St. Peter's C. of E. Primary School is committed to the highest standards in protecting and safeguarding the children entrusted to our care.
Our school will support all children by:
- promoting a caring, safe and positive environment within the school
- encouraging self-esteem and self-assertiveness
- effectively tackling bullying
We recognise that some children may be the victims of neglect, physical, emotional or sexual abuse. Staff working with children are well placed to identify such abuse.
At St. Peter's C. of E. Primary School, in order to protect our children, we aim to:
- Create an atmosphere where all our children feel safe and secure, valued and listened to
- Recognise signs and symptoms of abuse
- Respond quickly, appropriately and effectively to cases of suspected abuse
If you have a concern that a child is being harmed, is at risk of harm, or you receive a disclosure you must contact the following member of staff member as quickly as possible.
Deputy DSL - Mrs Danielle Parker - firstname.lastname@example.org
IF YOU ARE CONCERNED THEN PLEASE REPORT IT STRAIGHT AWAY
If you are working in school and have a concern about a child then contact the DSL/DDSL and complete your concerns on CPOMS with all the details - before the end of the day. Should you have concerns about a member of staff then contact the Headteacher in the first instance. If the concern is about the Headteacher then contact the Chair of Governors.
As a school community at St. Peter's we can strive to make sure every child is kept safe - they all deserve to be kept safe from harm.
St. Peter's C. of E. Primary School provides a balanced and relevant approach to the use of technology. We have a range of laptops and IPADS across all key stages. Children are encouraged to maximise the benefits and opportunities that technology has to offer. We ensure that children learn in an environment where security measures are balanced appropriately with the need to learn effectively. Here at St. Peter's, we aim to equip children with the skills and knowledge to use technology appropriately and responsibly. We teach children how to recognise the risks associated with technology and how to deal with them, both within and outside the school environment.
The purpose of using the internet in school is to raise educational standards and to support the professional work of our staff. It also enhances the school's operational functions. The internet use is part of the statutory curriculum and a necessary tool, for learning. Internet access is an entitlement for children who show a responsible and mature approach to its use. It is part of everyday learning. As a school we have a duty to provide children with quality internet access as part of the learning process. Our children at St. Peter's use the Internet widely out of school and need to learn how to use the Internet and to take care of their own safety and security.
Please click on our online safety Policy for further information. This also includes the Acceptable Use' section.
Lancashire have designed a great website for parents about keeping children safe online. Please click on the link below to access the website.
Preventing radicalisation (PREVENT duty)
From 1st July 2015 all schools are subject to a duty under section 26 of the Counter Terrorist and Security Act 2015 in the exercise of their functions, to have 'due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism'. This duty is known as the Prevent duty.
In order for schools and childcare providers to fulfil the prevent duty, it is essential that staff are able to identify children who may be vulnerable to radicalisation, and know what to do when they are identified. protecting children form the risk of radicalisation should be seen as part of schools' sider safeguarding duties, and is similar in nature to protecting children from other harms (e.g. drugs, gangs, neglect, sexual exploitation), whether these come from within their family or are the product of outside influences.
Schools and childcare providers can also build pupils' resilience to radicalisation by promoting fundamental British Values and enabling them to challenge extremist views. It is important to emphasis that the prevent duty is not intended to stop pupils debating controversial issues.
On the contrary, schools should provide a safe space in which children, young people and staff can understand the risks associated with terrorism and develop the knowledge and skills to be able to challenge extremist arguments. For Early Years childcare providers, the statutory framework for the early years Foundation Stage sets standards for learning, development ad care for children from 0-5, thereby assisting their personal, social and emotional development and understanding of the world. (Prevent Duty Guidance - DFE-011742015)
All concerns should be reported to Mrs Gomersall immediately and recorded using the 'Notification of radicalisations Concern Form.
In conjunction with Lancashire Police, St. Peter's C. of E. Primary School is involved in a national initiative called "Operation Encompass". The purpose of Operation Encompass is to safeguard and support children and young people who have been involved in, heard or witnessed a domestic abuse incident.
Following an incident, children will often arrive at school distressed, upset, worried and unprepared. Operation Encompass aims to ensure that appropriate school staff are made aware early enough to help and support children and young people in a way that means that they are safe and included.
This is a valuable initiative that means that we help and support children and their families within our school when they need us most.
You can find out more information by visiting the Operation Encompass website below (click the logo below) or by contacting Mrs Dodd at the school.