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Safeguarding at St. Dunstan's


Our mission is to be a happy, caring and compassionate Catholic community where each child’s gifts are developed to the full and the foundations for lifelong learning are laid down. Everyone will be supported, nurtured and inspired to be the very best they can be and to persevere to overcome life’s challenges. With God’s help, we will educate our children to live safely and responsibly, to care for His wonderful creation and to live their lives through the example of Jesus and the values of the Gospel.

This school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. This means that we have a Child Protection Policy and procedures in place. All staff (including supply staff, volunteers and governors) must ensure that they are aware of these procedures. Parents and carers are welcome to read the Policy.

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.

Our Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSLs) are:
1. Mrs A. O’Donovan – Assistant Headteacher & Leader of Inclusion
2. Mrs J. Birch – Headteacher
3. Mrs G. Morganti – Deputy Headteacher

Our Governor responsible for Safeguarding is: Mrs E Duggan – Safeguarding Governor

If you are concerned about a child’s welfare, please record your concern, and any observations or conversation heard, and report to one of the DSLs as soon as possible the same day. Do NOT conduct your own investigation. You are able to make your own referrals to Children’s Services – please click on the link below.

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The NSPCC have an initiative called “PANTS” to help parents teach their children to keep themselves safe. On the website there are downloadable booklets for children and parents. There are also copies of the downloads available in other languages and specific booklets to support children with ASD and other learning difficulties.

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If your concerns relate to the actions or behaviour of a member of staff (which could suggest that s/he is unsuitable to work with children) then you should report this to one of the DSLs in confidence, who will refer the matter to the Headteacher (or the Chair of Governors if the concern relates to the Headteacher) – who will consider what action to take.
Chair of Governors: Mr Joe Dunne telephone: 01483 762674 email: joedunne@yahoo.com


Keeping safe – an integral part of our curriculum

Keeping children safe is always the highest priority at St. Dunstan’s. Through our curriculum we support the children’s safety and awareness of potential danger in addition to developing an open, trusting and child-focused ethos across the school.

Alongside our curriculum, we deliver a range of experiences to enrich and consolidate the children’s understanding of how to keep themselves safe. These include assemblies and activities in the themes of anti-bullying, online safety and road safety (with Year 2 developing practical road safety awareness through the Pedals course and Year 5s and 6s  participating in the Bikeability programme, both led by Surrey County Council).  The school participates in Anti Bullying Week, Internet Safety Day and Year 6 pupils attend Junior Citizen (a multi-agency scheme including Surrey Fire and Rescue, Surrey Police and other safety agencies where children learn about personal safety). At all stages of their education children have regular online safety lessons.


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Online safety

Each year we provide training for our parents and carers to support them to keep their children safe online. Our children have regular access to the internet as part of their learning and our curriculum teaches and encourages responsible online behaviour ensuring children are allowed to enhance their learning safely through the use of technology and be aware of potential danger.

In school we use a filtering system which prevents children from accessing inappropriate sites. Our computing curriculum ensures children are progressively taught how to keep themselves safe online.

Today’s society means that children will sometimes be given unsupervised access to the internet. Potentially, this will allow them access to all kinds of material both appropriate and inappropriate. Click on the links below to find some hints and tips to help you keep your child safe online. Families can use the CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre) Safety Centre (www.ceop.police.uk/safety-centre) where they can report abuse and exploitation direct to CEOP. You can help protect your child by using all the possible safety settings on the devices that they have access to. A very helpful website for understanding and using these settings is internetmatters.org which you can access here:

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Social Media

Many of the sites such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and SnapChat have a minimum age limit of 13, so children from St Dunstan’s should not be using them. More information is available at:

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This site will allow you to make informed decisions about whether you feel social media sites are appropriate for your child or not.
For more information on online safety please click on the links below:
 
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PREVENT extremism

Prevent is part of CONTEST, the Government’s strategy to address terrorism. The main aim of Prevent is to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism. Prevent focuses on all forms of terrorist threats, eg international terrorism, far right extremists .

The Government’s Prevent strategy can be found at the following address: www.homeoffice.gov.uk

Three key themes:
  • Safeguarding vulnerable individuals through the provision of advice and support and intervention projects.
  • Working closely with institutions such as Universities, Schools, Prisons, Health, Charities and faith establishments.
  • Challenging terrorist ideology by working closely with other local and national agencies, partners and our communities
The Prevent Engagement Team of officers and police staff aim to encourage discussion ensuring that terrorism is prevented from taking root in our communities. They support the wider engagement activities already taking place in schools, places of worship and community groups.

Through this work they aim to strengthen communities in order to challenge the ideologies and messages of hate which lead to terrorism.


Principles

‘Schools should be safe spaces in which children and young people can understand and discuss sensitive topics, including terrorism and the extremist ideas that are part of terrorist ideology, and learn how to challenge these ideas…Schools should be mindful of their existing duties to forbid political indoctrination and secure a balanced presentation of political issues’

(HM Government Prevent Duty Guidance for England & Wales, 2015).

At St Dunstan’s we ensure that these principles are adhered to. All teachers have received PREVENT training.

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Anti-bullying

The school is committed to preventing and dealing with any incidents of bullying. As part of the EPR curriculum children learn about what bullying is, the different forms of bullying as well as the effect it can have on the victim. The school takes the opportunity to reinforce this message annually during national Anti-Bullying week. A dedicated support team known as PALs (Pupil Advice Leaders) are available to offer support to children experiencing friendship problems. The school also has a trained ELSA (Emotional Literacy Support Assistant) who works with pupils 1:1 to develop their social skills. Full details of the school's approach to bullying, roles and responsibilities and how bullying is reported and responded to are outlined in the Anti-Bullying Policy which can be found on this website or via the school office.

Is it bullying?

The school defines bullying as: the repetitive, intentional hurting of one person or group by another person or group, where the relationship involves an imbalance of power.

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St. Dunstan's Catholic Primary School, Onslow Crescent, Woking, Surrey. GU22 7AX  Tel: 01483 715190   Fax: 01483 722866 
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