Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined as:
- protecting children from maltreatment
- preventing impairment of children’s health or development
- ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care
- taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes
(ref. HM Government, 2015, Working together to safeguard children)
Deputy Head Mrs Brown is Cannon Lane Primary School’s Designated Person – our safeguarding lead. Assistant Head Mrs Rea is the Deputy Designated Person and works closely with Mrs Brown. Both designated teachers have completed Level 3 Safeguarding training with Harrow Local Safeguarding Children’s Board. In addition, Head Teacher Mr Phillips also has this level of training.
The Designated Person is the main contact point for any safeguarding issues within the school. The role involves keeping up to date with legislative and administrative changes in procedures; ensuring staff are trained in aspects of safeguarding including child protection protocols; liaising with external agencies such as health and social care professionals; working with the Headteacher and Governors to ensure Cannon Lane Primary School is meeting the needs of all children.
Cannon Lane Primary School also has a Safeguarding Governor, Dr. K. Day who supports the school in matters of strategy, policy and accountability.
Safeguarding is the responsibility of all members of school staff which is why a regular training programme is delivered to everyone at Cannon Lane Primary School whether they are teaching staff, admin staff, midday supervisors or after school club providers. All members of staff, including volunteers and after school club providers, have completed either Level 1 or Level 2 Safeguarding training.
Safeguarding – Designated Staff
Mrs Rea – Deputy Designated Person for Child Protection
Dr K Day – Governor for Safeguarding and Child Protection
Support for Parents and Carers
We are often asked questions on how to deal with challenging behaviour or how to establish appropriate boundaries at home. Parenting is probably the most important role that an adult will ever carry out and the one that they receive the least training and support for! We are hoping to run sessions for parents and carers on important issues in future but as a starting point we would like to offer the following document with some tips on managing challenging behaviour at home.
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We are aware that many children use the smartphone app ‘Snapchat’. Whilst we recognise that this app is intended for children 13 years old or above, we thought you might like to be aware of some concerns around new features of it.
‘Snapchat’ has released an update called ’Snap Map’ which allows the user’s location to be shared among ’friends’. This feature broadcasts the exact location to ‘friends’ on a map, which is accurate enough to determine the location of the user. This information is enough to build up a picture of where the user lives, their travel route and where they go to school. This is a serious safeguarding concern for children.
Letter to Parents Year 5 and 6 – SnapMap contains full details on how to switch off location sharing on Snapchat.
Download Letter to Parents Year 5 and 6 – SnapMap >>
Child Safety on YouTube: Parent Factsheet
There have been news reports about inappropriate children’s videos on YouTube. These are videos that initially appear to be for children but become violent or disturbing. We are pleased to provide a fact sheet that explains how you can protect your child when they are using YouTube apps or the website.
Download Child Safety on YouTube: Parent Factsheet >>
If you wish to find out more about keeping children safe, the websites of the organisations below have lots of information: