Safeguarding of Children
At Bourn Primary the care and safety of all our children is paramount. All members of our school community have undergone DBS checks and are trained in child protection procedures. Please see our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy below.
The Local Authority requires schools to report any obvious or suspected case of child abuse – which includes non-accidental injury, severe physical neglect, emotional abuse and/or sexual abuse. This procedure is intended to protect children at risk and schools are encouraged to take the attitude that where there are grounds for suspicion it is better to be safe than sorry.
This does mean that the Head Teacher risks upsetting some parents/carers by reporting a case, which, on investigation, proves unfounded. When such a report is made, with the exception of suspected sexual abuse, the Head Teacher will contact the parent/carer first. In such circumstances it is hoped that parents/carers, appreciating how difficult it is to carry out this delicate responsibility, would accept that the Head Teacher was acting in what were believed to be the child’s best interests.
Safety on the Internet
Social media and internet use has become a central part of everyone’s lives, including our children’s, at home and at school. This freedom can also invite certain dangers.
We strongly suggest that parents discuss the following recommendations with their children to help ensure their safe use of the Internet and social media in and outside of school.
- Pupils should never give out personal details of any kind which may identify them or their location. Examples of information that should not be disclosed include name, address, mobile or home phone numbers, school, IM address, email address, names of friends, specific interests and clubs etc.
- Pupils should not post personal photos on any social network. They must always consider how visible any information that they place on publicly accessible sites will be, and consider only using private areas. Background detail in a photograph, such as a house number, street name, school or local shops can enable someone to identify the child or his/her location.
- Any social media apps that children use at home must have their personal settings changed to private. Location services should be turned off on mobile devices as publishing photographs which include this information can reveal the child’s home address; pupils should be told to check with a parent/carer they are unsure of how to do this.
- It is important not to use an obvious user name and to carefully protect privacy when creating identities on social media sites.
- Children must be careful of online chat environments, even when they exist as part of a game environment and should avoid making close connections if any individual who they do not know invites them to do so.
- If a pupil, parent/carer or member of staff discovers an unsuitable site, the URL (address), time, date and content should be reported to the Internet Service Provider. If anyone is unsure how to do this they should seek advice from the School Office.
- The School will ensure that regular checks are made of the computers used by children in their classrooms, to ensure that the filtering methods selected are appropriate, effective and reasonable. Parents/carers should do the same with computers that are accessible to pupils at home.
- It is incumbent on all adults to use their vigilance to ensure our children’s safety.