Safeguarding is everybody’s business. The safety and welfare of children, or child protection, means protecting each and every child from emotional, physical and sexual abuse, neglect or sexual exploitation. It also involves preventing children becoming subject to radicalisation.
Please read our Safeguarding/Child Protection Policy document.
If you have any concerns about a child please do not ignore these concerns. You can contact any professional involved with a child to discuss your concerns or you can talk to a duty social worker at Childrens’ Social Care.
Please understand that if a child tells an adult information that indicates that they might be at risk of being harmed then the school must share that information with Childrens’ Social Care. We are in no way making a judgement and would attempt to make every effort to contact you in the first instance.
If you need help as a parent you should talk to a teacher, health visitor or doctor to find out what’s available. They will be able to put you in touch with someone who can help.
Further advice and support
It is possible that your child or children have been allocated a social worker due to issues relating to a child protection concern or to undertake an assessment of their needs.
You may want to seek advice and support from an independent organisation such as the Family Rights Group and the NSPCC for further information.
There are loads of sites around that allow you to talk to other people on the web. Chat rooms and networks give you the chance to have a conversation with other people and get instant replies, while online message boards let you post up questions or comments and ask other users to give their opinion in their own time.
They can be a great way to communicate to other people who share your interests, but you should always be careful not to pass on any of your personal details.
You should always keep in mind that Internet users can pretend to be anyone they like. They can lie about their age, their interests and whether they’re male or female.
No matter how long you’ve been chatting, remember that they’re still strangers; you don’t really know them at all.
Please take time to read our Online Safety Policy
We also have a section on Internet Safety
Some of you may have your own web page set up that lets you chat with friends or communicate with other users who share your interests. These ‘social networks’ also let you create your own blog, upload photos and videos for others to see, and add people to an online friends list.
Social networks are a great way of keeping in touch but you should think carefully before adding someone to your list of online friends or posting a blog entry that could get you into trouble at school, college or work.
- your page is still a public place, so putting anything on your page that you wouldn’t want your parents, teacher to see is not a good idea
- you can never be sure that other users are being truthful about their online identities, so be careful about what information you give out
- think about whether you know someone well enough before accepting someone into your group of linked friends
- make sure you know who to contact to report abuse or bullying on your page and how your complaint will be dealt with and tell your parents.
To stay safe, make sure that when you’re using a chat room or posting on a message board, you never give out any personal information like your address or your phone number.
You should always use a nickname, so no-one can look you up in a telephone directory and get your home phone number. It’s usually not a good idea to arrange to meet up with someone that you’ve been chatting to online. Remember that you can never be sure that they’re telling the truth about their age or their interests and you could be putting yourself in danger.
If you do want to meet up with someone you’ve met online, make sure that you discuss it with your parents beforehand. If they do agree, make sure that you arrange a meeting in a public place and that you take an adult with you.
Bullies are very cunning and are expert at getting away with it.
As a Catholic School we believe every child is unique and made in God’s image. We all know that bullying goes on in every school but it’s the way it’s dealt with which makes the difference between life being tolerable or a misery.
Bullying is hurtful and we will do our best to stop it. Helping children to recognise bullying is so important so please look through this guide with your child.
- People calling you names
- Making things up to get you into trouble
- Hitting, pinching, biting, pushing and shoving
- Taking things away from you
- Damaging your belongings
- Stealing your money
- Taking your friends away from you
- Posting insulting messages on the internet
- Spreading rumours
- Threats and intimidation
- Making silent or abusive phone calls
- Sending you offensive phone texts
Bullies can also frighten you so that you don’t want to go to school, so that you pretend to be ill to avoid them.
How to solve the problem
If you are being bullied, tell a friend, tell a teacher and tell your parents. It won’t stop unless you do.
It can be hard to do this so if you don’t feel you can do it in person it might be easier to write a note to your parents explaining how you feel, or perhaps confide in someone outside the immediate family, like a grandparent, aunt, uncle or cousin and ask them to help you tell your parents what’s going on.
Your class teacher needs to know what is going on so try to find a time to tell her when it won’t be noticeable. You could stay behind on the pretext of needing help with some work. Tell someone, often Teaching Assistants are available when your teacher is not.
The best idea is if a teacher can catch the bullies red-handed. That way, you won’t get into bother from anyone for telling tales. It will be clear to everyone what has been going on. Don’t be tempted to hit back because you could get hurt or get into trouble.