Safeguarding, including on-line safety
The safety and well-being of our children at Sutton Benger School is of utmost importance to us and we will always act in the interest of the child.
What is safeguarding?
Safeguarding can be defined by promoting the health, safety and welfare of all pupils. Safeguarding is the responsibility of all adults, especially those working or volunteering with children. The school aims to help protect the children in its care by working consistently and appropriately with all relevant agencies to reduce risk and promote the welfare of children.
What is child protection?
Child protection is a part of safeguarding and promoting welfare. This refers to the activity which is undertaken to protect specific children who are suffering, or at risk of suffering, significant harm.
Safeguarding at Sutton Benger School
Our Safeguarding Lead member of staff is Mrs Scott and the Deputy Safeguarding Lead is Mrs Pitman-Jones. These staff members have undertaken Advanced Safeguarding and Child Protection training by Wiltshire Council's Safeguarding Children Board. All other members of school staff are regularly trained and updated in safeguarding and child protection. The Safeguarding Governor is Mrs Cocker.
All disclosures from children or concerns from adults are taken seriously, recorded and investigated thoroughly in line with Wiltshire Council's Safeguarding Children Board guidelines.
More information and guidance on safeguarding, child protection, child abuse or neglect can be found on the following websites:
- NSPCC (National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children)
- CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre)
- Child Line (Call 0800 1111)
Safeguarding Procedures at the School
More information about Sutton Benger's approach and procedures with regard to Safeguarding and Child Protection can be found in the following documents:
- DBS Procedure and Policy
- Volunteer Code of Conduct
These documents can be found below.
The school has also been given the opportunity to take part in a project that will run jointly between schools and Wiltshire Police. ENCOMPASS is the reporting to schools, by the next school day, when a child or young person has been affected by a domestic incident.
ENCOMPASS will ensure that a member of the school staff, known as a 'Key Adult', will be shared the information in confidence, while ensuring that the school is able to make provision for possible difficulties experienced by children, or their families, who have been involved in, affected or exposed to a domestic abuse incident.
Our 'Key Adults' are the Designated Safeguarding Lead,Mrs Scott and the Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead,Mrs Pitman-Jones and we are keen to offer the best support possible to all our pupils and we believe this will be extremely beneficial to all those involved.
Video services such as YouTube, Snapchat, Instagram and Music.ly are some of the most popular apps and website amongst young people.
You may have permitted your child access to some of these services so they can stay in contact with friends and family or because of the creative opportunities they provide.
But there can be risks. It's important that both adults and children understand the dangers involved in using video apps and broadcasting live content - and what to do to keep children safe. Recently schools in Wiltshire received a police notice about an indecent viral video being shared nationally between school children. It is a timely reminder that video services can give our children access to inappropriate content.
The NSPCC website offers useful guidance on how to keep your child safe online when they use video.
Also, take a look at the short NSPCC Share Aware videos: https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/share-aware/
For those of you concerned about children accessing inappropriate YouTube content, you may wish to consider YouTube Kids:
The internet is such an integral part of children's lives these days. It opens up so many educational and social opportunities, giving them access to, quite literally, a world of information and experiences.
Whether on a computer at school, a laptop at home, a games console or mobile or smart phone, children and young people are increasingly accessing the internet whenever they can and wherever they are. Our young people are 'DIGITAL NATIVES' ... living in a world filled largely by 'DIGITAL IMMIGRANTS' (adults!).
As you would protect your child in the real world, you will want to make sure that they are safe whatever they are doing. Like learning to cross the road, online safety skills are skills for life. If your child understands the risks and can make sensible and informed choices online, they can get the most from the internet and stay safe whilst doing so
Below you will find a few links to websites that will help you to reinforce online safety at home.
At Sutton Benger, we believe that internet safety education is an essential part of young people’s development. With the nights drawing in, our children may be spending more time indoors and playing online games. To support you, as parents and carers, in ensuring their safety, here are some web pages with useful information.
An easy-to-digest page about safe online gaming from the NSPCC.
Up-to-date online gaming advice for parents available at internetmatters.org
Commonsensemedia.org offers information about an ever-growing range of games, apps, websites, films and even books (including reviews and ratings by parents and children).
Finally, if you need to report online abuse, the police have a page that guides you through all you need to know:
Staff and Adults in the School
• are advised to maintain an attitude of ‘it could happen here’ as far as safeguarding is concerned;
• should always act in the best interest of the child.
The school is committed to safer recruitment practices when recruiting new employees to work for the school or when using volunteers. All adults working in the school will have undergone a DBS (Disclosure Barring Service) check. DBS checks are only one element of a wider framework of safer recruitment practices the school undertakes. Ordinary visitors to the school must be accompanied at all times when on visit.
Online safety and safeguarding concern form