Elmfield School

Safeguarding 

 
Designated Senior Lead / Headteacher ROLE Name Location
Designated Senior Lead Kate Tait Senior Leadership Office
Deputy DSL Michael Dennington Senior Leadership Office
Safeguarding Governor Matt Nichol Elmfield School
Headteacher Kate Persaud Headteacher's Office

At Elmfield School we take great care to make sure all our children are safe at all times because we know children learn best when they feel safe and secure.

We make sure all staff appointed undergo rigorous checks and we then expect these staff to make sure they consider children’s well being at all times.

As well as maintaining the safety of students and the school buildings we have a legal duty to follow up concerns that we have about the safety and well being of any child in the school.

We liaise with Parents and Carers closely and involve other agencies if we need to.   

  • We ask Parents and Carers to tell us about anything happening at home which may be worrying or upsetting your child.
  • We make sure all staff report any concerns they have about children’s safety or well being to the Designated Child Protection Officer in school.

We talk to parents and carers about any concerns we have or actions we are taking that involve other agencies.

Please click here for a link to Young Minds, an organisation for children which aims to " ... make sure they get the best possible mental health support and have the resilience to overcome life’s difficulties".

 

E-safety

  • E-safety is of concern nationally, this link will take you to the Know It All site created by Childnet International on which you can view a presentation on e-safety in English or BSL.
  • The NDCS have joined forces with ChildNet International, part of UK Safer Internet Centre, to create a raft of e-safety resources. Please click here for more information. 
  • The Safer Internet Centre has released the findings of their research with young people with regard to online safety. Please click here to find advice and top tips for parents / carers with regards to online safety and here for a guide to the social networks your children use.
  • Please see below for a selection of videos on how to stay safe online.
  • Please click here for a parents' guide on what you need to know about iPads.
  • Please click here for a parents' guide to WhatsApp.
  • Please click here to see a parents' guide to Facebook.
  • Please click here for a parents' guide to YouTube.
  • Please click here for a guide about what parents need to know about online grooming. 
  • Please click here for a parents' guide to TikTok.
  • Please click here to see a YouTube clip about what parents need to know about the game Fortnite.
  • Please click here for a Digital Wellbeing guidance for parents.
  • Please click here for a parents' guide to Twitch.
  • Please click here for a parents' guide to Kik.
  • Please click here to see an Ofsted endorsed guide for online safety.
  • Please click here for a NSPCC guide to keeping your child safe online.
  • Please click here for a parents' guide to Fortnite: Battle Royale.
  • Please click here to see a parents' guide on Sadfishing.
  • Please click here to see a parents' guide to Netflix.
  • Please click here for a parents' guide to Discord.
  • Please click here for a parents' guide to Call of Duty.
  • Please click here for a parents' guide to Roblox.
  • Online safety guidelines

    Please click here for some really user friendly guides for parents about the risks of games and apps such as Fortnite, Grand Theft Auto, What’s App, Instagram etc. They also give top tips on how to keep children and young people safe online.

    There are about 20 in total and they can all be downloaded for free.

  • Please click here for government guidance updated February 2021.

Prevent Strategy

From July 2015 all schools (as well as other organisations) have a duty to safeguard children from radicalisation and extremism. 

This means we have a responsibility to protect children from extremist and violent views, in the same way we protect them from drugs or gang violence.

Please click here to see the Prevent leaflet that has gone out to parents and carers which gives more detailed information on this new government strategy.

A new Preventing Radicalisation Policy is currently being reviewed by Governors and will be added to this webpage soon.

Online safety- Parental support

Childnet offers a toolkit to support parents and carers of children of any age to start discussions about their online life, and to find out where to get more help and support.

Commonsensemedia provide independent reviews, age ratings, & other information about all types of media for children and their parents.

Government advice about protecting children from specific online harms such as child sexual abuse, sexting, and cyberbullying

Internet Matters provide age-specific online safety checklists, guides on how to set parental controls, and practical tips to help children get the most out of their digital world

How Can I Help My Child? Marie Collins Foundation – Sexual Abuse Online

Let’s Talk About It provides advice for parents and carers to keep children safe from online radicalisation

London Grid for Learning provides support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online, including tips to keep primary aged children safe online

Stopitnow resource from The Lucy Faithfull Foundation can be used by parents and carers who are concerned about someone’s behaviour, including children who may be displaying concerning sexual behaviour (not just about online)

National Crime Agency/CEOP Thinkuknow provides support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online

Parentzone provides help for parents and carers on how to keep their children safe online

Talking to your child about online sexual harassment: A guide for parents – This is the Children’s Commissioner’s parental guide on talking to their children about online sexual harassment

#Ask the awkward – Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre guidance to parents to talk to their children about online relationships

Chat Health

 

ChatHealth enables students aged 11-19 to text a number and receive confidential advice on a range of topics including mental health and wellbeing, smoking, drugs and alcohol, bullying, body image, relationships and healthy eating. The number for ChatHealth is 07312 263093 and it will be open Monday to Friday, from 9am-5pm, during term time and school holidays – excluding bank holidays. It is an anonymous and confidential service although service users can be identified if a young person is at risk of significant harm. ChatHealth is being launched by the Community Children’s Health Partnership, which is led by Sirona care & health and partners. The service is funded by the local authorities across BNSSG and will complement the existing school nursing service. Please click here for more information.