In England, the law states that people who work with children have to keep them safe.
This safeguarding legislation is set out in The Children Act, (1989) and (2004). It also features in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (to which the UK is a signatory) and sets out the rights of children to be free from abuse. The Government also provides guidance in its document Working Together to Safeguard Children (2013).
At Falconer School, safeguarding means:
- Protecting students from maltreatment
- Preventing impairment of students’ health or development
- Ensuring that students are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care
- Taking action to enable all students to have the best outcome
At Falconer, we take Safeguarding seriously because we know it can have a huge impact on learning. With this in mind, we have policies in place for safeguarding and child protection in order to:
- Protect students from harm and abuse
- Enable staff and volunteers to know what to do if they are worried
We believe everybody is responsible for safeguarding and we take great pride in this work.
How we prevent radicalisation & extremism – extracts from our school policies:
Falconer School is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all our students. We recognise that safeguarding against radicalisation is no different to safeguarding against any other vulnerability. All staff at Falconer upholds and promotes fundamental British Values and must report any concerns.
Our SMSC provision is embedded across the curriculum (see school website) and directs our assemblies and underpins our school ethos. It is recognised that children with low aspirations are more vulnerable to radicalisation and therefore we strive to equip our students with confidence, self-belief, respect and tolerance, as well as setting high standards and expectations for themselves
Students are regularly taught how to stay safe when using the internet and are encouraged to recognise people who aren’t always who they say they are online. They are always taught to seek adult help if they are upset or concerned about anything they read or see on the internet
Within our Behaviour policy, staff have a learning focus, build relationships and encourage students to take responsibility. Restorative approaches are encouraged and supported by teachers calmly when explaining where student’s behaviour has failed to meet community expectations as well as considering the appropriate community response.
Follow these tips for greater social media privacy:
Facebook – checking and changing your privacy settings
- Go to Privacy (there is a Privacy Shortcuts button on the top of the page)
- On ‘Who can see my stuff?’ click ‘Friends’
- On ‘Who can contact me’ click ‘Strict Filtering’
- For ‘Who can send me Friend Requests’ click ‘Friends of Friends’
- There is also an option here to Block people
Facebook – remove unwanted tags from multiple photos
- Go to your activity log
- Click ‘Photos’ in the left column
- Select the photos from which you’d like to remove a tag; click ‘Report/remove tags’
- Click ‘Untag photos’
- Removed tags will no long appear on the post or photo will still be visable to the audience it’s shared with.
Twitter – Protect tweets so that only your followers can see them
- Go to your account’s ‘Secruity and privacy’ settings
- Scroll down to the ‘Tweet privacy’ section and check the box next to ‘Protect my tweets’
- Click the blue ‘Save’ button at the bottom of the page. You will be prompted to enter your password to confirm the changes.
Instagram – Set photos to private so only your followers can see them
- Tap ‘Edit your profile’ next to your profile picture
- Turn on the ‘Posts are private’ setting and then tap ‘Done’
- If you have an android phone, tap the check mark instead to save your changes.