The Safeguarding Team
Below are the key contacts with regards to safeguarding throughout the academy, as well as information and policies that are put in place in order to help promote a safe and secure environment.
If you have a concern that a child is being harmed, is at risk of harm, or you receive a disclosure (intentionally or unintentionally) you must contact the following specialist trained senior members of staff with responsibility for Child Protection/Safeguarding as quickly as possible.
The Prevent Duty
Information for Parents/Carers
Information for Students
The Trust recognises its responsibility to safeguard the welfare of all its students by protecting them from physical, sexual or emotional harm and from neglect or bullying.
Q3 Academy Langley acknowledges that child abuse can be a very emotive and difficult subject. It is important to understand the feelings involved but not to allow them to interfere with judgement about the action to be taken.
All applicants for employment within The Trust will be fully screened in accordance with DfE Guidelines – Safeguarding Children: Safer Recruitment and Selection in Education Settings.
All staff are trained on Child Protection Procedures.
The key principles of our Safeguarding Statement are that:
- The student’s welfare is, and must always be the paramount consideration.
- All students have a right to be protected from abuse regardless of their age, gender, disability, culture, language, racial origin, religious belief or sexual identity.
- All suspicions and allegations of abuse will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately by following Q3 Academy’s Child Protection Policy.
“Taking of unauthorised photographs or video footage within the Academy Grounds is strictly prohibited”
The Prevent Duty
From 1st July 2015 schools are subject to a duty under section 26 of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 in the exercise of their functions to have “due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”. This duty is known as the Prevent Duty.
Q3 Academy is committed to fulfilling this duty and to carrying out the four main actions responsibly, namely: risk assessment, working in partnership, staff training and IT policies.
Risk assessment – The statutory guidance makes it clear that schools are expected to assess the risk of children being drawn into terrorism. Q3 Academy has a clear policy in place for protecting children who may be vulnerable to radicalisation. This is not a distinct policy for the ‘Prevent Duty’ but is included within our Safeguarding/Child Protection policy.
Partnerships – The Trust works with partner agencies to seek advice, support and guidance to draw on multi-agency expertise.
Training – Q3 Academy’s Designated Safeguarding Lead has undertaken Prevent awareness training to enable them to offer advice and support to other members of staff. All staff have attended training on how to identify factors that can make students vulnerable to radicalisation.
IT – The Academy ensures that students are safe from terrorist and extremist material when accessing the internet within the Academy. The Academy uses Web and Email filtering appliances as well as Screen Monitoring software to identify any potential risks or safeguarding issues which are checked on a regular basis.
The Educate Against Hate website, which is the collaboration between the Department for Education, the Home Office, the NSPCC, Internet Matters, Childnet, ParentZone, UK Internet Safety Centre and many other organisations, brings together the best advice, support and resources available for parents, teachers and school leaders who want to learn how to protect young people from extremism and radicalisation. The information and advice available on Educate Against Hate is an invaluable resource and we encourage all parents to visit the site and familiarise themselves with the information it provides.
- Educate Against Hate – http://www.educateagainsthate.com/
What is social media?
Social media is the term given to websites, online tools and applications that allow users to interact, often by sharing information, images, video, opinions, knowledge and interest. Social media involves the building of communities or networks, encouraging participation and engagement.
Common social media formats include: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, WhatsApp, Live.me, LinkedIn, Bebo, blogs, podcasts, YouTube and Flickr. Social media is changing all the time and new channels are always appearing – so this list is not exhaustive.
Social media also includes video and gaming apps and software that allows online communication, posting of comments and sharing of videos – either pre-recorded and uploaded or live streaming (for example, but not limited to, Musical.ly and Roblox).
Staying safe on social media
Staying safe online and on social media is taught in school, which includes:
- What to post;
- What not to post;
- Online dangers and how children can be coerced or “groomed”;
- Privacy settings and how to regularly check them.
All of this is detailed in the Academy’s ICT policy.
The Academy hopes that by sharing this guidance with parents, carers and students we can:
- Encourage and educate students to stay safe online;
- Protect students and staff from cyberbullying;
- Make parents and carers aware of how they can protect their children when they are online;
- Encourage parents and carers to support this policy.
Advice for parents/carers
We want parents and carers to support the work we do around staying safe online and preventing cyberbullying. Things to consider:
- Monitor your child’s social media presence, including their privacy settings, what they post and comment on as well as the responses they receive.
- Make sure your child does not share inappropriate details, images or videos of themselves or others.
- Check your child’s privacy settings and supervise or restrict their use of social media if necessary.
- Encourage your child to use a profile name that is not their full name (where this meets with the social media platform’s rules).
- It is strongly recommended that you do not share photos of or information about children other than your own on without the permission of the other child’s parents/carers.
- If you share photos of your own children, be mindful that sharing personal details such as a child’s full name, school name and class name alongside their photo can identify their child’s whereabouts to others.
- Please do not make allegations or complaints about the Academy on social media.
- Make sure your own comments, images or videos relating to the Academy, its students or staff are fair, accurate and have the permission of all those who feature in them.
- Make sure you are secure with your own privacy settings when sharing photos of your child or children.
Advice for students
We want students to say safe when using social media.
- Don’t share private information (such as your address or full name) with people you don’t know.
- Don’t share anything that puts you or someone else in danger.
- Check your privacy settings – do you know who can see what you’re sharing?
- Remember, once you’ve shared something online you no longer have control over it.
- Don’t bully, harass or deliberately upset others.
- Don’t share anything that negatively affects the reputation of the Academy.
- If you are worried about something you have seen on social media, speak to your parent or carer, teacher or head teacher.
The Academy takes allegations of cyberbullying seriously and encourages students to report any concerns to a parent or carer, Learning Consultant, member of staff or the Head of School.
- The Academy recognises that staff members can also be the victims of cyberbullying.
How the school will deal with complaints about social media
- If parents or students see inappropriate content about the Academy, its staff or students that could bring the Academy into disrepute, they should bring this to the attention of the head teacher.
- The Academy will, whenever possible, remove inappropriate content posted on academy-administered social media sites.
- Parents or carers who have a concern about how social media is being used by a student, member of staff or another parent/carer should get in touch with the Academy.
- The Academy will decide if and how best to investigate any concerns. Parents/carers should avoid raising further complaints or making allegations using social media while this happens.
- Action may be taken against any student found to be engaging in inappropriate behaviour online.
- If a parent or carer makes claims about or allegations against the Academy, its staff or students on social media, they may be asked to remove comments that are abusive or inappropriate. In extreme cases, the Academy may seek legal advice.
E-Safety for Parents/Carers
The government has recently announced new measures to keep children safe online at school and at home. At Q3 Academy Langley we have appropriate filters and monitoring systems in place, so that no student can access harmful content via the Academy’s IT systems and concerns can be spotted quickly. We also teach our students about safeguarding, including online, through our tutor programmes, assemblies, Family Lunch, Ethos Week and parent workshops.
Please see below for links to some great online resources for parents and carers about online safety. They provide helpful support and information on understanding the risks and benefits of social media and advice on how to prevent risks becoming problems.
For example the UK’s Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCISS) has produced a guide for parents on social media. It contains practical tips about the use of safety and privacy features on apps, cloud services and games, and some conversation prompts to help families start talking about online safety.
- http://parentinfo.org/ – online tool with information on how to keep children safe whilst using the internet
- https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents – information for concerns over children and where to report incidents
- http://www.internetmatters.org – expert information on how to keep your children safe online
- Child Safety Online Information – Government guidelines on using Social Media
- Online Safety – NSPCC online safety information
- Online Safety Guidance for Parents – Useful leaflet from SWGFL
Information for internet use at home:
- Be aware of what is on the internet and what your child could be exposed to – not just inappropriate content but scam and ‘phishing’ sites
- Ironically, don’t give your child a list of do’s and don’ts – they’ll probably ask ‘why not’ and then try to find out! Children are more likely to respond more positively if you encourage them to be ‘smart’ or ‘cool’ on the Internet
- Set rules for use – including what to go on and the length of time.
- Don’t forget, it’s not just computers, mobiles phones and tablets have more and more internet facilities on them.
- Keep your machine safe with anti-virus software
- Consider parental controls to restrict/monitor internet access
- Don’t be afraid of confrontation if you find any wrong-doing – but don’t overreact. Sometimes it is just an innocent mistake.
The Academy has been given the opportunity to take part in a project that will be run jointly between schools and West Midlands Police. Please see below for more details:
E-Safety for Students
At Q3 Academy Langley, we aim to provide students with a safe learning environment to create foundations in which they can develop their knowledge and skills in using ICT systems to become perceptive and safe users.
According to statistics for 2014:
- 7 in 10 admitted that they had been victims of cyberbullying
- 1 in 4 experience this on a daily basis
- Girls used to be more likely to be bullied than boys, but now boys are just as likely as girls to be subjected to online bullying
- 75% of those surveyed use social media – over half of those with Facebook profiles had experienced cyberbullying there.
- Only 15% of parents think their children are safe online
- Over half surveyed used the internet in their own room
- 3 out of 4 children over the age of 12 have a mobile phone
- 1 in 4 children ignore age restriction on sites, whether to gain access or to create profiles
- 1 in 25 teenagers have received online sexual solicitations with the offender seeking to make contact with them offline.
- Teenagers are now spending on average around 30 hours per week online
Staying Safe Online
E-Safety can be defined to three areas:
Content – being exposed to illegal, inappropriate or harmful material. This is the type of site as well as things like excessive commercialism
Contact – being subjected to harmful online interaction with other users
Conduct – personal online behaviour that increases the likelihood of, or causes, harm
Tips to stay safe online:
- Don’t post personal information online such as address, telephone number
- Think carefully before posting comments, images or videos online – even if you remove it, it could have been copied
- Check your privacy settings on social media sites
- Do you know who you are talking to? Many people online impersonate
- Don’t speak to people that you don’t know
- Don’t arrange to meet strangers
- If you are the victim of abusive texts, emails, photos etc., then tell a parent/carer/teacher
- If you see something that you don’t feel comfortable with, either leave the website or tell a parent/carer/teacher
- Know what is spam and what is real
E-Safety is really important to us, both inside and outside of the Academy as it affects practically everything we do in our everyday lives. Of course, it is difficult for us to control anything outside of the Academy. However, we aspire to provide a safe environment within the Academy and should any e-safety concerns arise that could affect the Academy life of a student, we will do all we can to provide a solution.
- If you come across material that you don’t like on the internet, the easiest thing to do is to leave the website.
- If you are a victim of cyberbullying, see any incidents of cyberbullying, or suspect that it is happening, then tell a parent, carer or member of staff immediately.
For advice on staying safe online, the following links may be of some help:
CEOP – the child exploitation and online protection agency – is an online service aimed to protect children from harm, offline and online. If you feel someone has acted inappropriately towards you or a person you know, you can report it to CEOP below. The CEOP centre is staffed by specialist police and investigative officers who will follow up your report.
In accordance with statutory guidance all Q3 Langley Staff receive regular safeguarding training and are fully aware of and are in compliance with the following guidance:
- Working together to Safeguard Children (DfE)
- Keeping Children Safe in Education: statutory guidance for schools and colleagues (DfE)
- The Procedures of Sandwell Children’s Safeguarding Partnership
Q3 Langley is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All posts within the school will require enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) clearance in addition to identification and qualification checks.