At Pratts Bottom Primary School we recognise that we have a duty of care to ensure that all users of the school are kept safe from harm. We are committed to providing a secure and supportive environment in which children can be nurtured and encouraged to reach their full potential. All our staff, governors and volunteers have had the appropriate level of safeguarding training and know what procedures to follow if they suspect a child is being abused or neglected.
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 in the Policies section of our website. These policies are underpinned by Bromley Safeguarding Children Board procedures and also by ‘Keeping children safe in education’ (DfE 2016).
The school’s staff, volunteers, governors and service providers recognise that safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is a shared responsibility with parents and other carers. Therefore if you have any concerns about a child’s welfare or the conduct of a member of staff, governor or volunteer please contact a member of our safeguarding team on 01959 532225. Our Designated Safeguarding Lead is Mrs E Hosdon.
You can also contact Bromley Social Care yourself on 020 8461 7373 / 7379 / 7026 or the NSPCC helpline on 0808 800 5000
All SOLA schools support Operation Encompass, which is the reporting to schools, prior to the start of the next school day, when a child or young person has been exposed to, or involved in, any domestic incident.
Operation Encompass will ensure that a member of the school staff, known as a Dedicated Safeguarding Lead, is trained to allow them to liaise with the police and to use the information that has been shared, in confidence, while ensuring that the school is able to make provision for possible difficulties experienced by children, or their families, who have been involved in, or exposed to, a domestic abuse incident. Mrs Hodson is our designated Safeguarding Lead and Mrs Fogden is deputy Safeguarding Lead.
We are keen to offer the best support possible to all our pupils and we believe this will be extremely beneficial for all those involved.
As the Internet becomes ever more accessible, it is important to remember about using the Internet safely. The term e-safety is used to cover this area.
Good practices include, keeping your username and password safe and not sharing it with others, as well as, to tell a trusted adult if someone or something has made you uncomfortable or worried whilst on the Internet.
There are many websites out there to help you to safeguard online, below are some useful websites:
The NCA’s CEOP Command is here to help children and young people. They are here to help, if you are a young person and you or your friend have been forced or tricked into doing something online, or in the real world.
They also have advice and links to support for other online problems young people might face, such as cyberbullying and hacking. Click here to visit their site