As parents you know children’s safety comes before anything else.
From their first day with us we teach the children how to keep themselves safe in school. This may seem very minor to the children; asking them not to run inside, keep their hands in their laps when sitting on the carpet so their fingers aren’t trodden on or how to hold scissors safely if walking when holding them – but it is something we take very seriously.
We teach the children about internet safety before they use the internet on the school’s heavily protected computers and go over it again at the start of any lesson involving the internet in any way and we always highlight Safer Internet Day in special assemblies as well as in class.
Here are some links to the SID site and video resources we use:
and for slightly older children:
This is a helpful link from the NSPCC that helps with the potential pitfalls of social networking for children:
Also from the NSPCC; Talking Pants. It teaches children important messages like their body belongs to them and they should tell an adult if they’re upset or worried.
Safeguarding is about ensuring that everyone is safe from harm / exploitation and feels safe in our school. Harm can take many forms; bullying, abuse (physical / mental), neglect, discrimination and harassment.
All our staff understand safeguarding to be of the highest importance and they know that their vigilance of the children and of the adults is critical. All staff and volunteers understand their responsibilities in being alert to the signs of abuse and their responsibility for referring any concerns to the Designated Safeguarding Lead (or in their absence the Deputy Safeguarding Lead). We are committed to the provision of child protection training for all our staff.
Safeguarding issues are regularly discussed at Governors, Senior Leadership Team and Staff Meetings and we work closely with a range of outside agencies, including Children’s Social Care.
For more information please read our Safeguarding Policy. This policy applies to all staff, governors, professionals and volunteers working in the school.
If you are ever concerned about the safety or well‐being of someone at our school please talk to one of the school’s Designated Safeguarding Lead(s) (DSLs).
The Lewisham Safeguarding Children Partnership brings together all the main organisations who work with children and families in Lewisham, with the aim of ensuring that they work together effectively to keep children safe.