Safeguarding at Pixmore Junior School
We are Ready, Respectful and Safe
All staff and governors at Pixmore Junior School take their roles and responsibilities regarding the safeguarding of children very seriously, and work in close partnership with parents and carers to do so. The school will take any reasonable action to ensure the welfare and safety of its pupils is maintained both in school, at home and in the wider community.
We recognise the importance of recognising the signs that a child may be at risk of harm and staff know what to look for and how to respond.
We also teach the children how to keep themselves and others safe through the curriculum, both the taught curriculum, assemblies, and as part of their interactions with adults and peers. We use protective behaviours and other resources to support the children with their understanding of how to keep safe.
We also invite governors into school for pupil voice meetings with the children to ask them about whether they feel safe in school, and also do whole school questionnaires to establish whether there are any gaps in our knowledge about whether children feel safe, or have any worries we are not aware of. Any concerns regarding a child’s responses are followed up immediately.
The children are taught that it is okay to speak with adults in school to share worries, and that there is nothing too small, or too big, that they cannot tell someone about it. Our key workers provide check-in time for the children to talk, and Worry Time sessions where children can speak about anything that is worrying them.
In cases where the school has reason to be concerned that a child may be subject to ill treatment, neglect or other forms of abuse, staff have a duty of care to follow the Hertfordshire Safeguarding Children Board procedures and inform Children’s Social Care of their concern. We also follow the Hertfordshire procedures for child protection and these are detailed in our Child Protection Policy.
The designated safeguarding leads are:
Mrs Inman – Head Teacher
Mrs Willans – Assistant Head Teacher and SENCo
Miss Charlotte Pocock – Assistant Head Teacher /Upper Key Stage Lead
Mrs Connor – Key Worker
If you are concerned about the welfare of any pupil in the school then please call on 01462 620555 to speak to one of the team responsible for child protection, or email email@example.com
If you wish to share a concern anonymously, you can do this by calling Children’ Service on 0300 123 4043
Keeping children safe online
The Internet is a great place for children to learn, have fun, communicate with others and be creative but they may sometimes have to deal with challenging situations.
All children at Pixmore Junior School are taught online safety from Year 3 to Year 6, using a variety of curriculum resources. We aim to ensure that children are taught about keeping themselves safe whilst using a variety of technologies.
It is important that you, as parents and carers are aware of what children are doing online and understand the issues they can face when using the Internet, eg when downloading /uploading content, playing online games or social networking.
It is equally important that you have access to advice and practical, age-appropriate tips on how to protect your children and how to deal successfully and positively with issues, should they arise, encouraging an open and honest dialogue.
Here are some useful sources of information and practical support on all aspects of online Safety
Children with concerns can contact Childline on 0800 1111.
The Childline website provides useful advice for staying safe online.
CEOP (Child Exploitation & Online Protection Centre), is run by a command of the National Crime Agency.
They also offer support via their Think U Know. Access some of their video clips
Internet Matters offers lots of information and practical guidance for parents/carers, and teachers.
The Internet Watch Foundation works to protect children online and free the internet of sexual images of children. IWF is the UK hotline for reporting
Please see below help and information for parents/carers regarding safeguarding children.
Online Safety Newsletter for Parents Spring 2023
Child Friendly Safeguarding Policy
Technology and Social Media Good Practice Agreement
Keeping Children Safe in Education 2022
Keeping Children Safe in Education Parent Leaflet
Reducing the Need for Restrictive Interventions in Schools Policy
Recognise, Respond and Refer Information
Information and advice on bullying-abuse-safety, online-mobile-safety and staying-safe-online
Childnet – Help, advice and resources for parents and carers
Child Exploitation and Online Protection command – Are you worried about online sexual abuse or the way someone has been communication with you online?
Internet Matters – Helping parents keeping their children safe online
Internet Watch Foundation – All children deserve protection from online sexual abuse
Parent and Carers Resources Sheet
Sharing Personal Details Advice
Helping your child with cyberbullying in games