Safeguarding 

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Meet the Team

At Grappenhall Heys Primary School, we operate a safeguarding team. Our head, Ms Kelly Jackson, is our Designated Safeguarding Officer  and our deputy head, Mrs Corinna Tyson, is our Deputy  Designated Safeguarding Officer. Our team meet half-termly and more often if required. Our Safeguarding Governor is Mr Steve Barker.

If you have any concerns about a child or family in school, please do not hesitate to contact Ms Jackson or Mrs Tyson on 01925212540 or come into school to arrange a meeting.

Our Designated Safeguarding Officer, Ms Kelly Jackson.

Our Deputy Designated Safeguarding Officer, Mrs Corinna Tyson.

Safeguarding Policy and Statement


ghps_online_safety_policy_september_2017.docx


Safeguarding Information

The safeguarding team have produced information to support parents and all adults visiting or working in our school. Please take the time to read the documents below.

safeguarding_leaflet_grappenhall_heys_primary_school.docx

ghps_parents_guide_to_online_safety.doc

Online Safety

The Internet has become part of our everyday lives and is now easier to access then ever before. At Grappenhall Primary School, we appreciate the importance of the internet as a learning tool for children today and the use of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) is an integral part of teaching and learning as well as their home lives. This provides them with opportunities to access a wide range of educational tools, communicate with friends and investigate the world around them. However, there is also content available that is not suitable for children. We hope that the information provided on this page will help to keep your children safe and ensure they use technology, including mobile phones responsibly. If you wish to know more please contact your child's class teacher.

Use of the Internet or online activities can have risks. Young people are more at risk of exposure to inappropriate or criminal behaviour if they are unaware of the dangers. These dangers include:
• viewing unsuitable content e.g. hate material, adult content, sites that endorse unhealthy behaviour
• giving out personal information
• arranging to meet an online 'friend'
• becoming involved in, or the victim of, bullying, identity theft, or making and sending indecent or illegal images
• spending too much time online (internet addiction), which can effect concentration, sleep and health
• copying information from the Internet or buying work from other people to use as their own

Children are taught, at an appropriate age, about these dangers in school during computing and PSHCE lessons.

Online Safety Guidance for Children

Remember our safety rules when using the internet.

The rules are:
• Only use the internet when an adult is present
• Never give out any personal details
• Tell an adult if you find something that is not right
• Use safe search engines 
• Check with an adult before you download anything
• Don’t do anything online that you know is wrong

If you come across anything that is worrying you on the computer go and tell your teacher or parents straight away. If you are worried about any other problem with phones, chat rooms or you have any worries, talk to your class teacher or parents immediately.

Visit http://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/5_7/ to find out more about E-Safety for KS1 children.

Visit http://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/8_10/to find out more about E-Safety for KS2 children.

Additional Guidance for Parents

Hints and Tips for at home:

Children spend lots of time using the Internet at school, at friends' houses, on a mobile phone, via a games console or at home. They might visit social networking sites (including Bebo, Myspace, Facebook and Piczo), or use instant messaging (such as MSN or Yahoo messenger) to chat to friends or play on online gaming sites (Club Penguin, Runescape, mini-clip etc). These are often blocked on school computers but are very popular with children.

You can buy special filtering and blocking software to protect your children, and most Internet browser software has some filters and security in place. Filtering software lets parents choose what is suitable for their children to look at, but parents must be aware that this software is not always 100% effective.

If you keep your PC 'anti-virus' security up-to-date, you should not have problems with most threats from the Internet or from downloaded email attachments. The popular browsers such as Microsoft Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox also let you control or block things such as unwanted pop-up advertisements and "cookies" e.g. when a website downloads a small file to your PC to remember your name/login.

Always take care to protect your home computer and members of the family who use it.

See  our Online Safety Guide above for additional guidance.



Facebook

Despite Facebook’s popularity and ease of use, the terms and conditions of the social networking phenomena clearly state users must be over 13 years old to sign up for an account. This is due to the data protection laws in the U.S. regardless of the nature of the application. A common misconception is that this does not apply to the UK and that therefore it is acceptable for primary school children to be encouraged in its use.

