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SAFEGUARDING

 

At Salmestone Primary school, the governors and staff fully recognise the vital contribution the school makes to safeguarding children. We recognise that the safety and protection of all children is of paramount importance and all staff and volunteers have a full and active part to  play in protecting children from harm. 

 

Our school promotes a caring, positive, safe and stimulating environment which promotes social, physical, emotional and the moral development of each pupil.

 

Our school values promote safeguarding;

At this school we have two Designated Safeguarding leaders: Mrs H. Cooper and Mrs E. Marlow. Both are fully qualified and have received full safeguarding training, copies of which are available on request. They also lead Professional development in safeguarding throughout the school.

 

We are always here to give advice, including online safety. If you have any safeguarding concerns, please contact the School Office who will signpost you to the appropriate member of staff. We have also put some useful links below, which may also provide valuable information.

 

 

TALK PANTS

 

 

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 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 providng some useful advice.

 

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/underwear-rule/

 

TALK PANTS GUIDANCE:

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Pokémon Go

 

 

Information for Parents to help children play safely.

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/pokemon-go-parents-guide/

 

There have been quite a few articles in the media recently regarding this new gaming sensation. Clearly a games which gets people up and active will have many benefits but it is also important that parents are aware of the possible risks that could be associated with this game so that they can support their children as necessary and enjoy it in a way that is safe.

Safer Internet have written a short feature about this new game which does provide some advice to parents.

http://www.saferinternet.org.uk/news/pokemon-go-gaming-gone-mobile

 

Safeguarding is everyone's responsibility. The DFE are currently launching a new campaign 'Together We Can Tackle Child Abuse.'  https://www.gov.uk/report-child-abuse

If you are ever concerned about a child, the link will provide you with the necessary advice on how to report your concerns.

 

RADICALISATION & EXTREMISM

 

I know some of you have concerns around recent events in the news regarding radicalisation and extremism.

 

As a school, we have  duty to be very aware of how radicalisation and extremism can impact on our children and families. Therefore, with this in mind, I would like to make you aware of some of the measures the school takes to keep children safe.

 

Those with extremist views will often try and express their views through social networking and the internet, such as YouTube clips etc. We have a firewall in school which is recommended by Kent  Education Authority which helps prevent social networking sites being accessed in school and limits websites  and images.

 

We have an Extremism and Radicalisation Policy which helps set out how staff should deal with concerns and there are a number of signs  identified with radicalisation which staff can be aware of and alert to.

 

Our school strongly promote British Values, one of which is Tolerance. We bring this into assemblies, Circle times, when dealing with inappropriate behaviour and any other opportunities within our curriculum to ensure children understand tolerance and respect for others. RESPECT is also one of our School Values.

 

Staff have had some training relating to Radicalisation and Extremism and are aware of what to look out for. The school has lockdown procedures for any such relevant emergencies.

 

 

BE SAFE, BE SEEN!

 

 

Now that the clocks have gone back, it is starting to get dark earlier and earlier. It is really important that children can be clearly seen by motorists and cyclists to keep them as safe as possible when they are walking to and from school, or out playing. There are lots of small reflectors, reflective strip stickers or snap bands for wrists and ankles which can all help children to be seen clearly.

Below are a couple of websites where you can find more information about 'Be Safe, Be Seen'. We would recommend that you explore the website yourself first before sharing it with your child so you can pick out bits which you feel are the most appropriate.

 

www.roadsafety.cardiff.gov.uk/to-school-safely/be-safe-%E2%80%93-be-seen/

http://talesoftheroad.direct.gov.uk/be-bright.php
 

FIREWORK SAFETY

 

 

Once again, Bonfire Night is nearly upon us. It is such a wonderful time to have fun but we want all our families to keep safe at this time. Therefore, it is very important to follow firework safety guidelines as this will help you to make careful choices, be safe and still have great fun.

 

Be Safe on Bonfire Night

 

Never play with fireworks - They are explosives and can hurt you.

Always keep fireworks in a closed box and always follow the instructions on the box.

Only adults should light or hold fireworks.

When you are watching fireworks stand well back.

Never go near a firework that has been lit. Even if it hasn’t gone off, it could still explode.

Fireworks will frighten your pets, so keep your pets safely indoors.

If you are given a sparkler:

Always wear gloves. Hold it at arm’s length. When your sparkler goes out, DON’T TOUCH IT. It could still burn you, so put it in a bucket of water.

 

Never let off fireworks in public places such as streets or parks. 

 

For further advice about firework and bonfire safety, there are many websites. The website link below does provide some additional safety information.

http://www.saferfireworks.com/family/index.htm

 

SMOKING

 

New legislation has come out on October 1st 2015 regarding smoking in enclosed vehicles. The legislation states (www.gov.uk)

 

‘It is illegal to smoke in a car (or other vehicle) with anyone under 18. The law changed on 1 October 2015, to protect children and young people from the dangers of second hand smoke.

Both the driver and the smoker could be fined £50. The law applies to every driver in England and Wales, including those aged 17 and those with a provisional driving licence’

 

 

The law applies:

  •  to any private vehicle that is enclosed wholly or partly by  a roof.
  •  when people have the windows or sunroof open, or the air  conditioning on.

 when someone sits smoking in the open doorway of a  vehicle.

 

 

Safeguarding is everyone's responsibility. The DFE are currently launching a new campaign 'Together We Can Tackle Child Abuse.'  https://www.gov.uk/report-child-abuse

If you are ever concerned about a child, the link will provide you with the necessary advice on how to report your concerns.

 

 

 

 

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