Information for Parents

Please see our Policies page under the About Us tab for more information.

Safeguarding and Child Protection

 At Duxford CofE Community Primary School, we are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

 Under the Education Act 2002 (section 175/157), schools must "make arrangements to safeguard and promote the welfare of children".

We endeavour to provide a safe and welcoming environment where children are respected and valued.

The school will therefore be alert to signs of abuse and neglect and will follow the Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) procedures to ensure that children receive appropriate and effective support and protection.

Parents/carers are advised that the law requires all school staff to pass on information which gives rise to a concern about a child's welfare, including risk from neglect, physical, emotional or sexual abuse. Records of welfare concerns may be kept about a child.  School staff will seek, in general, to discuss any concerns with parents/carers including referrals to other agencies. However, in situations where the child is suspected to be at risk of harm, the law says that schools may take advice from other agencies without informing parents/carers.

In accordance with local Information Sharing protocols, we will ensure that information is shared securely and sensitively.  Information will only be shared with other services where it is deemed necessary and proportionate to ensure that children and young people are safe and receive the right service.

Schools will seek advice from Social Care when they have reasonable cause to suspect a child may be suffering or likely to suffer significant harm. Occasionally, concerns are passed on which are later shown to be unfounded.  Parents/carers will appreciate that the member of staff in the school with responsibility for child protection (known as the Designated Safeguarding Lead) was carrying out their responsibilities in accordance with the law and acting in the best interests of all children.

Vodafone have produced a series of online internet / mobile phone safety ideas to help you and your child stay safe online. please click on the links below and follow the on-screen help.

View here

Very useful E-Safety documents

Safe online gaming tips for children – view PDF

A guide to online gaming for parents – view PDF

The good gaming guide – a parents guide to video games – view PDF

Online Gaming – view PDF

Stay safe on screen – How to chat on webcam with confidence – view PDF

Keeping your child safe online – A checklist for parents and carers – view PDF

Parents E-Safety and Online Issues – view PDF

 

Very useful website pages to help the parent and child stay safe on the internet:

www.kidsmart.org.uk

www.childnet.com/resources

Starz

As part of your childs curriculum, we provide supervised access to the Internet and to email via the Starz learning platform.  We see this as an essential ICT skill for the children to learn as they grow up in the modern world.

Understandably, there are concerns about children accessing inappropriate material when working online - but we have taken positive steps to deal with this risk in school.

* All staff have undertaken E-safety training.

* The school's IT system operates a robust filtering system that restricts pupils access to inappropriate material.

* The school has  an E-safety policy.

* Pupils are supervised when working online.

* Pupil email messages are monitored by a staff email monitor.

 
 E-Safety - Snapchat

Through our E-Safety discussions with children, we know that many of them are using Snapchat. We have recently been made aware that Snapchat have updated their app and you can now zoom out, when on the picture screen, to see a map. On this map you are able to see where your friends (as well as other people) are at that time. If you zoom in to the picture, it will take you in detail to where they are at the time. Street names etc. are shown on the map. This is a worrying update as it means that children's locations can be seen by anyone using the app.

The age recommendation for this app is 13+ but if your child is using it, we would recommend that 'Location' is switched to 'Never' in Settings so as to avoid your child's whereabouts being made public.

Know It All - Know It All is a set of award winning resources developed by Childnet to help educate young people and adults about safe and positive use of the internet  - view here
 
Kidsmart - An internet safety site from Childnet providing information and low cost leaflets for parents and carers - view here
  
BBC Webwise - The BBc's guide to using the internet - view here
 
Bullying UK - Advice for children, schools, parents and carers - view here