Safeguarding & E-Safety
*Safeguarding message 29th September*
We are aware of several instances where students walking to and from school were followed by a man driving slowly in a grey car. On two occasions he stopped and asked students to get into the car or offered them a lift; on both occasions the students sensibly ignored him and reported the incident. Please can all of our students be extra vigilant before and after school. We advise that if students are walking to or from school they should try to keep in groups. There will be an increased police presence around the Academy at the start and end of school. Any suspicious behaviour should be reported immediately to the police and to the school.
Churchill Academy & Sixth Form fully recognises its responsibilities for child protection. Our policy applies to all staff, governors and volunteers working in the Academy.
The main elements of our policy are:-
- Ensuring we practice safe recruitment in checking the suitability of staff and volunteers that work with our children.
- Raising awareness of child protection issues and educating the children with the necessary skills to keep them safe.
- Developing and implementing procedures for identifying and reporting cases, or suspected cases of abuse.
- Creating a safe environment in which children can learn and flourish.
The designated teacher for child protection is Mrs Lorraine McKay who will be able to help if you have specific questions about the Academy’s approach to child protection.
The Academy's Safeguarding policy can be found in the policies section.
Families need to be aware of e-safety in your home environment and how you can help to protect you children when using the internet, both on the computer and any mobile device. At the Academy we have filters which are provided by our broadband supplier which stop access to inappropriate content. With many home broadband suppliers you can now ‘opt-in’ to protective filtering and this usually does not incur a charge. There are also software packages that can be purchased to provide filtering within the home environment. It is the case that filtering can, at times be too restrictive but filtering can usually be tailored to meet your home requirements and can be overridden when needed.
There is a very useful magazine produced by Vodafone which gives a lot of information to help and guide parents through the internet minefield and you can find out more by visiting their website for parents athttp://www.vodafone.com/parents