Thornaby Academy is Committed to Safeguarding Children
We recognise that we have a primary responsibility for the care, welfare and safety of the students in our charge, and we will carry out this duty through our teaching and learning, extra-curricular activities, pastoral care and extended Academy activities. In order to achieve this, all members of staff (including volunteers and governors) in this Academy, in whatever capacity, will at all times act proactively in child welfare matters especially where there is a possibility that a child may be at risk of significant harm.
Our teaching of personal, social and health education citizenship, as part of the National Curriculum, helps to develop appropriate attitudes in our children, and makes them aware of the impact of their decisions on others. We also teach them how to recognise different risks in different situations, and how to behave in response to them (e.g. ‘stranger danger’ and ‘internet safety’).
We recognise that abuse and neglect can result in underachievement. We strive to ensure that all our children make good educational progress.
Thornaby Academy seeks to adopt an open and accepting attitude towards children as part of its responsibility for pastoral care. The Academy hopes that parents and children will feel free to talk about any concerns and will see the Academy as a safe place if there are any difficulties at home.
Children’s worries and fears will be taken seriously if they seek help from a member of staff.
In our Academy, if we have suspicions that a child’s physical, sexual or emotional well-being is being, or is likely to be, harmed, or that they are being neglected, we will take appropriate action in accordance with the procedures issued by Stockton-On-Tees Local Safeguarding Children Board.
Think You Know: Gaming! What Parents Need to Know
For most children and young people, gaming is a fun way to spend time with friends. As with any form of technology or online space, adult offenders can use gaming platforms to target children and build relationships with them.
For more information please click on the following link: Gaming! What Parents Need to Know
How We Identify Visitors and Staff in the Academy
Any adult who is in the Academy during school hours MUST be identified by a coloured lanyard with ID tag. Students should inform the nearest member of staff immediately if they see an adult without one.
We use the following colours:
All members of staff: Yellow lanyard
Visitors with DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) clearance: Green lanyard
Visitors without DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) clearance: Orange lanyard and must be accompanied by a member of staff at all times.
NSPCC Share Aware
NSPCC has launched a public education campaign, called Share Aware, to help parents keep their children safe online.
The campaign is aimed at parents and carers of children aged 8-12 – the age at which they start doing more online, become more independent and use a greater range of devices. The campaign aims to encourage parents and carers to understand online safety and to have conversations with their children about keeping safe.
Having conversations from a young age can help build trust and openness and get preventative messages across.
The Share Aware campaign aims to give parents the tools to feel confident to have these conversations. The campaign directs parents to a range of new resources, including Net Aware, a simple NSPCC guide to the social networks, sites and apps children use – as rated by parents and young people themselves.
There is also a downloadable guide and a hard copy booklet for parents, containing top tips for keeping your child safe online, as well conversation starters to help parents have conversations with their children.
We hope the campaign will help parents talk to their children about staying safe online, as well as encouraging providers to take action to make their sites safer for children.
UK Safer Internet Centre – Facebook Advice on Security & Privacy
Here at Thornaby Academy we do everything we can, to ensure our students stay safe when using the Internet.
We take E-Safety very seriously and in support of this, we are encouraging our staff and students to make use of the help and advice provided by the UK Safer Internet Centre.
The link below will take you to their Facebook Advice and Support page, which will provide links to the most up to date information on how to secure your Facebook account, manage privacy settings, block users and much more.
The Internet is a wonderful resource for students to learn and explore, but we need to make sure that they can do this as safely as possible. So providing them with the tools to help them be as safe as they can be when using such social networks, is most important.
Keeping Thornaby students safe online
Please check your child’s devices and make sure that they delete the following two apps.
The police and the NSPCC have advised that both these apps could be used by sexual predators to groom young people and, therefore, put your child at risk. It is strongly recommended that you ask your child to delete them.
If you need any help locating the apps or require any more information please contact us via the email address: email@example.com.
‘Yubo’ (formerly known as Yellow) which is described as ‘Tinder for teens’. Its settings enable adults to view children through a service blatantly aimed at flirting and relationships; it also creates an opportunity for sexual predators to target young people.
‘MyLOL’ advertises itself as the ‘#1 teen dating site in the US, Australia, UK and Canada’ and claims to have more than 300,000 members around the world. It invites users to meet ‘thousands of teenagers like you’ and then goes on to describe how users can ‘chat with members or privately with someone.’ Teenagers are encouraged to update a profile and share pictures.
FREE Online courses for parents to keep your children safe
At Thornaby we are committed to the safeguarding of all children and if you have any concerns about a child, then please speak to a member of staff at the Academy or use the Thornaby Safeguarding email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
To continue working with parents to ensure that children are safe, we would like to share with you two FREE online courses which we would recommend to parents:
Understanding Young Minds
A free online course for parents regarding suicide and self-harm.
Click here to access the course… http://www.safeguardingchildrenea.co.uk/self-harm-free-online-course/?utm_source=Homepage
Keeping them safe…Protecting Children from Sexual Exploitation
We have attached the free guide: ‘How can you safeguard children from sexting?’ for your information.
Do you know WHO your child is WITH and WHAT they are doing?
When your child tells you they are going to a friend’s house or asks to ‘sleep out’ they may not always be where you think they are!
- Speak to your child about where they are going every time they go out and if they ask to sleep out at a friend’s ask Who, Where & When.
- Always tell your child if they ask for a ‘sleep out’ you will speak to their friend’s parent/carer to confirm
- Follow this up!
- Explain every time they go out and or ask to sleep over at friends you will ask questions and do a SAFE check because you are responsible to protect them.
This campaign is to promote checking children’s whereabouts to prevent them being at risk and in the Wrong Hands.
For confidential advice and support contact Barnardo’s on 01642 300774
If you are worried about a child contact Social Care on 01642 771500
If you believe a child may be in immediate danger call Cleveland Police on 101
Personal Alarm recommended by Gloucestershire Police – Hollie Guard
Please see the hyperlink below which provides details of a new app called Hollie Guard, which is an app that can be used as a personal alarm. It is a next generation smart phone app that provides enhanced levels of protection.
The app is a way to ensure your child's phone can be used as a personal alarm, a way to discreetly get help, and alert friends and family to their whereabouts. This could be a useful safety tool for young people.
- Keep an eye on your children while they’re traveling with 'Journey'.
- Teens can get help quickly while out with friends.
- Parents, guardians, and caregivers are automatically contacted by both SMS and email.
NSPCC release app for parents, Net Aware
Net Aware gives information and advice about privacy settings and safety, as well as recommended age guidance and risk ratings for inappropriate content. This can help you decide whether a site is right for a child. Net Aware is available as a free, easy-to-use app! Activate push notifications to be the first to know when a news page is added.
Please click the following links to download the app, it is available on the App Store and Google Play. For more information about Net Aware, please click here.
Other Useful Resources and Websites
The Ultimate Parent Guide for Protecting Your Child on the Internet by vpnMentor
PUBG Parent's Guide