Child Protection Statement
The health, safety and well-being of all our children are of paramount importance to all the adults who work in our school. Our children have the right to protection, regardless of age, gender, race, culture or disability. They have a right to be safe in our school.
At St Bartholomew’s we respect our children. The atmosphere within our school is one that provides a physically and emotionally safe and secure environment. We provide opportunities which enable our children to take and make decisions for themselves.
Our teaching of Personal, Social, Health Education and Citizenship (PSHE & C), as part of the National Curriculum, helps to develop appropriate attitudes in our children and helps them learn how to recognise different risks in different situations, and how to behave in response to them.
The Headteacher, Mr Dan Oakes, is the Designated Safeguarding Lead.
The Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads are Mrs Rachel Bristow (Deputy Headteacher), Mrs Holt-Jackson (Assistant Headteacher) and Mrs Lorraine Diston (Early Help Co-ordinator).
We have adopted a software package called MyConcern to support our safeguarding arrangements. The requirements of relevant legislation, statutory guidance, our own policies and the safeguarding training provided by us or on our behalf will always remain the definitive source of safeguarding guidance for users of MyConcern. Any questions about the use of MyConcern should be directed to Mr Oakes - Designated Safeguarding Lead/Person.
NSPCC Helpline - Parents, carers and members of the public can contact the NSPCC helpline whenever they're worried about a child by calling 0808 800 5000, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, texting 88858 or contacting us online at nspcc.org.uk/helpline. The helpline is free, available 24/7 and calls can be made anonymously. This service can also be used for general advice and guidance.
Need-to-Know Guides - Further information on a range of issues can be accessed through a series of guides. These include leaving children home alone, holding babies safely, and spotting signs of abuse and neglect.
PANTS - The Underwear Rule: Talking PANTS teaches children important messages, like their body belongs to them and they should tell an adult if they're upset or worried. Using age appropriate language, PANTS allows parents to have difficult conversations around sexual abuse without even mentioning the word 'sex'.
ShareAware: The internet is a great place for children to be and ShareAware makes it safer. ShareAware provides straightforward, no-nonsense advice to help untangle the web and empowers parents and carers to have conversations with their children about staying safe online and through social media.
NetAware: Net Aware is an online tool that informs parents about the social networks, apps and games that children might be using. We looked at the frequency of inappropriate content, how robust and easy to find the privacy settings are, and why children like using the sites. We regularly update Net Aware with new apps, and parents can sign up to Net Aware newsletters to keep up with digital trends.
NSPCC/O2 Online Safety Helpline: This helpline provides practical, technical advice including parental controls on electronic devices, adjusting privacy settings, understanding social networks, and information about online gaming. 0808 8005002