Safeguarding & Online Safety

Safeguarding – Keeping your children safe in school

All staff are trained in and/or give appropriate documentation to read regarding safeguarding. Staff are trained in recognising signs of abuse and knowing what to do if they have concerns about any child in school.

All new teachers and volunteers are given an induction which includes the safeguarding protocols and procedures of the school.

Our safeguarding team:

  • Mrs Ranson-McCabe – Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)
  • Miss Victoria Lawson – Deputy DSL
  • Mr Matthew Stanley – Deputy DSL

If you have any Safeguarding concerns please either speak to a member of the Safeguarding team or email us via the email below.

DSL@brook-ashford.kent.sch.uk

This email is monitored by the Safeguarding team and someone will get back to you about your concern.

Our primary concern is to ensure all children at Brook feel HAPPY and SAFE with us. If we can do this, then all of our children will be successful in their learning journey.

Security on the School Site

Staff wear ID lanyards.  Visitors and volunteers wear visitor stickers to show they have followed the security checks at reception.

Special assemblies highlight important safety messages of ‘stranger danger’, emphasising the need for children to ‘speak out’ if they feel vulnerable in any way.

Gates and doors are locked when the children come into school for registration.  Access  to the school grounds is via the office or After-School Club door at all times other than 8.35-9am and 3.10-3.30pm, except when there are specific events such as sports day, parents’ evening etc. Security key codes protect the children so that they can get out in an emergency but no one from the outside can enter the school building.

Health & Safety checks are regularly made to ensure that systems are working effectively.

Say No To Strangers

Disclosure and Barring Service Checks – DBS

We carry out DBS checks in line with official guidance, and keep a record of DBS details on file. 

Safeguarding Links

Online Safety

E-Safety is an important part of keeping children safe at Brook Community Primary School. We have extensive security measures in place in school, which are monitored both internally and externally, to help safeguard pupils from potential dangers or unsuitable material.

Any e-Safety incidents are recorded and managed. e-Safety is taught to all pupils explaining and demonstrating how to stay safe and behave appropriately online.

We can only be successful in keeping children safe online if we work with parents to ensure the e-Safety message is consistent. It is important that parents speak to their children about how they can keep safe and behave appropriately online.

It’s essential to be realistic – banning the internet or technology will not work and it often makes a child less likely to report a problem. Education around safe use is essential.

Brook’s SMART Safety Tool

S – Stay Safe Don’t give out your personal information to people / places you don’t know.

M – Don’t Meet Up Meeting someone you have only been in touch with online can be dangerous. Always check with an adult you trust.

A – Accepting Files Accepting emails, files, pictures or texts from people you don’t know can cause problems

R – Reliable? Check information before you believe it. Is the person or website telling the truth?

T – Tell Someone Tell an adult if someone or something makes you feel worried or uncomfortable.

CHILD EXPLOITATION AND ONLINE PROTECTION COMMAND
HELPING PARENTS KEEP THEIR CHILDREN SAFE ONLINE
NSPCC ONLINE SAFETY
HELPING TO MADE THE INTERNET A GREAT AND SAFE PLACE