Our Safeguarding Supervisors have been exploring their role and presenting assemblies, organising Internet Safety support, supporting other children, writing child friendly bullying posters and recently looking at expanding to develop a bigger group.
This term, alongside a member of our governing body and myself, they have devised a questionnaire for parents to explore what aspects of safeguarding you worry about and a lovely company called 'Angel Solutions' helped us send it out to our parents.
The survey was active between 22/04/2015 – 02/05/2015 and was answered anonymously. The survey asks a series of questions which the person must rate. The ratings are as follows:
Thank you to all of you who took the time to complete the survey.
Your Child's Safeguarding Survey
The survey told us that parents are really worried about keeping their children safe. The Children Safeguarding Board Supervisors along with one of our school governors Reverend Lee Plummer have come up with some information related to the questions that parents might find useful.
Going Missing at School
The School have just had a new security system fitted it is called "Access Control' and it manages who come into and who goes out of school nobody can get out unless they have a special pass with their photograph on. Children simply cannot get out of the door with somebody in the office releasing the door. Somebody is in the office at all times so nobody can get out or in without authorisation.
Lawley has a big green metal fence all the way round and it has sharp bits on the top the three gates are locked throughout the day and the keys are kept very safe.
There are always staff outside - children are taught not to go outside on their own. The school are getting more and more Lunchtime Supervisors and they are getting more play equipment. Lawley now has a special play leader outside at lunchtime called Mrs Jauncey and she organises games to keep us busy.
Teachers take registers during the day and soon spot if anyone is not there.
On trips and visits there are very strict rules about counting and checking we also have special yellow caps that we wear when we go on visits. , they were fantastic when Y5 went to London people just moved out of the way because they could see us coming.
Our school believes in being proactive about bullying that means we learn as much as we can about what bullying is and how we should behave. We have designed special posters for all year groups and they tell children what to do they are based on the school's anti- bullying policy which we helped design. Lawley has to have an Anti-bullying Policy it is the Law and in it you can see see how the school plans to prevent and tackle bullying.
To stop the bullying, it's essential for you or your child, or both of you, to let the school know at once. Any adult at Lawley can be approached to talk about this. Discuss this with your child because there may be a particular teacher your child feels more at ease with.School does have plans such as peer mentoring from lunchtime buddies these certain children like us on the Safeguarding Board are trained to listen and help with problems. If we can't help we know who to talk to so tell your child to let us know.
Some parents said they worry a lot about their children playing outside - we say 'Play with them!' we love it when our mums and dads play with us. Also give them a buddy and strategies to know what to do if something doesn't; feel right.
Being talked to by strangers
We see strangers every day in outside school. Most of these strangers are nice, normal people, but a few may not be protect children from dangerous strangers by teaching them about strangers and suspicious behaviour
Who is a stranger?
A stranger is anyone that your family doesn’t know well. It’s common for children to think that “bad strangers” look scary, like the villains in cartoons. This is not only not true, but it’s dangerous for children to think this way. Pretty strangers can be just as dangerous as the not-so-pretty ones. When you talk to your children about strangers, explain that no one can tell if strangers are nice or not nice just by looking at them and that they should be careful around all strangers.
But don't make it seem like all strangers are bad. If children need help - whether they’re lost, being threatened by a bully, or being followed by a stranger--the safest thing for them to do in many cases is to ask a stranger for help. You can make this easier for them by showing them which strangers are okay to trust.
Who are safe strangers?
Safe strangers are people children can ask for help when they need it. Police officers and firemen and women are two examples of very recognisable safe strangers. Make sure that you emphasise that whenever possible, children should go to a public place to ask for help.
You can help your children recognise safe strangers by pointing them out when you’re out in your town. The Town Centre in Telford operates a Child Safe Scheme. There are clearly visible child safe stickers in store windows giving telephone details to put you immediately in contact with centre security. Wristbands are available, FREE OF CHARGE, from the Customer Service Desk by Lush
Also tell your children that an adult should never ask a child for help, and if one does ask for their help, teach them to find a trusted adult right away to tell what happened. You should also talk to your children about how they should handle dangerous situations. One ways is to teach them “No, Go, Yell, Tell.” If in a dangerous situations, kids should say no, run away, yell as loud as they can, and tell a trusted adult what happened right away. Make sure that your children know that it is okay to say no to an adult in a dangerous situation and to yell to keep themselves safe, even if they are indoors.
At school we learn scenarios though role-play - we talk about what to do if!
A nice-looking stranger approaches your child in the park and asks for help finding the stranger's lost dog.
A woman who lives in your neighborhood but that the child has never spoken to invites your child into her house for a snack.
A stranger asks if your child wants a ride home from school.
Your child thinks he or she is being followed.
An adult your child knows says or does something that makes him or her feel bad or uncomfortable.
While your child is walking home from a friend’s house, a car pulls over and a stranger asks for directions.
What Else Parents Can Do?
Know where your children are at all times. Make it a rule that your children must ask permission or check in with you before going anywhere.
Show your children safe places to play, safe roads and paths to take, and safe places to go if there’s trouble.
Teach children to trust their instincts. Explain that if they ever feel scared or uncomfortable, they should get away as fast as they can and tell an adult. Tell them that sometimes adults they know may make them feel uncomfortable, and they should still get away as fast as possible and tell another adult what happened. Reassure children that you will help them when they need it.
Let the school or the police know if your child is approached by a stranger.
Using social media and who might be talking to them
Instagram and Facebook are not for primary children don't let your children use them. The school has leaflets about these sites and we will post them on this web page. Report problems to Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) The “Thinkuknow” website is brought to you by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection and it has many useful videos.
Keep computers in public areas of the house so you know what your child is doing. Use parent lock and don't let them use headphones if you want to hear what is happening. There is a lot of helpful information here. http://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/
Having an accident
Talk to your child about their responsibility to keep safe and teach them how to cross roads and behave sensibly. School does Bikeability training they show us how to check our bikes each time we use them and the importance of wearing a helmet all the time.
Learn a little first aiders so you can deal with an emergency tell your child who to call and what to do if there is an accident. At school we want to organise some more first aid training for children.
Being late home from playing outside/visiting friends
Make sure your child know what time they have to get home and what will happen if they are late. If they are late on purpose you must carry out the consequences of being late if it is their choice. We learn at school that we have responsibilities make this one of them.
Teach them to tell the time and work out a way of setting a reminder on a watch or if they have a phone.
Being able to talk about other people’s inappropriate behaviour towards my child
If you feel there is something wrong tell the school, the police or contact Family Connect Telephone: 01952 385385 for help.
Report to Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) if it is happening online.
The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) can help - call 080 8800 5000 If you are an adult concerned about a child or Childline 0800 1111 for help for children and young people
Feeling unable to talk if something is wrong
Build the ‘chance to speak’ time at home, have special family time. Eat together in the dining room and ban electronics and books from the table for the children but also mums and dads sometimes read the newspaper at the table. Don't be too busy have board game time or drawing together time.
School can provide education to let children know how to talk and at school we can find a friend to trust and have a deep friendship.