SAFEGUARDING

Our Designated Safeguarding and Child Protection Officers are:

Mrs Atkinson (Joint Headteacher - Lead Designated Safeguarding and Child Protection Officer)

Mrs O'Keefe (Joint Headteacher - Lead Designated Safeguarding and Child Protection Officer)

Mrs Edwards (Business Manager - Deputy Designated Safeguarding and Child Protection Officer)

Miss Stewart (SENDCo and Senior Leader)

Miss Mackay (Assistant Headteacher and Senior Leader)

Our Safeguarding Governor is Chris Stevens

 

E-Safety

How safe is your child online?

Do you speak to your child about being safe online? What programs or websites they should be using? What information they should be filling out or revealing about themselves.

We cover online safety during our ICT Lessons but to reinforce some of the dangers to children while they are at home using your own internet service provider which is likely to be less secure than the schools filtering keeps our children aware of the dangers.

For the younger children Thinkuknow is a brilliant website designed to inform children of the dangers in an age appropriate way. Hector the Protector is a dolphin who explains some of the dangers of giving out personal information on websites. There a number of short video cartoons what the children can watch, explaining about a variety of different dangers. Watch them together, then ask the children questions. There are activities to do on the site and also Lee and Kim for the older child.

http://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/5_7/ for younger children and

http://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/8_10/ for the older child.

http://www.saferinternet.org.uk/advice-and-resources/parents-and-carers/parental-controls

This link will explain how to setup parental controls offered by a number of internet service providers.

YouTube Kids links

INFORMATION SHARING

Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies when there are concerns about a child’s welfare. We will ensure that our concerns about our pupils are discussed with his/her parents/carers first unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child’s welfare.

PREVENT STRATEGY

As part of Heathfield Academy’s commitment to safeguarding and child protection we fully support the government’s Prevent Strategy. As part of our annual Safeguarding trainings, we ensure that members of our team are aware of governmental priorities.

What is the Prevent Strategy?

The Prevent strategy is a government strategy designed to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism. As described in official documents published by Her Majesty’s Government, the Prevent Strategy:

  • responds to the ideological challenge we face from terrorism and aspects of extremism, and the threat we face from those who promote these views
  • provides practical help to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism and ensure they are given appropriate advice and support
  • works with a wide range of sectors (including education, criminal justice, faith, charities, online and health)

If you are concerned that a member of staff, a Governor or potential Governor may have links to extremism or that child might be at risk of extremism, or if you have any other concern about extremism at Heathfield Academy, please contact the Department for Education’s helpline on counter.extremism@education.gsi.gov.uk or 020 7340 7264. Parents/carers can also find some more information on the Educate Against Hate website by the DfE