Burstow Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
The School fully recognises its responsibilities for child protection. It aims to ensure that children are effectively safeguarded from the potential risk of harm and that the safety and wellbeing of all children is of the highest priority in all aspects of the School’s work. In addition, it aims to maintain an ethos whereby staff, pupils, parents and governors feel able to articulate concerns comfortably, safe in the knowledge that effective action will be taken as appropriate
This means that we have a Child Protection Policy and procedures in place which underpin every decision that is made at Burstow. All staff (including supply staff, volunteers and governors) receive regular training so that they are aware of these procedures. Parents, carers and all stakeholders are welcome to read the Policy which can be found on the school website or on request from the school office.
We welcome volunteers, including parents, into our School, but at all times ensure that such volunteers are suitable to work with children. Those who volunteer time with the children on a regular basis are required to undergo checks before they do so. Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies when there are concerns about a child’s welfare. We will ensure that our concerns about our pupils are discussed with his/her parents/carers first unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child’s welfare.
Miss Claire Hodgson, Headteacher (Lead DSL)
Mrs Katrina Turvey, Deputy Headteacher
Miss Miranda Attwater, Family Liaison Officer
The value of direct teaching on the subjects of respect, healthy relationships and keeping oneself safe is recognised as a key feature of the School’s proactive and preventative approach to safeguarding. Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHE) teaching includes units on themes and topics such as Drugs, Alcohol and Tobacco Education, Sex and Relationships Education, Stranger Danger and e-safety issues. Children are encouraged to explore and discuss these issues in a safe environment. Parents of older children, who undertake specific units of work on sex education, will be informed before the teaching takes place and have the opportunity to view teaching materials.
It is very important to stay safe when using the internet at home or at school. This includes any devices which use the internet (games consoles, phones, tablets, etc).
All children are taught e-safety at school each year and should be aware of what to do if something happens.
Talk to an adult if you are worried about anything you see on the internet.
When using any computer, tablet or phone device remember SMART:
Never give out any personal details
Don’t arrange meetings with people online
Only open emails & texts from people you trust
Online people aren’t always who they say they are. Only talk to friends and family that you already know.
Tell a parent or adult you trust if something you see online makes you feel uncomfortable
Some useful links for more on e-safety are:
Bullying is unacceptable and will not be tolerated at Burstow Primary School.
Pupils are taught how to identify bullying and how to respond to it.
We have clear procedures that are continuously reviewed to ensure they are effective and a behaviour policy which all members of staff diligently adhere to.
Please click here to access the Bullying UK website