Welcome to the Safeguarding & Child Protection page for Eleanor Smith School
This page will offer important information to parents/carers regarding issues surrounding Safeguarding & Child Protection.
Here we will also share information from other sources to give advice, facts and resources to support parents/carers to help protect their children.
Eleanor Smith School Early Help, Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy Reviewed and amended January 2018 ratified March 2018. Click here to view: Eleanor Smith School Early Help, Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy September 2018
Our Early Help, Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy is written with due regard to the Department for Education statutory guidance Keeping_Children_Safe_in_Education_September_2018
The Designated Safeguarding & Child Protection Leads for Eleanor Smith School
In the event a child makes a disclosure/allegation the following procedures should be implemented.
LISTENING AND TALKING WITH CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE DO:
We will support all pupils by:
ALLEGATIONS AGAINST STAFF:
RESTRICTIVE PHYSICAL INTERVENTION:
From 1 July 2015 schools are subject to a duty under section 26 of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015, in the exercise of their functions, to have “due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”.
Eleanor Smith School is clear that extremism and radicalisation should be viewed as safeguarding concerns. We value freedom of speech and the expression of beliefs and both pupils/students and adults have the right to speak freely and voice their opinions.
Our school ethos seeks to build pupils’ resilience to radicalisation by promoting fundamental British values and enabling them to challenge extremist views.
If you are concerned about an individual or group regarding radicalisation please contact; Newham Prevent Team 0203 373 4600 or Police Anti-terror Hotline 0800 789321
DfE guidance on the Prevent Duty can be found here:
The NSPCC have information for parents/carers about radicalisation and dangers associated with extremism. There is also links to other supportive services on the NSPCC web page:
Information and resources to download for Parents/Carer and Staff can be found here:
Online Safety and through social networking
Children and young people go online to connect with friends, make new friends, to browse/surf the internet for information, chat with others and play games. This can be done using many different devices, such as: computers, laptops, iPad’s, tablets, games consoles, PSP’s and mobile phones.
When online, children and young people can learn new things, get help with homework, express themselves creatively and connect with friends and family.
There are also risks, but by understanding and talking about the dangers you can help keep your child safe online.
The NSPCC has a wide range of resources that help adults keep children safe from abuse and other dangers, both online and in the physical world.
P.A.N.T.S: Teach your child the Underwear Rule and help protect them from abuse. It’s a simple way that parents can help keep children safe from sexual abuse:
Share Aware: Help your child stay safe on social networks, apps and games.
Online safety: Helpful advice and tools you can use to help keep your child safe whenever and wherever they go online.
Staying safe away from home: Your guide to when your child’s old enough to be out on their own, and how to teach them to keep safe while they’re away.
Home alone: How to decide when it’s safe for your child to be home on their own, and what you can do if they’re too young.
CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection) has lots of information about how to keep your children safe online and parental controls. The link to the website is below:
How to Set Up Parental Controls
Parental controls can help keep your child safe. Even the most Innocent searches online can bring up not so innocent results. Parental controls can be used to block upsetting or harmful content. They can also help to control in-app purchases or manage how long your child spends online. The NSPCC have made setting up parental control are really easy:
Be Share Aware
It can be hard to keep track of what your child is doing online. Or know how to keep them safe. There are so many different social networks, apps and games. Children and young people use social networks to:
The NSPCC has great tools to help you support your children to be Share Aware, including several videos that you can watch with your children.
Net Aware – Your guide to the social networks your kids use
You’ve probably heard of Facebook, YouTube and Snapchat – the most popular networks used by 11-16 year olds. But what about Omegle, Musical.ly and Periscope
Gaming is extremely popular with children. When playing online children have the opportunity to relax, socialise with their friends and have fun. Children can play on games consoles, apps or websites, and chat to other players or watch them play through live-streaming. However there are some dangers to online gaming. And with so many games and apps available online, it can be hard for parents/carers to know how to keep their child safe.
What are the risks of online games?
The NSPCC has some useful information on helping children to stay safe online:
Digital Parenting Guide
You can access the latest copy of the digital parenting magazine here for more tips and advice Digital Parenting Issue 6
Reporting a Concern of Abuse or Neglect
If you have concerns that a child you know is at risk of serious harm through Abuse or Neglect it is important that you report your worries to the correct agency.
The link below will direct you to Newham’s Children’s Triage Team. This team will use your information to make a decision about how they can best respond to your concerns.
The website will offer you the choice to complete an online form or to phone the team directly:
You can also report you concerns to the NSPCC who will offer you support and advice if you are feeling worried about a child’s safety:
Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
In April 2014 every school in England received new safeguarding guidelines and detailed information on identifying and responding to Female Genital Mutilation.
FGM is a procedure carried out on young girls between the ages of infancy and 15 years of age.
It is illegal for anyone to perform FGM in the UK or to arrange for a child to be transported to another country for the procedure. The maximum sentence for carrying out FGM or helping it to take place is 14 years in prison.
There is lots of information and support available online for parents/carers concerned about this subject or if you know someone who is at risk:
Contact the Police if you think that a girl or young woman is in danger of FGM and is still in the UK.
Contact the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (020 7008 1500) if she’s already been taken abroad.
Contact Newham FGM (Female Genital Mutilation) Prevention Service 0845 451 2547 for support.
The Daughters of Eve website helps to raise awareness of this issue and sign-posts those affected by it to supportive services:
The NSPCC has detailed advice on how to spot the signs, symptoms and effects of FGM and provides support for people who are concerned about a child or who have been affected themselves:
The NSPCC offers a free and anonymous FGM 24 hour helpline. Call; 0800 028 3550 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Home Office provides free online FGM awareness training for parents/carers and professionals: https://www.fgmelearning.co.uk/
Child Sexual Exploitation
Child Sexual Exploitation, or CSE, is a form of sexual abuse which sees children/young people being manipulated or coerced into sexual activity for receiving ‘something’ such as; gifts, money, food, attention, somewhere to stay etc.
Technology is very often used to groom victims. This may occur through social networking sites and mobile phones with internet access.
CSE has gained a large amount of media attention over the last year as lots of services involved with children and young people have noticed a big rise in cases involving CSE.
Charities such as NSPCC and Barnardos have been campaigning to raise the profile of this form of child abuse. Information regarding CSE can be found here;
PACE (Parents Against Child Sexual Exploitation) is a national charity that works with parents and carers whose children are sexually exploited. PACE offers one-to-one telephone support, national and local meet-ups with other affected parents and information on how parents can work in partnership with school, police and social care: