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 Phil Shaw – Safeguarding Governor
Hampshire County Council delivered Designated Safeguarding Lead training and refresher courses to the DSLs during the academic year 2018-2019. In addition, both DSLs and the Safeguarding Governor hold the Safer Recruitment in Education Certificated (updated 2018) 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.
All member of Langrish School staff attend an annual safeguarding update in September 2019, delivered by the lead DSL. The Governing Body are also invited to this training. 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 DLS team and a register of attendance is kept in the school office.
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
Anti-bullying Week 2019
Across the school, we used the Anti-bullying Alliance materials (this year's theme is 'Change begins with ME') to give a whole school assembly and follow up discussions in class. Children talked about the impact of their actions on others, what it means to be a bully and how they could react in given situations to make others feel better and less alone. Many pupils created pledges around the theme which have been displayed around the school to remind us of the the work and discussions that took place. We reviewed the meaning behind 'rude, mean, bullying' to help the children identify different behaviours and the School Parliament then reviewed the Pupil's Anti-bullying Policy.
- Visits from PCSO
- Anti-bullying week 12-16 November 2018 – with this year’s theme ‘Choose Respect’’. A top priority of the week is to show that bullying is a behaviour choice and that children and young people can set a positive example by opting to respect each-other at school, in their homes and communities, and online.
- Hampshire and IOW Air Ambulance education programme shared their good work with us and taught us how to keep safe
- NSPCC 'Speak out, stay safe' assemblies and workshops.
- Click here to access advice for parents and carers.
Safer Internet Day – 7th February 2019 – focused on the theme of ‘Together for a Better Internet’ by looking in particular at online consent.
It was all about the choices we make online and how there are times when we need to ask permission of others - or give permission ourselves - before images or information can be shared or access can be granted to our online community.
There were a wide variety of activities going on across the school, including some classes creating their own Internet safety posters, which are all now displayed in the ICT suite.
- 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.
When we came to update our school anti-bullying policy, we felt it was important not just to gather the views of the children, but that the children themselves should come up with an entirely new policy based on their own knowledge and thoughts and feelings about bullying.
To that end, the School Parliament have been incredibly busy.
Their first job was to come up with their own definition of what does (and does not) constitute bullying. After that, they began to put together strategies by which instances of bullying could be swiftly and safely identified, reported and dealt with.
They were also keen to find ways not just to support any victims of bullying, but also to help the bullies themselves acknowledge their behaviour and begin to change their ways.
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 new anti-bullying policy, creates entirely by the children themselves and designed to uphold their right to be safe at school, at home and online (UNCRC Article 19). This policy was reviewed in December 2019 by the School Parliament and the updated version can be found below.
- ‘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 in January 2019, pupils said that the recent improvements to the school site (new gates and 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.