The welfare of our children and their safety is the overriding consideration of the school at all times. As with all schools, we have a legal duty to look out for signs of abuse in children and report any concerns to the social services at the local authority who will carry out the necessary investigations. We follow the procedures and guidelines set out in the Hampshire child protection procedures.
Langrish Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. All appointments are subject to two satisfactory references and a satisfactory enhanced DBS check.
Our safeguarding team is:
Mrs Sarah Wright – (Head Teacher) Designated Safeguarding Lead and Designated Teacher
Miss Heather Jones – (Deputy Head Teacher) Deputy Safeguarding Lead
Mr Simon Downs – Safeguarding Governor
Hampshire County Council delivered Designated Safeguarding Lead training and refresher courses to the DSLs during the academic year 2020-2021. In addition, both DSLs and the Safeguarding Governor hold the Safer Recruitment in Education Certificated (updated 2021) and Mrs Sarah Wright has attended WRAP training, delivered by the Home Office (November 2015), which has been disseminated to all staff. Our Safeguarding Governor and Designated Teacher have also attended relevant updates.
All members of Langrish School staff attended their annual INSET safeguarding update in September 2022. Further updates are delivered through the year in staff meetings by the lead DSL and Deputy DSL. There is an open invite to the Governing Body to attend any training updates. Those who are unable to attend, receive training as part of the first FGB of the academic year. Parent volunteers and work experience students receive a safeguarding briefing before they can begin to volunteer in school as part of the induction process.This is delivered by one of the DSL team and a register of attendance is kept in the school office.
The school now uses CPOMS and the staff team have attended in house training on how to use this platform.
As a school, we ensure that:
- Leaders’ work to protect pupils from radicalisation and extremism is exemplary
- High quality training develops staff vigilance, confidence and competency to challenge pupils views and encourage debates
- Leaders and managers have created a culture of vigilance where pupils’ welfare is actively promoted; pupils are listened to and feel safe
- Leaders and staff work effectively with external partners to support pupils who are at risk or who are the subject of a multi-agency plan
- Pupils have an excellent understanding of how to stay safe online, the dangers of inappropriate use of mobile technology and social networking sites
- All teaching staff complete online Prevent training or a refresher on an annual basis and Governors complete the GOV.UK e-learning at least once within their term of office.
- All staff and volunteers working at Langrish have read KCSiE Part One and acknowledged this via email for the Single Central Record. The link can be found below:
Junior Road Safety Officers
Following TEAMS training with the Hampshire Community Safety Team, our Junior Road Safety Officers led a whole school assembly on the importance of cycle safety. The following information is taken from their presentation:
· When cycling, wear bright colours and a helmet
· When cycling in low light, have lights and a bell
· Children under 12 should be supervised when cycling on the road
· Keep to the cycle paths when they are there
· Wear a helmet that is fitted by a professional
Article 19: children have the right to be safe and protected from all harm
Update - June 2022
Years 5 & 6 took part in a Virtual lesson with the Hampshire Road Safety team in which they revisited the key messages taught by our JRSOs earlier in the year. The children took part in interactive quizzes, watched videos and held class discussions around the importance of road safety for both pedestrians and cyclists, tying in with their bikeability training.
Internet Safety Updates, September 2021
As part of our Meet the Teacher sessions, we shared the Powerpoint attached at the bottom of the page. Our pupils have spent time discussing this at an age appropriate level in their classes and the resulting safety charters can now be found on individual class pages. Please take some time to read through and come and talk to us if there's anything we can do to further support in this area.
Returning to school in April was challenging for all of us: learning to work together again, re-establishing relationships and showing tolerance to those with whom we then became very familiar within our new, small bubbles. To help our Key Stage 2 children manage these relationships positively and empower them to challenge those who made them feel uncomfortable, we shared this book in classes, discussing the situations raised. It is available to borrow from the school library if you would like to explore it further with your child.
Anti-bullying Week 2021
Anti-Bullying week this year had the theme One Kind Word'. Using the Anti-bullying Alliance materials, we discussed how we are all part of a jigsaw playing our part in coming together to make a difference. Kindness is more important today than it has ever been. The isolation of the last year has underlined how little acts of consideration can break down barriers and brighten the lives of the people around us. This is one of the reasons, that ‘One Kind Word’ was chosen as the theme of Anti-Bullying Week that took place from 15 to 19 of November 2021.Knowing that the whole school was participating in Anti-Bullying week in some way reminded pupils and staff that despite massive changes in our interactions with each other due to Covid, we are still part of a community and we want to look after each other.
Each class contributed to a theme based newsletter which can be found on our News page.
Inspired by Andy and the Oddsocks Band, Year 5 designed their own video to accompany this very important message. Click on the link below to sing along!
Anti - Bullying Policy
Pupil voice throughout the school showed that bullying was very much on their minds and so each class revisited the pupil version of the school Anti Bullying Policy during this themed week and talked again about what was included in this important document. The document was revised by our School Parliament, following suggestions and annotations from all classes in the school.
It was a complex task, but one the School Parliament – including children from Year 1 to Year 6 – took on with an incredible amount of enthusiasm and maturity. The result is a revised anti-bullying policy, created entirely by the children themselves and designed to uphold their right to be safe at school, at home and online (UNCRC Article 19). The updated version can be found at the bottom of this page.
