At The Brent Primary School we are fully committed to our statutory duty to safeguard all pupils. Safeguarding is a wide ranging and overarching policy of our school which includes Child Protection, Health and Safety and e-Safety. A link to our information about Staying Safe on the Internet is available here.
Kent County Council has launched a new 24 hour helpline called Kent Together to support vulnerable people in Kent who need urgent help, supplies or medication. The helpline will provide a single, convenient point of contact for anyone in the county who is in urgent need of help during the Coronavirus outbreak. It is a collaboration between KCC, central Government, District, Borough and local councils, the voluntary and community sector, the NHS, emergency services and other partners to ensure help is at hand for vulnerable people.
If you are vulnerable and have an urgent need that cannot be met through existing support networks, or are concerned about the welfare of someone else you can contact the Kent Together helpline at www.kent.gov.uk/KentTogether or by calling on 03000 41 92 92. It is a 24 hour service.
Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families has a role to play in safeguarding children. School staff are particularly important as they are in a position to identify concerns early and provide help for children, to prevent concerns from escalating. Schools and their staff form part of the wider safeguarding system for children.
Schools should work with social care, the police, health services and other services to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm.
The NSPCC visited our school and delivered their 'Speak out. Stay safe.' assembly to share information with our children about how they can keep themselves safe from harm and get help if they have any worries.
It was a very worthwhile and empowering session for both pupils and teachers. They spoke to the children and staff about the valuable work they do across the country, and talked about how important it is for everyone in our school community to join them in their 'fight for every childhood'.
Talking about the Underwear Rule with your children
The NSPCC's work in schools encourages conversations about staying safe - and they have a number of child-friendly materials to help carry on the conversation afterwards. This includes 'The Underwear Rule', a simple way for parents to help keep children safe from sexual abuse - without using scary words or even mentioning sex.
Children learnt the ‘PANTS’ acrostic, which stands for:
Privates are private
Always remember your body belongs to you
No means no
Talk about secrets that upset you
Speak up, someone can help
The guide uses the rules of PANTS to teach children that their body belongs to them and them alone. You can find out more and download the free resources at www.nspcc.org.uk/pants.
There are videos and guides available from the NSPCC website designed for parents and carers to use with young children to help keep them safe including the Pantosaurus video and The Underwear Rule that teach children that their body belongs to them and they have a right to say no.