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Child Safeguarding at Shoeburyness High School

 

Child Safeguarding is at the forefront of all we do at Shoeburyness High School.

All our staff receive training annually and are reminded of the very clear and high expectations placed upon them as professionals working with young people. This includes training on the Prevent, CSE, FGM and other safeguarding areas to be addressed.

All members of staff are recognisable by their identity badge and all post-16 students wear an identity lanyard. Any visitors to the school must sign in and, if the school does not have a copy of a valid DBS check, will be escorted at all times by a member of staff.

Risk assessments are in place for all changing areas and regularly updated by school leaders. This includes areas which are jointly used with the local community such as Shoeburyness Leisure Centre.

Please see below a copy of our Child Safeguarding Policy and the DfE Keepjng Children Safe in Education handout.

Southend-on-sea also has its own website (Local Safeguarding Children Board - LSCB) dedicated to improve the lives of children and your people in Southend. Click here to access this website.

We take child safeguarding seriously. If you have any concerns please contact Katrina Lambert, Sally Carrington, Huw Williams who are our designated child safeguarding officers.

 

E-Safety

The use of computers and digital technology is now an every day part of all of our lives. This has many benefits for us all, but also brings with it dangers that we all need to be aware of.  As a safeguarding school Online E-Safety is a priority both in and out of school.

 

Computer/Console Games

As a school we have very grave concerns when we hear that children and teenagers have had access to play violent computer games such as Grand Theft Auto (GTA) or Call of Duty (CoD). Please can parents closely monitor what your children are playing on games consoles or accessing online and take action to safeguard children against watching material which is unsuitable. Under child safeguarding rules, allowing your child to play games which are not age suitable is deemed as neglect. This may lead to a referral to social care or other agencies which we want to avoid. Entertainment content such as films, DVDs, PC or console games carry a PEGI (Pan European Game Information) rating which clearly identifies the age group for which they are most suitable. For more information about PEGI please click here

Thank you for your support.

 

The resources/links below are intended to help parents and carers fully understand the nature of the online world, the benefits and the risks.

 

Some essential viewing for parents/carers, the "Purely For Parents" webcast from CEOP Command is available by following this link.

 

CEOP Command is part of the National Crime Agency (NCA) that works with child protection partners across the UK and overseas to identify the main threats to children and coordinates activity against these threats to bring offenders to account.

They aim to protect children from harm online and offline, directly through NCA led operations and in partnership with local and international agencies. For more information visit the CEOP Command website by clicking here

 

Think U Know is an education programme from CEOP Command and has been keeping children and young people safe since 2006. A new parents and carers website is now live which offers a suite of articles and guidance on all aspects of child internet safety. This site can be found here

Parents can also find out more information and facts about young people being online from the Parent Info website. Click here to vist the page.

Southend-on-sea Local Safeguarding Children Board also have a section on their website about E-Safety for parents. Click here to vist the page.

Childnet International have created a document that gives links to a wide range of information and online resources regarding e-safety and protecting young people online. This can be found by clicking on the fact sheet below.

 

Social Media and Messaging

Social media is now a part of our every day lives and while there are many benefits to this online social interaction there are areas that parents need to be aware of. CEOP Command have created several parents' guides to help address concerns and give parents the facts about online social media. Please click on one of the links to find out more: Instagram Parents' Guide; Kik Messenger Parents' Guide; Omegle Parents' Guide; ooVoo Parents' Guide; Snapchat Parents' Guide; Tinder for Teens

 

Safer Internet Day 7th February 2017 - 'Be the change: unite for a better internet'

The school participated in this annual event that was coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre. Shoeburyness High School and hundreds of other organisations across the country were involved this year to help promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and young people. The theme this year was 'Be the change: unite for a better internet' and focused on the posting of images online.

Every year group participated in Period 1 activities in their Learning Groups which was a great way to help students in school get a better understanding of how to stay safe online. For more information about Safer Internet Day follow this link

 

Other informational videos for parents/carers can be viewed here:

Link to the CEOP Command advert below:

www.youtube.com/watch

Link to "Where's Klaus" video:

www.youtube.com/watch

 

Further information about e-safety and a guide for parents about keeping children safe online can be found below which details the steps that parents can take to help ensure that children have a positive online experience.