The school's Safeguarding Officer and first point of contact if you have any safeguarding concerns is Miss Webster. If she is unavailable, then please speak to Mr. Simpson. Both can be contacted through the school office via e-mail or telephone as follows: firstname.lastname@example.org or 01202 530960. Miss Webster and Mr. Simpson are also the Prevent (anti terrorism) Lead and Deputy.
One of the safeguarding roles that the Epiphany School signs up to is MARAC which is explained below. This is part of our safeguarding duties where the police inform the school of any incidents that they have been called to at home of a child attending our school. The only details given to the school are the date, time and location of the incident. The school are then requested to closely monitor the child and let social care know if we have any worries or concerns.
A MARAC is a Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conference. The school receives information from the police to alert the Designated Safeguarding Lead in the school when there has been an incident of domestic abuse in a household where a pupil lives. We (the school) are not informed of the detail of the incident, only that one has occurred. This allows the school to monitor and support the pupil. If we have additional concerns, we will discuss the need for other safeguard actions with Social Care. This information would only be shared with other staff on a restricted ‘need to know’ basis, i.e. those who are immediately responsible for the pupil’s welfare such as the class teacher. Where a MARAC occurs, the school may be asked for information and appropriate school related information may be shared with the school after the meeting. The school website will provide contacts to local domestic abuse services, e.g.
Additional support for children and young people affected by domestic abuse;
Dorset LSCB Parent Newsletter
NSPCC Parent Helpline
The school's Safeguarding Officer and Prevent Lead and first point of contact if you have any concerns is Miss Webster. If she is unavailable, then please speak to Mr. Simpson. Both can be contacted through the school office via e-mail or telephone as follows: email@example.com or 01202 530960.
Educate Against Hate have published a blog to provide advice and guidance for parents is also available. [Link]
Online Safety Guides for Parents
Vodafone - Digital parenting
CEOP Advice on Online Abuse
The impact of COVID-19 means most children will be at home for an extended period and will be spending increasing amounts of time online. Counter Terrorism Police have produced some guidance for parents relating to the specific online radicalisation risk. This can be found on their website – Let’s Talk About It.
Chief Superintendent Nik Adams of CT Policing provides insight on the steps that are being taken to protect young people from being radicalised and what parents can do to keep them safe. [Link]
Below are a number of resources to support digital literacy and critical thinking.
BBC Bitesize: Fact or Fake – lots of activities and resources related to fake news and COVID-19
ShoutOut UK – Free weekly resources on online harms, conspiracy theories, how to spot fake news and deal with trolls.
Trust Me – primary and secondary lessons resources to explore critical thinking online.
Be Internet Citizens – lesson resources on fake news, hate speech, emotional manipulation.
BBC Evidence Toolkit – interactive software, lesson plans and teacher notes to review media stories.
BBC Real News – videos, lesson plans, podcases related to digital literacy
National Literacy Trust – fake news and critical literacy resources, including lesson plans for different subject areas (pdfs can be found at the end of the page).
The News Literacy Project – resources to support pupils to understand what to trust in the digital age.
As a school we take bullying very seriously and follow the procedure set out in the school's behaviour policy.
If you are concerned or have any queries regarding bullying within school, do not hesitate to speak to your child's class teacher in the first instance.
However, if you feel that the matter has not been resolved, then please direct enquiries to Mr D. Simpson (Headteacher) or Miss V. Webster (Deputy Headteacher).