Safeguarding at LCPS
Welcome to the Littleport Community Primary School Safeguarding section. On this page you will find our Safeguarding Mission Statement and key persons responsible for safeguarding in our school. Please click on the links for further information.
Littleport Community Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff, parents and volunteers to actively share this commitment.
Our Safeguarding Team
Our Designated Personnel are Adam Rivett (Headteacher), Steve Parrin (Children's Inclusion Manager), Nick Clark (Deputy Headteacher), Amber Harradine-Hughes (SENDCo) and the link Governor for Safeguarding is David Barker (Chair of Governors).
If you do have a safeguarding concern, you can contact the school office during term time and a member of the safeguarding team will get back to you at their earliest convenience. If the school office is closed, you can contact the safeguarding team via: email@example.com or via 07523310214.
Report Abuse in Education Helpline
The Department for Education commissioned the NSPCC to launch a helpline called Report Abuse in Education. The helpline comes after numerous anonymised testimonials of sexual harassment and abuse in schools and colleges were shared to the Everyone’s Invited website.
Support is available for current or past victims as well as parents with concerns.
For more information, please visit their website: NSPCC or cut and paste this address into your browser: https://learning.nspcc.org.uk/news/2021/april/sexual-abuse-in-education-helpline-launched
How to keep your children safe online at home
With all the different means of accessing the internet, we know children and young people may spend more time online, especially as a result of the pandemic and lockdowns. The internet is an amazing resource and increasingly younger children are using it. It enables children and young people to connect, communicate, learn and be creative in a number of different ways on a range of devices. However the internet is always changing and being able to keep up to date with your children’s use of technology can be a challenge. You may sometimes feel that your children have better technical skills than you do, however children and young people still need advice and protection when it comes to managing their lives online.
Thinkuknow is the national online safety education programme from the National Crime Agency. Thinkuknow offers learning activities, advice and support for children and young people aged 4-18 and their families. The for 4s to 7s will help you start a conversation about online safety and for 8s to 10s, there’s the Play Like Share animations. Visit thinkuknow for further information on keeping your child safe online.
Parental controls: Parental controls have been designed to help you manage your child’s online activities. There are various types, some of which are free but others which can be bought. However, nothing is totally fool proof so they shouldn’t replace the need for you to support and advise your child using the internet. For more information and step by step instructions on setting up parental controls, visit: Parental Controls & Privacy Settings Guides – Internet Matters
Supervise their online activity: Keep the devices your child uses in communal areas of the house such as the living room or kitchen, where an adult is able to supervise. Primary-age children should not access the internet in private spaces alone, such as in a bedroom or bathroom.
Explore together and chat little and often: Ask your child to show you their favourite apps, games and sites and encourage them to teach you how to use these. Ask them if anything ever worries them online. Make sure they know they won’t be in trouble and can get help by talking to you or another adult they trust if anything happens online that makes them feel worried, sad or scared.
Make sure they know where to go for support if they are worried: Remind your child they can always speak to you or an adult they trust if anything happens online that makes them feel worried or upset. Please visit How to get help.
Help your child identify trusted adults who can help them if they are worried: This includes you and other adults at home, as well as adults from wider family, school or other support services who they are able to contact at this time. Encourage them to draw a picture or write a list of their trusted adults.
Talk about how their online actions affect others: If your child is engaging with others online, remind them to consider how someone else might feel before they post or share something. If they are considering sharing a photo/video of somebody else, they should always ask permission first.
Use ‘SafeSearch’: Most web search engines will have a ‘SafeSearch’ function, which will allow you to limit the content your child can access whilst online. Look out for the ‘Settings’ button on your web browser homepage, which is often shaped like a small cog. For more information go to SafeSearchKids. For a child friendly search engine, have a look at Swiggle.
We have noticed an increase in the number of children gaming online. Online games are social activities, and most have features that allow children to chat with others whilst they play. For information about the positives of gaming, the risks of in-game chat and measures you can take to help protect them, watch this short video: In-game chat: a guide for parents and carers.
The PEGI (Pan European Game Information) rating system can be a useful tool to help you decide what online games are appropriate for your child. For more information on the PEGI system and other factors to consider before deciding what’s suitable, read Gaming: what’s appropriate for your child
Gaming is popular with both children and adults and has helped to cure that lockdown boredom! If your child is gaming, you may have some questions about how to keep them safer. If so, check out – gaming: what parents need to know.
Things to think about:
For a good idea on how a game works or how people react to the games, watch YouTubers playing the games – yes, these videos exist!
For a guide on the apps, sites and games your child might enjoy, visit: Net Aware.
Useful Online Safety Websites
The Vodafone Digital Family Pledge is a great activity to do as a family to help set some family house rules on how you use tech and behave online. It is a good tool to stimulate discussion on the following areas: quality screen time, being kind online, healthy social media, happy gaming.
O2 Keeping kids safe online resources are designed to help parents have more regular conversations with their children about online safety – enabling more families to enjoy the digital world with confidence.
Guides to apps, games and social media site: Netaware
Help keep your child safe online by regularly checking in with them and setting parental controls on devices. https://www.internetmatters.org/parental-controls/