Godinton Primary School

Safeguarding during School Closure 2020

During the period of school closure, Godinton Primary School will continue to fulfil all our safeguarding responsibilities in order to ensure that our children are protected and safe.

Please see our main safeguarding page for further information about safeguarding at Godinton by clicking here.

Parents may find the following information particularly helpful during the period of school closure.

 

Safeguarding Policy

Please find below, the school’s Safeguarding (Child Protection) Policy and an Addendum made to reflect changes made to the policy in light of school closure.

Further policies, relating to safeguarding can be found on the main safeguarding page.

 

What to do if you are concerned about a child?

Everyone has a responsibility to safeguard children, young people and adults who may be at risk of abuse. If you have a concern about the safety of a child then you should talk to someone immediately.

Concerned about a child? Call 03000 41 11 11 or email social.services@kent.gov.uk Out of hours and in an emergency call 03000 41 91 91.

During the period of school closure, the school’s Designated Safeguarding Leads (Miss Talbot – Headteacher, Mrs Stein – Assistant Headteacher, and Mrs McGibney – Family Liaison Officer) can be contacted on 01233 621616 or via email pupilwelfare@godinton.kent.sch.uk

Members of the public can also contact the NSPCC by calling 0191 516 4600.

 

Support for Victims of Domestic Abuse during Lockdown

For many of us, home is our safe sanctuary during this global pandemic but for many people the home environment presents dangers and risks. Domestic violence affects more than a million women in the UK every year and now we are in lockdown, this unprecedented measure can pose life-threatening risks for these women and their children. Many men are also victims of domestic abuse within their own homes with 15% experiencing some form of domestic abuse during their lives. Support is available to help both men and women during this difficult time.

Kent Police and Kent’s Safeguarding Children multi-agency partnership have produced an information poster containing useful contact numbers for victims of abuse. Please click here.

The following websites contain useful information for victims of abuse in Kent:

http://www.domesticabuseservices.org.uk/

https://www.victimsupport.org.uk/help-and-support/get-help/support-near-you/south-east/kent

 

Online Safety

As Godinton Primary School is currently closed to the majority of children, we are very aware that this brings lots of challenges parents. The use of technology will be a huge advantage to support the delivery of learning experiences for the children, and there are many benefits from the appropriate use of online resources. However parents, need to be aware of the potential risks that go along with this.

To assist parents in managing their child’s activity online, please explore the following websites which include specific information about the management of technology during the school closure period.

The Think U Know Website provides a wealth of resources for parents about managing online safety. They have produced activity packs for primary children with simple 15 minute activities you can do with your child to support their online safety at a time when they will spending more time online at home. These activities will change on a fortnightly basis. The website also contains help sheets for parents.

https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/support-tools/home-activity-worksheets

https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/

Internet Matters is a useful website with information for parents about keeping children safe online.

https://www.internetmatters.org/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIktuA5LWK2wIVRYXVCh2afg2aEAAYASAAEgIJ5vD_BwE

Parent Info is a collaboration between Parent Zone and NCA-CEOP, providing support and guidance for parents from leading experts and organisations.

https://parentinfo.org/

The Safer Internet Website has useful information for parents about online safety.

https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/advice-centre/parents-and-carers

Net Aware, produced by the NSPCC offers information for parents about online safety, including support on social networks, apps and games.

https://www.net-aware.org.uk/

The SWGFL have produced some excellent free resources which can be downloaded to help parents set profile settings on programs such as Tik Tok, Roblox and Snapchat. These can be accessed by at the following website.

https://swgfl.org.uk/resources/checklists/

Please visit the school’s online safety pages for further support and information on keeping your child safe online by clicking here.