Willow Brook School – Safeguarding and Wellbeing

Staff and Governors at Willow Brook Primary are committed to establishing a community that has our pupils’ safety and well-being at the heart of all that it does. Through procedure, policy and curriculum we aim to promote the highest standards of welfare and we expects all staff and volunteers to share our determination.

Child Protection Policy 2020 2021

The Child Protection Policy is supported by other policies related to safeguarding.  These can be found on the Policies page of the website.

Curriculum 

Through our curriculum we teach children to stay safe and happy. We encourage the understanding that any problem or worry that they may have is legitimate, and to share their worries, big or small with their trusted adult; at home; school or with Child Line. Our PSHE overview neatly combines our plans for direct teaching, experiences and instilling our Five C’s ethos with giving our pupils a voice and access to specialist resources. We use the PSHE.Org to focus our delivery.

PSHE Primary Curriculum Overview

School closures during the Covid 19 pandemic will have affected children in many different ways. Alongside our curriculum and additional input on wellbeing, there are many online organisations who provide resources and advice on anxiety, how to encourage resilience and how to access help should the situation require external help. This link to the NSPCC is a good place to start:

Child mental health

At the beginning of every academic year, each cohort undertakes half a term of e-safety training. Our children learn, at age-appropriate levels, how to conduct themselves on-line and maximise their well-being when it comes to internet activity.  Every February we join a national initiative and participate in Safer Internet Day as a whole school, spending a day investigating and learning from  children’s experiences and teaching themed lessons to further their understanding.

Over the past few years we have asked the questions,
Connect and Respect: How can you create a better internet for everyone? (2018)
Share aware: How do we understand consent in a digital age? (2019)
Online identity: When you are online, are you still you? (2020)
Truth and Reliability: What can you trust online? (2021)

Our E-Safety Policy details further work and procedures:

Online safety updated to include COVID-19 2021

Whilst it is not encouraged, we recognise that parents may require pupils in Year 6 to bring mobile phones to school. All staff, pupils and parents are aware of our policy and a summary is displayed in our entrance hall.

Mobile Phone Policy 2020

Prevent is a government strategy designed to stop people becoming terrorists  or supporting terrorist or extremist causes. Many of the things we do in school to help pupils become positive, happy members of society also contribute to the Prevent strategy.

Parent leaflet on the Prevent strategy

Children and young people go online to connect with friends, and make new ones, to browse the internet for information, chat with others and play games.

The ‘Think You Know’ site has a wealth of family based advice and activities to inform parents about the latest online trends and how to talk with your children:

https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/

The ‘netaware’ site is also perfect for checking out any apps that your children are engaged with. Scan this QR code to find out more.

The NSPCC is a strong resource for all aspects of child safety and we recommend their advice to you:

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/

The NSPCC support our safeguarding teaching by coming into school and working with both key stages. Their materials are central to the Willow Brook PSHE curriculum and their assemblies and lessons provide essential information for our children.

We use the NSPCC ‘Pants’ guide to teach our very youngest children that their body belongs to them. You can find more information about it – and the new ‘Pantasaurus’ song – on the NSPCC website!

NSPCC TALK PANTS guide for parents

An important aspect of protecting children and encouraging a healthy start to their on-line world is to be a good example as parents and carers. ‘Sharenting’ is certainly worth your thoughts and this article, promoted by the NSPCC will give you valuable information:

Growing up shared: negotiating the risks and opportunities of ‘sharenting’

Parent Info is a collaboration between Parent Zone, which has been providing information and support to parents for a decade, and CEOP, the Child Exploitation and Online Protection command of the National Crime Agency. It is a site full of information about parents managing their children’s online safety. Click here to access up to date articles and advice.