also links to other supportive services on the NSPCC web page, NSPCC – Protecting children from radicalisation.
Information and resources to download for Parents/carers and staff can be found at: e-Learning training on PREVENT – training developed by HM Government. The School also recommends visiting the Educate Against Hate website.
Click here to access the very useful “Counter-Extremism – narratives and conversations”, hosted by the London Grid for Learning, which comprises a series of bite-size videos featuring Sara Khan, director of Inspire, a counter-extremism and women’s rights organisation.
Child Sexual Abuse
It is important to understand the difference between healthy and developmentally expected sexual exploration and play in children, and behaviour that is not appropriate and can cause harm to others or increase a child’s vulnerability. These leaflets from the Lucy Faithfull Foundation explain the differences and suggests ways of responding to these behaviours.
P.A.N.T.S: Teach your child the Underwear Rule The NSPCC suggest that using this simple rule, parents can teach their children to look after their own bodies and help keep them safe from sexual abuse.
Child Sexual Exploitation, or CSE, is a form of sexual abuse which sees children/young people being manipulated or coerced into sexual activity for receiving something such as gifts, money, food, attention, somewhere to stay etc.
Technology is very often used to groom victims. This may occur through social networking sites and mobile phones with internet access. CSE has gained a large amount of media attention over the last few years as lots of services involved with children and young people have noticed a big rise in cases involving CSE.
Charities such as NSPCC and Barnardos have been campaigning to raise the profile of this form of child abuse. Information regarding CSE can be found here by following the link to PACE (Parents Against Child Sexual Exploitation) is a national charity that works with parents and carers whose children are sexually exploited. PACE offers one-to-one telephone support, national and local meet-ups with other affected parents and information on how parents can work in partnership with school, police and social care: www.paceuk.info
The NSPCC has a wide range of resources that help adults keep children safe from abuse and other dangers, both online and in the physical world.
In addition to the links above, the following information may also be useful:
Share Aware: Help your child stay safe on social networks, apps and games.
Staying safe away from home: Your guide to when your child’s old enough to be out on their own, and how to teach them to keep safe while they’re away.
Home alone: How to decide when it’s safe for your child to be home on their own, and what you can do if they’re too young.
Reporting a Concern of Abuse or Neglect
If you have concerns that a child you know is at risk of serious harm through abuse or neglect, it is important that you report your worries to the correct agency.
You can also report you concerns to the NSPCC who will offer you support and advice if you are feeling worried about a child’s safety: https://www.nspcc.org.uk/what-you-can-do/report-abuse/
Female Genital Mutilation has been a criminal offence in the UK since 1985. In 2003 it also became a criminal offence for UK nationals or permanent UK residents to take their child abroad to have female genital mutilation. FGM is also now classified as a form of Child Abuse in the UK. It therefore makes the practice of it a serious Child Protection issue.
It is illegal for anyone to perform FGM in the UK or to arrange for a child to be taken to another country for the procedure. The maximum sentence for carrying out FGM or helping it to take place is 14 years in prison.
If you think that a girl or young woman is in danger of FGM, you must contact the Police. You should contact the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (020 7008 1500) if she’s already been taken abroad. The Daughters of Eve website helps to raise awareness of this issue and sign-posts those affected by it to supportive services. The NSPCC offers a free and anonymous FGM 24 hour helpline. Call 0800 028 3550 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Safeguarding Children Board brings together all agencies and organisations who work with children and their family in Merton to promote the welfare of children and young people. It co-ordinates safeguarding through its partnerships with a wide range of agencies including schools, social services, children’s and family services and the local authority.
Every local area must have a Safeguarding Children Board to oversee how local child protection services are planned, delivered and monitored in the borough. Merton’s Board is chaired by an Independent person and has members from local services and lay people who represent the local community.
The LSCB website provides a wealth of information, advice and links to local services.