At Ayresome Primary School, we regard the safeguarding of children, staff and visitors as our main priority. We believe that we all have the right to be happy, to be safe and to learn. We all have the responsibility to make sure that this happens at our school.
We ensure that:
- The welfare of children remains paramount
- All children whatever their age, gender, culture, language, ethnicity, disability or religious belief have the right to be protected from harm
- All disclosures, suspicions or allegations of abuse will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately
- All staff and volunteers at our school know how to report concerns to one of our Designated Safeguarding Leads in school. These staff in school are: Mrs Haylock, Mrs Goring, Mrs Musson, Mrs White and Miss Lavelle.
- All staff and volunteers in school undertake regular training on safeguarding matters to ensure that systems and procedures for reporting concerns are known and understood
Staying safe online
The following links have lots of information about how to stay safe online. If you have any questions or are worried about anything online, talk to your teacher or a trusted adult in school.
Advice for Parents & Carers
Technology is advancing at such a pace that many people feel left behind because they don’t have the knowledge. Children are growing up in this technological world and from young ages they are using technology and social media which many parents feel they cannot begin to understand. Parents may worry if they don’t know what their child is doing online and they may not know where to look for help. The good news is that parents don’t need to be IT experts in order to help keep their children safe from cyber criminals, all you have to do is…
- Keep your computer software up to date
- Use antivirus software
- Set parental controls on devices
- Talk to your child about cyber-crime including cyber bullying and sexting
- Be supportive and interested in your child’s online activities
- Make sure your child knows their options if they are suffering any type of cyber crime
Aspects of Safeguarding
- Staff and visitors – ensuring that they are vetted, informed and trained
- Children’s behaviour – promoting healthier and safer lifestyles
- Parents and carers – promoting links and community support
- School premises – maintaining a safe school environment for everybody
- Curriculum – providing positive learning experiences
- Outside of school – supporting safer communities
All staff have an up-to-date understanding of safeguarding children issues and are able to implement the policies and procedures appropriately. Our policies are in line with current guidance and procedures. A copy of our safeguarding policies can be found in the ‘Polices’ section of this website. Staff are able to respond to changes in changes in a child’s behaviour, deterioration in a child’s wellbeing, unexplained injuries or signs of neglect or comments that a child makes that cause concern. All staff are aware of the need to maintain confidentiality at all times.
We follow strict procedures to ensure that everyone who works with our children is correctly vetted, keeping our children as safe as possible. At least one member of staff sitting on interview panels has completed Safer Recruitment training.
Middlesbrough Multi Agency Children’s Hub
At Ayresome Primary we are involved with Operation Encompass, working in partnership with Cleveland Police. Operation Encompass is the reporting to schools when a child has been present or involved in a domestic incident. The information is shared with a key person in school so that the child can be monitored or supported as necessary.
As a school we use CPOMS as our platform to record safeguarding concerns so that we have a clear picture of all concerns, this includes students who are archived. All Safeguarding Leads have full access to the system so that they can access information for safeguarding meeting and record outcomes.