Cogenhoe Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all members of the school community to share this commitment.
To this end we will endeavour to provide a safe and welcoming environment where children are respected and valued.
The safety and well-being of all children and young people is of paramount importance. We recognise that parents and carers send their children to school each day with the expectation that the school provides a safe and secure environment in which their children can flourish. We therefore have a wide range of measures in place to ensure this is put into practice and is maintained.
Child Protection at Cogenhoe
Our school staff are trained to be alert to signs of abuse and neglect and will follow the Northamptonshire Safeguarding Children Board (NSCB) procedures to ensure that children receive appropriate and effective support and protection.
Parents and carers should know that the law requires all school staff to pass on information which gives rise to concern about a child’s welfare, including risk from neglect. The staff will seek to discuss any concerns with the parent/carer and, where possible, inform them of the referral to Social Care. This will only occur where such discussion will not place the child at increased risk of significant harm.
In accordance with local Information sharing protocols, we will ensure that information is shared securely and sensitively. Information will only be shared with other services where it is deemed necessary and proportionate to ensure that children are safe and receive the right support.
School will seek advice from Social Care when they have reasonable cause to suspect a child may be suffering or likely to suffer significant harm. Occasionally concerns are passed on which are later shown to be unfounded. Parents/carers will appreciate that the member of staff in the school responsible for Child Protection (known as the Designated Lead or Officer) is charged with carrying out their responsibilities in accordance with the law and acting in the best interest of the child.
If you have any concerns regarding the pupils at our school, then please speak to the Designated Safeguarding Lead, by contacting the school on (01604) 890380 or by making an appointment through the school office.
Mrs C Oldham – Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mrs S Blackwell – Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead and Designated Teacher for Looked After and Previously Looked After Children
Miss E Noble – Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
If you have a safeguarding concern relating to the welfare of a child, members of the public can contact the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) who will listen and deal with any concerns.
The MASH can be contacted on 0300 126 1000 or by emailing MASH@northamptonshire.gcsx.gov.uk
Further information and advice, can also be found by clicking the following links.
We have a number of policies in place at Cogenhoe, which support our ethos for ensuring our children are safe and secure.
Induction and Training
All our staff and volunteers have an induction schedule, which includes safeguarding training and every member of staff has formal training every two years.
This knowledge is maintained throughout the school year with bite size reminders and updates on current practices and law through our staff meeting time and on training days for the whole school.
Robust Recruitment Procedures
As a school we take time to assess all applications and include clear expectations around safeguarding and suitability to work with children. We apply these protocols and expectations to regular volunteers too. Candidates should be expected to answer questions around safeguarding in their recruitment selection day.
We have stringent management and maintenance of our site to ensure it is safe and secure which includes management of visitors to our site.
All visitors must sign in and wear a visitor badge and be escorted unless they have met our vetting requirements to work in school unsupervised.
Our staff are trained to administer first aid and where necessary, we will advise parents of any treatment undertaken in school.
We also have additional paediatric first aiders around the school to support when necessary and to manage medicine administration.
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PSHE Curriculum and Online Safety Curriculum
Through our Personal Social and Health Education curriculum, children will learn how to keep themselves safe (age appropriate).
Similarly, with IT taking a leading part in our children’s everyday lives we teach them how to be safe on line and offer workshops for parents too.
IMPORTANT UPDATE DUE TO SCHOOL CHANGES (COVD-19)
We are very mindful that we are recommending lots of different online resources and activities at the moment. To ensure online safety at the time, Simon Aston, Northamptonshire’s Online Safety Officer, has produced some helpful information. The link below is to a file with several documents in it.
We do hope that you are enjoying the different resources we have recommended…when the servers and broadband are working.
In addition to this there are also parent friendly websites, which are designed to inform about different apps, games and social media:
Online Safety is a major part of our curriculum and we promote the safe use of electronic devices throughout assemblies as well as in class. The pupils are taught about how to use the internet and digital equipment appropriately, as well as what to do if they feel they are a victim of unsuitable electronic behaviour. Throughout the school, the internet rules for each Key Stage are displayed as a reminder to the children. Families are also asked to discuss these with their children at home on admittance to our school. We have also provided additional information for parents in workshops, which have been well attended.
How Can I Ensure My Child Is Safe Online?
You don’t need to be a technical expert to protect your child on the internet. Here are some very simple steps to keep your child safe online.
- Ensure you are aware which websites your children are using. Talk to your child about the websites that they use and involve yourself in their internet use, so that you understand. Explain to your children you’re helping to keep them safe.
- The internet is a fantastic learning and communication tool, so be positive about it and try not to overreact to minor issues. If your child worries that you may take away their access, they could become secretive and hide problems from you.
- Wherever possible, keep PCs, laptops and games consoles out of bedrooms, so that it is easier for you to monitor your child’s internet use. Please also remember that games consoles can be used for on-line gaming and therefore your child can chat to people online
- Just like school, set clear expectations and ground rules for when your child is on-line. If they understand what is and isn’t acceptable, it may help them to navigate any problems in the future.
- Make sure all devices that connect to the internet have parental controls to help you set appropriate boundaries. Find your service provider and learn how to set your controls. if you are unsure about this, please contact Mrs Reeve our ICT and Online Safety lead, who will be only too happy to help.
- Make sure that you are in control of the privacy settings for any of the on-line apps being used by your child. These need to be checked regularly to ensure that they are at the highest setting.
- Northamptonshire County Council have a designated Online Safety Officer and there is advice available on their website: https://www3.northamptonshire.gov.uk/councilservices
- For child-friendly information and advice visit: https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/findoutmore
- Handy posters to inform parents can be found at: https://nationalonlinesafety.com/guides
Whilst, as a school we do not promote the websites that are mentioned in this next video, there are some very good tips for parents to ensure that pupils are safe online.
If you have any online concerns, members of the public can report them immediately to CEOP who will advise and support families.
Online Safety linked to different apps.
TikTok is a video-sharing social media app available on most phones and devices, which lets users create, share, and view user created videos much in a similar manner to Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat. It’s main draw, however, is that users can record and upload bite-sized looping videos of themselves lip-syncing and dancing to popular music or soundbites, often for comedic effect, which can then be further enhanced with filters, emojis and stickers. TikTok has been designed with the young user in mind and has a very addictive appeal. However, it does have a downside, which is that children are open to inappropriate language, violence and sexually explicit material. In addition to this, online predators use the app and there is also the threat of hidden expenses linked to app too. The age rating for TikTok is 12+.