Safeguarding update – May 2020

Dear parents and carers

Thank you for your ongoing support during school closure. Our staff have been working very hard to ensure that all students are safe, have access to learning resources and feel supported. If you or your child feel further support is needed, please contact us in the usual ways.

The key areas for support and safeguarding have shifted somewhat during school closure. As such, we would like to pose the following questions and offer our support or signpost you to suitable sources of help with the following issues:

Bereavement

Many of us have been affected by loss during school closure. This may not be directly linked to Covid 19. Many of the usual healthy distractions and healing factors for grief are not available while interaction is so limited. Please advise us if support is needed for your child or family.  This can be via email and there is no pressure to engage,, but please keep in mind that we are here to support you.

Online Safety

Students are likely to have increased the time they spend online during school closure.  While this can be a good way of maintaining social contact,  they may not yet be emotionally mature enough to recognise the consequences of their actions, nor be able to detach themselves from the words or actions of others.  Please make us aware of any negative issues your child has experienced online. This will help us to support your child. We can also advise upon or signpost resources for safer internet use. Even adults cannot unsee something which has disturbed them, so it is useful to have regular conversations around not clicking on links you do not recognise and explaining why parental controls are important.

Please see the NSPCC website for further resources: https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/

Easing of lockdown

As young people begin to tentatively venture outside of the home, please take the opportunity to reestablish your boundaries. Curfews and behaviour expectations may have shifted within your household and it may be wise to check that your child’s interpretation of social distancing is the same as your own.

With beaches beginning to reopen, please keep in mind that lifeguard and coastguard services are run by key workers and volunteers. Please discuss sea and beach safety with your child, referring to advice from RNLI:

https://rnli.org/news-and-media/2020/may/21/rnli-and-hm-coastguard-launch-beach-safety-campaign

Finally, please have a lovely, restful half term and enjoy the additional time together.

Many thanks

Sally Scotting

Designated Safeguarding Lead