Useful Websites

1. Learn to stay safe whilst you use the internet with Hacker and the Horrible Histories team.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/topics/stay-safe

2. Top tips from downloading software to social networking.

http://www.kidsmart.org.uk

3. Children's activity e-safety zone.

http://www.childnet.com/young-people/primary

4. If you are a clued up kid or a puzzled pensioner, there is something here to help you get the most from the internet.

http://www.thinkuknow.co.uk

5. Protecting children's privacy online- a guide for parents. 

https://www.comparitech.com/blog/vpn-privacy/protecting-childrens-privacy/

Operation Encompass

Our School is part of a project which is being run between Warrington Local Authority, Schools and Cheshire Police. The project called Operation Encompass, has been designed to provide early reporting of any domestic violence incidents that occur outside school, which might have an impact on a child in school. This is done through a phone call to school following an incident.

The project ensures that at least one member of the school staff, known as the Key Adult, is trained to liaise with the police and to use the information that has been shared, in confidence.

In this way, we aim to support each child who has been involved in, or witnessed, a domestic abuse incident.  The Key Adult at our school is Ms Jackson.  

If they receive an Encompass call, they will make sure that a person the child trusts is available to help - if the child needs this.  Most of the time this support is silent; keeping a careful eye on him or her and make sure the child has a calm school day. The confidential information is ordinarily not shared with all staff, just an agreement on how to help, if needed.

All schools have a duty to share any information with other organisations if they feel a child is at risk of being hurt. The Key Adult may contact other organisations.  This is described in our child protection policy.

The sharing of information from the Police allows the school to be ready to help your child straight away, and it means that parents are aware that the Key Adult knows that something has happened.  Parents can come and talk to our Key Adult.  The Key Adult can point you towards other people that can help.  Our aim is to support children and their families.

Early Help

Early Help refers to the offer of any information, advice or support to children, young people and their families as soon as possible in their lives or when issues emerge to help prevent problems from escalating. 

Listed below are some ways in which support is available at our school: 

- Staff are available everyday to discuss any concerns that you may have on the doors as children enter school. Should you wish to speak to your child's teacher you can leave messages with the staff on the door or contact the school office to arrange this. You may wish to discuss any concerns  you have regarding behaviour, learning or any other support you require. 

- Ms Jackson and Mrs Tyson run the school's safeguarding team and can be contacted via the school office to discuss any concerns or worries you may have regarding your child. 

- Ms Jackson and Mrs Tyson complete referrals to outside agencies such as the Family Outreach team, parenting courses, or our School Health Advisor, etc. in order to support vulnerable children and families. 

- Completion of a MARS form (Multi Agency Request for Services) which involves listening to you to find out what help you need and what is working well in your life. Through this process, we can then put together a plan to support families in dealing with circumstances in their life. 

- Our Safeguarding team meet half-termly to identify any children and families who would benefit from early help to allow them to access services in school and beyond to support identified vulnerable pupils. Additional meetings are arranged as and when required. 

Further information on Early Help can be found here. early_help_leaflet.pdf.



Additional Guidance and Sources of Information

Warrington Families Information Service is a website that offers information on a wide range of services. 

http://www.warringtonchildren.org/kb5/warrington/fsd/home.page

Childcare

Information is provided on all types of Ofsted registered childcare in Warrington. Playgroups, day nurseries, childminders, private nursery schools and privately run out of school clubs for children under eight must be registered with Ofsted to confirm that they meet the requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework. 

Activities

Looking for things to do and places to go in Warrington? Then this is the place to be!

On this website you can find a variety of activities, experiences and events for babies, children, young people and families provided by a range of providers. 

Disabilities and SEN

Here you will find lots of information on activities & support services for children with additional needs and their families.

Education and Employment 

Here you can find information on careers advice including training and volunteering.

You can also find information, advice & guidance in relation to schools in Warrington including holiday dates, admission to school nurseries/school and education support services.

Family and Relationships

Looking for information and support on all aspects on family life?

Look no further, whether you need some extra support or just some advice - here you will find information, advice and details on local and national family support services no matter what you may come across.

Health

Here you will find a wide range of information & advice regarding the health & wellbeing for you & your family. If you’re looking for some support, local health services or just some guidance then this is where you’ll find it.

Money and Welfare

Do you know what financial help or other benefits you may be entitled to? Do you need some legal advice? Do you know who you can ask for financial help safely & legally?

Here you can find information, advice and guidance on a whole range of these issues. You may need to contact someone to see if you’re entitled to certain benefits depending on your individual circumstances and ongoing changes within the government.

Youth 

Support and guidance on many aspects for children aged 13-18.



If you have any questions regarding safeguarding at Grappenhall Heys, please do not hesitate to contact either Ms Kelly Jackson or Mrs Corinna Tyson. 



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