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Safeguarding


Safeguarding out of hours contact email address: 


moorbridgesafeguarding@northtyneside.gov.uk

At Moorbridge we are committed to:byde Academy is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, which includes –

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


All concerns are dealt with by the  Safeguarding Team at Moorbridge PRU:

  • Julie Kalama (Strategic Lead)
  • Tom Mitchell  (DSL)
  • Gary Turnbull (DSL)
  • Elizabeth Patterson (Deputy DSL)
  • Rose Boldon (Deputy DSL)

The above staff are all trained to the level of Designated Safeguarding Lead by our LSB.  All other staff receive annual training and updated information throughout the year

Should you have any concerns about your child or a child who attends Moorbridge PRU please do not hesitate to contact any member of the Safeguarding Team.

Safeguarding Concerns at Moorbridge


All staff are asked to report any causes for concern to any member of Safeguarding Team in the first instance.

Concerns will be shared with the necessary agencies, parents or carers as early as possible. 


Attendance

Absence and lateness is recorded by the Attendance Officer.  Our Attendance Officer is:

Kate Stoddart

Reasons are sought for all absences. Concerns around attendance may be referred to the Designated Safeguarding Lead. Parents/carers will be informed when concerns arise around attendance.  Moorbridge PRU will also work with the Local Authority to issue Parental Warning Notices and look at prosecution where the situation arises.

Support for Familes/Early Help Assessments/Family Partners/Multi Agency Working

At Moorbridge PRU we work collaboratively with external agencies to ensure that children are safeguarded and welfare is promoted.

We actively work with families to secure positive outcomes for both children and families.

Staff Training 

Whilst any cause for concern is dealt with appropriately, current key themes that staff are trained to deal with include –

·         The 4 categories of child abuse- Neglect, emotional, physical, sexual

·         Private fostering

·         Female Genital Mutilation

·         Child Sexual Exploitation

·         Prevent - Protecting students from the risk of radicalisation, which is now seen as part of schools’             wider safeguarding duties

·         Sexual violence and sexual harassment

·         Peer on peer abuse

·         Trafficking

·         Sexting

·         County lines

 

Current Safeguarding Issues

A recent Social Media Challenge targeting young children called the "Momo Challenge" has created concern  due to its disturbing nature. 


We are urging all parents to monitor their children's use of social media and the internet and report any concerns. 

What is E-Safety?

E-safety is a term which applies not only the internet but other ways in which young people communicate using electronic media, e.g. mobile phones.  It means ensuring that children and young people are protected from harm and supported to achieve the maximum benefit from new and developing technologies without risk to themselves or others.

Please take a look at the documents below which describe ways in which young people can stay safe.

The internet and social media have now become an integral part of the way people live their lives. It is a great way to stay connected with friends and family however you need to be wary about the personal information you post and the risks you can face.

You can find out more information about how our children use the internet and social media, the risks they face and how to set privacy settings at:

• www.childnet.com/sns 

• www.internetmatters.org 

• www.nspcc.org.uk/onlinesafety 

• www.parentzone.org.uk 

• www.thinkyouknow.co.uk/parents  

www.ceop.police.uk/safety-centre/

• www.askaboutgames.com

More information can be found here:  http://www.saferinternet.org.uk/advice-and-resources/parents-and-carers/safety-tools-on-onlineservices/social-networks

Parental controls There are free parental controls and filters available to help you set safer boundaries for your children on the internet and their mobile phones, but you will usually be required to set them up. Please visit the link below for guidelines on how to do this. http://www.saferinternet.org.uk/advice-and-resources/parents-and-carers/parental-controls


Operation Encompass
What is Operation Encompass?
The purpose of Operation Encompass is to safeguard and support children and young people who have been involved in a domestic abuse incident. Following an incident at home, children will often arrive at school distressed, upset and unprepared for the day. 
North Tyneside Council, the police and nominated Key Adults in school will be working together to make sure that school staff are made aware of an incident early enough to support pupils in school.  

Why was Operation Encompass  introduced in North Tyneside? 
Operation Encompass was initially launched in Plymouth in February 2011 to address a shortcoming in the early sharing of information with schools. Since then several pilots have been set up across the UK, including Gateshead and South Tyneside, and has proved to very successful in providing appropriate support in a timely manner. Pilots across the UK have reported positive outcomes for many children and young people. 
North Tyneside Council, Northumbria Police and all schools in the borough will be taking part in the scheme, to help provide additional new support which will benefit children and young people in North Tyneside and improve multi-agency sharing of information. 

How does it work? 
Schools across North Tyneside will nominate two members of staff who will be known as Key Adults. All Key Adults will attend specific training to the role in preparation for Operation Encompass. 
Each morning a police officer will review all domestic abuse incidents that occur outside of school but which might have had an impact on a child attending school the following day. Where children were present, witnessed or involved in a domestic abuse incident and aged between 4 and 16 years old, the officer will send this information to Children’s Social Care Front Door Service.
Staff from the Front Door Service will send this information in a secure format to the identified Key Adult. The Key Adult will check their emails every day and the staff in contact with those pupils will then be in an informed position to support them in a way that is right for the child. 
This information will be shared on school days during school term and, when incidents occur on a Friday, Saturday, Sunday or over a holiday period, the police will contact the Front Door the following Monday. 
All parents will be sent a letter from their child's school informing them about Operation Encompass. 

When was Operation Encompass launched in North Tyneside? 
Operation Encompass was launched in June 2016. 
For more information about Operation Encompass, please contact your school or visit http://www.operationencompass.org/



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