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Safeguarding - Guidance and Information

This section of our website provides parents and carers with useful information if you are considering our school or have a child who is a pupil at our school.  If you require further information about any of the items shown in this section, please contact the school and we will do our best to help.
At Oak Farm Nursery and Infant School we are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. We expect all staff, volunteers and visitors to share this commitment.

Our principle safeguarding duties and responsibilities are achieved through:

1. Raising awareness of safeguarding among staff

At Oak Farm Nursery and Infant School we  adhere to Keeping Children Safe in Education, statutory safeguarding guidance from the Department for Education (DfE). All staff have read this guidance and are aware of the safeguarding policies and procedures the school has in place and know how to recognise and report signs of abuse and neglect.

The Designated Safeguarding Lead is:

Ms Tracey Kempthorne  Inclusion Manager

The Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads are:

Mrs Jane Sweeney         Headteacher

Mrs Susan Perry            Deputy Headteacher

Our Governor with responsibility for Safeguarding is Mrs Gurinder Gill. The Board of Governors undertake an annual audit of Safeguarding.

We are trained to support staff and liaise with other agencies and at anytime at least one member of the Safeguarding team is available to staff at all times during school hours. Staff raise any concerns about pupils’ welfare with the Designated Safeguarding Lead, who will then make decisions about referrals. A referral will be made immediately where a child is in immediate danger or at risk of harm.

2. Safeguarding Training

All staff undergo safeguarding training that is regularly updated and training for the Designated Safeguarding Leads are updated at least every two years.

3. Safer Recruitment

Everyone working at Oak Farm Nursery and Infant School including governors, third party staff and volunteers undergo appropriate safer recruitment checks, including the correct level of Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. Checks are recorded on the school’s single central record (SCR).

4. Specific Safeguarding Issues

All staff are aware of specific safeguarding issues such as radicalisation, child sexual exploitation, children missing education and mental health.
We use appropriate internet filters and monitoring systems to keep pupils safe online.

5. Safeguarding Policies

At Oak Farm Nursery and Infant School we update our child protection policy and staff code of conduct annually to respond to the most up to date guidance and legislation. Please click on the links below for our school's Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy and Attendance Policy. This includes procedures covering particular safeguarding issues such as recruitment and selection, allegations against staff, bullying, children missing education, radicalisation, whistle-blowing, mobile phone usage and work experience. In addition the school Attendance Policy specifies the procedures for confirming that children are in attendance in school and in particular for a child who has been missing in education for 10 or more days with the welfare of the child being paramount.

Online Safety – Guidance & Information

This section of our website will provide you with links to really useful advice on how to help your child be careful when they use the internet and some great tips to keep safe, like our E-Safety Policy. If you could talk through the following paragraph and website links with your child, it will provide them with another point of reference if they are worried about something to do with the use of the internet.

You can use your computer, mobile phone or tablet for lots of fun things and to make lots of new friends from all over the world.

If you are worried about anything you see online or people are asking you questions about where you live or saying nasty things to you please speak to your parents or teacher or follow any of the links below for help and advice.

Your school will ask you to sign an agreement if you are in Year 1 or Year 2 to help you keep safe when using the internet. Click here to print the agreement.

Think U Know Website

The Think U Know website will help you to use the internet in a safe way and give you information about who you could talk to if you are worried. You can take a look at Lee & Kim’s adventures or watch Hector and his friends learning to use computers safely.
If you would like to talk to someone else you can call ‘Childline’, which is a place where people who are nice can help you.
They won’t tell anyone that you have called and it’s free. You can phone them on: 0800 1111.

Help and Advice

If you find something on the internet or someone has made you sad or scared you should tell your mum, dad or the person who looks after you at home or a teacher at school. If you would like to talk to someone else we have added some links to the Advice Help and Report Centre on the CEOPS website. You can contact people who are friendly and helpful by following the link for your age group.

Top Tips

  • Always ask a grown up before you use the internet. They can help you find the best thing to do.
  • Don’t tell strangers where you live, your phone number or where you go to school. Only your friends and family need to know that.
  • Don’t send pictures to people you don’t know. You don’t want strangers looking at photos of you, your friends or your family.
  • Tell a grown up if you feel scared or unhappy about anything.

KidSMART Website

Be Smart be cool – Be smart online.
What’s your favourite thing to do online. Visit the KidSMART website and learn more about the internet and being a SMART surfer. Learn the SMART Rules with Kara Winston and the SMART Crew. If anything goes wrong online or upsets you make sure you tell someone about it. Download a poster of the SMART Rules by clicking the link below.

 

Cyberbullying

For information and advice about cyberbullying for parents and carers please follow the link below: