The Village Academy

The Village Academy is a group of town, city and village schools that have joined together to provide the very best education for the children in our care and where we believe that education is very much a matter of the individual.

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Safeguarding

As a school, we actively follow all National and Local guidelines in regard to the safe recruitment of staff, child protection and online safety. Keeping children safe is a priority for the whole school community. If you have any concerns regarding a pupil's wellbeing, please contact school and ask to speak to a Designated Safeguarding Lead or Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads: Mrs. Gower, Mr. Wood, Mrs. Frost, Miss Clark or Mrs. Wickham.

Alternatively, if a child is not in immediate danger, you can email school here

You can also contact the local Central Duty Team. During working hours, they can be contacted on 03000 411111 and out of working hours on 03000 419191

If a child is in immediate danger call 999 and ask for the Police.

Here is the Selling CEP Child Protection policy

Here is the Covid19 Safeguarding addendum

Online Safety: Keeping your children safe

There are many different kinds of devices available. Click here for a guide which helps to  introduce some of the most popular devices, highlighting the safety tools available and empowering parents with the knowledge they need to support their children to use these technologies safely and responsibly.

Many Internet Service Providers offer filtering systems and tools to help you safeguard your child at home. Click here for information on setting up parental controls. Nonetheless it can still be surprisingly easy for children to access inappropriate material.  The following guidelines will help you to keep your child safe online:

  • Set the security levels within Internet Explorer or other browsers.
  • It may be worth considering locating the computer in a family area where possible (not a bedroom). This will enable you to supervise your son or daughter as they use the Internet.
  • Ensure they only use websites you have chosen together or a child friendly search engine.
  • Never give out any personal information about themselves, friends or family online including home address, phone or mobile number.
  • Only email people they know and ask permission before opening an email sent by someone they don’t know.
  • Never tell someone where they go to school or post any pictures of themselves in school uniform.

Perhaps go through these rules with your child and have them near the computer for your child to see.

For ‘Smart’ rules that children can learn through a series of cartoons and activities (appropriate for children aged 4 – 11) please follow the link to access these at home too.

http://www.childnet.com/kia/primary/smartadventure/default.aspx

http://www.kidsmart.org.uk

http://www.whoishostingthis.com/resources/e-safety/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks3/ict/history_impact_ict/esafety/activity/

Want to check out a new game or app?

If your child is talking about an app or game that you would like to find out more about,  National Online Safety provides some very useful information in their guides, which include Netflix, Disney+, Tiktok, Minecraft and lots more.

Click here for information and advice to help you and your family create a healthy culture around gaming, and to help you support your child if they're struggling.

Reporting Abuse

Many websites now include the 'report abuse' button. This can be used if you would like to report suspicious individuals or behaviour directly to the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP). CEOP will investigate your report and provide feedback to you.

IF YOU FEEL WORRIED OR THREATENED BY SOMEONE'S BEHAVIOUR ONLINE, YOU CAN REPORT IT BY CLICKING ON THIS LINK.

CEOP Button

Just keeping up with children when it comes to new technology can be a huge task! To help you stay ahead of the game, and make sure your children are as safe online as they are in your back garden, click the links below:

Is your child having problems with friendships online? Let us know in school, and check these links to see how you can help:

Find out how to keep your facebook account private and secure:

ClickCEOP Facebook App - now available

The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre have recently launched a new Facebook App and are encouraging young people and their parents or carers to download the ClickCEOP Facebook app. This will mean that whilst they are on Facebook they are only one click away from reporting should they come across anything upsetting. If your organisation has a Facebook fan page you can also add the ClickCEOP app to it.

Follow the instructions below to install the App:

  1. Log into Facebook and type 'ClickCEOP' into the search engine
  2. Click 'Like' to become a member
  3. Visit the ClickCEOP section on the home page
  4. Watch the video hosted on this page to familiarise yourself with CEOP's reporting procedures
  5. Click the 'Add CEOP' section - highlighted in yellow
  6. If the button is for a child or young person's personal account, or even your own, click 'Add to your favourites'
  7. This button will now be downloaded onto your profile page. To make it visible and assessable, add to favourites by following the instructions
  8. If the button is for a group or fan page click 'Add to your fan page'
  9. Choose the Facebook page you would like the button displayed on and click 'Add to Page'.
  10. The ClickCEOP button will downloaded.

In School

The Internet and World Wide Web have transformed the way that we communicate and share information and knowledge.  New digital technologies provide an amazing resource, overflowing with information, knowledge, games and communities.  At Selling C of E Primary School we make sure that our pupils learn how to use these new digital spaces thoughtfully, safely and respectfully.

We are committed to ensuring that staying safe online is taught to all pupils through the curriculum in computing and PSHCE; in Worship and when using digital technologies as part of everyday learning.  All digital safeguarding incidents are investigated and recorded appropriately by the Designated Safeguarding Lead. 

If you would like further support and advice regarding online safety, please contact one of the school's Designated Safeguarding Lead and deputies: Mrs. Gower, Mr. Wood, Mrs. Frost, Miss Clark or Mrs. Wickham. 

Click here for our Online Safety Policy.

Click here for the ICT Policy

Click here for the younger pupils and their parent/carer Acceptable Use Policy

Click here for the older pupils and their parent/carer Acceptable Use Policy

You can find other policies that you might be interested here.

Road Safety

Every year, our Year 6 children have the opportunity to take part in a Bikeability Road Safety Week, earning themselves certificates and ensuring they can be safe on the road when cycling.

Raising Awareness on how to keep safe in the real world

The term 'Stranger Danger' is now largely considered to be misleading, although it is still linked with educating children on how to keep themselves safe when they are out and about in the real world. Clever Never Goes! is a newer initiative which supports parents and carers to talk with their child about not going somewhere with an adult when it doesn't feel right. It moves away from implying that all strangers are dangerous which can result in children fearing everyone beyond their family. 

Here is a Kent Police presentation on 'Stranger Danger'.

Protecting your child from Radicalisation

The 'Let's Talk about It' website has some excellent resources and information on spotting the signs of radicalisation. With children spending more time online recently, this does unfortunately increase the risk of radicalisers taking advantage to further their cause. Click here for an information leaflet about how parents and carers can reduce the risk of their child being negatively influenced by extremists.