An introduction from our Safeguarding Officer
The role of the Safeguarding Office within the school is to ensure that our pupils feel safe, happy and supported in school. I provide, support, help and advice to our pupil’s parents and carers around safeguarding matters to enable our children to be happy and thrive at school and in their homes. I act as a link between the school and our families and any professionals working with them. Any matters discussed are treated with confidence and respect. As the school Safeguarding officer I want to establish and foster good relationships with parents, carers, the children of our school and professional s who work with them. I am available to talk with you things that our concerning you or your children. This could range from children’s behaviour at home, parenting support, a family illness or loss through to parental separation, Domestic Abuse or risk of harm to a child. I work closely with our staff, statutory and voluntary agencies and childcare professionals to improve the opportunities for our children and their families. Finally, alongside my safeguarding work I know that now and again all families may experience difficulties which leave them feeling overwhelmed and unable to cope with the stresses and strains of everyday life. I have a family of my own and understand that family life can sometimes be very challenging and that our parents and carers sometimes need someone to talk to, support them and guide them in the right direction to get specialist help and advice. I have worked with and alongside Kent County Council, Early Help, OASIS domestic abuse support, various local authorities and multi-agency & Community Safety Teams for many years and often work with parents and carers to put them in touch with these agencies who can provide specialist support to help at these times.
Mr M Turner Designated Safeguarding Lead.
Keep your child safe by talking PANTS
Being a parent always seems to mean lots of worrying, especially when it comes to keeping your child or children safe. All parents worry about different types of abuse and how to talk to their children about some of these issues. The NSPCC have a really useful website called 'Talk Pants.' This site teaches children important messages, like their body belongs to them and that they should tell an adult if they're upset or worried. There are activities for children and advice for parents. Below you will see a link to the website which provides useful advice for parents and carers.
From the website children can also watch lovable dinosaur ‘Pantosaurus’ as he sings and tells them about ‘the pants rule’ and what to do if they are worried about someone asking them to break it. Be warned his song is a great learning tool but you might just find yourself humming it out loud after a couple of verses!
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