Keeping Children Safe
Our prime responsibility as a school is to ensure that all children are safe
- The welfare of our children is paramount.
- Our children regardless of age, gender, ability, culture, race, language, religion or sexual identity have equal rights to protection
- St Giles Nursery staff have an equal responsibility to act on suspicion or disclosure that may suggest a child is at risk of harm.
We will safeguard children and promote their welfare by:
- Protecting children from maltreatment;
- Preventing impairment of children’s health or development;
- Ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care; and
- Taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes
This means that we ensure that everyone working in our Nursery has successfully completed the necessary clearances to enable them to work with children.
It also means that we have staff members who are specifically trained and nominated as the Designated Person for Child Protection. These staff are as follows:
Head Teacher/ Designated Officer Miss Amy Stancer
Deputy Safeguarding Officer Mrs Carole Lingard
Mrs Emma Taylor
Chair of Governors Melanie Markham
We will all protect our children’s wellbeing by working in partnership with parents to notice, discuss and share concerns about children’s physical, emotional and educational well-being.
We are all expected to share any concerns we have about staff conduct around children with the Head teacher. As in all schools, if there are concerns about the conduct of the Head teacher, then these should be shared with the Chair of Governors. The staff ‘Whistleblowing Policy’ has been discussed and adopted and all staff have access to this document.
We also follow the Lincolnshire Child Protection Procedures and the Local Safeguarding Children’s Partnership local guidance and have systems in place to share concerns regarding children’s welfare with our Designated Person for Child Protection team, with parents and with relevant external agencies. Part of our legal duty to safeguard our children, may also include us needing to consult specifically with and take advice from, the Police or Children’s Social Care, should the need arise.
By working closely together as a staff and with our partner agencies, we firmly believe that we will continue to offer a safe learning environment for all our children.
Please take the time to read our policies and do not hesitate to contact the Nursery should you have any questions.
Keeping children and families safe online is an important part of supporting a positive use of social media and accessing online information.
We consider online safety a fundamental building block of digital literacy.
We are committed to making sure that the children are able to interact safely and with minimal risk when using technology within the nursery. We monitor the devices, filter the content and use technology to transform teaching and learning in a safe way. Please see our Online Safety policy below:
Police agency tackling child abuse on the internet. This website has a unique facility enabling parents and young people to make reports of actual/attempted abuse online.
CEOP is a command of the National Crime Agency and is dedicated to tackling the sexual abuse and exploitation of children and young people. CEOP helps children and young people under the age of 18 who have been forced or manipulated into taking part, or are being pressured to take part, in sexual activity of any kind. This can be both online and offline. The CEOP Safety Centre offers information and advice for children and young people, parents and carers and professionals. You can visit the CEOP Safety Centre and make a report directly to CEOP by clicking the Click CEOP button.
Online bullying or other online concerns should not be reported to CEOP and children and young people should be directed to speak to an adult they trust, and/or referred to Childline (0800 1111 or at www.childline.org.uk.), if they would like to speak to someone about how they are feeling.
At home the same kinds of monitoring and filtering can be achieved. However, the increase in mobile technology and apps is causing issues for a small number of children.
The guides below are designed to support you in understanding and implementing online safety and your children’s interaction with the online world. We hope you can use them to help protect your child and consider just how appropriate these online experiences are for your family.