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Safeguarding

Safeguarding Statement

Alne Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

We have a number of policies and procedures in place that contribute to our safeguarding commitment, including our Child Protection Policy which can be viewed on our school website www.alneprimaryschool.org.uk

Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies (social care, health professionals, the police, Department for Education, Ofsted), when there are concerns about a child’s welfare. We will ensure that our concerns about our pupils are discussed with parents/carers first, unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child’s welfare.

We actively support the Government’s Prevent Agenda to counter radicalism and extremism.

Our Designated Safeguarding Lead is Mr Paul Platt (Headteacher). Our Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead is Mrs Juliet Robson.  The Governor with responsibility for safeguarding in our school in Mr Mike Sterritt (Chair of Governors).

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For advice please ask to speak to a social worker in the MAST

Photographs and Videos

Whilst lots of parents and carers really enjoy seeing photos and videos of their children’s school life we are very mindful of our duty of care towards all our pupils. We take the issue of safeguarding very seriously and this includes the use of photographic and video images.

Any photographs or videos taken by parents, carers and relatives at school productions, sports days or other events are for the enjoyment of individual families. They must not be used in any way that could potentially place a child at risk. This would include publishing images in any form of print or on the internet including social networking sites.

We understand that in exceptional circumstances a parent or carer may not wish their child to be photographed or videoed in this way. If this is the case, then please contact the headteacher to discuss how this can be best achieved.

Occasionally, the local press will be invited to take photographs of school events and special achievements, with no children’s names mentioned. We also like to use photographs and videos of our children for curriculum purposes, on our website, in school documents, for parent information meetings, newsletters and on our display screens around the school. In order to use photographs of the children we gain permission from parents and inform of the use of such photographs and videos.  No children’s names are used in any media that is available to the wider public.