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Welcome to The Epiphany School Website

We are a friendly school with a real family feel. We place great emphasis on knowing, caring for and supporting all our children and promote positive relationships based on praise and encouragement within a Christian ethos. Should you need information or policies contained on this website translated the school will be happy to do so.

Keeping Children and Families Safe

At The Epiphany School we are committed to keeping all our children and family members safe. The school makes every effort to help, support and signpost services available to children and parents. In order to do this successfully the school collaborates with, and receives advice from a number of agencies. At times this may mean that sensitive information needs to be shared. When this is necessary we always adhere to statutory regulations regarding confidentiality and data protection. Below are some useful links.

Safeguarding 

 

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:  office@epiphany.bournemouth.sch.uk 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. 

 

MARAC

 

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.

  • National DV helpline : 0808 2000247
  • Poole DA Outreach : 01202 710777
  • Bournemouth DV Outreach : 01202 547755

Additional support for children and young people affected by domestic abuse;

http://www.poolefamilyinformationdirectory.com/kb5/poole/fis/home.page 

 

http://www.dorsetforyou.gov.uk/safe-schools-and-communities-team 

 

Dorset LSCB Parent Newsletter

http://www.dorsetlscb.co.uk/site/advice-for-parents-and-carers/

 

NSPCC Parent Helpline

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/services-and-resources/nspcc-helpline/

 

 

Educate Against Hate 

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:  office@epiphany.bournemouth.sch.uk or 01202 530960.  

 

Here you can find government advice and trusted resources for schools to safeguard students from radicalisation, build resilience to all types of extremism and promote shared values.

 

Educate Against Hate Blog: School Closures: Ongoing Prevent Management Support

Educate Against Hate have published a blog to provide advice and guidance for parents is also available. [Link]

 

Online Safety Guidance for Parents

 

Here are some useful websites that provide up to date information and practical advice on how to keep children safe online. 

 

Safer Internet – Keeping Children Happy and Safe Online during Covid 19
Childline – Staying Safe Online
NSPCC – Online Safety
Childnet – Online Safety Activities you can do from home

 

Online Safety Guides for Parents

https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/Support-tools/How-to-guides/

 

Vodafone - Digital parenting

http:www.vodafone.com/content/digital-parenting.html

 

CEOP Advice on Online Abuse

https://www.ceop.police.uk/safety-centre/

 

Let’s Talk About it

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.

Parent/Guardian Guide 

Talking at home about extremism – Votes for Schools Lesson Resources

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]

Speak out. Stay safe. Virtual Assembly

Digital Literacy

 

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.

Anti-Bullying

 

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). 

Anti-Bullying Useful Links

 

For external advice and further information please look at the following links: 

 

https://www.anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk/

 

https://www.kidscape.org.uk/

 

 

Anti-Bullying Week 2019: Change Starts With Us

Anti-Bullying Week 2019 was Monday 11th - Friday 15th November 2019. It had the theme Change Starts With Us.

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