At Mortimer St. John’s CE Infant School and Mortimer St. Mary’s CE Junior School we strongly recognise the need for vigilant awareness of safeguarding issues. All staff and governors have appropriate training and induction so that they understand their roles and responsibilities and are confident about carrying them out. Staff, pupils, parents, governors and visitors should feel secure that they could raise any issues or concerns about the safety or welfare of children and know that they will be listened to and taken seriously. This will be achieved by maintaining an ethos of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and protecting staff. This is supported by clear behaviour, anti-bullying and child protection policies, appropriate induction and training, briefing and discussion of relevant issues and relevant learning in line with current legislature and guidelines.
Designated Safeguarding Lead: Mrs Nicola Sumner (Executive Headteacher)
Deputy Safeguarding Leads:
Mrs Gemma Rook (Head of School Mortimer St. John’s)
Miss Jeni Pearson (Head of School Mortimer St. Mary’s)
Mrs Emily Hutchings (generally based at Mortimer St. John’s)
Miss Rachel Sims (generally based at Mortimer St. Mary’s)
E-Safety is an important part of keeping children safe at Mortimer St. John’s. E-Safety is taught at an age appropriate level and in accordance with our Internet Access and E-Safety Policy. We have extensive security measures in place in school to help safeguard pupils from potential dangers or unsuitable material.
We can only be successful in keeping children safe online if we work with parents to ensure the E-Safety message is consistent. It is important that parents speak to their children about how they can keep safe and behave appropriately online.
As a parent there are a number of things you can do at home to also help and educate your child to stay safe on-line:
- talk to your child/ren about the possible dangers posed by the internet
- tell them what they should do if something concerns or worries them
- explain that there is the potential that anything shared online or by mobile phone could end up being seen by anyone
- understand what your child does online and know which websites they use
- ensure that your child/ren use/s the computer or a tablet where the whole family can see it, not out of sight in a bedroom
- use filtering software to block inappropriate sites
- use parental controls to restrict the times of access and the type of sites
You may also wish to take a look at some of the links below which provide additional information for parents about safe internet use:
- A Guide to Parental Controls – This guide will help you set up parental controls to provide your child with a safer online environment.
- Saferinternet UK – This site hosts an advice centre for school staff, parents and children including social media guides.
- NSPCC Online Safety – It can be hard to know how to talk to your child about online safety. From setting up parental controls to advice on sexting, online games and video apps, this site can help you to understand the risks and keep your child safe online.
- Parent Zone Digital Parenting Magazine
- Childnet – Advice for parents/carers to help support children and young people in their safe and responsible use of the internet.
- Think you know?
- Smartie The Penguin
- Digiduck Stories