Safeguarding

At The Outdoors School we are committed to keeping our learners safe. Every child has the right to feel safe no matter who they are or what their circumstances.

Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is everyone’s responsibility. Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families and carers has a role to play in safeguarding children. In order to fulfil this responsibility effectively, all professionals should make sure their approach is child centred. This means that they should consider, at all times, what is in the best interests of the child.

At The Outdoors School the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) is P Wilkins and the Deputy DSO’s are Victoria Durant, Deb Ley & Meg Williams.

If you have a concern regarding a child and would like to discuss your worries please contact us at safeguarding@theoutdoorsschool.co.uk or call the main school number 01392 832632. 

If a child is in immediate danger or is at risk of significant harm a call should be made to children’s social care and/or the police immediately. For further advice please call the MASH team on 0345 155 1071 or the police on 999 / 101.

At The Outdoors School we work within the guidance and procedures set out in national and local government policies and procedures. All of our staff team have read and understood the information set out in the document ‘Keeping Children Safe In Education’ and we use the information in the document to inform the way we educate our parents/carers and learners on how to keep themselves safe.

 You can download our Safeguarding policy here.

Operation Encompass

Operation Encompass is a unique Police and Education early intervention safeguarding partnership which supports children and young people exposed to domestic abuse.

Operation Encompass is the reporting to schools before the start of the next school day when a child or young person has been involved or exposed to a domestic abuse incident the previous evening.

 The information is given in strict confidence to a school’s Key Adult to enable support to be given dependent on the needs and wishes of the child.

For more information please visit:http://www.operationencompass.org/

Digital Parenting

Please follow the link to the latest edition of Vodafone’s Digital Parenting magazine

http://vodafonedigitalparenting.co.uk/about/

Devon Children and Families Partnership

For more information on how to keep your children safe, please follow the link: http://www.devonchildrenandfamiliespartnership.org.uk/

Internet Safety

Children and young people spend a lot of time online – it can be a great way for them to socialise, explore and have fun. But children do also face risks like online bullying, child sexual exploitation or seeing content that’s inappropriate.

Whether you’re unsure about what happens online or are up to speed with new technology, it’s important that you talk to your child about staying safe.

It may feel daunting, but you don’t need to be an expert on the internet. Understanding what children do online and the risks they face will help you keep your child safe online.

Social Media

For help and advice on different types of social media click here.

If you would like to talk to someone in school regarding online safety concerns please contact P Wilkins. paula.wilkins@theoutdoorsschool.co.uk

The world changes. Children don’t.

To report a concern…

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Do you need immediate help or have a real emergency? If so call 999 or contact your local police 101.

When should I report to CEOP?

We help children stay safe online. Has someone acted inappropriately towards you online, or to a child or young person you know? It may be sexual chat, being asked to do something that makes you feel uncomfortable or someone being insistent on meeting up. You can report it to CEOP click here.

General Information

Useful Links

www.thinkuknow.co.uk

www.childline.org.uk

www.getsafeonline.org

Common Sense Media

Common Sense Media is an organization that “provides education and advocacy to families to promote safe technology and media for children.

https://www.commonsensemedia.org/

Child Sexual Exploitation

What is child sexual exploitation (CSE)?

Sexual exploitation is a type of child abuse. It puts a young person at huge risk of damage to their physical, emotional and psychological health.

CSE involves young people and children being ‘groomed’ and sexually exploited.  It can take many forms, such as through an apparently ‘consensual’ relationship with an older person or a young person having sex in return for attention, gifts, cigarettes or alcohol.

Parents and carers should be aware of the risk of exploitation brought by the Internet.  The most important aspect in protecting children from online threats is direct communication by discussing with them their online behaviours and preferences and informing about safe online behaviour.  In addition to that, there are software tools that help to protect children from online threats known as ‘parental control tools’.

Many young people who are being exploited do not realise they are at risk and will not ask for help. Some may see themselves as willing participants in such abuse, not realising that what is happening to them is illegal.

Signs to look out for:

  • Has the young person received unexplained gifts or money?
  • Do they use their mobile phone excessively and/or secretively?
  • Do they have significantly older friends?
  • Have they been picked up from home or school by someone you don’t know?
  • Are they associating with other young people who are already known to be vulnerable or involved in exploitation?
  • Have they started playing truant from school or regularly going missing from home?
  • Have they suffered from a sexually-transmitted infection?
  • Are they self-harming?
  • Has their appearance changed?

 

For further information on CSE please visit the following websites:

 If you are concerned that your child is being sexually exploited please contact the police on 101 (or 999 if you think they are in immediate danger) or MASH 0345 155 1071

If you would like to discuss your concerns with someone in school please contact the safeguarding team at safeguarding@theoutdoorsschool.co.uk somebody will be in contact with you as soon as possible.