Protecting children at Great Waltham

Safeguarding at Great Waltham

bsafeOur top priority at Great Waltham is the safety and welfare of the children in our care. We take this responsibility very seriously and ensure that our recruitment, policies and practices underpin this commitment. We also support the Government Prevent Strategy, an initiative to stop children being radicalised and forming extremist views.

All of our staff are trained to recognise when a child may be at risk and what to do if they have concerns. The headteacher is the designated person for the school and is available for staff to take their concerns to and for advice relating to any safeguarding issues. To ensure correct governance in this area there is a Safeguarding Governor appointed by the Governing Body who oversees the schools procedures and each term a Governor inspects school records to ensure that the policies and procedures are being carried out.

Safeguarding the children at the school is not only a responsibility for staff, it is a collective responsibility for the whole school community. If you have a concern about a child then you can either contact the school to report it or contact the NSPCC or the local authority.

Key staff

Designated Person

Headteacher - Mr A Burden

Deputy Designated Person

Deputy headteacher - Mr C Paugh

Nominated Governor

Mr G Hunt

The Prevent Initiative

The Government counter-terrorism strategy, known as CONTEST, is split into four "strands": Prevent, Prepare, Protect and Pursue. Schools have an important part to play in the strategy and work within the Prevent strand to help stop the radicalisation of young people and the subsequent forming of extremist views.

At Great Waltham we believe that by exploring the schools life long values alongside traditional British values such as tolerance, understanding and freedom we provide our children with a basic understanding that they can develop in the future that contradicts and challenges the extreme views held by radical groups.

Although the Prevent Duty is a distinct initiative it falls within the schools established safeguarding procedures and children and staff are able to report concerns in this area in the same way as they would report safeguarding concerns in other areas.

You can find out more about the Prevent duty on the Government website here and more about radicalisation and extremism here.

Safeguardiing in an online world

The Internet is now part of everyday life and children are spending more and more time exploring cyberspace and connecting with others online. The Internet though represents a risk to children that is sometimes misunderstood and often underestimated. E-safety is a key element in the safeguarding strategy at the school and keeping the children safe online is a priority for all staff and volunteers.

Children are taught the fundamentals of e-safety throughout the school so that they can recognise and avoid dangers and unsuitable content. E-safety is one area where engaging with our parents and carers is essential and we encourage a consistent approach at home as well as at school. We also explain how to behave appropriately online and why it is important to respect other people even though they could be on the other side of the world.

For more information about keeping safe online visit The Safer Internet Centre or Think U Know.