How We Keep Our Children Safe

It is our highest priority to work in partnership with all to ensure that our children remain safe.

If you are worried about your child, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s class teacher or the Headteacher. We respect parents’ rights to privacy and confidentiality and will not share sensitive information unless we have permission or it is necessary to do so in order to protect a child. We will share concerns we may have with parents unless to do so would place a child at risk of harm.

Our schools have been given the opportunity to take part in a new project that will run jointly between schools and North Yorkshire Police. This project, Operation Encompass, has been designed to provide early reporting to schools of any domestic abuse incidents that occur outside of normal school hours and that might have had an impact on a child attending our premises the following day. This information will be shared at the earliest opportunity with the school to ensure that the child can be well supported by all agencies together.

We are committed to ensuring the welfare and safety of all our children in school. All teachers and teaching assistants and some governors have received child protection and safeguarding training. Mrs Cath Down (North Rigton) and Mrs Sarah Honey (All Saints) are the senior designated safeguarding and child protection leads in school, supported by Mrs Amber Andrews. Mrs Joanne Williams and Mrs Emma Littlewood are the nominated governors for safeguarding and child protection.

The school maintains a detailed single central record with regard to the appointment of staff. Governors and the Headteacher are trained in safer recruitment procedures.

The school also fulfils the statutory duty with regard to the Government’s Prevent programme. This ensures that children are protected against extremist views and recognise ‘British Values’. All staff and governors have received Prevent Training.

Please see our Policies section for our Safeguarding Policy.

 

Online Safety

We recognise that internet, mobile and digital technologies provide positive opportunities for children and young people to learn, socialise and play but they also need to understand the challenges and risks.  We are committed to ensuring that all pupils, staff and governors will be supported to use internet, mobile and digital technologies safely. This is part of our safeguarding responsibility. Our Online Safety policy details the ways we keep children safe online in school and can be accessed on our policies page

We teach online safety in our schools through both our ICT and PHSE curriculum. Our ICT teaching leads are Mr Giles Anderson (All Saints) and Mrs Jodi Storey (North Rigton), whilst our PSHE leads are Miss Georgina Brown (All Saints) and Mrs Cath Down (North Rigton). If you wish to know more about our ICT learning please contact us.

We are also committed to ensuring that all those who work with young people, including their parents/carers, are informed about the ever-changing risks so that they can take an active part in helping children and young people navigate the online world safely and confidently. We have partnered with Knowsley City Learning Centre to provide information to parents/carers including a monthly online safety newsletter. Copies can be accessed below:

Online Safety Newsletter May 2022 – Fellowship Schools

Online Safety Newsletter Apr 2022 – Fellowship Schools

Online Safety Newsletter Mar 2022 – Fellowship Schools

Online Safety Newsletter Feb 2022_SID

Online Safety Newsletter Feb 2022_Fellowship Schools

Parental Controls booklet

 

Useful links for Parents and Children

Parents and children may find the following resources helpful

North Yorkshire Safeguarding Children Partnership

The North Yorkshire Safeguarding Children Partnership (NYSCP) provides advice and guidance to parents and carers on a variety of subjects, including bereavement, online safety and what to do if you are worried about a child.

Childline

Childline is there to give young people a voice when no one else is listening. Whatever problems or dangers they’re facing, it is a place for them to turn to for support – any time of day or night. Childline is a free, private and confidential service where children and you people can talk about anything.

They can be contacted on 0800 1111, or have a range of information, support and tools online.

NSPCC

Support and tips to help you keep children safe. From advice on children’s mental health to staying safe online, support for parents and what to do if you’re worried about a child.

Childnet International

Childnet parents and carers page – information, advice and resources for parents and carers on a wide range of topics affecting children and young people online. They also have excellent resources about how to have a conversation about the online world with your child, how to set up parental controls, create a family agreement and what to do if you are worried about a child.

NSPCC Net Aware

Information and guides for parents and carers about the social media platforms, apps and games that young people use. You can also sign up to the Online Safety Newsletter to help you stay up to date with the latest trends, or download the free Net Aware app.

Common Sense Media

Use the search box at the top to search for a game or app. There will be a Common Sense Media review which includes the information you need to help you make decisions about the suitability of the game for your child. It also has useful parent and child reviews for each game.

Think U Know

The education programme from CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection), a UK organisation which protects children both online and offline. The site has information for parents and carers and games for children of different ages to help them to learn about online safety.

Internet Matters

A range of guides, videos and toolkits to help you to keep your child safe online. These include information about key issues that may be affecting children and young people on the internet, and what to do if you’re worried about anything you or your child has seen online.