At Balshaw Lane, we take safeguarding very seriously. We take the following actions as part of our safeguarding culture:
All schools in Lancashire participate in a safeguarding project, called Operation Encompass, which is run in partnership with Lancashire Police. The project aims to support children who are affected by domestic abuse.
Following a domestic abuse incident attended by Lancashire Police, at which children from our school were present, the police will notify us early the next morning and prior to the start of the school day. This enables us to offer support or whatever is needed to any child arriving at school.
Each school has a member of staff (key adult) who is trained to liaise with the police, when required, whilst ensuring support is available to the child.
The key adult in our school is Ms Gregson, with the second key adult being Mr Woodrow.
We are committed to providing the best possible care and support for all our pupils.
If you would like to speak to someone further about the Operation Encompass project or require further information, please do not hesitate to contact Ms Gregson via the school
Safeguarding support for children and families
Children, need help? You can ask Childline for help. You can call, chat or email. There's a video you can watch about what happens when you contact Childline: https://www.childline.org.uk/get-support/
The internet is a fantastic place overflowing with knowledge, games and communities of people, and, just like pupils across the country, the pupils here at Balshaw Lane CP School spend a great deal of time using the internet within school and at home. This is why it is important pupils learn how to be safe when browsing online and becoming members of online communities.
We use the SWGfL 360 tool for evaluating and improving our online provision. We have gained our 'committed to Safety Online' certificate.
We have planned our Computing curriculum to ensure that we teach the children about Online Safety. We support this teaching with discussion, assemblies and visual reminders around school. As technology moves on, we review our teaching accordingly. For example, we teach children about the dangers of new apps as these develop.
During Anti-Bullying Week in November, we teach the children about how bullying or dangers can happen online. In particular, we remind them to tell an adult if they receive a direct message, image or request for an image from a stranger. Increasingly, children are seeing these as 'normal', like junk mail , so we need to highlight their dangers. Additionally, children need to know not to send unfriendly or rude messages to each other which may cause friendship issues or embarrass others.
We encourage parents not to allow their children to access social media until they are at least 13, as recommended. We remind parents about the dangers of allowing their children to play online games beyond their age and about posting on YouTube.
Parents play a key part in keeping the children safe online. The links below provide a lot of support for parents and carers regarding Online Safety:
Digital Parenting magazine from Vodafone. It's a really informative read. https://parentzone.org.uk/projects/digital-parenting-magazine
Childnet resources. http://www.childnet.com/resources
Safer Internet Centre https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/
Lancashire Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) http://www.lancashiresafeguarding.org.uk/
LSCB Online Safeguarding http://www.lancashiresafeguarding.org.uk/online-safeguarding.aspx
A guide from Google to show parents how they can protect your family online.
YouTube Safety Centre - http://www.youtube.com/yt/policyandsafety/safety.html
The 'Digital Parenting Guide' from Vodaphone "Read about the very latest technology and challenges in our new magazine - our Expert View articles, 'How to' guides and Take Action checklists will help you to stay up-to-date and feel more confident about getting involved."
The Cybersmile Foundation website (The Cyberbullying Charity) http://www.cybersmile.org/
BBC Webwise is part of the BBC website with help & support for all aspects of internet safety.
'The Parents' and Carers' Guide to the Internet', has been created by CEOP to provide a light hearted and realistic look at what it takes to be a better online parent.
Child Exploitation and Online Protection centre (CEOP): report a concern https://www.ceop.police.uk/safety-centre/
"The Parents Guide to Technology from the UK Safer Internet Centre has been created to answer these questions and introduce some of the most popular devices, highlighting the safety tools available and empowering parents with the knowledge they need to support their children to use these technologies safely and responsibly".
How to set up the parental controls offered by your internet provider (UK Safer Internet Centre) http://www.saferinternet.org.uk/advice-and-resources/parents-and-carers/parental-controls
The parents section of the Know IT All website. The site contains information about positive ways young people are using different technologies, what the risks are to users and it outlines practical advice in avoiding or minimising risks when using online and mobile technologies.
Child Safety Online Overview (Knowthenet) http://www.knowthenet.org.uk/knowledge-centre/child-safety
The Digizen website - "This provides information for educators, parents, carers, and young people. It is used to strengthen their awareness and understanding of what digital citizenship is and encourages users of technology to be and become responsible Digital Citizens."
Protecting your child against extremism online http://familiesmatter.org.uk/extremism-online-protecting-your-children/