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Safeguarding Statement

Safeguarding and E-Safety

Lyndhurst Infant School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We are fully committed to ensuring that consistent effective safeguarding procedures are in place to support families, children and staff at school. All concerns are passed through the members of staff who are trained as "Designated Child Protection Officers" in school in compliance with the "sharing of information" guidance.

The Child Protection Designated Teacher/Safeguarding Officer is Diane South, Head Teacher. She is supported by a team of other staff who have also been trained accordingly.

If you have any serious concerns about your child or any other pupil at Lyndhurst School, please do not hesitate to contact the Child Protection Designated Teacher who knows who to contact for the best advice and help and is experienced in using the appropriate degree of confidentiality.


For the best interests of all our children we use the following safeguarding measures:

Cause for Concern

Teachers are asked to report any causes for concern to the School Safeguarding Team often verbally first, but followed up in writing – following school policy and protocol. All staff receive child protection training when they begin at Lyndhurst. Refresher training is carried out every 2 years, or sooner if required. Any concerns will be shared with parents as early as possible. Concerns may range from children being visibly upset to persistent lateness to children ‘disclosing’ concerns.


Attendance

All lateness and absences are recorded by the Attendance Co-ordinator, Mrs May. Reasons will be sought for all absence or lateness. Attendance is monitored through these systems and referrals to the Safeguarding Team can be made. Parents will always be informed of concerns around attendance at the earliest point. If attendance concerns continue the school will refer to the Education Welfare Officer. There will be no authorised ‘Leave From Learning’, only in exceptional circumstances.


E-Safety

We support our pupils’ use of the internet and seek to underpin their knowledge of safe use and protection. We provide our pupils with an awareness of how to stay safe online both in the school environment and beyond. We believe that children should adhere to the certification given to games, DVDs etc. All of the games and DVDs used at school will be rated as U.

Facebook/Social media sites

Children of KS1 age are not entitled to use Face Book. Children will not be using social media sites during school hours. We also ask parent/carers not to name school, staff or other children on SMS.