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Safeguarding

Staff and Governors at Belmont are aware that many children are the victims of different kinds of abuse and that they can be subjected to social factors that have an adverse impact upon their lives – including domestic violence, substance misuse, bullying, mental health and radicalisation. We also acknowledge that safeguarding incidents could happen anywhere and staff should be alert to possible concerns arising. 

Staff understand their statutory duty report any concerns immediately. All staff receive updates and regular training. All staff have read and understood the 'Keeping Children Safe in Education Part 1, 2022. Please click the button below to find out more information:

Keeping Children Safe In Education

Keeping Children Safe in Education sets out the legal duties that school staff must follow to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people under the age of 18 in schools and colleges.

Through our curriculum we teach children to stay safe and happy. We encourage the understanding that any problem or worry that they may have is valid, and to share their worries, big or small with their trusted adult; at home; school or with ChildLine (0800 1111).

For all of our policies related to Safeguarding, please click the policies link on the right. If you would like more information regarding safeguarding in Harrow click the following link: https://www.harrowscb.co.uk/.

To report safeguarding concerns, you can speak to any of the contacts below or call the Harrow Children Services Golden Number: 020 8901 2690. Harrow Children Services’ Golden Number is available to everyone, and gives people one number to call for information or advice on services for children, young people and their families.

Key contacts 

  • Designated Safeguarding Lead - Poonam Aggarwall, Headteacher
  • Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead - Letitia McKenzie Deputy Head
  • Designated Safeguarding Lead for  pupil's with SEND - Alex Revens
  • Designated Safeguarding Lead for EYFS, Years 1 and 2 - Shanara Ali
  • Designated Safeguarding Lead for Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 - Tabassum Bachoo
  • Safeguarding Team - Jackie Pusey (BPM)
  • Designated Safeguarding Lead for ACE - Floyd Bennett
  • Safeguarding Governor - Katherine Woodcock
  • Chair of Governors - Manji Kara

Prevent Strategy

Prevent is a government strategy designed to stop people becoming terrorists  or supporting terrorist or extremist causes. Many of the things we do in school to help pupils become positive, happy members of society also contribute to the Prevent strategy. 

Find out more in our leaflet below or by clicking the following link: The Prevent duty Departmental advice for schools and childcare providers.

Anti-bullying 

Keeping safe from bullying is an integral part of our PSHE curriculum. Through our Exploration curriculum pupils learn how to behave towards each other promoting the British values of tolerance and mutual respect. 

Daisy Chain - Animated Film narrated by Kate Winslet

Kate Winslet narrates this beautiful anti-bullying tale that follows Buttercup Bree and her tale of magical Daisy Chains. Visit http://www.ilovedaisychain.com for more info.

 

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NSPCC Pants campaign, keeping your child safe

Talk PANTS helps children understand that their body belongs to them, and they should tell someone they trust if anything makes them feel upset or worried.

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/support-for-parents/pants-underwear-rule/

Keeping Children Safe When Using School Based Technologies

Internet Filter (within school) 

Belmont School use a filtering solution called Webscreen which is provided with our internet subscription to the London Grid for Learning. 

Webscreen is a flexible, safe web filter designed specifically for schools. The solution is based on a industry-leading web safety engine called Netsweeper. Webscreen constantly scans the school’s internet traffic and categorises harmful materials.

Webscreen prevents harmful material before it is displayed to the user in the form of a block screen warning.

This enables the users to safely use the internet and provide logs for the designated safeguarding lead of what has been viewed, whose device and account information for monitoring purposes.

In the event of harmful/inappropriate content being accessed, the block screen reminds users of the school’s acceptable use policy and informs them that their search will be recorded. 

WebScreen streamlines a complex task to ensure that we are keeping children safe online in school. 

Computing Safeguarding Software (all school owned devices used anywhere) - 

Belmont School use an eSafety solution called BeeSafe. This is a software developed by Beebug which the school subscribe to that provides monitoring of staff and student workstations whether on-site or off-site using cloud-based technology. 

BeeSafe constantly monitors users keyboard input as well as screen output to detect harmful keywords typed or seen on the screen this includes swearing, sexual content and words linked with extremism and/or terrorism.

If harmful content is detected a screenshot (or capture) is taken with the user’s computer name, IP address, username and timestamp. Captures are sent to the schools designated safeguarding lead and computing technician for review each week.