Safeguarding

 Lampton School puts the safety and well-being of our students at the core of our work. We want all students  to learn how to keep safe and stay happy.  This will allow them to thrive both academically and emotionally, and enable them to contribute positively to the wider community.  Lampton School is committed to ensuring that consistent and effective procedures are in place to fulfil its statutory obligation to safeguard and promote the welfare of the young people in its care.

The Department of Education, through Working Together to Safeguard Children (DfE 2018) and Keeping Children Safe in Education (DfE Sept 2018), places a duty on organisations to safeguard and promote the well-being of children and young people. At  Lampton School we are fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all our students.

On occasion, a student may disclose information of a sensitive nature to a member of staff.  When this happens, staff will listen and explain clearly and calmly to students that information about their safety may mean that other people have to be informed in order to support and safeguard them.  They cannot promise to keep such information confidential.

When a member of staff has any child protection or welfare concerns about a student, they have a duty to report these concerns to the designated teacher in the school. Staff are kept up to date and reminded of their responsibilities regularly through briefings and whole school training.

Lampton School takes its Safeguarding and Child Protection responsibilities very seriously. We work closely with the local authority and other appropriate external agencies to ensure the welfare of all our students. If you have any concerns about a child’s welfare, please contact a member of the Safeguarding team:-

Designated Safeguarding Staff Contact Details

The Designated Safeguarding Lead for Child Protection at  Lampton is: 

Ray Whyms  Contact Details:   rwhyms@lampton.org.uk

The Lead  Safeguarding Officer (Deputy D O) for Child Protection at Lampton is:

Susie Worthington:     Contact details: sworthington@lampton.org.uk

Our Safeguarding Practice is designed to deliver:

  • Procedures that ensure safe recruitment to help identify people who may pose a risk to children
  • A strong PSHE curriculum  and tutorial programme that educates all our students on how to keep safe, recognise behaviour that is unacceptable and what to do if they have concerns.
  • High quality Safeguarding training for all staff
  • Appropriate provision for any child who has been  or is at risk of being subject to abuse
  • A Governing Body, Headteacher and staff that understand their responsibilities, under safeguarding legislation and statutory guidance, to be alert to the signs of child abuse and to refer concerns to the Designated Safeguarding Lead.

Information for parents about staying safe online

The internet is constantly changing and it can be hard to keep up with the latest apps and trends. The NSPCC have developed a guide for parents called Net Aware, which gives you clear and simple information about 50 of the most popular sites, apps and games that young people are using. Net Aware allows you to search for social networks by name, category and even icon colour and provides information about reporting, blocking, privacy settings and the type of content that you can expect to come across on that site, app or game. Net Aware provides reviews by parents and children themselves and is aimed at helping you to understand the social networks your child is using so you can have regular conversations with them about staying safe online.

You can access Net Aware at net-aware.org.ukand you may also want to take a look at the Share Aware guide to helping keep your child safe online at www.nspcc.org.uk/shareaware

SAFER SCHOOLS OFFICERS

PC Wallis and PC Draycup are based  at the School on Thursdays  and are available to support students and their parents, whenever the need arises. They contribute to the School’s Assembly and PSHE programmes, addressing issues related to personal safety and raising awareness about issues relation to student safety

Keeping  safe online is  increasingly important. Whilst the Internet is useful for many purposes in daily life, there are many dangers , with cybercrime, inappropriate material and illegal activity taking place online. The School is committed to ensuring staff and students alike have the knowledge to safeguard themselves  and have an awareness of the dangers of social media.

These topics are covered in a variety of lessons and  in assemblies Our Safer Schools Police Officers also lead assemblies on Internet safety.

Keeping Safe Advice Websites – click on the icons to visit

Kidscape – Child Safety Organisation Equip young people, parents and professionals with the skills to tackle bullying and safeguarding issues across the UK.

Childline – ChildLine is a private and confidential service for children and young people up to the age of 19.

NSPCC – The leading children’s charity in the UK

Talk to Frank – Advice for young people

 

Useful websites 

Visit the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre – The CEOP centre delivers a multi-agency service dedicated to tackling the exploitation of children. Parents can download the latest information from CEOP on how best to protect their child.

Pupils can find the latest information on the sites they like to visit, mobiles and new technology. Find out what’s good, what’s not and what they can do about it.  Most importantly, there’s also a place which anyone can use to report if they feel uncomfortable or worried about someone they are chatting to online.

Parents can visit the latest ThinkUKnow Parents’ Section.

Family Lives provide  professional, non-judgmental support and advice in a way that all members of the family can freely access. Family Lives provide this through their 24 hour helpline, extensive advice on our website, live chat services, befriending services, and parenting/relationship support groups. Nearly all services are accessible at no charge to parents and you can contact them 365 days a year.

Click on the Family Lives logo to be taken to the www.familylives.org.uk

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