Safeguarding at Horringer Court
At Horringer Court Campus we consider safeguarding to be everyone’s responsibility and as such our aim is to create an environment within which every student has the opportunity to be healthy, stay safe, enjoy and achieve, make a positive contribution and achieve economic well-being.
Through a broad and balanced curriculum (including Personal, Social, Health and Careers Education (PSHEE), assemblies, academic tutoring) we aim to create an atmosphere in which everyone, regardless of race, creed, gender, culture or ability, is aware of their right to be valued, respected, listened to and believed. We wish all students to know that they do not have to accept the actions of others towards them without question and that they are entitled to share their concerns within or outside the campus community.
A safe learning environment
We understand our duty to safeguard and promote the welfare and wellbeing of children and young people in our care and those who work here. Through our work we aim to ensure a safe learning and working environment for pupils, staff and visitors alike. We take our responsibilities in relation to safeguarding and child protection very seriously. Where there are safeguarding concerns, staff communicate this to the campus Designated Safeguarding Leads immediately. Access to our site is closely monitored. All adults who come into contact with our children and young people, including visiting professionals, are appropriately checked. Additionally, all staff and governors are required to complete a Staff Disqualification Declaration.
Our recruitment procedures follow ‘Safer Recruitment’ guidelines. Staff receive regular training and updates on their professional responsibilities in relation to safeguarding and child protection. In addition, we work very closely with other professionals to ensure our children and young people are kept safe.
All visitors must enter the campus site via the reception area where they will be asked to sign the Visitor’s Book and issued with a colour coded Visitor’s Badge and a copy of our Safeguarding Leaflet.
Working in partnership
There are occasions when our concern about a child means that we have to consult other agencies. Unauthorised absences, for instance, may be referred to partner agencies such as Suffolk County Council’s Children’s Social Care, Special Educational Needs or Children Missing in Education teams. Whilst we would always aim to work in partnership with parents there may be exceptions to this when concerns are raised for the protection of a child.
The procedures which we follow have been laid down by the Suffolk Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB), and the Trust has adopted a Child Protection Policy in line with this for the safety of all.
How to get in touch
If you have any worries or concerns about a child’ safety or wellbeing please contact us and speak to a member of the Safeguarding Team.
- the Designated Safeguarding Lead: Mr M Hyndman
- Additional Designated Safeguarding Lead(s): Mr S Palmer
One of these Safeguarding Leads is always available to discuss safeguarding concerns.
However, if you feel that a child is in immediate danger you can call the Suffolk Safeguarding team directly at Customer First on: 0808 8004005
The following documents and websites have a variety of information which you may also find helpful:
- Safeguarding Policy on our Policy page
- Keeping Children Safe in Education
- Prevent Duty
- What to do if you’re worried a child is being abused
- Working Together To Safeguard Children
At Horringer Court Campus Campus, we are committed to educating children to be responsible users of technology and the internet, including how to be safe online. This can only be achieved with close partnership between home and school.
E-safety/Online Safety is about ensuring that learners can access the technologies and resources they need without putting themselves at risk personally or financially. It’s about a learning provider making sure that learners, staff and all their stakeholders know how to keep safe while using technology and resources.
E-safety/Online Safety can include topics such as cyber-bullying, mobile phone technology, preventing identity theft, privacy, social networking sites and child protection.
Using the Internet responsibly is now a significant part of many lessons. All students will look at issues relating to safety using the Internet in ICT lessons, and issues involving cyber-bullying in PSHEE/assemblies.
If you have any worries about Online Safety or any online activities please contact us and speak to a member of the Safeguarding Team.
Mr M Hyndman is our Online Safety Lead.
How can I help my Child?
The following websites have a variety of information which you may also find helpful:
You can report anything that makes you uncomfortable online to CEOP. Look for the CEOP report button on our campus website’s home page.
For further information please email our Online Safety Lead
Online Safety - What you can do
Teaching children to stay safe online is part of our job. However it is just as important that parents are aware of the dangers and ensure their children are safe at home.
There is a huge range of devices in the home which connect to the internet, from smart phones and computers to televisions and games consoles. Remember – Internet Service Providers (such as Virgin, BT, Sky and PlusNet) all have parental controls which you need to ‘switch on’ – just contact your provider, or take a look at these videos.
- Talk to your child about their use of the internet! Be part of what they are doing.
- Make sure you know what devices in your home connect to the internet and how.
- Set boundaries! Be clear about how long they can be online and what they can do online.
- Keep all equipment that connects to the internet in a family space.
Don’t forget though: Encourage your child to go online and explore! There is a wealth of age-appropriate sites online for your children. Encourage them to use sites which are fun, educational and that will help them to develop online skills.
Try the ‘Think You Know’ Website (part of CEOP) which has great age-appropriate resources and activities for children and advice for parents and teachers. Don’t let them lie about their age, most social media sites (such as Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat) are not for children under 13. There is more guidance on Childnet.
Social Media Guides
A set of jargon-busting guides that teach children about their rights on social media sites has been published. Children’s Commissioner Anne Longfield said Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, WhatsApp and YouTube had “not done enough” to clarify their policies. She simplified the websites’ terms and conditions with privacy law firm Schillings.
The slimmed-down guides are a response to the Commissioner’s Growing Up Digital report, which found that most children do not understand the agreements they sign when they create social media accounts. All the sites require children to be over 13 to create an account. Here are all of the guides for your information:
Games Consoles – such as Xbox or Playstation – all have parental controls which can be enabled in the ‘Settings’ . However, they only work if your child is playing on an account which has their information. In other words if the console knows how old the player is!
One of the biggest areas of concern in recent years is YouTube … advice can be found here.
Get Safer Online also covers many aspects on online security such as online banking, identity theft and keeping children safe.
There is a great Digital Parenting guide from Vodafone here – this contains details of setting up mobile phones with parental controls and how to use safety modes on other apps and services.
If you or your child has concerns about something that has happened online, remember that you can report this to the police at the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP)
For further information please email our Online Safety Lead