Welcome to Harlands Community
Primary & Nursery School
If, at any time, you have any concerns concerning the welfare of a child you can speak to any member of staff in total confidence who will then refer it to the Designated Safeguarding Lead
At Harlands school we take the Safeguarding of our children very seriously and believe two way communication with the parent body is crucial to this.
At our school we work within the following guidelines laid out in the policies below:
The Designated Safeguarding Leads are:
Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) - Mr Blakeley
Designated Deputy Safeguarding Leads (DDSL) - Mrs Brown
Designated Deputy Safeguarding Leads (DDSL) - Mrs Hollings
All our staff receive regular Safeguarding training and each carry guidance of what to do in the event of a Safeguarding disclosure.
Lots of information on Safeguarding in East Sussex can be found here at the East Sussex Local Safeguarding Children Board website.
Extremism & Radicalisation
This is fast becoming an important topic for everyone and we hope to engage the children in this subject through the curriculum and other activities.
This new government website gives parents,teachers and school leaders practical advice on protecting children from extremism and radicalisation. http://educateagainsthate.com/
Child on Child Abuse
If you are a victim of, or have concerns about child on child and/or sexual abuse within school, then please speak with the safegaurding leads in the school.
Alternatively, please call the NSPCC's new dedicated line on: 0800 136 663.
Internet Safety Pages
Social networking is hugely popular. Many young people are sophisticated in the way they use social media apps and websites, tailoring their communication for different audiences, and accessing them from a range of devices including smartphones, tablets, and games consoles.
But social media, like all forms of public communication, comes with some risks. Not all of these risks turn into actual problems; and if children never face any risks, they never learn how to deal with them. By helping your child understand what the risks are, you can play a big part in preventing them from turning into problems.
Practical tips to help minimise risks
It’s good practice for apps and websites to have safety advice and well-designed safety features which can make a real difference to how safe your child will be when using them.
Keep talking and stay involved
In a mobile age, children can’t be completely protected, even by the best privacy controls; another child may use different settings. So it’s important to keep talking to your child about the implications of social media.
Work through safety and privacy features on the apps that your child is using, or might use. Make sure they understand the point of these and how to use them. Don’t be put off by believing your child knows more than you: the tools are actually quite easy to manage.
Ask them to show you which social media apps they use and what they like about them. Talk about how they use them and what makes them so engaging.
Explain how you can use privacy settings to make sure only approved friends can see posts & images.
Check if any of their apps have ‘geo-location’ enabled, sharing their location unintentionally.
Show them how to report offensive comments or block people who upset them.
Check ‘tagging’ settings so that when others are posting or sharing photos online, your child’s identity is not revealed. Also, get people‘s consent before sharing photos.
Encourage your child to come and talk to you if they see anything that upsets them.
Getting a sense of what they think is a useful place to start; you may be surprised by how much thought they may have given to the issues Encourage your child to think carefully about the way they, and others behave online, and how they might deal with difficult situations.
People may not always be who they say they are online: how can this create problems?
Why is it unwise to meet anyone in the real world that you’ve only ever met online?
Even if you think your messages are private, remember that words and images can always be captured and broadcast.
People present themselves differently online - do they really look like that? Are they always having that good a time?
Be aware that screens, and especially being anonymous, can lead people to say things they wouldn’t say to someone’s face.
What does being a good friend and a likeable person online look like?
There can be pressure to be part of a particular group online or to be seen to be following a certain set of ideas. How can you take a step back and make your own decisions?
For more information
To make a report
You can find out more about how children use social media, the apps they use, the risks they face, how to use privacy settings, and advice and tips about how to talk to your children at: