Safeguarding

At Albert Bradbeer we have three adults responsible for Child Protection. Whilst all staff are vigilant and you can pass concerns to any member of staff, these concerns will always be referred to:

  • Mr Chambers - Designated Safeguarding Lead
  • Miss Power - Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
  • Mr Phillips - Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

What Children Do Online and through Social Networking

Children and young people go online to connect with friends, and make new ones, to browse the internet for information, chat with others and play games.

They may:

  • search for information or content on search engines like Google and Bing;
  • share images and watch videos through websites or mobile apps like Instagram, Pinterest, Vine and YouTube;
  • use social networking websites like Facebook and Twitter;
  • write or reply to messages on forums and message boards;
  • play games alone or with others through websites, apps or game consoles;
  • chat with other people through online games, BBM (Blackberry Messenger), game consoles, webcams, social networks and tools like WhatsApp.

When online, children and young people can learn new things, get help with homework, express themselves creatively and connect with friends and family.

There are also risks, but by understanding and talking about the dangers you can help keep your child safe online.

Sexting

This is now an issue in schools and we have a duty of care to inform you.

It may feel awkward, but it's important to explain to children the risks of sexting, how to stay safe and remind them that they can talk to you if something ever makes them feel scared or uncomfortable.

This is when children send inappropriate images or messages to each other. Parents need to be vigilant as to how their children are using their mobile phones, tablets, etc.

As of January 2016 in England and Wales, if a young person is found creating or sharing images, the police can choose to record that a crime has been committed but that taking formal action isn't in the public interest.

Other forms of abuse that we always look out for in school are:

  • Neglect
  • Child sexual abuse
  • Domestic abuse
  • Online abuse
  • Physical abuse
  • Bullying and cyberbullying
  • Emotional abuse
  • Child sexual exploitation
  • FGM
  • Child trafficking.

There is a lot of information for parents on the NSPCC website (external link). Please take time to have a look to make sure you are up to date with all the latest issues around safeguarding.

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