Safeguarding and E-Safety
Whilst the internet and associated technologies are, an excellent tool and resource to enrich learning there are still dangers related to their use, especially in relation to young students. Some examples of this are:
- Bullying via chat or email.
- Obsessive internet use.
- Exposure to inappropriate materials.
- Inappropriate or illegal behaviour.
- Physical danger of sexual abuse.
As an academy, it is our duty of care alongside that of parents and other members of the community to protect our children from these dangers and this can be achieved by many different mechanisms working together.
The purpose of the E-Safety policy is to outline what measures the academy takes to ensure that students can work in an E-Safe environment and that any E-Safety issue is detected and dealt with in a timely and appropriate fashion.
Safeguarding is a term which is broader than ‘child protection’ and relates to the action taken to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm. Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility. Safeguarding is defined in Working together to safeguard children 2013 as:
- protecting children from maltreatment
- preventing impairment of children’s health and development
- ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care and
- taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes