Sutton Valence Primary School takes its responsibilities for safeguarding very seriously.
We aim to ensure that children are effectively safeguarded from the potential risk of harm and that the safety and well-being of the children is of the highest priority in all aspects of the school’s work. In addition we aim to maintain an ethos whereby staff, pupils, parents and governors feel able to articulate concerns comfortably, safe in the knowledge that effective action will be taken as appropriate. This Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy applies to all adults, including volunteers, working in or on behalf of the School and it is expected that everyone working in or for our School shares the responsibility to keep children safe from harm and abuse.
Parents should be aware that the school will take any reasonable action to ensure the safety of the pupils. In cases where the school has a reason to be concerned that a child maybe subject to ill treatment, neglect or other forms of abuse, staff have no alternative than to follow the Local Authority Child Protection procedures and inform the Children’s Services Department of their concern. See also the Guidance-for-safer-working-practice-working-in-education policy.
Operation Encompass is a police and education early information sharing partnership enabling schools to offer immediate support for children and young people experiencing domestic abuse. Information is shared by the police with a school's trained Designated Safeguarding Lead prior to the start of the next school day after officers have attended a domestic abuse incident thus enabling appropriate support to be given, dependent on the needs and wishes of the child.
To find out more about Operation Encompass, please visit the website by clicking here.
Children experiencing domestic abuse are negatively impacted by this exposure; domestic abuse has been identified as an Adverse Childhood Experience and can lead to emotional, physical and psychological harm. Operation Encompass aims to mitigate this harm by enabling immediate support, making a child's day better and giving them a better tomorrow.
Operation Encompass believes that children are victims of domestic abuse in their own right and should be acknowledged as such.
CEOP and Thinkuknow
Thinkuknow is the national online Safety education programme from the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Team, which aims to protect children and young people from harm both online and offline. CEOP works with child protection partners across the UK and overseas to identify main threats to children, and coordinates activity against these threats to bring offenders to account.
CEOP adopt a holistic approach; officers work side by side with professionals from the wider child protection community and industry to pursue those who sexually exploit and abuse children, prevent people becoming involved in child sexual exploitation, protect children from becoming victims of sexual exploitation and sexual abuse, and prepare interventions to reduce the impact of child sexual exploitation and abuse through safeguarding and child protection work.
CEOP is a command of the National Crime Agency and its activity in each of the above areas is underpinned by specialist teams. The Education team at CEOP deliver the Thinkuknow education programme that aims to empower and protect children from sexual abuse and exploitation. Thinkuknow includes films, animations, websites, presentations and lesson plans to enable teachers to explore difficult and sensitive issues safely with children. The films/animations are accompanied by toolkits and delivery guidance documents to help teachers to explore their themes with children.
Useful links to CEOP/Thinkuknow information and example resources:
National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) - Educational Resources
We would like to make our school community aware of a new educational game for teaching cyber security that was been launched by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) in May 2021. 'Cyber Sprinters' is aimed at children aged 7 to 11 and teaches them how to stay secure online - gameplay sees users race against the clock and tackle cyber security questions in a bid to score points and beat 'cybervillians'.
This is a free interactive game which has been launched as part of a pack of educational resources which illustrate what good cyber security practice looks like, from creating strong passwords to being vigilant about receiving messages from unknown senders.
We would be grateful if you could share this resource with your child aged 7 to 11. To access it, please click on the link below. This resource has also been signposted on the eSafety page of the school website.
Play CyberSprinters and access supporting activities and resources - https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/information/cybersprinters-game-and-activities
Please click here for a useful guide to Digital Parenting, published in January 2020
At our school, we teach ways to enjoy exploring online safely and responsibly. Our annual eSafety Week for this academic year took place week commencing 10th February 2020. Safer Internet Day was on the 11th February 2020 and this year's theme was: Together for a Better Internet.
Please click the link below for tips, advice, guides and resources to help keep your child safe online.
Please click here for a useful document related to eSafety called "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad Mobile World"
Why not explore some of the resources used in school with your child at home:
For your information you can also visit:
Earlier this year the NSPPC launched the Net Aware website, a parent's guide to social networking. It provides parents with a guide to the social media apps and sites including sign-up age, reporting and blocking features and how to change privacy settings.
Click here for the link
For advice on how to help your children/family at home with technology and how to keep them safe please visit : Vodafone
You can also read Digital Parenting