Safeguarding

Woodlands Community College takes its responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of children at our school very seriously.

The designated safeguarding leads are:

Mrs T Sambrook

Mrs T Sambrook

Head Teacher
Miss N Iverson

Miss N Iverson

Assistant Head Teacher
Mrs D Lowth

Mrs D Lowth

SENCO

Safeguarding is:

  • Protecting children and young people from maltreatment
  • Preventing impairment of children and young people’s health or development
  • Ensuring that children and young people are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care
  • Taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes

Summarised from Keeping children safe in education (2016).

At Woodlands the welfare of the child is paramount. We therefore ensure :

  • All children, regardless of age, gender, ability, culture, race, language, religion or sexual identity, have equal rights to protection.
  • All staff are aware they have an equal responsibility to act on any suspicion or disclosure that may suggest a child is at risk of harm and must fully understand the need to safeguard children.
  • Students and staff involved in child protection issues receive appropriate support
  • The school works closely with parents, carers and other agencies. Where there is a conflict of interest between the child and parents, the interest of the child will be paramount
  • The school operates a safe recruitment practice by carefully checking the suitability of staff and volunteers who work in the school.
  • The school’s Curriculum, in particular the Personal Development programme, will be used to raise awareness of how to manage risk in different circumstances

E-Safety

Pupils at Woodlands Community College use the Internet on a regular basis as part of their learning. In school, we have regular ‘e-safety’ activities to remind pupils of the importance of keeping themselves safe online. At home, sometimes children can be given unsupervised access to the Internet. This, potentially, allows them to access all kinds of society (both good and bad) and bring them virtually into their homes.

Here are some tips and useful links to help you to keep your children safe online:

Explore e-safety sites – There are lots of links to useful e-safety sites for parents and children.

Facebook / Twitter / Myspace – Many of these sites have a minimum age limit of 13, so our pupils should NOT be encouraged in using them.

Keep your computer in a shared area – Talk to your child about what they are doing online and, if possible, set up your computer in a shared area at home so that you can all share in the wonderful sites that are available online.

Please note the “Useful Links” section at the top right of this page, which provides further support documentation.

In school we use a variety of precautions to protect our young learners.

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Each stuprotectedbyimperowebsitebadgedent is allocated their own computer account and permission is requested from parents to allow internet access.  Internet activity is monitored by Impero remote management suite and our Lightspeed web filter.

ParentINFO Live Feed

Woodlands has subscribed to ParentINFO, a service which provides dynamic E-Safety Updates and Guidance to parents via our school website. Please click on any of the articles below for more information: