Safeguarding children and young people means protecting them from abuse or neglect, getting the right support in place as early as possible and creating an environment in which children and young people feel safe and healthy. Ensuring our children are safe is our key responsibility. We work as a team to develop children's awareness and understanding of being safe. If you have any concerns regarding the safety of a child in school or in the community, you can speak to Mrs Anderson or Mrs Martin in school or send them an email.
If you would like to meet with either of our safeguarding officers, please visit the office to make an appointment.
At Shelton Lower School we take the welfare of children in our care very seriously. Our school adheres to ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ and Guidance for Safer Working Practice for Adults who work with Children and young People in Education Settings.
Please see our Safeguarding Policies. To request paper copies, please speak to the office.
Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Checks
Everyone who works with our pupils, including volunteers or Governors at our school who are involved in regulated activity (has regular contact with our children) has a DBS check. This means specific checks have been carried out to ensure their suitability to work with children.
Teachers are asked to report any causes for concern to the School Safeguarding Officer (DSL or DDSL) using a written proforma. Any concerns will be shared with parents as early as possible, as more often than not there are extremely reasonable explanations for the concern. Concerns may range from children being visibly upset, persistent lateness to children ‘disclosing’ concerns.
All lateness and absences are recorded by the School Secretary/Headteacher, Mrs Anderson. Reasons will be sought for all absence or lateness. Attendance is monitored through these systems and referrals to the Safeguarding Team can be made. Parents will always be informed of concerns around attendance at the earliest point. If attendance concerns continues, the school will refer to the Attendance Officer.
A child may be at risk of harm if they do not attend school regularly or are consistently late. Safeguarding and child protection will be considered in all instances.
It is very important that everyone stays safe whilst online. The internet is a great place to learn and communicate with other people. If you have any concerns about anything online please speak to a relative or teacher. We have provided a link to the CEOP site on our school website, it is packed full of information for children and parents / carers.
Over recent years, the use of technology in both school and the home has increased greatly. Whilst this has massive positive impacts on learning, there are risks associated with children using the internet more widely and for that reason we place great importance on the teaching of e-safety at school. Children are taught about e-safety in their Computing lessons from when they first start school and we develop their knowledge and understanding as they move further up the school. Whilst we do all that we can to ensure the safety of children on the internet, it's essential that parents continue this at home. We have a Parent's Zone for staying safe online with advice and information for what you can do at home as well as a Children's Zone with links to useful websites for children to develop their understanding of how to stay safe online.
CEOPis the child protection command of the National Crime Agency. CEOP reaches over three million children and young people a year through its Thinkuknow education programme and regularly conveys its vital online safety messages to over 100,000 practitioners (such as social workers, teachers and police officers) registered to their network, who cascade these messages directly to children and young people.
Parent Info provides high quality information to parents and carers about their children's wellbeing and resilience. Schools can host the content on their own website and use it in any other ways (in letters to parents etc) that they want.
This service is free and ranges across a wide range of subject matter, from difficult topics about sex, relationships and the internet or body image and peer pressure to broader parenting topics like ‘how much sleep do teenagers need?’
In line with CEOP’s Thinkuknow programme, some of the content covers internet safety, but it all starts from the assumption that young people make little distinction between their online and offline lives and the issues for parents are often the same. The aim is to help parents help their children be discriminating, web-literate and resilient.
If you or anyone you know is worried about Child Exploitation, Online Protection or anything related to Internet safety, please click the image below which will take you to the CEOP reporting website: