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 core values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect, and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.
Our practice on Internet safety, another key component in our commitment to safeguarding the children in our care. 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 of 2016 and 2017, running a poster competition in 2017 for the children, as well as assemblies and activities for each class.
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 statutory requirements. The documents we will use this year, may be viewed below.
In June 2017, the School hosted a practical advice session for parents and carers, presented by Merton’s Schools ICT Support Manager, Derek Crabtree.
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. 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 already has an Anti-Radicalisation Policy Statement, which may be viewed below. The School also responds positively to the advice of Merton’s Safeguarding Children Board and we recommend to parents the following publication it has recently produced.
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.