At Avonmouth CE Primary School, children's safety and well-being is a key priority and we have strong safeguarding procedures. Parents report their children feel safe at school. Pupils report they feel safe at school.
All staff and volunteers are given clear guidance in how to behave and work with children and young adults. They are highly vigilant and report any concerns they have about a child's well-being swiftly. We will always talk with parents if concerns have been noted and will keep them informed should we feel it is necessary for us to report these concerns to another agency. Children know they can talk about their worries to an adult they can trust.
If you have any concerns about a child then please contact the school's Designated Safeguarding Lead for Child Protection, Mr James Barlow. You can also contact our Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead Miss Kate Tector via the school office. The local authority Bristol Safeguarding Children Board - First Response can be contacted on 0117 903 6444 with any concerns.
We have safe computer access, with secure filtering and we train children and staff in e-safety. We also provide guidance to parents on e-safety. Our safeguarding procedures are monitored by the School Governors and by Bristol City Council.
Avonmouth CE Primary School and the Governing Body fully recognises its responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and to work together with other agencies to ensure adequate arrangements within our school to identify, assess, and support those children who are suffering harm. We also follow safer recruitment practices when appointing new staff and volunteers. Our staff and governors regularly undertake training in this area to ensure the welfare and safety of our children remains paramount.
We have a Safeguarding Policy that applies to all staff, governors and volunteers working in the school and we all follow the Safer Working Practices document. Please see documents below.
Mr Barlow recently attended an Online Safety Conference which focused on potential risks from children's online activity, how best to support children with remaining safe online and also the positive aspects that technology can bring. As ever, our main safeguarding message for parents, remains to be the importance of fostering trust and an honest dialogue between family members around the use of technology. The risks to children are greater if they feel unable to talk to trusted adults like parents and teachers about their internet use. We recommend you spending time understanding what Youtube videos your child is watching, ensuring you know what your child may be hearing if they are gaming online and using headsets to communicate. Please remember to discuss any E-Safety concerns with Mr Barlow, our Safeguarding Lead.
Safer Internet Day
Each year we recognise Safer Internet Day as part of our annual safeguarding plan. The theme, nationally, for this year is "Together for a better internet." Children across the school will be taking part in workshops and activities in class and we hope that parents and carers will take part at home too. https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/safer-internet-day/2020 is a great website which has a range of resources including conversation starters, fun and engaging activities to do with your children to help them think about being safe and positive online, how to create an Internet Safety Plan for your household and various fact sheets.
Click here to view our E-Safety Policy.
Keeping Children Safe Online
E Safety is an important part of keeping children safe at Avonmouth CE Primary School and Nursery.
We aim to safeguard children by ensuring that E Safety is taught to all pupils, explaining and demonstrating how to stay safe and behave appropriately online.
We have extensive security measures in place in school, which are monitored both internally and externally, to help safeguard pupils from potential dangers or unsuitable material. The risks of harm to children due to internet use, are much greater when children have unsupervised access to the internet through tablets, smart phones and computers, which don't have appropriate parental controls set. Children are also at risk of seeing age inappropriate material when looking at others peoples devices, for example watching older siblings playing games consoles online.
The E Safety learning that we ensure all children receive, includes teaching children how to use technology safely as well as knowing what steps to take should a child see something inappropriate online. The learning we deliver is crafted so that it is age appropriate from Nursery to Year 6.
Keeping children safe when using technology can be a very challenging task, particularly if you feel that your child has better technical skills than you do! Things change very quickly and new apps, websites and ways of communicating online appear all the time, so keeping yourself aware of your child's internet use is an important aspect of parenting in today's world.
There are many sources of information that we recommend. In particular we draw your attention to theThinkyouknow website. Overall it has the most information about all aspects of online safety, with different age categories from ages 5 - 14+. We also recommend the Parent Information Leaflets available in the Childnet website. Below are links to these websites and others recommend by the Local Authority.
- Keeping Young Children Safe Online
- Supporting young people online
- Supporting young people online (Polish)
- Supporting young people online (Turkish)
We had our latest E Safety Week in February 2016. We had an exciting range of activities and lessons for all the children, ranging from a visiting theatre company performing a show about keeping safe online, class circle times about E Safety, older children received E Safety lessons about the risks of communicating with strangers online and use of social media, to Mr Barlow and Mr Land delivering a 'How To Stay Safe Online' presentation for parents. Should any parent want support with any aspect of E Safety, please contact Mr Barlow, our Learning Mentor. He is available to meet and discuss any E Safety issue with parents - just make an appointment to see him.
The most important safety message that the School repeats to the children, is for the children to always tell a trusted adult whenever they see or hear anything that worries or scares them. Fostering open dialogue between children and parents about internet use and E Safety should be a priority for all parents and carers. This message is consistently delivered amongst the websites we recommend and is line with advice given to schools from the Local Authority.
We hope you find the links useful and the advice helps you keep your children safe online!