Safeguarding is the responsibility of everyone. We follow the advice of the DfE's Keeping Children Safe in Education document. We aim to deliver the highest standards of safeguarding we can for our pupils.
We take the safety of our children, in and out of school, very seriously. If you have any concerns about the safety of a child, please speak to the Head teacher.
At Coppice Valley we safeguard our pupils by:
- Identifying pupils who may need early help or are at risk of harm
- Help pupils by reducing the risk of to them and securing help they may need
- Managing the risk of harm to our pupils by following safer recruitment and allegation procedures
Useful Websites for Information on Safeguarding Children
Educate Against Hate - information about educating against extremism and radicalisation
E Safety Advice for Parents
Parent Protect - information on how to protect your child from abuse and harm
NSPCC safety advice
Think U Know
Report online material that promotes extremism and terrorism
More Useful sites for Parents on Safeguarding
Internet Matters http://www.internetmatters.org/
Parent Zone http://www.theparentzone.co.uk/parent
Parents Protect www.parentsprotect.co.uk
Coppice Valley School is committed to ensuring the welfare and safety of all children in school. We follow the North Yorkshire Safeguarding Children Board procedures. The school will, in most circumstances, endeavour to discuss all concerns with parents about their child/ren. However, there may be circumstances when the school will discuss concerns with Social Care and/or the Police without parental knowledge (in accordance with Child Protection procedures). The school will, of course, always aim to maintain a positive relationship with all parents. The school’s child protection policy is available publicly.
We aim to work with parents positively, openly and honestly. We ensure that all parents are treated with respect, dignity and courtesy. We respect parents’ rights to privacy and confidentiality and will not share sensitive information unless we have permission or it is necessary to do so in order to protect a child.
School will share with parents any concerns we may have about their child unless to do so may place a child at risk of harm.
We encourage parents to discuss any concerns they may have with the head teacher.
Photographing and Videoing School Events
With regard to school events, we would like to ask for your consideration when it comes to taking photographs and videos of the children.
The Data Protection Act 1998 (the DPA) is based around principles of good information handling. These give people specific rights in relation to their personal information and place certain obligations on those organisations that are responsible for processing it, when it is used in an official or professional capacity i.e. reproducing images of the children in a school brochure or if a professional photographer put images in the newspaper.
So, where does this leave schools when it comes to parents taking photos/videos of their own children while at school events?
The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has provided clarification about this matter stating that the DPA does not prevent photos and videos of children being taken for personal use i.e. parents wanting to take photos or videos of their child in the Christmas play, Sports day etc. even if these images include other children than their own.
Having said this, we would like to ask that parents use any images they take of their own and others’ children responsibly. In the interest of safeguarding all children we would request you carefully consider the use of social media when posting photos and videos of children. As you know we take the online safety of our children very seriously and would ask for your full support in this matter.
However, the IOC states that should parents choose to photo/video school events the school cannot stop them, nor can the school be held responsible should the parents choose to post images to social media.