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 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 an annual safeguarding update in September 2020 and then a further update in January 2021, 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
Electrical Safety Sessions for Key Stage 2
An excellent talk was delivered by two volunteers from Scottish and Southern Power, about how to keep safe around electricity and which number to call in a power cut. This helped to embed our ongoing classroom risk assessments carried out with the children before and during science topics.
Our ex-Chair of Governors, Jackie Jones, visited Key Stage 2 in January to deliver a stroke awareness assembly. As a survivor of a stroke herself, she was keen to teach us how to spot someone who may be having a stroke and the importance of acting FAST. This was a valuable addition to our first aid training delivered in the Summer Term.
Anti-bullying Week 2020
Anti-Bullying week this year had the theme 'United Against Bullying'. 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. Whole school assemblies could not be held this year so these were held in classes and followed up with different activities such as looking at Children's Rights and which Articles we could refer to on the subject of bullying . 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. Pupil voice throughout the school showed that online bullying is very much on their minds and this year the older classes initiated discussions about racist bullying partly due to events in the summer of 2020.
Visits from Hampshire Fire and Rescue and attending 'Think Safe' with Y6
Hampshire and IOW Air Ambulance education programme
The team 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.
NSPCC 'Speak out, stay safe' assemblies and workshops.
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.
- Click here to access advice for parents and carers.
Safer Internet Day – 9th February 2021
This year, Safer Internet Day focused on the theme of ‘An Internet We Can Trust’. Across the school, a wide range of activities explored the ways in which the children can tell the difference between fact, fiction and opinion online. From BBC live lessons and articles about the Earth being flat, to misleading adverts and the truth about fake news. We also read the story of Detective Digiduck and learned from his mistake in not double checking the veracity of the animal facts he found online! As a Rights Respecting school, we also looked at how this year's theme tied in with Article 17 of the UNCRC: "Every child has the right to reliable information from a variety of sources."
- 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.
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 ten 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.
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.