At Castle Primary School we prioritise keeping our students safe. If you have any concerns about a child’s welfare, please contact our designated safeguarding lead, Chloe Harper or the Head Teacher, Mrs Noble.
If you are unable to speak to Chloe or believe that urgent action is needed because, for example, a child is in immediate danger, please phone the MASH (Multi agency Safeguarding Hub) on 0345 155 1071 and give as much information as you can. This can be done anonymously.
Social media remains an ever growing phenomenon for our children, with many accessing a number of platforms and sites. Whiles it is evident that the internet is an important part of modern life and one which plays an increasingly important role in the lives of children it is not without its’ risks. Throughout the year, Castle School delivers teaching to your children about how to keep themselves safe online, (The e-safety curriculum) but the best way for this to truly make a difference is if parents support this education at home. This means knowing what your child is accessing online and having open and honest conversations. This has been proven to reduce risk significantly. There are many websites that can support parents and educate children and the links below are great places to start:.
The school has been given the opportunity to take part in a project that will run jointly between schools and Devon and Cornwall Police.
Operation Encompass is the reporting to schools, prior to the start of the next school day, when a child or young person has been exposed to, or involved in, any domestic incident.
Operation Encompass will ensure that a member of the school staff, known as a Key Adult, is trained to allow them to liaise with the police and to use the information that has been shared, in confidence, while ensuring that the school is able to make provision for possible difficulties experienced by children, or their families, who have been involved in, or exposed to, a domestic abuse incident. We are keen to offer the best support possible to all our pupils and we believe this will be extremely beneficial for all those involved. Adults who have been trained to receive this call are: Chloe Harper and Cathy Noble.
Prevent is a government strategy designed to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorist or extremist causes.
Prevent works by developing a more in-depth understanding of how an individual can become radicalised to the point where they can either become directly involved in terrorist activity or support terrorism.
The Prevent strategy covers all types of terrorism and extremism, including political and religious extremism.
Since July 2015 all schools (as well as other organisations) have a duty to safeguard children from radicalisation and extremism.
If you believe someone is at risk of radicalisation you can help them get support and prevent them becoming involved in terrorism and potentially violent activities by raising your concerns via the confidential Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.