Safeguarding and Child Abuse

As a school we have a legal and moral obligation to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our pupils. This means we have a duty to report any concerns or suspicions that may compromise the safety of any pupil in our care.

The school has appointed on-site Safeguarding Officer who deals directly with any concerns in a sensitive and appropriate manor.

There are four areas of child abuse:

  • Neglect
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Physical Abuse
  • Sexual Abuse

Any parent or pupil who has a concern must contact the Safeguarding Officer at the school, who will deal with the matter and offer support and advice.

Safeguarding Officer:      Miss Fiona Staite, Mitcham, Tel. 07835 444061

Miss Jane Thompson, Croydon, Tel: 07518 155568

Anti-bullying

The school operates an anti-bullying policy, and any issue of bullying will not be tolerated. Any pupil found to be causing distress to another, be it verbally, emotionally or physically will be referred to the Safeguarding Officer. This could result in the matter being reported to the Police.

Cyber bullying is fast becoming a trend on many social networking sites, and we aim to raise awareness within the school so as to prevent it occurring. Any pupil who is a victim of cyber bullying is encouraged to save any conversations or threats as evidence and report the incidents to the Safeguarding Office and / or Police.

Parents will immediately be informed of any incidents of bullying.

E-Safety

Digital technologies have become integral to the lives of children and young people, both within schools and outside school. These technologies are powerful tools, which open up new opportunities for everyone. These technologies can stimulate discussion, promote creativity and stimulate awareness of context to promote effective learning.

Our policy on e-safety establishes the ground rules we have in school for using ICT equipment and the Internet. The policy covers:

  • Unauthorised access to, loss of or sharing of personal information.
  • The risk of being subject to grooming by those with whom they make contact on the Internet.
  • The sharing/distribution of personal images without an individual’s consent or knowledge.
  • Inappropriate communication/contact with others, including strangers.
  • Cyber-bullying.
  • Access to unsuitable video/Internet games.
  • An inability to evaluate the quality, accuracy and relevance of information on the Internet.
  • Plagiarism and copyright infringement.
  • Illegal downloading of music or video files.
  • The potential for excessive use which may impact on the social and emotional development and learning of the young person.