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Our commitment to Safeguarding/Child Protection

At St. Austin’s School we are committed to ‘Safeguarding and Promoting the

Welfare’ of all our pupils. Each pupil’s welfare is of paramount importance. Parents should be aware that the school is required to take reasonable action to ensure the safety of all our pupils. In cases where school has reason to be concerned about a child possibly being ill-treated or neglected then the Head teacher is obliged to follow Staffordshire Child Protection procedures and contact Social Services.

 

All concerns are recorded and handed to a Designated Senior Lead (DSL).

 

DSL -Acting Head Teacher - Mrs Hoyle

Deputy DSL -Acting Assistant Head Teacher- Mrs Gill

ARC DSL - Canon Michael Neylon

 

As a team we decide how to deal with concerns about children's safety. This would usually involve speaking to parents or people from other agencies, such as health or social care.

 

If we feel a child is at risk of harm we would usually discuss this with parents. We then have a duty of care to report our concerns to the assessment team at social care. that give more details about our safeguarding procedures.

 

If you have any questions or concerns about safeguarding please speak to one of the designated senior leads above.

 

Other useful Information:

Working Together to Safeguarding children 2013

Keeping children safe in education 2016

 

E-Safety

Children at  School use the Internet on a regular basis as part of their learning. In school, we have regular 'e-safety' activities to remind children of the importance of keeping themselves safe online.

 

At home, sometimes children can be given unsupervised access to the Internet. It is important that you have appropriate parental controls set, which you can do through your internet service provider (ISP). Click the link below to watch a video about how to do this with the main ISPs. 

 

How to set your parental controls

Here are some tips and useful links to help you to keep your children safe online:

  •  Explore e-safety sites -      There are lots of links to useful e-safety sites for children. They are      great fun to explore, so why not browse through them with your children?
  • Facebook / Bebo / Myspace - Many of these sites have a minimum      age limit of 13, so our pupils should NOT be using them. They do not      offer the same levels of protection as Skoodle, allowing children to      communicate with anyone.
  • Keep your computer in a shared area - Talk to your child about what they      are doing online and, if possible, set up your computer in a shared area      at home so that you can all share in the wonderful sites that are      available online.