At Uffculme Primary School, we take our duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of children extremely seriously, and we expect all Governors, staff, volunteers, parents, and carers to share this commitment. Our primary concern is to ensure your child feels happy and safe while in our care. We ask for your support with this by telling us if there is something going on outside of school that may have an effect on them during the school day.
Please do not ever feel like you are making a fuss or think the issue is too small to tell us – effective communication is key to your child’s happiness and we are always willing to listen.
If you have a safeguarding concern and are unsure about what to do, you can speak to our Designated Safeguarding Lead Mr Wallace for help and support. If he is not available, you can ask to speak to another Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL).
This page is designed to provide you with information and support around key safeguarding topics.
Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSL):
- Mr F Wallace - (Headteacher & DSL)
- Miss S McCann (Assistant Headteacher and Deputy DSL)
- Mrs A Elkington (SENDCo and Deputy DSL)
- Mr Everson (Deputy DSL)
Our Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) Officer is Mr F Wallace.
In Ofsted's recent inspection, they reported that, all those who work in the school maintain a high regard for the safety of pupils across the range of abilities and needs. They report that there is a strong and effective culture of safeguarding in the school.
Managing allegations against adults working with children or young people
Local Area Designated Officers (LADO) provide advice and guidance to employers and voluntary organisations that have concerns about a person working or volunteering with children and young people who may have behaved inappropriately or if information has been received that may constitute an allegation.
If you consider a LADO referral is needed:
- Gather the relevant information: the name, date of birth and home address of the ADULT connected to the allegation/incident; the child/children's details (LADO procedures cannot begin without this information)
- It is advisable that you initially discuss the details with the Designated Child Protection Officer (Mr Fraser Wallace) and record/log the details in your relevant records
- They will also need your name, your organisation's address and the role you have in your organisation
- Once you have this information, call Exeter (01392) 384964
For more information please visit the Local Area Designated Officers website.
For more information about MASH please see their website by clicking on the link - MASH
Get to grips with what your children may come across on the internet and how to get help if you need it. You will be aware the internet hosts many exciting opportunities for education. The online world is a wonderful place for young people to explore, with unprecedented opportunities for learning and creativity, but just like the real world there are risks and dangers they should be aware of and which we should all act to protect them from. As a school we encourage the use of technology as an important part of our students’ development but always want them to spend their time online safely. As a parent/carer you can play a significant part in ensuring this. Find out what to do if you’re worried about anything you or your child has seen online. Here are a couple of helpful information sheets about some of the popular apps your children may be using.
Digital Parenting Magazine -Vodafone
Vodafone produce an excellent magazine for parents and carers regarding online safety. It can be read online or read as a PDF by following the link below.
Gaming and how to keep your child safe
We all know that children want to be playing the latest game and that they are not always old enough for the games they want to play. A fact sheet of what the PEGI ratings on games means can be found below.
Tips for parents
PEGI provides advice regarding the age suitability of a game. However, every child is different. Ultimately, parents should decide what their children are capable of viewing or experiencing. Here are a few tips:
- Always look for the age classification on the game package or via the search engine on this website.
- Try to look for a summary or review of the game content or ideally play the game yourself first.
- Play video games with your children, watch over them when they play and talk with them about the games they play. Explain why certain games are not suitable.
- Be aware that online games sometimes enable the download of extra software that can alter the game content and eventually the age classification of the game.
- Online games are usually played in virtual communities requiring players to interact with unknown fellow players. Tell your children not to give out personal details and report inappropriate behaviour.
- Set the limits by using the parental control tools of the game console or pc.
Other useful links
The online world is constantly changing with news apps being created all the time. As adults, are we always as aware of what our children are accessing on-line as we should be? When we are made aware of new online concerns, we are committed to bringing this information to parent/carers attention where possible so that you can ensure the safety of your child. It is good practice to regularly check what your child is doing online and there is a wealth of support available to help you to do this. If you are unsure, just ask us.
If your child is using social media to post videos and pictures of themselves, please can you check that the content does not provide information that could identify where your child is. A school uniform would provide an area where your child lives and a place to try and contact them. It may also provide someone with a talking point to befriend your child. Remember to check their privacy settings to ensure they are not broadcasting to strangers. If you need support of advice around this just ask.
We are regularly made aware that children are watching films, TV programs and online material that is not age appropriate. In some cases, this has led to children acting out things they have seen in school or repeating language that they have heard. We ask that you check any devices that your child has access to and that you ensure parental settings have been applied. Also, remember to check the age ratings/recommendations - they are available for most online activities, games and films.
The internet can be a fantastic resource for your children to learn but there are also risks to giving them access to so much. To check your children safe online, be aware of what they are viewing, look for age-related ratings and try to keep up to date with new apps, games, and social media platforms. By doing this, you can help to educate your children about staying safe online. When new information becomes available to school, we will do our best to share this with you so keep checking in.
Here are some useful guides to making sure your child is safe online:
Knowing what films your children should watch can also be difficult but again they have ratings to help you. Below is fact sheet of film classifications.
Keeping your child safe from abuse by talking PANTS
Being a parent always seems to mean lots of worrying, especially when it comes to keeping your child or children safe. All parents worry about different types of abuse and how to talk to their children about some of these issues. The NSPCC have a really useful website called 'Talk Pants.' This site teaches children important messages, like their body belongs to them and that they should tell an adult if they are upset or worried. There are activities for children on there and also advice for parents. Below you will see a link to the website and also a leaflet for parents and carers providing some useful advice.
- Children Looked After Policy
- E-Safety Policy
- Reporting a Concern about a young person
- Managing Allegations
- Operation Encompass
- Preventing Radicalisation Policy
- Anti-bullying Policy
- Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy Annex COVID-19 School Closure Arrangements
- UPS Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy 2021-2022
Further information can be found on the Uffculme Academy Trust website by following this link.
- Devon Safeguarding Information
- School Procedures
- ICT Acceptable Use Policy
- Social Media Safety Guide
- YouTube Guide for Parents
- Bullying Advice to Parents
- Bullying Advice to Pupils
- Grooming Leaflet for Parents
- PANTS Rules