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Safeguarding

Coppice Valley Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children. We expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

  • We are fully committed to ensuring that consistent effective safeguarding procedures are in place to support children, families and staff at school.  
  • We ensure that all staff, volunteers and governors receive appropriate training, guidance and support to undertake the effective safeguarding of children.

Any safeguarding concerns are passed through the designated safeguarding leaders within the school. 

Emma Meadus Mr Cawte Miss Watkinson

Mrs Meadus

Designated Safeguarding Lead

Mr Cawte

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leader

Miss Watkinson

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leader

Our Safeguarding Lead training is regularly renewed every 2 years with on-going additional updates from safeguarding experts, NYSCP briefings and NSPCC and CASPAR bulletins.  This training also helps to develop our provision for personal development within school. Along with all staff in school, we also receive regular training updates in line with Red Kite Learning Trust policy. 


Safeguarding Procedures

We safeguard our pupils by: 

  • Identifying pupils who may need early help or at risk from harm 
  • Helping pupils by reducing the risk to them and securing the help they may need 
  • Managing the risk of harm to our pupils by following safer recruitment and allegation procedures. 

We follow North Yorkshire Safeguarding Children Partnership procedures. 

Click to see our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy 

Click  to see our Child on Child Abuse Statement

At all times we will endeavour to treat families with respect, dignity and courtesy only sharing sensitive and confidential information where we have permission or a duty to do so in order to protect the child. 


Safeguarding Curriculum for Pupils

 We teach our pupils about safeguarding so they know how to keep themselves safe and reduce risks. From Reception to Year 6, pupils learn about safeguarding including online safety, stranger danger, road and fire safety and first aid. 

Below is our child-friendly version of our Safeguarding Policy

Safeguarding_childrens version


In case of emergency or risk of serious harm, call 999. 


E-Safety for Parents

In school we are developing a comprehensive curriculum to support children’s online safety.  However, this must be supported by you as parents.

It is important that you: 

  • understand why your child uses the internet 
  • what the risks are  
  • and how you can support their E-Safety. 

The internet, and associated anonymity leads to a disinhibition; it is imperative you check your child’s activity daily to ensure that they are behaving on-line, as you would expect in real life.  Inappropriate images, use of language and comments can cause issues: the digital footprint / digital tattoo your child creates is difficult to erase and can impact their future, especially if they are to go to court. 

Please use the drop down menus at the start of this 'E-Safety for Parents' section to look more closely at how you can learn more to understand your children’s use of the internet, safely manage their online activity and support them if something goes wrong. 

E-Safety in School

In school we recognise that it is crucial that children learn to balance the benefits offered by technology with a critical awareness of their own and others’ online behaviour, and develop effective strategies for staying safe and making a positive contribution online. 

Use the UK Council for Internet Safety's Education for a Connected World materials. Children have E-safety lessons throughout the year, in every year at school. As such, we create a culture of E-safety that is part of all we do.  You can see our E-safety long term plan here.

This framework describes the Digital knowledge and skills that children and young people should have the opportunity to develop at different ages and stages of their lives. It highlights what a child should know in terms of current online technology, its influence on behaviour and development, and what skills they need to be able to navigate it.

The document supports one of the key aims of the government’s Internet Safety Strategy of supporting children to stay safe and make a positive contribution online, as well enabling teachers to develop effective strategies for understanding and handling online risks.

 We have a team of pupil E-safety leaders who work with staff and our E-Safety governor to audit our offer, communicate with their peers to get their opinions and help us improve our school offer.

We are also working to create bespoke E-Safety learning for identified vulnerable learners. 

An example of minutes from our E-Safety Leaders Meetings

Photographing & Videoing School Events

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has provided clarification about this matter stating that the Data Protection Act 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 a 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 ICO 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.

https://ico.org.uk/for-the-public/schools/photos/

http://www.saferchildrenyork.org.uk/2014%20YorOK%20Website/Downloads%20Old/SaferChildrenYork/Guidance_Children_Photos_2013.pdf

Operation Encompass

Operation Encompass is a partnership between police and schools.

One of the principles of Operation Encompass is that all incidents of domestic abuse are shared with schools, not just those where an offence can be identified.

 

For many years now, the school has worked with North Yorkshire Police and Operation Encompass to support pupils who may have experienced domestic violence. Operation Encompass works by reporting to the schools when a child or young person has experienced domestic abuse or is resident in a house where domestic abuse has occurred and has been reported to the Police.

Operation Encompass ensures that a member of the school staff, known as a Key Adult, is trained to liaise with the police and to use the information that has been shared, in confidence, to support children in school with any difficulties they may experience as a result of domestic violence.

Coppice Valley Primary School is part of Red Kite Learning Trust, a charitable company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales with company number 7523507, registered office address: Harrogate Grammar School, Arthurs Avenue, Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG2 0DZ

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