SAFEGUARDING MATTERS REGARDING CLUBS
This School takes seriously its duty of care to safeguard, prevent radicalisation and promote the welfare of children. We are committed to ensuring our safeguarding practice reflects statutory responsibilities and government guidance, and complies with best practice to ensure that the welfare and interests of children are paramount in all circumstances. For further information please see our Safeguarding Policy.
Given the recent publicity regarding the football enquiry into safeguarding, we would like to reassure parents that all clubs or activities run by the school and/or held on our premises are subject to robust safeguarding checks, including Enhanced Clearance through the Disclosure and Barring Service.
We would also like to remind parents to be vigilant when choosing a club or activity for their child.
The NSPCC runs the Child Protection in Sport Unit which has a lot of useful information for sports clubs and for parents https://thecpsu.org.uk/
Specific advice for parents can be found at https://thecpsu.org.uk/help-advice/related-information/information-for-parents-and-carers#what-to-look-for-in-a-sports-club
The Poole Family Information Directory also has good guidance for parents about the questions to ask when looking for a club or activity for their child http://www.poolefamilyinformationdirectory.com/kb5/poole/fis/advice.page?id=i187Jeb1r7M&category=1
If you have any safeguarding concerns please contact our Designated Safeguarding Lead, Mr Peter Herbert (Headteacher) or the Deputy Safeguarding Officers Mrs Gina Angiolini (Deputy Head) or Mrs Emma Martin (Assistant Head/Inclusion Leader).
NSPCC: ‘Every childhood is worth fighting for’
The NSPCC and O2 have launched a campaign to illustrate how innocent searches online can lead to not so innocent results. It highlights how using parental controls to block or filter content can help keep children safe online and includes information on how to set up parental controls on mobiles and tablets, home computers, search engines and games consoles.
Source: NSPCC Date: 06 January 2017
Children’s engagement with the internet and social media
The Children’s Commissioner for England has published a report looking into how well children are prepared to engage with the internet. Findings include: opaque and lengthy social media terms and conditions mean children unknowingly waive privacy rights; a Mumsnet survey of nearly 900 parents of children aged 2-18 showed that 73% were concerned about their children accessing inappropriate material online, 49% were worried about their child oversharing personal information, and 41% felt they needed more advice to make informed decisions about their children’s online use. Recommendations include: a champion for children’s rights online is needed to enforce their rights with social media companies; an obligatory digital citizenship programme for 4 to 14 year-olds should be set up.
Source: Children’s Commissioner for England Date: 04 January 2017