"The school’s work to keep pupils safe and secure is outstanding. Almost all of the parents and carers who expressed a view say that their children are safe and well looked after. Very effective steps are taken to care for those pupils whose circumstances mean they are potentially vulnerable." Ofsted March 2014
At Barnes Farm Infant School we are fully committed to our statutory duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of all our pupils. We strive to ensure that all our children are safe in school, at home, online and in the community, and expect everyone working with us to take a full and active part in protecting them from harm.
We aim to foster a climate where children and adults feel confident about sharing any concerns which they may have about their own safety or the well-being of others.
Keeping children safe is at the forefront of everything that we do as a school and underpins all policies and procedures. Please see the Safeguarding link on the 'Policies' page for copies of all our safeguarding and child protection policies.
Our Safeguarding policy gives detailed information about how we work to keep our children safe at school. This has been written with reference to the DFE document ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ (September 2019).
We also have a number of additional policies which contribute to the overall safeguarding of our children.
Our policies apply to all staff, parents, governors, volunteers and visitors working within our school.
If you are ever concerned about any child (or any adult coming into contact with children) please report your concerns to:
Designated Safeguarding Lead - Mrs Zanya Farmer
Safeguarding Deputy - Mrs Kirsty Robinson
Safeguarding Deputy - Mrs Justina Collins
All three Designated Safeguarding Leads have annual Level 3 Safeguarding Update Training.
Our Governor with Safeguarding Responsibility is
Mrs Heidi Hards
If there are serious concerns about the safety or well-being of a child the school has a duty to notify the Family Operations Hub. We will normally let parents/carers know when we do this, but we will not contact you if we think this would put the child at risk of harm.
Safeguarding Advice and Support for Parent/Carers
Essex Safeguarding Children Board https://www.escb.co.uk/
At Barnes Farm Infant School we use technology and the Internet on a regular basis with children in order to enhance their learning.
We take our responsibilities for ensuring the safety of our children very seriously and due to their young age, children’s use of the Internet is always supervised. Staff preview websites to ensure their suitability and are always careful when carrying out Internet searches with children.
In addition we use Internet filtering software that prevents access to unsuitable websites.
Learning about staying safe online is very important and is part of our computing curriculum. Below are some leaflets which offer top tips about staying safe online.
We teach children about some of the risks to safety that are online and what to do to stay safe.
We know that parents and carers will also be concerned that their children are protected and safe when using the Internet. There are a number of websites which can offer information and advice and we hope that you will find the following useful.
If you have any concerns about safety online, please contact the school.
Online Safety Information and Advice
UK Safer Internet Centre https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/
CEOP - Child Exploitation and Online Protection command https://www.ceop.police.uk/safety-centre/
E-Safety - 'The 2 John's' information and sessions for parent/carers and children