Safeguarding at Twickenham School
The Trust and staff of Twickenham School are committed to providing a safe and secure environment for students, staff and visitors and promoting a climate where students and adults will feel confident about sharing any concerns they may have about their own safety or the well-being of others.
Twickenham School acknowledges the duties conferred by statute, including the Children Acts 1989 & 2004, Section 175 of the 2002 Education Act, the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 and the guidance contained in ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children’, ‘What To Do If You’re Worried A Child Is Being Abused’, the current DfE Circular ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’, as well as procedures produced by the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames for use with its schools. The school safeguarding policy is applicable to all on and off-site activities undertaken by students whilst they are the responsibility of the school.
Staff who have responsibility for Safeguarding
SENIOR DESIGNATED CHILD PROTECTION OFFICER
Khadija Halpenny, Assistant Headteacher
DEPUTY DESIGNATED SAFEGUARDING OFFICERS
Heather Valetta, Senior Social Worker
OTHER TRAINED SAFEGUARDING STAFF
David Martin - Deputy Headteacher
Simon Hart - Deputy Headteacher
Joanne Merritt – Safeguarding Governor
There are four main elements to the school’s safeguarding work with students:
a) Prevention - Through the teaching and pastoral support offered to students and providing a safe environment. We also inform students of potential risks and their ‘stay safe’ responsibilities, through assemblies and other activities.
b) Procedures for identifying and reporting cases, or suspected cases, of abuse.
c) Support to students who may have been abused or are at risk of abuse.
d) Ensuring that we practise safe recruitment, checking the suitability of staff and volunteers to work with children.
E-safety: Staying safe online
We would urge parents and carers to monitor their child’s online activity as closely as they would monitor any contact their child has with other children and adults in the ‘reality’ world.
Online abuse and concerns can be reported to the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP).
These resources have been produced by CEOP for use with children and young people. Parents and carers are encouraged to look at them in order to help them to understand some of the potential risks and to help them monitor their child’s activities online.
Information about abuse and neglect:
- We recommend that children are supervised while using the Internet. It is possible to buy software which will restrict access to ‘harmful sites’. Most Internet Service Providers (ISPs) will also provide an element of ‘filtering’ to avoid unsuitable content; but you need to set it up.
- No system will remove all unsuitable material.
- It is important that your children know what to do if they come across any material that they feel uncomfortable with. REPORT IT.
Some search engines are set up specifically for children to use such as:
Students should not give out personal details about themselves or others. This includes: full name, address, ‘phone numbers, email addresses etc.
- Students should never make arrangements to meet anyone over the net.
- Students should never give anyone else their password.
- People should not give out bank / card details unless they have checked that the site is trustworthy and that they have anti-spyware installed on the computer.
Web Space (free web areas such as MySpace):
There are a large number of people offering free webspace at the moment. While this is great for developing creativity, it also has dangers.
- Free areas are easy to upload information to; and many target young people in their marketing.
- Free areas often invite others to view your areas / galleries etc. While it is good to share, people need to consider who may have access to these areas. Avoid giving out personal details about yourself or others.
(Examples of free webspace… www.zorpia.com, www.bebo.com, www.myspace.com There are areas of these sites and adverts which you may consider inappropriate.)
Chat Rooms / Forums / MSN:
These have many uses but also have many dangers. It is very hard to know whether the person is really as they say they are. Even if the name is someone you know, that doesn’t necessarily mean that your friend is the person doing the typing!
- It is also not always clear who else is ‘listening’ in to your conversation.
- There are usually ‘moderators’ who you can contact if you are unhappy with anything in a forum or chatroom.
This is a rapidly developing area and can have the same dangers as chat rooms. This is particularly true of role-play type games. In this case people are very unlikely to be who they say they are!
- There are usually moderators you can contact if you are unhappy with anything.
- Never give out personal details or arrange to meet someone.
- On-line games are not restricted to computers.
Parents review kids’ social networks, apps & games.
Avoid opening emails from unrecognised sources. Never open attachments without checking who they are from and whether they are likely to be safe.
- Emails may carry viruses.
- Most anti-virus programs will scan emails for spam (unsolicited, bulk mail); as well as viruses.
- Avoid using CC (Carbon Copy) or the ‘To’ box when sending to multiple addresses. Instead use BCC (Blind Carbon Copy). You can set up a group; put your own address in the ‘To’ box and the name of your group in the BCC box. This offers some protection in that people don’t automatically see everyone else’s email address.
Unfortunately, bullies like new technology just the same as everyone else. Children need to be very careful about who they give mobile ‘phone numbers to; what they upload (if anything); who they give email addresses to etc.
- Texting; using camera ‘phones; setting up websites about people; MSN; and group emailing are all ways that are being used by some bullies.
- If it happens – tell someone immediately, save all evidence you can.
Be imaginative with passwords. It is amazing how many are ‘guessed’.
- Try to make sure passwords are at least 6 characters. (The longer the better.)
- Avoid using postcodes or family names / dates etc.
- Using unusual characters such as £$%&*^ makes fraud harder.
- Mixing capitals and lower case letters usually makes passwords more secure.
- Some people hold databases of the most common passwords!
- Never give out your PIN over the Internet.
- Most common password info
Out of hours:
Richmond: Call 020 8891 7969 from 8am to 6pm, Monday to Friday, or 020 8770 5000 out of hours.
Hounslow: Call 0208 583 3200 from 9am - 5pm Monday to Friday, or 0208 583 2222 out of hours.
NSPCC: Speak to a counsellor 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on 0808 800 5000, or text 88858.
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