The main child protection and safeguarding policies are available on our policies page (click here) but in these unprecedented times, where some children are learning at home and we have lesson contact with them than normal, we have produced a COVID addendum which should be read in addition to our child protection and safeguarding policies.
Our main safeguarding page on our website can be visited here.
This remains our number 1 priority whether your child is in school or not.
Almost all of our communication and learning for children is via Google Classroom which requires children to log into a protected online ‘school’. Each child has an email address which can only be used to connect with others inside this online school and all apps can only be accessed from within the school. Live lessons (starting January 2021) and a new lockdown mean an updated policy. This should be read in conjunction with our e-safety, acceptable use and social media polices.
We are used to touching base with children every day in school and seeing parents, grandparents and other carers on a daily basis. The invaluable chat on the playground, the opportunity to grab the class teacher and pass on small nuggets of information or ask questions is taken away when children are learning at home but that doesn’t mean we don’t do it!
Families are vulnerable for all kinds of reasons. The furlough scheme, cutting wages by 20%, job cuts, families who have both parents as key workers, those with current and pre-existing social worker contact all fit this criteria. Some families chose to keep their children at home, others sent them into school. We have kept in touch with our home learning vulnerable families with home visits, food vouchers and packages and phone calls.
We linked at Christmas with a local community group and several foodbanks to provide much needed hampers with Christmas treats as well as many essentials. WE used the Government Hugg scheme for food vouchers and have this in place again for the January 2021 after parents told us they’d rather receive this than the foodpacks we offered in the summer.
We went one step further in the spring lockdown and cooked for the vulnerable and shielding in the community too. Shawn in the school kitchen not only cooked for our children in school and then cooked a variety of tasty meals for the elderly and vulnerable, collected daily by a local group of volunteers.