Designated safeguarding lead: Tracey Butler Kemp

Deputy designated safeguarding leads: Karen Steele & Karen Forsyth

Keeping Children Safe in Education

You can call us with any concerns on

020 8657 1807

Or Email: administrator@gresham.croydon.sch.uk

At Gresham Primary School we work hard to make sure all our pupils stay safe in school, at home, in the community and online. We have the a duty of care and the right to take reasonable actions to safeguard the welfare of all pupils. We are here to promote their personal safety and wellbeing, and keep young people safe and secure.

If a member of staff has cause to be concerned that a child may be subject to any form of abuse, then the the school will follow child protection procedures and inform Children’s Services of its concern.

If you have a concern that a child is at risk of harm, is being harmed or you receive a disclosure (intentionally or unintentionally) you must contact one of the designated safeguarding leads as quickly as possible. You will find the names of these members of staff at the top of this page.

 

Information and Help for Gresham Families

 

Online Safety

Tips for helping your child stay safe online

  1. Set parental controls
  • If your child uses a mobile device, set parental controls – do this with your child so they are aware of what they are not allowed to view. Do not rely solely on parental controls, as they are not always 100 percent effective and many children know how to bypass them.
  • Make sure your child knows how to report or ‘block’ unsuitable content, messages and people online – show them how to block on the apps and websites they frequently use, and explain that they can always tell you, a teacher or another adult if they are worried about something that’s happened or they have seen online.
  1. Talk about e-safety
  • Talk to your child about why it is important to stay safe online. Explain that whilst the internet is fun and exciting, and can be great for learning, it is also a place where people may wish to bring them into dangerous activities or expose them to unpleasant material.
  • Discuss what information should be private and what is ok to share – their name, address and school name should never be given out to strangers online, as this could allow them to identify where they live or go to school.
  1. Set rules around using the internet – especially social media
  • Discuss rules for being online and draw them up together, including which sites, apps, games, etc., are acceptable.
  • If some apps, websites or activities are off-limits, try to explain why.
  • If your child uses online gaming, consider setting rules, such as only talking to others in the same age range and having the conversation ‘on speaker’, instead of headphones, so you can monitor it.
  1. Supervise internet use – particularly for very young children
  • Have the computer in a family room or in a supervised area, if possible, or only allow mobile use when you’re around.

 

Need to report a concern? Click below.

 

FGM (Female Genital Mutilation)

FGM covers all procedures that intentionally alter/injure the female genital organs for non-medical reasons. All teachers have a mandatory responsibility to report any known case of FGM to the police.

If you believe a child is at risk or has been a victim of FGM then call  the NSPCC FGM helpline:

NSPCC FGM Helpline

Contact days and times: 24 hours

Tel: 0800 028 3550

 

Prevent Strategy

Prevent is designed to support people at risk of joining extremist groups and carrying out terrorist activities.

In practice it aims for police and other organisations to build relations across the UK and requires faith leaders, teachers, doctors and others to refer any suspicions about people to a local Prevent Body. An assessment is then made about whether further action is needed.

Please click here for a link to the official government document.

 

Domestic Abuse

Anyone can be a victim of domestic abuse, regardless of gender, age, ethnicity, socio-economic status, sexuality or background.

There are different kinds of abuse that can happen in different contexts. The most prevalent type of domestic abuse occurs in relationships. But the definition of domestic abuse also covers abuse between family members, such as adolescent to parent violence and abuse.

OPERATION ENCOMPASS - We have signed up to be part of this Police strategy. It means that we will be informed if any child in the school has been present at an incident of Domestic Violence. This will enable us to support the child in school.

If you recognise yourself or someone you know in the following warning signs and descriptions of abuse, reach out. There is help available.

Useful Contacts:

Family Justice Centre - 020 8688 0100

For more information from Croydon Council, click here

For more information on Domestic Violence disclosure you can visit here

 

For more information regarding safeguarding, please consult Gresham's Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy.