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 are:
Mrs Sarah Wright – (Head Teacher) Designated Safeguarding Lead and Designated Teacher
Miss Heather Jones – (Deputy Head Teacher, Key Stage 2 Inclusion Lead) Deputy Safeguarding Lead
Mrs Jenny Cave – (Assistant Head Teacher, Key Stage 1 Inclusion Lead) Deputy Safeguarding Lead
Ms Julie Gray / Mr Phil Shaw – Safeguarding Governors
Hampshire County Council delivered Designated Safeguarding Lead training and refresher courses to the DSLs during the academic year 2016-2017. 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 training this year.
All member of Langrish School staff attend an annual safeguarding update in September, 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. This includes online Prevent training. Parent volunteers and work experience students receive a safeguarding briefing before they can begin to volunteer in school. This is delivered by one of the DLS team and a register of attendance is kept in the school office.
As an outstanding 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
- 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 – 6th February 2018 – focused on the theme of ‘Create, Connect and Share Respect’.
It was all about using the Internet safely and responsibly in order to communicate with others online as respectfully as we interact with each each other face-to-face.
There were a wide variety of activities going on across the school including every class creating their own Internet Safety Charter, 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.
- 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).
- ‘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 teachers 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