Visits from Hampshire Fire and Rescue, March 2022
In Spring Term 2022, Year 1 and Year 5 were visited by Kelly from the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service. She talked to them about how to prevent fires from happening, as well as how to stay safe in the event of an emergency. Kelly covered everything from electrical safety and the importance of smoke detectors, to evacuating a burning building and calling 999. Using songs, rhymes and mnemonics to make the messages memorable, the children had a wonderful time as well as learning how to keep themselves and their families safe.
Water safety visit from the RNLI, March 2022
Just as the lovely spring weather began to make us all think about heading to the beach, the RNLI came in to talk to the children about water safety.
After discussing the work of the RNLI, they taught the children how to spot an on-duty lifeguard, which flags are safe to swim between at the beach, the numbers to call in an emergency, and what to do should you find yourself caught in a riptide. As you can see, they also demonstrated their rescue kit!
Hampshire and IOW Air Ambulance education programme
During one of our whole school assemblies, the charity shared their good work with us and taught us how to keep safe. They even brought along their mascot to help us to remember the very important messages, including how and when to phone 999. You can find out more about their valuable work by following the link below:
Safer Internet Day – 8th February 2022
This year, Safer Internet Day focused on the theme ‘All Fun and Games?’. Across the school, a wide range of activities explored the concept of how to enjoy online games safely and respectfully, from respecting age restrictions and keeping our usernames, passwords and private information safe, to reporting and blocking unkind comments and making sure we don't unwittingly run up huge bills with in-app purchases. Perform came in to lead drama workshops on this year's Safer Internet Day theme for Years 1 to 6, and Year R particularly enjoyed the story of 'Digiduck and the Magic Castle', in which Daddy Duck got a shock after not realising the game he'd downloaded for his child contained the opportunity to spend real money on digital objects. The children acknowledged that their behaviour in the online world should be as kind and respectful as it is in person, and as a Rights Respecting school, we also looked at how this year's theme tied in with Article 19 of the UNCRC: "Every child has the right to be protected from being hurt and mistreated in body or mind."
- Talk to your child about what they’re up to online. Be a part of their online life.
- Watch Thinkuknow films and cartoons with your child.
- Visit Parentzone or Childnet to keep up to date with the latest advice.
- Set boundaries in the online world, just as you would in the real world.
- Keep all equipment that connects to the Internet in a family space.
- Use parental controls on devices that link to the Internet such as TV, laptops, computers, games consoles, tablets and mobile phones.
First Aid Training from the Red Cross, June 2022
Year 6 enjoyed their visit from the Red Cross this week, thinking about the importance of not being a bystander when someone needs help and then demonstrating what they had learnt about emergency aid through some role-play scenarios. They learnt the key action needed for the following situations: someone having a seizure, a burn victim, head injury, significant bleeding.
NSPCC 'Speak out, stay safe' assemblies and workshops, June 2022
These valuable assemblies and workshops happen every two years and the charity kindly share important safeguarding lessons with all of our children. In addition, Years 5 and 6 take part in dedicated workshops which centre around keeping safe online. Our workshops with Pauline provided a helpful reminder of the importance of 'speaking out to stay safe'. The children were excellent at responding to whether various situations were safe or unsafe and what variables might help them to make their decision. They discussed what to do (speak to a trusted adult or Childline) if they have any worries, no matter how big or small. Our certificate is attached to the bottom of this page.
- Click here to access advice for parents and carers.
Hampshire's Prejudicial Language and Behaviour Toolkit
Earlier this year, our staff received training on prejudicial language and behaviour: a regular focus of our discussions in weekly class assemblies which look at an Article of the Week. As the children consider different news articles, focus days and the rights of others from a range of circumstances and communities, we help them to adopt the correct terminology to express their opinions and describe the people who they are discussing without causing offence. Much of our curriculum development work this year has been to adapt our case studies and references to ensure topics are inclusive, helping our children to understand the value of everyone's contributions. Where issues of prejudicial language or behaviour do arise, explicit teaching is then used to help children understand why this may cause offence and who to, helping them to avoid making the same mistakes again.
Thanks to the Hampshire Youth Commission, Langrish School has now joined over 100 schools across the county in promoting Internet safety by having specially trained Cyber Ambassadors. During a half-day course, these children were taught how to spot, avoid and report the most common threats that face young people on the Internet today. They will now be able to offer peer-to-peer support on Internet safety issues as well as run class training sessions and assemblies based on what they've learnt. Those Cyber Sea Monsters don't stand a chance! To learn more about the Cyber Ambassadors scheme, click here.
Safeguarding in and around our school: Pupil Voice
- ‘I feel safe as I know I can trust the teachers’ – Year 5 boy
- ‘The exits are clearly marked and easily accessible’ – Year 5 boy
- ‘Personally, I feel safe at school because of our school rules’ – Year 6 boy
- ‘I feel safe because we have adults looking after us at all times’ – Year 4 girl
- ‘Visitors have a sticker and are introduced to us’ – Year 4 girl
- ‘I feel safe in school because I know there are door locks, security cameras, staff to keep up safe and no bullies or unkind people’ - Year 4 boy
In response to class discussions, pupils said that the recent improvements to the school site (new gates and willow fences) helped them to feel safe. They also reported that the new lunchtime provision gives them more options, and therefore more space to play safely. Year 2 particularly like the fact that their classroom is bright and spacious and they are able to move around freely without worrying about tripping over.