Keeping Children Safe! Safeguarding At Sir Alexander Fleming Primary and Nursery School, the safeguarding of our children is the highest priority. Please use the links on the right to view our school policies and guidance for parents/carers in relation to safeguarding issue. Family Connect Telford Below is the safeguarding team within school. ‘Working together to keep our children safe’ IF YOU BECOME CONCERNED ABOUT THE WELFARE OF A CHILD, PLEASE APPROACH A DESIGNATED SAFEGUARDING LEAD: Designated Safeguarding Leads Do you know what to look for, what abuse looks like? Do you know what to do if you are worried or concerned about a child you think maybe being abused? Sexual Abuse A child may:- Behave in an sexual inappropriate way. Become withdrawn or clingy. Have emotional outbursts. Become secretive. Act out sexual acts with toys or objects. Have physical discomfort –anal/vaginal soreness. STI’s/Pregnancy. Avoid or fear of being alone with certain people or family members. Show sexual awareness beyond their experience or age. Emotional Abuse A child may:- Have physical/emotional delay in development. Over react to mistakes. Say, I’m stupid, I’m worthless etc. I deserve this… Freeze, become trance like. Self comfort, thumb suck, hair twist or rock. Self-harm. Fear parents being contacted. Have poor school attendance. Be very passive or aggressive. Physical Abuse A child may:- Be unusually fearful of adults. Be unnaturally compliant to parents. Refuse to discuss injuries/fear medical help. Withdraw from physical contact. Be aggressive towards others. Wear cover up clothes. Behave in a way that you would not expect for their age or development.An abuser may say the child is clumsy, fabricate or induce illness in a child. Neglect A child may:- Be dirty or smelly with unwashed clothes. Persistently have inadequate clothes or equipment, ie no coat or PE kit. Turn up to school hungry not having breakfast. Asking for or stealing food. Have untreated injuries, missed doctors or dental appointments. Skin sores, rashes, flea bites, scabies or ringworm. Be thin or have a swollen tummy. Be tired and/or pale. Have poor language, communication and social skills. So what …? Do you know what to do if you have even the slightest concern? Speak to a Designated Safeguarding Lead in school. Call Family Connect yourself – 01952 385385. https://www.familyconnecttelford.co.uk/site/index.php How does the curriculum keep children safe Early Help We want all children at Sir Alexander Fleming Primary School and Nursery to enjoy a happy, safe and healthy childhood and be able to reach their full potential. Sometimes a child or family might need extra support, and we want to find the best way forward for everyone as quickly as possible. EARLY HELP means taking action to support a child, young person or their family as soon as a problem emerges. It can be required at any stage in a child’s life, from pre-birth to adulthood, and applies to any problem or need that the family can’t deal with alone. Our Early Help offer at SAF is extensive and it is to enable everyone to work together to put your family at the heart of decisions made about your child. What is an Early Help Assessment? An Early Help Assessment is a way of working with children and young people. It involves listening to you and your child to find out your child’s needs and what is working well in your child’s life and your family life. This is reviewed and if needed sent into Strengthening Families to see if an allocated worker is needed to support you in the home. This is a voluntary process. How does it work? With agreement, a family support worker from school will ask you and your child some questions to find out what help and support your child might need. This information is recorded on a simple form and you, and your child will agree to what is on the form. Older children may wish to discuss their situation with the adult in school on their own. How will the Early Help Assessment help my family? The Early Help Assessment exists to help you support your child. It can lead to a quick solution or help to identify extra support if needed. The EHA will ensure that everyone involved in your child – such as teachers and health visitors – work together to support your child. The EHA will help your child receive the right support at an early stage before their needs increase. What happens next? Based on the information you and your child provide all those that can help your child will work together to provide the support that your child and family needs. The information that you and your family provide will only be shared with the people who need to know and only with your agreement. What do Sir Alexander Fleming offer as Early Help? and much much more…. If you feel that your child or family would benefit from an Early Help Assessment or from any Early Help support then please speak to the pastoral / inclusion team in school – Mrs Adams, Miss Hullin or Mrs Tomlinson. Online Safety Online Safety Policy 2023 Classification of Risk 4Cs – Classifying Online Risks to Children ECadets This is a pupil-led online safety team in the school where the children are the experts! We run mini eCadets (KS1) and eCadets (KS2) across the school where one child from each class is elected to be a part of the team. Throughout the year, the mini eCadets and eCadets lead a school assembly every term on a an aspect of online safety. They also go into every classroom throughout the terms to teach a lesson to their peers about different themes around online safety. The children who are part of the team proudly wear their purple eCadet badges and have now achieved gold status by successfully completing a host of challenges. This rise to gold status took many years and the children are very proud of their success. As well as running assembles and teaching lessons, the eCadets also hold parent workshops and open door sessions where their peers can approach them for advice. Online safety parent newsletters Please find below our first link the eCadets would like to share with you. Watch this space for more tips to staying safe online! Back to school online safety Senso and InTune In school, we run two management systems to ensure children and staff are safe when accessing online content. These systems, in particular, allow teachers to monitor the activity of children online when using computer equipment in school. Senso is used to monitor the use of computers and laptops, and InTune lets us control what children access on our iPads. Recommended parental advice websites Common sense Media: https://www.commonsensemedia.org/ CEOP: https://www.ceop.police.uk/safety-centre/ ChildNet: https://www.childnet.com/ Internet Matters: https://www.internetmatters.org/ ThinkUKnow: https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/ Child Line: https://www.childline.org.uk/info-advice/bullying-abuse-safety/online-mobile-safety/ Parents Protect: https://www.parentsprotect.co.uk/internet-safety.htm National Online Safety: https://nationalonlinesafety.com/ Are there any useful resources to help me talk to my child about safety online? Childnet has developed guidance for parents and carers to begin a conversation about online safety, as well as guidance on keeping under-fives safe online. Thinkuknow by the National Crime Agency – Child Exploitation and Online Protection command (NCA-CEOP) provides resources for parents and carers and children of all ages. Parent Info is a collaboration between Parent Zone and NCA-CEOP, providing support and advice for parents and carers related to the digital world from leading experts and organisations. National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) has guidance for parents and carers on online safety. UK Safer Internet Centre provides tips and advice for parents and carers – you can also report any harmful content found online through the UK Safer Internet Centre.