Every school must have a Child Protection Policy - often referred to as the school's Safeguarding Policy. The aim of the policy is to ensure that our school has effective measures in place to safeguard your children from the potential risk of harm and that the safety and wellbeing of the children are of the highest priority in all aspects of our school's work. Having the policy in place ensures that all members of your school community:
- Are aware of their responsibilities in relation to safeguarding and child protection
- Know the procedures that should be followed if they have a cause for concern
- Know where to go to find additional information regarding safeguarding
- Are aware of the key indicators relating to child abuse
- Fully support the school's commitment to safeguarding and child protection.
Safeguarding is not just about protecting children from deliberate harm. It presents schools with a wide range of issues that they need to be prepared for.
We aim to make RBA a safe and happy place to learn and work. If you have any concerns about the safety or welfare of any of our students please inform a member the safeguarding team.
RBA Safeguarding Team
- Designated Safeguard Lead – Louise Day
- Deputy Safeguard Lead – Danny Calmels
- Safeguarding team also includes – Neil Mills, Julia Chapman, Taryn Doe, Debbie Stevens, Sam Farmer
- Safeguarding governor – Val Thompson
Members of the safeguarding team can be contacted by phone (01462 628800) or, for non-confidential messages, email (firstname.lastname@example.org)
We are a CPOMS School - staff can log into CPOMS by clicking on the logo below
What we recommend and teach the children about Personal Security Guidelines
Never reveal personal information, either their own or others, such as home addresses, telephone numbers and personal e-mail addresses etc.
Not use photographs of themselves on their web pages unless the parent/guardians have given permission to do so.
Never meet people in person that they have contacted on the internet without a parent/guardians permission.
Notify their teacher whenever they come across information or messages that are dangerous, inappropriate, or make them feel uncomfortable.
Be aware that the author of an e-mail or web page may not be the person they claim to be.
Pupils are responsible for appropriate behaviour on the schools computer network just as they are in the classroom or in the school playground. Communications on the network are often public in nature. General school rules and the Behaviour Policy apply and it is expected that users will comply with the guidelines of this policy.
At the beginning of each year children are taught a series of E-Safety lessons the build their knowledge of how to stay safe online. The children also have refresher lessons each term.
Pupils could potentially have unfiltered, unsupervised internet access at home. All parents should be aware of the concerns and benefits of school internet use. Parents are therefore encouraged to look at government guidance available on the internet to help in the supervision of their children. We have also organised and will continue to organise E-Safety training for parents.
Safety on the internet for parents website address:
TikTok Update for Parents
TikTok is a video-sharing app. Users can upload and share short videos of themselves lip-syncing to songs or acting out comedy sketches, and add special effects. They can gain followers (‘fans’) and browse other people’s videos. You may have heard of the app by its previous name: Musical.ly. Everything that was on Musical.ly is now on TikTok. If your child previously had a Musical.ly account they will be able to access their content on TikTok. The age recommendation is 13 and above. However, you don’t have to prove your age when creating an account, so younger children can still use it easily. It’s most popular with under-16s. TikTok is free to download on Android and iOS devices (Apple phones and tablets). It carries ads and offers in-app purchases. It has about 150 million active users worldwide and is available in over 30 languages.
What are the concerns?
On the surface, nothing. TikTok has a reputation for being unusually free of trolling and danger. But you may have seen news reports or heard concerns about some users harassing children for images and videos.
What should I look out for?
• User profiles which talk about ‘trading’ or swapping pictures/videos
• Use of emojis that are commonly considered to be sexually suggestive
• Hashtags, such as #tradefortrade, which clearly suggest the user is looking to trade illicit content
• The lyrical content of some songs – parents have raised concerns that it’s not always age-appropriate Users cannot exchange images and videos via in-app messaging, but once they’ve made contact they move on to another platform to trade, such as Snapchat.
TikTok has taken steps to remove users who it suspects are soliciting underage users. However, there are still many suggestive profiles and TikTok has committed to almost doubling the number of content moderators it employs to 10,000 to address this.
What safety options are available to parents?
Control who can view your child’s videos Set your child’s account to ‘private’ so that your child can control who sees their videos or keep them completely private. Your child will be able to approve or deny people as ‘fans’, and will only be able to accept messages from followers. Instructions for this are here: Setting up a private account, TikTok http://support.tiktok.com/knowledge-base/setting-up-a-private-account
Useful Safeguarding Websites
Net Aware – Parents review kids’ social networks, apps and games
Minecraft – Staying safe on Minecraft
UK Safer Internet Centre – Parent controls – Parental Controls offered by your home Internet provider
Are you concerned...
Central Bedfordshire's Safeguarding Area: