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Holy Trinity and St John's Church of England Primary School

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Safeguarding

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. 

 

Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSL):

 

  • Mr R Garratt - (Headteacher & Lead DSL)
  • Mrs S Turner (Safeguarding Officer and Deputy DSL)
  • Mrs A Harding (Deputy Headteacher/Inclusion Manager and Deputy DSL)
  • Mrs L Lowdon (Deputy headteacher/Assessment & Curriculum and Deputy DSL)
  • Ms K Cygan (EYFS/Keystage leader and Deputy DSL)

 

The Area Safeguarding Advisor (ASA) for the East Kent area - Canterbury, Thanet and Swale is Catherine Holmberg

 

ONLINE SAFETY UPDATE

 

The online world is constantly changing with news apps being created all the time. As adults are we always as aware of what our children are accessing on line as we should be? When we are made aware of new online concerns we are committed to bringing this information to parent/carers attention where possible so that you can ensure the safety of your child. It is good practice to regularly check what your child is doing online and there is a wealth of support available to help you to do this. If you are unsure just ask us.

 

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. 

 

The internet can be a fantastic resource for your children to learn but there are also risks to giving them access to so much. To check your children safe online be aware of what they are viewing, look for age related ratings and try to keep up to date with new apps, games and social media platforms. By doing this you can help to educate your children about staying safe online. When new information becomes available to school we will do our best to share this with you so keep checking in. 

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