Safeguarding and Online safety
At Ightenhill Primary School the health, safety and well-being of every child is our top priority. We expect all staff, governors, volunteers and visitors to share this commitment to safeguarding our pupils.
We listen to our pupils and take seriously what they tell us. All school staff are trained in safeguarding procedures, and children are made aware of the adults they can talk to if they have any concerns. Staff are trained to look out for signs of physical/emotional harm or neglect and are required to report these to the Designated Senior Leader(DSL).
The procedures which we follow have been laid down by the Lancashire Safeguarding Team and the school has adopted a Child Protection Policy in line with this, for the safety of all. On occasions, our concern about a child may mean that we have to consult other agencies whom we will share information , in line with school policy guidelines. We will ensure that all concerns are discussed with parent/carers first, before any referrals are made, unless we believe that such a move may be contrary to a child’s welfare.
Our Designated Senior Leader (DSL) is: Mrs. M Lewis, Inclusion Manager
In her absence the Deputy DSL is: Mr. S Crosier, Headteacher
The governor responsible for safeguarding is: Mr. S Grimshaw, Chair of Governors
What to do if you have concerns about a child
Listed below are links to several websites which you can use to report any concerns you may have about a child:
https://www.gov.uk/report-child-abuse - This will provide you with links to the local council/police page for your area.
Alternatively you can contact Lancashire Children Social Care for further advice:
0300 123 6720 / 0300 123 6722 (out of hours)
Don’t delay – call the police on 999
Mobile Phone Policy
All children who bring mobile phones into school should hand them into the School Office before registration for safe keeping.
These should be collected at the end of the day.
For guidance for parents, staff and children about mobile phones in school, you can download our policy here.
Operation Encompass has been adopted within Lancashire to provide early reporting to schools, such as ours, about all domestic abuse incidents that occur outside school hours which a young person attending Ightenhill Primary has been exposed to, and which might then have an impact on their schooling the following day. This information is shared throughout the year, including school holidays and the weekends.
More information about Operation Encompass can be found here
Schools Online Safety Champion: Mrs. M Lewis - Inclusion Manager
Computing co-ordinator: Miss K Jackson - Year 2 Class Teacher
Useful E-Safety Websites
www.childnet.com - A non-profit organisation working directly with children, parents and teachers to ensure that the issues of online child protection and children's safe and positive use of the internet are addressed.
www.thinkuknow.co.uk - The Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre has set up its own educational website which has been designed and written specifically for children, young people, teachers, parents and carers.
www.getsafeonline.org - A beginners guide to using the internet safely, including a quiz and some video tutorials about how to 'stay safe' online.
www.kidsmart.org.uk - Kidsmart is an award winning internet safety website for parents and those working with children. It has been developed by the children's internet charity Childnet International and has excellent information on many of the technologies used by children, with guidance on how to 'stay safe' online.
www.bullying.co.uk - One in five young people have experienced bullying by text message or via email. This website gives advice for children and parents on bullying.
www.vodafone.com/content/digital-parenting.html - Vodafone have developed this website in conjunction with mumsnet. It is very accessible and provides information and guidance to parents with understanding their child's digital world and get more involved. There is even an online test to see how much you know!
www.internetmatters.org - Lots of guidance and articles for parents about keeping their children safe online.
www.net-aware.org.uk - A guide to apps, games and social media sites for parents/carers to check official age ratings, safety features, content, privacy and location tracking and lots of useful tips to support keeping your child safe online.
Safer Internet Day - Tuesday 9th February 2021
We will be celebrating Safer Internet Day both remotely and in school. Please see links below and also on our school Facebook page to find out more about practical ways you can get involved in the celebration. This year the theme is "Together for a better internet" asking all stakeholders to join together to make the internet a safer and better place for all, and especially for children and young people.
Click this link to read the story 'Detective DigiDuck'. The story is about a little duck who goes online to talk to her friends. She sees amazing posts about their new toys and what they are up to but soon finds out she can't trust everything that she sees.
Please come and talk to members of staff if you have any questions about how best to keep your child safe or if you are concerned about the safety of any member of our school community.