During these challenging times, the safeguarding of all children continues to be a priority, whether they are at home or in attendance at school.
The following fundamental safeguarding principles remain the same:
- The best interests of children continue to come first
- If anyone in our school has a safeguarding concern, they will act immediately
- A designated safeguarding lead (DSL) or deputy DSL will always be available
- No unsuitable people will be allowed to gain access to our children
- Children and parents will continue to be educated and protected when they are online.
High Oakham Primary School has an addendum to its Child Protection policy to reflect the new rules and approaches that are needed in response to Coronavirus (COVID- 19). This is kept updated throughout this situation
Responding to the continuing situation where children are spending more time online, High Oakham Primary School has extensively considered online safety integrating this throughout our planning and design of its teaching activities.
Please refer to our Remote Learning Policy for further guidance.
Online safety concerns should still be reported to the school’s Key stage leaders and Designated Safeguarding Leads (Kerry Boaler - EYFS & KS1 and Fiona Watt - KS2) as normal. Parents can do this through Class Dojo messaging or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
We have specific online safety support on our website - click here.
The following websites also offer useful support:
- Childline - for support
- UK Safer Internet Centre - to report and remove harmful online content
- CEOP - for advice on making a report about online abuse
In addition, the following sites are an excellent source of advice and information:
- Internet matters - for support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online
- London Grid for Learning - for support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online
- Net-aware - for support for parents and careers from the NSPCC
- Parent info - for support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online
- Thinkuknow - for advice from the National Crime Agency to stay safe online
- UK Safer Internet Centre - advice for parents and carers
Please note that all staff have had training linked to learning online through this current situation and are very clear that knowing our children and their situations, monitoring engagement and ensuring that all concerns are reported to the DSL immediately leads to safer spaces to learn.