At Broadoak we recognise and embrace our role in safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children.  Keeping Children Safe in Education (DfE September 2018) makes it clear that all staff have a safeguarding responsibility.   As a College, we work proactively with social care, the police, health services and other services to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm.

Safeguarding means:

  • Protecting children from maltreatment
  • Preventing impairment of children’s health or development
  • Ensuring that children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the  provision of safe and effective care
  • Taking action to enable all children and young people to have the best outcome

Safeguarding includes child protection, medical health care plans, health and safety, site security, safety on school trips, anti-bullying work and so much more.

Working Together to Safeguard Children (DfE July 2018) requires all schools, including independent schools, academies, and free schools to follow the procedures for protecting children from abuse.

Our Child Protection lead staff are:

  • Ms E Gundry (Deputy Head, Designated Safeguarding Lead)
  • Mr M Tipler (Associate Assistant Head, Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead)
  • Mrs R Whitehouse (SENCO, Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead)
  • Mrs Hannah Hambley (Assistant Head of Lower School, Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead)

Other key staff include:

  • Ms C Back (Parent Student Support Advisor, Early Help Lead)
  • Mr M Dewhirst (Learning Mentor, LAC/Children adopted from Care)
  • Mrs A Wintle (Learning Mentor)
  • Mr A Revitt (Learning Mentor)

The Designated Governor for Child Protection is Mr. Leigh Morris.

In order to safeguard and promote the welfare of children, Broadoak acts in accordance with the following legislation and guidance:

  • Keeping Children Safe in Education (DfE September 2018)
  • Working Together to Safeguard Children (DfE July 2018)
  • The Prevent duty -Departmental advice for schools and childcare providers (June 2015)
  • Guidance for Safer Working Practices for Adults working with Children and Young People (October 2015)

The “Prevent” Programme

Since July 2015 the government’s Prevent strategy has placed a legal duty on schools to report any signs of radicalisation. As a college we actively promote British values across the curriculum and through assemblies, PSHCE and extracurricular activities. The website below has recently been launched to provide parents/carers with advice and information about how to prevent children and young people becoming radicalised.

Educate Against Hate website

E Safety Information

The Internet is very much a part of life, it is available anywhere there is a wireless or wired connection, including TV’s, mobile phones, games consoles as well as computers, and laptops. As an educational establishment we recognise the importance of the internet in our students lives, not just in our primary focus of education, but also in our students social interaction, leisure pursuits and creative expression.

The Internet enhances our students’ education too, with access to the internet students have a wealth of knowledge at their fingertips, this together with a carefully planned lesson can enhance a students’ knowledge of the subject matter at hand.
Whilst we recognise these benefits and the importance of the internet, we also recognise that there are drawbacks and potential dangers to anyone who uses it, for example

  • Access to inappropriate materials. such as pornography and violence.
  • email scams.
  • Viruses.
  • Easier access to personal information.
  • Communication with strangers.

These issues and more are addressed in the college’s new PSHCE curriculum e-safety lessons. Our teachers are trained to ensure our students do use the internet in their lessons in a productive and informative way, for example when asked to research a subject, students are asked to make sure their information is coming from a credible source and that they check all the facts they find to avoid misinformation. They also discuss how to recognise rsik taking and how to behave responsibly online.

Parents and e-safety

Parents, we feel you should know how we are tackling the problem of e-safety at the college and we also wish to offer you a one stop area of the website where you can find out lots of information about e-safety so you can understand the issues and keep up with the technology yourselves. The key to being safe on the internet is education and discussion so please in you own time look through the e-safety section of our website, find out the advantages and dangers of using the internet so you can begin to feel confident that you and your family are using the internet safely and securely.

e-safety weblinks

One of the huge benefits to the internet is that there is now a wealth of information out there, we have gathered together a handful of websites that contain excellent resources to help you learn and keep informed about the internet and new technologies.

Thinkuknow

This website is managed by CEOP, the Child Exploitation and Online Protection government agency, this•site has lots of up to date•information on the new technologies available for use and explains the•risks of using these technologies in and easily digestible format. `
www.thinkuknow.co.uk

UK Safer Internet Centre

The Safer Internet Centre, holds e-safety tips, advice and resources to help children and young people stay safe on the internet
www.saferinternet.org.uk

Childnet International

Childnet International’s mission is to work in partnership with others around the world to help make the Internet a great and safe place for children
www.childnet.com

Know IT All

Award winning resources for teachers and parents.
www.childnet.com/resources/kia

Kidsmart

A Website where you and your children can learn more about the internet and being a SMART surfer.
www.kidsmart.org.uk/parents

Digizen

The Digizen website provides information for educators, parents, carers, and young people. It is used to strengthen their awareness and understanding of what digital citizenship is and encourages users of technology to be and become responsible DIGItal citiZENS.
www.digizen.org

Broadoak’s Child Protection Policy