What can families do to keep their children safe?
Knowing how to protect your child against the risk of harm, whilst allowing them the freedom to learn how to operate independently within society can seem overwhelming, but there is a lot of help available to families.
Talk to your child
- Simple conversations – like crossing the road safely, bullying and dealing with strangers – are subjects that you might feel more comfortable talking about. But it is also important to talk about ways in which they can stay safe online, stay safe from being groomed, on and offline, and stay safe from sexual abuse. These later topics can feel trickier to approach, but there is a lot of information out there to help you have these conversations in an age appropriate way. For example, the NSPCC have created a parent guide about simple conversations to help keep your child safe and a supporting poster for children.
Keep yourself informed
- You can start by reading all the safeguarding information on our school website. This will provide you with an overview of things you need to know, and we have also provided links to sources of additional information if you want to find out more.
Support the school curriculum
- Not just the lessons taught in PSHE and Relationships and Sex education (both of which have elements explicitly designed to teach the children how to keep themselves safe) but in all elements of school life including upholding our Behaviour Policy, by promoting respect for differences and by following our Acceptable Use Policies.
Raise any concerns you have about your own child, or another child in our community
- Collectively, our Designated Safeguarding Leads have a huge wealth of knowledge and experience and our main aim is to work with everyone involved in a child's life to help to keep them safe.