On 4th January 2021 parents were asked to keep their children at home again, wherever possible, as part of the response to coronavirus (COVID-19). Schools were asked to provide care for a limited number of children; children who are vulnerable, and children whose parents are critical to the COVID-19 response and cannot be safely cared for at home.
The way Ryarsh Primary School is currently operating in response to coronavirus is fundamentally different, however, our safeguarding principles in accordance with ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ (KCSIE) 2020, remain the same:
- the best interests of children will always come first
- if anyone has a safeguarding concern about any child they should continue to act and act immediately
- a DSL or deputy DSL is available
- unsuitable people are not allowed to enter the children’s workforce and/or gain access to children
- children will continue to be protected when they are online
As our school is operating in such a different way, we have created an addendum to our Child protection Policy. This addendum contains details of any amendments to our existing safeguarding arrangements. To view this document, please click on the link below:Child Protection Policy Addendum Jan 2021
As many children will now complete their learning remotely, it is important that our community work together to keep our children safe whilst they are learning remotely. As well as updating our child protection policy with a January 2021 addendum (see above), we have updated our Acceptable Use Policy with a section on remote learning. This document highlights how both staff and children will need to use technology safely when engaging with remote learning. To read this, please click on the link below:AUP with remote learning
We are aware that many children will be spending an increased amount of time online. Online safety is an important part of keeping children safe at Ryarsh Primary School and as such we would like to share some helpful advice to help you consider how you can keep your family safer online at home:
- Install antivirus software and secure your internet connection.
- Make the most of the parental controls on your children’s internet enabled devices and games consoles to help restrict access to inappropriate content. They can also help you manage how much time your child spends online.
- Do your research and select the tools which are most suitable to you, your child and the technology in your home. Find more information on parental controls at:
- Set up filters on internet search engines to limit the likelihood of your children accidentally coming across inappropriate content when searching online.
- Ensure your child understands that parental controls are in place to protect them, not restrict them; some children will actively work around parental controls if they feel constrained without knowing why.
- Read any parental guidance and safety recommendations for games, apps or websites before allowing your child to use them.
Websites to visit for more information
Think U Know: www.thinkuknow.co.uk
The National Crimes Agency Child Exploitation and Online Protection Command (CEOP) have a website which is suitable for children aged 5-16 and a section just for parents/carers with advice and information.
NSPCC: www.net-aware.org.uk and www.nspcc.org.uk/onlinesafety
The NSPCC have produced resources for parents, including Net Aware, a tool which reviews some of the most popular apps. The website has helpful advice for parents about issues such as online grooming, ‘sexting’ and cyberbullying.
The ChildLine website has a wide range of info and advice on both online and offline safety. There is info about online gaming, grooming which can be shared with children.
UK Safer Internet Centre: www.saferinternet.org.uk
UK Safer Internet Centre provides a wide variety of advice and guidance to help you discuss online safety with your children. There are useful checklists for privacy settings on social networks and suggestions to consider before buying devices for your children.
Childnet has resources, including videos and storybooks, to help you discuss online safety with your children. It includes advice on setting up parental controls, cyberbullying and setting up a family agreement for safer internet use.
Internet Matters: www.internetmatters.org
Internet Matters bring you all the information you need to keep your children safe online. It has a tool which guides you through how to set up parental controls on all the different devices in your home to protect your children.