Sheringham Primary School is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We have safer recruitment procedures in place, and a range of policies to ensure that your child is safe while at school. These can be found below.
The aims of these policies and procedures are to provide a safe environment for the children which is conducive to learning. We also aim to identify children who are suffering or likely to suffer significant harm, taking appropriate action if required to keep them safe both in school and at home. This includes preventing unsuitable people working with the children; promoting safe practice (and challenge poor and unsafe practice); identify instances in which there are grounds for concern about a child’s welfare, taking appropriate action to keep them safe; and contributing to effective partnerships between all those involved with providing services for the children.
We have a strong Social Inclusion team, headed by Mrs Lewis, who deals with most issues related to behaviour, child safety and protection, and liaising with other agencies where necessary. Questions or concerns can be raised with her in the first instance, or the Headteacher, Ms Sewell who is the Designated Safeguarding Lead, if conversations with the class teacher are insufficient or inappropriate.
From learning in class to playing games at home, children are doing more on the internet than ever before - and it's a wonderful place. However, just as in 'real life', it's important to make sure your child is staying safe online.
At Sheringham, we teach children about online bullying, communicating safely, and a whole host of other (constantly evolving) themes to help our children stay safe online. Online safety is taught in every Computing unit, and we ensure that the most important issues are addressed throughout the school by constantly reviewing and updating our Online Safety Curriculum Map.
Every year we run very successful online safety workshops for parents and children, which aim to give parents the tools to help their children stay safe online. We invite parents to work alongside their children during these workshops, because research shows that children are safer if they share what they are doing online with their parents.
We recommend that parents visit the Internet Matters website, which contains information about the latest issues in online safety, how to support your child if they are having difficulties and provides practical guidance (for example about setting up broadband filters).