The Edge Schools’ Federation

Safeguarding

Safeguarding statement

The Edge Schools’ Federation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

We have a number of policies and procedures in place that contribute to our safeguarding commitment, including our Child Protection Policy which can be viewed here.

Safeguarding & Child Protection Policy

Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies, when there are concerns about a child's welfare. We will ensure that our concerns about our pupils are discussed with parents/carers first, unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child's welfare.

Information Sharing advice 

Multi-agency guidance on Threshold Criteria to help support Children, Young People and their Families in Shropshire

We actively support the Government's Prevent Agenda to counter radicalism and extremism. 

Anti-terrorism Risk Assessment 

Our Designated Safeguarding Lead is Mr Dave Tinker (Headteacher). Our Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads are:

Mr David Lockley (Assistant Headteacher), Brockton.

Mrs Sue Duffy (Assistant Headteacher), Church Preen.

Mrs Elle Evans (HLTA), Church Preen.

Mrs Barbara Townley, Wistanstow

Mrs Tamsin Griffiths, Wistanstow

The Governors with responsibility for safeguarding in our schools are Chris Jessop and Simon Gray. 

 

The Shropshire Safeguarding Children Board (SSCB) can be contacted on SSCB general enquiries 01743 254259 - Please note: SSCB does not hold details on individual children or take referrals where there are safeguarding concerns for a child, please contact FPOC on 0345 678 9021, email sscb@shropshire.gov.uk

Photographs and Videos

Whilst lots of parents and carers really enjoy seeing photos and videos of their children’s school life we are very mindful of our duty of care towards all our pupils. We take the issue of safeguarding very seriously and this includes the use of photographic and video images.

 

Any photographs or videos taken by parents, carers and relatives at school productions, sports days or other events are for the enjoyment of individual families. They must not be used in any way that could potentially place a child at risk. This would include publishing images in any form of print or on the internet including social networking sites. This is emphasised before concerts and shows etc and where practical a record of parents and relatives taking photographs or videos is made.

We understand that in exceptional circumstances a parent or carer may not wish their child to be photographed or videoed in this way. If this is the case then please contact the headteacher to discuss how this can be best achieved.

Occasionally, the local press will be invited to take photographs of school events and special achievements. We like to use photographs of our children on our website, in school documents, for parent information meetings, newsletters and on our display screens around the school. If you do not wish photographs of your child to be used for these purposes, then please contact the Headteacher.

Attendance Policy          Behaviour Policy        Complaints Policy      Safeguarding Policy          Safer Recruitment Policy    Intimate Care Policy 

Shropshire Threshold Document         Visitor Conduct policy         Whistle Blowing Policy 

Late collection policy  

E-Safety
Keeping safe online is really important for us at The Edge Schools' Federation .

Our E-Safety policy reflects the importance on using information systems and electronic communication safely. We aim to keep our children safe online and also when using mobile phones, games consoles and wireless technology. We feel it is important to educate our children on the benefits, risks and responsibilities of using information technology.

A copy of our E-Safety policy can be found at the link below. 

E Safety Policy 

PARENTS ; Please find a link below to the National Online safety guidance poster about what parents need to know about Momo. 

https://2j39y52a62gm1afygb3g1xbu-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/MOMO-Online-Safety-Guide-for-Parents-FEB-2019.pdf

 

One of these websites may be useful to you if you have any questions about your child's safety online:

www.thinkuknow.co.uk
www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/topics/stay-safe
http://www.vodafone.com/content/parents.html/
https://slp.somerset.gov.uk/cypd/elim/somersetict/Site%20Pages/e-safety%20pages/e-Safety%20main%20page.aspx
www.childnet.com
www.chatdanger.com
www.beatbullying.org
www.bullying.co.uk

PREVENT STRATEGY

What is Prevent?
Prevent is part of CONTEST, the Government’s strategy to address terrorism. The main aim of Prevent is to stop people from becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism. Prevent focuses on all forms of terrorist threats. E.g. international terrorism, far-right extremists (among others).
The Government’s Prevent strategy can be found at the following address: www.homeoffice.gov.uk

Three key themes
The police, Local Authorities, and our partner organisations are working together to help strengthen and empower our communities to reject those who want to cause harm. We work together and focus on three key themes:

•Safeguarding vulnerable individuals through the provision of advice and support and intervention projects.
•Working closely with institutions such as Universities, Schools, Prisons, Health, Charities and faith establishments.
•Challenging terrorist ideology by working closely with other local and national agencies, partners and our communities

Prevent Team
The Prevent Engagement Team of officers and police staff aim to encourage discussion ensuring that terrorism is prevented from taking root in our communities. They support the wider engagement activities already taking place in schools, places of worship and community groups.

Through this work they aim to strengthen communities in order to challenge the ideologies and messages of hate which lead to terrorism.

How you can help?
It is important that we all work together, so that we can protect our communities. There are many ways you can help:
•You can get in touch with your local neighbourhood or Prevent team for advice and support, if you are worried about someone you know who you believe may be vulnerable to radicalisation
•You can speak to your local officers or Prevent contact about helping run community events to bring people from different communities together
•You can provide facilities that could help us and our partners hold community engagement events.

 

PREVENT training website -http://course.ncalt.com/Channel_General_Awareness/01/index.html

PREVENT Policy 

PREVENT Duty Risk assessment