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Safeguarding & Child Protection

We take safeguarding very seriously. Bacon’s College has clear policies and procedures to safeguard and promote the welfare of young people.

All adults who regularly work on our site are required to undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check to prevent unsuitable people from working with pupils. All visitors are closely supervised when on site.

Key Staff

Designated Safeguarding Lead

(also Designated Teacher responsible for the educational achievement of Looked After Children and PREVENT Lead)

Norma Gould

Email: n.gould@baconscollege.co.uk

Tel: (020) 7237 1928

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads

Emma Hassan

Email: e.hassan@baconscollege.co.uk

Tel: (020) 7237 1928

Lead Governor for Safeguarding and Child Protection

Caroline Donne

email: carolinedonne@baconscollege.co.uk

 

We ensure staff have the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to keep children safe through provision of regular training on child protection issues.  A qualified Designated Safeguarding Lead (Child Protection Officer) within the College provides support to staff members to carry out their safeguarding duties and liaises closely with other services such as children’s social care.  We also have a designated Lead Governor for safeguarding and child protection on the Governing Body.

Our staff are trained to be vigilant for all kinds of safeguarding concerns, including bullying, online safety, emotional or other abuse or extremist behaviour. We have clear procedures in place where any potential safeguarding concerns are identified. We share information with other public bodies – within agreed protocols. 

As part of the College’s safeguarding measures, we also ensure our pupils are not exposed to inappropriate political or controversial messages. Through our pursuit to develop exemplary citizens, we promote fundamental British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs.  In line with this, we ensure all expressed views and actions contrary to these values are challenged. We are alert to the indicators of radicalisation and take steps to protect those who may be susceptible to messages of violence. All concerns are reported and, where necessary, referred to external agencies.

Notices

Online Safety Concerns

Southwark Police have contacted all Schools on the borough to make them aware of two current areas of concern regarding online safety and we would like to make you equally aware so that you can review your children’s online use, security settings and have an open discussion with your children around online use and any concerns they have. Please click here to view a letter outlining these concerns.

Safer Internet Day

Safer Internet Day is celebrated globally in February of each year. To help parents and carers, the UK Safer Internet Centre has created a concise education pack, accessible via this link.

Roblox

A gaming site called Roblox which seems to be popular at the moment, has been brought to our attention. There are concerns about how Roblox can be used to communicate with other users, what content is available on Roblox and what ways children might accidentally run up costs while using Roblox.

There is useful information about Roblox and safety tips on UK Safer Internet Centre’s website that can be accessed via this link.

Please keep yourself safe when using Roblox and report any concerns you might have about yourself or others to your tutor.

Snapchat and Snap Maps

Please see the attached letter recently distributed to schools in Croydon by their Director of Education and Youth Engagement about safeguarding concerns regarding Snapchat, which may now be a wider issue and may also affect children in our schools. These concerns relate specifically to a number of forums where saved images of young people are being distributed. The letter can be found by clicking here.

Snapchat has recently launched a new feature called Snap Maps that lets users track each other's movements in real time. This raised safety concerns and fears of bullying and stalking. Snap Maps allows users to see the location of their contacts. This feature allows others to accurately pinpoint where users are.

Childnet International have posted on their website a thorough explanation of Snap Maps and how to ensure users stay safe.

 

Advice and Support Resources

General

Mental Health and Wellbeing

Anti-Bullying

Childline

NSPCC

Young Minds

The Anti-Bullying Alliance

DfE Advice for Parents on Cyberbullying 

Personal Safety

Drugs

Extremism and Radicalisation

The Suzy Lamplugh Trust

 

Talk To Frank

Educate Against Hate

Sex and Relationships

Online Safety

Sexual Abuse and Exploitation

Domestic Violence Support – The Hideout Stonewall

Get Safe Online

The UK Safer Internet Centre

Internet Matters

Think U Know

The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP)

 

Online Safety – Advice for Parents

Whilst Bacon’s College has comprehensive safeguarding arrangements in place to ensure our pupils’ online safety, it is equally as important for parents to talk to their children about online safety and monitor their internet usage at home, using age-appropriate parental controls to restrict their access to unsavoury material. Parental controls can be activated on home broadband, search engines, YouTube, mobile phones and games consoles.

Whilst it may not always be easy to talk to your child about challenging issues such as sexting, cyber bullying, and pornography, if you are open and honest with them about the dangers they may encounter online, it may encourage them to confide in you in the future. If you are concerned that your child is being secretive or spending too much time online, it may be worth moving their computer into a communal family area so that you can keep an eye on them.

You should encourage your child to act responsibility online, and treat others as they would wish to be treated. You should also warn your child that they should never hide behind an anonymous user name to make unkind comments, or say something they would be reluctant to repeat during face-to-face interactions. Remind your child that the comments they make and the pictures and videos they post online may end up having a wider audience than they anticipated – and even if they delete them, there’s no guarantee that someone hasn’t already saved, downloaded or taken a screen shot of their post.

Children under the age of 13 should not be using social networking sites like Facebook, Instagram and Tumblr – this is stipulated in the sites’ terms and conditions – but it is very easy for them to set up an account by claiming to be older than they actually are. If your child does have a Facebook or other social media account, it is important to encourage them to use enhanced privacy settings, so that only their friends are able to search for them and see what they are posting. Warn your child that they must never accept friend requests from strangers or people they don’t know very well. You should also encourage your child to accept you, or a trusted friend/relative, as their “friend” or “follower,” as this will enable you to monitor – at least to some extent – their online posts, conversations, and the friends they are choosing to accept.

Parents should also be aware that content filters may not always work if a child is using public Wi-Fi, so it is important to ensure their access to unprotected Wi-Fi is limited.

If your child has been targeted online, the website Internet Matters offers detailed advice about who to report the incident to.

 

Links to other websites that you may find useful are included below:

For our most recent policy documents on Safeguarding please see our Policies page. 

The above information is up to date as of March 2019 and will be checked regularly.