Holy Trinity & St John's C.E.P school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and we expect all Governors, staff, volunteers, parents and carers to share this commitment. Our primary concern is to ensure your child feels happy and safe while in our care. We ask for your support with this by telling us if there is something going on outside of school that may have an effect on them during the school day.
Please don’t ever feel like you’re making a fuss or think the issue is too small to tell us – effective communication is key to your child’s happiness and we are always willing to listen.
If you have a safeguarding concern and are unsure about what to do you can speak to our safeguarding officer Mrs Turner for help and support. If she is not available you can ask to speak to another designated safeguarding lead (DSL)
This page is designed to provide you with information and support around key safeguarding topics.
The Area Safeguarding Advisor (ASA) for the East Kent area - Canterbury, Thanet and Swale is Catherine Holmberg
Online Safety Update
There are current concerns in that have been raised by parents, students and the media around Momo and Youtube. There is disturbing content around Momo is a scary doll- like figure which is heavily linked to apps such as Facebook, WhatsApp, YouTube, and most recently YouTube Kids. This figure sends graphic violent images and asks users to take part in dangerous challenges. It has also been associated with self harm. I have attached a parent guide for you below. The YouTube content reported involves a copy of programs like Peppa Pig which can come up amongst genuine episodes. These copies show disturbing images or suicide, stabbing and bad language. It is important that you view online content before your child watches things and to supervise their internet time.
If your child is using social media to post videos and pictures of themselves please can you check that the content does not provide information that could identify where your child is. A school uniform would provide an area where your child lives and a place to try and contact them. It may also provide someone with a talking point to befriend your child. Remember to check their privacy settings to ensure they are not broadcasting to strangers. If you need support of advice around this just ask.
We are regularly made aware that children are watching films, TV programs and online material that is not age appropriate. In some cases this has led to children acting out things they have seen in school or repeating language that they have heard. We ask that you check any devices that your child has access to and that you ensure parental settings have been applied. Also remember to check the age ratings/recommendations - they are available for most online activities, games and films.
Is Smacking my child illegal?
It is not illegal for a parent to smack their child as long as the ‘smack’ amounts to ‘reasonable punishment’. There is, therefore, a difference between punishment and what can feasibly be termed ‘abuse’. Unreasonable punishment is classed as a smack that leaves a mark on the child, or the use of an implement to hit the child, such as a belt or cane. A parent can give another person consent to use reasonable punishment on their child, such as a babysitter or grandparent.
We have several children who talk to us with concerns that they are hit by their parents when they are naughty. On most occasions the hitting they tell us about is a smack for bad behaviour and would seem to be lawful chastisement. On the whole they want us to talk to their parents and ask if they can be "punished" in a different way. If you would like some ideas on how to improve your childs behaviour or advice on positive parenting see the attached documentation.
Worried about domestic abuse?
If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic abuse Thanets Domestic Abuse One Stop Shops offer free advice, information and support from a range of agencies under one roof to help victims of domestic abuse. Domestic abuse can affect anyone and therefore, if you are a man or a woman and would like to discuss your issues, you are welcome to attend. No appointment is required just turn up.
The One Stop Shop is located at Six Bells Childrens Centre, 201 High Street, Margate, Kent CT9 1WH and operates every Wednesday between 10 am and 12 pm.
Domestic abuse can make you feel isolated and vulnerable. Don't be afraid to ask for help.
Alternatively you can call the National Domestic Abuse Helpline on: 0808 2000 247 or visit www.domesticabuseservices.org.uk
If you need help gaining an injunction you can call the National Centre for Domestic Violence on freephone 0800 970 2070 or to make an online referral visit: referdirect.org.uk. They are available to everybody, offer free legal injunction advice and are completely confidential.
Get to grips with what your children may come across on the internet and how to get help if you need it. You will be aware the internet hosts many exciting opportunities for education. The online world is a wonderful place for young people to explore, with unprecedented opportunities for learning and creativity, but just like the real world there are risks and dangers they should be aware of and which we should all act to protect them from. As a school we encourage the use of technology as an important part of our students’ development but always want them to spend their time online safely. As a parent/carer you can play a significant part in ensuring this. Find out what to do if you’re worried about anything you or your child has seen online. Here are a couple of helpful information sheets about some of the popular apps your children may be using.
Vodafone produce an excellent magazine for parents and carers regarding online safety. It can be read online or read as a PDF by following the link below.
Gaming and how to keep your child safe
We all know that children want to be playing the latest game and that they are not always old enough for the games they want to play. A fact sheet of what the PEGI ratings on games means can be found below.
Tips for parents
PEGI provides advice regarding the age suitability of a game. However, every child is different. Ultimately parents should decide what their children are capable of viewing or experiencing. Here are a few tips:
Other useful links
Knowing what films your children should watch can also be difficult but again they have ratings to help you. Below is fact sheet of film classifications.
Being a parent always seems to mean lots of worrying, especially when it comes to keeping your child or children safe. All parents worry about different types of abuse and how to talk to their children about some of these issues. The NSPCC have a really useful website called 'Talk Pants.' This site teaches children important messages, like their body belongs to them and that they should tell an adult if they're upset or worried. There are activities for children on there and also advice for parents. Below you will see a link to the website and also a leaflet for parents and carers providing some useful advice.
Radicalisation and terrorism
As a parent or carer I'm sure you may have some concerns surrounding recent events that have been widely covered in the news about radicalisation and extremism. We take our duty as a school around preventing radicalisation and extremism seriously. As many extremist views are conveyed by the use of the internet and sites such as You Tube, we stop access to such sites via a firewall. This reduces the possibility of our children being exposure to such groups or information. Alongside this our staff have an awareness of signs to look for, we strongly promote British Values and allow children to speak freely about their worries.
How can you help?
Be aware of what your child is accessing on the internet and with gaming as extremists can often try and get their message across through this media. Check games, websites and social networking sites are age appropriate and give children the confidence to share their worries if they see something inappropriate.
Be a role model in your own lives wherever possible. Children are significantly influenced by their families so if you are modelling respect and tolerance, this will help them to understand these concepts and build on what we teach them in school.
Inform our safeguarding lead, Mrs Turner if you have any worries or concerns.
If you want more more information on how to answer your child's questions about extremism, radicalisation and terrorism visit the Childline website - www.childline.org.uk - and search any of those topics.
Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
Female genital mutilation is a procedure where the female genitals are deliberately cut, injured or changed, but where there's no medical reason for this to be done. It's also known as "female circumcision" or "cutting", and by other terms such as sunna, gudniin, halalays, tahur, megrez and khitan, among others.
If you're worried a child is at risk of, or has had, FGM contact the FGM Helpline on 0800 028 3550 or via firstname.lastname@example.org