Safeguarding & Online Safety
Everyone in the education service shares an objective to help keep children and young people safe by:
- Providing a safe environment for children and young people to learn in education settings.
- Protecting children from maltreatment
- Preventing impairment of children’s health or development
- Ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care
- Taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.
Keeping Children Safe in Education
Oxley Park Academy is committed to Safeguarding and Promoting the Welfare of all its pupils. It is the responsibility of all school staff, governors and volunteers to keep children safe.
Oxley Park Academy will therefore:
- Establish and maintain an environment where children feel secure and are encouraged to talk and are listened to.
- Ensure that staff can identify welfare concerns and take appropriate action to address their concerns
- Ensure children know that there are adults in the school whom they can approach if they are worried
- Include opportunities in PHSE curriculum for children to develop the skills they need to recognise and stay safe from abuse
- Recognise that each pupil’s welfare is of paramount importance and that some children may be especially vulnerable to abuse e.g. those with special educational needs, those living in adverse circumstances e.g. those who witness violence.
All staff at Oxley Park Academy receive annual Safeguarding training as well as receiving monthly video snippets which ensure that we all stay fully updated and alert.
Safeguarding is everyone’s business.
Our new umbrella PODs are about to be seen in the streets and quads across both sites at OPA. These are special spaces where children can come and talk to an adult if something is worrying them, or they can have the opportunity to write their worry down and put it in the special box that is in the area.
Who to talk to:
Mrs Draper ~ Safeguarding Lead
Mr Springett-McHugh ~ Deputy Safeguarding Lead
Mrs Frayne-Johnson ~ Deputy Safeguarding Lead
Miss Bond ~ Deputy Safeguarding Lead
Mrs Phillips ~ Deputy Safeguarding Lead
Mr Smith ~ Deputy Safeguarding Lead
Mr Bolton ~ Deputy Safeguarding Lead
WHAT TO DO IF YOU HAVE A SAFEGUARDING CONCERN
During the school day please contact Mrs Draper
Designated Safeguarding Lead
Telephone : 01908 503870
OUT OF SCHOOL HOURS
Please contact the Multi Assessment safeguarding Hub (MASH)
Telephone: 01908 253169
Online safety is an integral part of a child's OPA learning journey and is one that we take very seriously. Being online is more than ever, a regular part of children’s lives.
The opportunities and skills that are available online for both educational and social reasons are immense; we ensure that these skills are achieved safely through PSHCE and Computing lessons. Children are taught how to take advantage of these opportunities whilst staying safe. We use resources such as CEOP - The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre – to explore the dangers with children and teach them key rules to avoid such dangers when online. Our staff regularly share and impart Online Safety knowledge to all children.
Top Ten Tips to Keep Safe Online
1. Don’t post any personal information online – like your address, email address or mobile number.
2. Think carefully before posting pictures or videos of yourself. Once you’ve put a picture of yourself online, most people can see it and may be able to download it, it’s not just yours anymore.
3. Keep your privacy settings as high as possible.
4. Never give out your passwords.
5. Don’t befriend people you don’t know.
6. Don’t meet up with people you’ve met online. Speak to your parent or carer about people who are suggesting you do.
7. Remember that not everyone online is who they say they are.
8. Think carefully about what you say before you post something online.
9. Respect other people’s views. Even if you don’t agree with someone else’s views, it doesn’t mean you need to be rude.
10. If you see something online that makes you feel uncomfortable, unsafe or worried, leave the website, turn off your computer, if you want to and tell a trusted adult immediately.
Please click here for advice from CEOP about keeping your children safe online.
NSPCC - The Pants Rule
Please click on the link below for more information about keeping children aware and safe
As part of Oxley Park Academy’s on-going safeguarding and child protection duties, we are fully behind the government's Prevent Strategy.
From 1 July 2015 all schools are subject to a duty under section 26 of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015, in the exercise of their functions, to have “due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”. This duty is known as the ‘Prevent Duty for Schools’.
At Oxley Park Academy we build pupils’ resilience to radicalisation by promoting fundamental British values and enabling our pupils to challenge extremist views. You can read about what we do to promote British values in the relevant section of our website.
The statutory guidance refers to the importance of Prevent awareness training to equip staff to identify children at risk of being drawn into terrorism and to challenge extremist ideas. All staff have also completed the online training on the Prevent Strategy.