Safeguarding and Child Protection
During these unprecedented times, St Joseph Catholic Primary School is open for children of Key Workers with a skeleton staff operating to keep down the risk of contracting the virus to a minimum. This does not mean that we will forego any safeguarding procedures - our concern is and always will be for the safety of our pupils both on and off site. As part of our new operating procedures, we will adhere to the attached appendix issued by the Oxfordshire Safeguarding Team alongside our own school's comprehensive safeguarding procedures.
Amended Safeguarding Appendix - COVID-19
We will use the online teaching platform to monitor children attending and make regular welfare checks on pupils who have not accessed the online portal - this could be either through a telephone conversation or a home visit when it is safe to do so.
All concerns will be included in our reporting system CPOMS which includes any contact made with our families whilst school remains closed for the vast majority of our pupils.
St Joseph's Catholic Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We are fully committed to ensuring that consistent, effective safeguarding procedures are in place to support families, children and staff at school.
We follow the procedures set out by the Oxfordshire Safeguarding Children Board (OSCB - http://www.oscb.org.uk/)
School Safeguarding Team
If you want to know more about our procedures, please speak to one of the following:
Mrs Lisa Smith - Principal & Designated Child Protection Officer
Ms Cheryl MacLennan- Deputy Designated Child Protection Officer
Mrs Sarah Smith- Senco and Deputy Designated Child Protection Officer
Cause for concern
Our first priority is of course your child’s welfare and school is required to take any reasonable action to ensure the safety of its pupils. However, there may be occasions when we have reason to be concerned that a child may be subject to ill-treatment, neglect or other forms of abuse. We will ensure that our concerns about a child are discussed with his/her parents/carers first, unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child’s welfare. In this case school is obliged to follow the Child Protection procedures established by the Oxfordshire Area Safeguarding Team and inform the appropriate authorities.
Social Networking Sites
Social Networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter are all online, so any information you add about yourself can be seen by anyone in the world if you have not set your privacy settings.
Here are a few top tips from ThinkUKnow about staying safe whilst online:
Never put your full address on your site
It’s best to leave the space blank, or if you do want to add some information, make sure that you make your profile private so only your friends can see it.
It’s a good idea to use a nickname rather than your real name
Your friends will know your nickname so will know it’s you.
It’s a good idea to put your real age on your site
If you lie and say you are older, you may get adults trying to contact you.
It’s NOT a good idea to put your mobile number on your site
Your real friends will already have it!
Use your Privacy Settings!
Adjust your account settings (sometimes called “Privacy Settings”) so only approved friends can instant message you. This won’t ruin your social life – new people can still send you friend requests and message you, they just won’t be able to pester you via IM. This means that people you don’t want to see your profile can’t!
Cyber bullying is the name that is used when people on the internet send nasty and upsetting things over the internet.
It can also be done by people using mobile phones, by sending messages and making nasty phone calls.
The number one rule to remember if someone is being nasty to you in this way is don’t respond and don’t reply.
You should tell a trusted adult straight away if someone is upsetting you, or if you have been getting upsetting messages.
The second rule is to save all nasty messages and emails.
You don’t have to read them, but save them in a folder so you can show an adult if you need to.
The third rule is to tell a trusted adult.
If you tell someone about what’s been happening, they will be able to help and maybe stop it.
If you feel you can’t talk to someone just yet, call Childline in confidence on 0800 1111.
For more information about staying in control online, please visit ThinkUKnow's website.
Click on the images below to find out about Safer Internet Day 2019 and the NSPCC
Files to download
- St. Joseph's E Safety Policy
- Mobile Phones
- Online Gaming
- Parent's Fact Sheet
- Social Networking Sites
- Tablet Usage Guidelines
- Instagram Information for Parents
- Top Ten Tips for Staying Safe Online
- Facebook Rules
- DigiDuck e-Book
- Parents Information and Online Resources Fact Sheet
- Conversation Starters for Parents and Carers