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Parkside School

Safeguarding

Safeguarding

Everyone who works with children and young people has a responsibility for safeguarding and acting to ensure that they receive the right support at the right time.

Safeguarding legislation and government guidance says that safeguarding means:

  • Protecting children from maltreatment.

  • Preventing impairment of children’s health or development.

  • Ensuring that children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care.

  • Taking action to enable all children and young people to have the best outcome.

(Working Together to Safeguard Children, HM Government, 2015)

 How we safeguard at Parkside

Parkside school takes its role in safeguarding extremely seriously and our staff will do everything they can to protect students and children from harm. We acknowledge that safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility and all of our staff are trained to be vigilant and aware of the signs and indicators of abuse. The viewpoints and voice of students is of paramount importance to our school and we will always listen to their wishes, thoughts and feelings, as well as identifying and supporting their needs. We will work alongside students to develop trusting, consistent and professional relationships. We advocate early help processes and, where possible, we will identify any difficulties or concerns early in order to act preventatively. We will always provide support and advice for families and parents/carers, whilst acting in the best interests of the student at all times. Safeguarding also includes ensuring we follow safe working practices and provide a secure learning environment for our students and staff.

At Parkside we safeguard our students by:

  • Maintaining a secure site and ensuring that all visitors to the school are recorded and monitored.

  • Ensuring that safer recruitment practices are followed to prevent those who pose a risk to children gaining access to our students.

  • Ensuring that all students understand the importance of e-safety both at school and at home.

  • Filtering and monitoring all internet traffic into the school to ensure that students cannot be exposed to harmful material and communication.

  • Ensuring that all staff employed by the school have received Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance which is recorded in the Single Central Record.

  • Providing regular training and briefings for all staff in child protection and ensuring that all staff and visitors know who our designated child protection officers and designated senior lead are.

  • Ensuring that admission and attendance procedures are robust to protect students, ensure that they are safe and prevent students from going missing from education.

  • Empowering young people to identify risks both within our school and in their community; ensuring that they have the skills and confidence to protect themselves and others.

  • Making sure that all students understand the importance of disclosing concerns about themselves and peers, and giving them the confidence to discuss sensitive issues.

  • Providing pastoral and inclusion support to ensure that all students have access to guidance and advice, and when needed referrals for additional agency support to meet their needs.

  • Sharing information with other agencies and services to ensure that students, children and their families have support to meet their needs and prevent children and students from harm.

  • Taking immediate action and contacting the appropriate agencies when we believe that a student or child is in danger or is at risk of harm.

Early Help

EARLY HELP (EH) is a way of getting extra help and support when your family needs it, but getting it as soon as difficulties start, rather than waiting until things get worse. It’s for children and young people and their families. It’s available at any point in a child’s life, from pregnancy through to adolescence (19 years old), and up to age 24 for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). Help can come from all kinds of services and organisations who work together to support your family. You might be using some of these services already, but we want to make sure they are providing the right support for you and your family’s needs.

 

Take a look at the attached document for further information.

Radicalisation and Extremism

Extreme views can become something dangerous. If you’ve concerns that your child or anyone is being radicalised, please follow the guidance below.

Call our safeguarding team

If you think there is immediate danger

If you have concerns (but no immediate danger)

Call the NSPCC helpline 

 '01535 270103'

 '999'

  '101'

 '0808 800 5000'

 

 

Online Safety

Smoothwall Monitor

At Parkside we use Smoothwall Monitor Managed Service, this is a real-time, proactive digital monitoring solution that provides school with a 24/7/365 human moderated service. A small program runs silently on all computers on the school network monitoring all keystrokes. The keystrokes are analysed in real-time with any concerning words or phrases being reviewed initially by an artificial intelligence system before being escalated to a human moderator where necessary. Urgent detections are communicated to the school within minutes. In addition to the proactive alerts, all detections can be viewed by authorised members of the school Safeguarding Team using a secure online portal providing a helicopter view all users and devices.

 Useful Documents