We recognise that all staff and Governors have a full and active part to play in protecting our pupils from harm, and that the child’s welfare is our paramount concern.
Our school should provide a safe, caring, positive and stimulating environment that promotes the social, physical and moral development of the individual child, free from discrimination or bullying and where children can learn and develop happily.
The aims of the school's Safeguarding policy are:
• To support the child’s development to foster security, confidence and resilience.
• To raise the awareness of all staff of the need to safeguard children and of their responsibilities in identifying and reporting possible cases of abuse.
• To provide a systematic means of monitoring children known or thought to be at risk of harm, and ensure that we contribute to assessments of need and support plans for those children where appropriate.
• To acknowledge the need for effective and appropriate communication between all members of staff in relation to safeguarding children and young people.
• To develop a structured procedure within the school which will be followed by all members of staff in cases of suspected abuse.
• To develop effective working relationships with all other agencies involved in safeguarding children.
• To ensure that all adults within our school who have access to children have been checked as to their suitability. This includes other community users of our facilities, following correct staff recruitment and selection procedures.
Safeguarding children at Grove Park is everyone’s responsibility. Everyone who comes into contact with children and families has a role to play.
Appropriate Internet Filtering at Grove Park
Safeguarding of pupils at Grove Park is a priority. The school has seen an increase in pupils interest and access to the internet to access learning and develop their independence skills. For schools, the internet plays a huge role in teaching and learning. With increased usage, comes increased risk and staff and pupils are made aware of this.
The Department for Education published the revised statutory guidance ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’2 in May 2016 (and active from 5th September 2016) Amongst the revisions, schools are obligated to “ensure appropriate filters and appropriate monitoring systems are in place. Children should not be able to access harmful or inappropriate material from the school or colleges IT system” however, schools will need to “be careful that “over blocking” does not lead to unreasonable restrictions as to what children can be taught with regards to online teaching and safeguarding.”
As part of the school's commitment to this, we subscribe to the East Sussex Education Network which employs 'Smoothwall Filtering'. Below is the checklist which indicates the effectiveness of the systems which exist in school.