At Thorpe St Andrew School and Sixth Form, we recognise that each day we are entrusted with the most precious members of your families. There is nothing more important to us than the physical and emotional health and wellbeing of our students and staff alike. As such we have worked hard to create and maintain a climate in which staff, students, parents and Governors feel able to articulate concerns, safe in the knowledge that effective action will be taken as appropriate.
Our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policies apply to all adults working in or on behalf of our School. We expect everyone working in, for or visiting our School to share responsibility for keeping children safe from harm and abuse and report any concerns either via CPOMS (school staff) or directly to one of our DSLs (visitors and contractors) via the extension numbers below.
Together we must ensure that all children, their families and our staff, feel safe, valued and cared for at all times and are nurtured to thrive and achieve to be the best they can be.
Thorpe St Andrew School and Sixth Form takes the E-Safety of our students very seriously. Throughout the curriculum we provide activities and opportunities for students to develop the skills they need to identify risks and stay safe. Teaching students about how to stay safe and behave online, including identifying risks and how and when to seek support is crucial.
If any student has any concerns about anything on-line they should:
- Report their concerns to parents who can inform the school by contacting one of the Designated Safeguarding Leads.
- Report their concerns to any member of staff who can who will report this via CPOMS to one of the Designated Safeguarding Leads.
For further information and support:
https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/ Online safety education programme from the National Crime Agency’s CEOP Command which aims to safeguard children from sexual abuse and exploitation. Education resources and online advice for children aged 4 – 18.
https://www.bbc.com/ownit Support for young people to take control of their online life, including help and advice, skills and inspiration on topics such as friendships and bullying, safety and self-esteem.
https://www.childline.org.uk/ – includes information for pupils on sexting, gaming, grooming, bullying, porn, relationships.
https://www.internetmatters.org/ A not-for-profit organisation set up to empower parents and carers to keep children safe in the digital world.
https://www.iwf.org.uk/ an internet hotline for the public and IT professionals to report potentially criminal online content, including child sexual abuse images online.
https://www.nspcc.org.uk/ – includes a range of resources to help parents keep children safe when they’re using the internet, social networks, apps, games and more.
https://parentinfo.org/ – from CEOP and Parent Zone, Parent Info is a website for parents covering all of the issues amplified by the internet.
https://parentzone.org.uk offers a range of resources for families, to help them meet the challenges of the digital age, including parent guides on the latest digital trends and platforms.