Safeguarding

Safeguarding our children and staff at Monkshouse School is extremely important to us and we have created an area on the website for all safeguarding news. Here you will be able to read our safeguarding policy, read about any changes and be directed to any sites which may help you and your family.

School Child Protection & Safeguarding Policy   COVID-19 Addendum 

There is a new service in Lincolnshire called 'Healthy Minds Lincolnshire'. It provides emotional wellbeing support to Lincolnshire children and young people up to the age of 19 where they do not meet the eligibilty of other available services (e.g CAMHS). The website at www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/ewb provides a wealth of knowledge and advice for parents who are concerned about the emotional wellbeing of their child ranging from anxiety and low self-esteem to bereavement, self-harm and eating concerns. Please take a look at the website if you think it will be useful for you.

LSCB - Lincolnshire Safeguarding Children Board is a statutory multi-agency board made up of representatives from the Local Authority, Police, Health Service, Probation Trust, Youth Offending Service, the Voluntary Sector and others.

This important website give parents advice about keeping children safe:

https://www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/lscb

The Childline website has lots of valuable information for children and parents/carers. Their 'Calm Zone' has lots of activities aimed to help children feel better when they're feeling anxious, scared or sad. Although children could be encouraged to visit the website themselves, the techniques are good for adults to use with children. Ideas include: breathing exercises, a 'let it go' box and creating a 'sense drawer'.

If you are interested, please visit the Childline website: https://www.childline.org.uk/toolbox/calm-zone/


Communities Defeat Terrorism

Counter Terrorism Policing launched an eight-week nationwide Communities Defeat Terrorism cinema advertising and social media campaign on January 23rd. This encourages members of the public to report anything suspicious to the police. They have asked schools to share this information on their websites. Please see links below:

ACT - Report Suspicious Activity 
Cinema Campaign 

COVID-19 Advice
We recognise that due to the current situation with COVID-19, our pupils are going to be spending considerably more time online. Here are some websites which offer advice for parents and carers to help keep children safe online.

NSPCC (includes information about keeping children safe, online safety, tips and advice for working at home with children and supporting children with anxiety due to coronavirus). 
Internet Matters 
LincolnshireGovUk - Advice for parents & carers working from home. 
Think U Know & Factsheet
Childline
Online Safety Resources for Foundation Stage & KS1 and KS2 
Latest Government Advice - Support for Parents (April 2020) 

The Anna Freud Centre has published a range of resources to help support the mental health of children, young people, school staff and parents. 
In the first toolkit you will find:
- videos to provide practical guidance and tips to schools, parents and carers about coronavirus (COVID-19) and mental health.
- activities to ease anxiety that can be done at school or at home and other helpful advice, helplines and resources for adults and children. 
The second toolkit has resources to help communicate the coronavirus outbreak to children with SEND. 

Please see below five factsheets for parents and practitioners with the aim of providing information by using trauma awareness about children's and adult's emotional behaviour:

The Rockpool website is available here: https://rockpool.life/

Please see below for some useful websites about keeping your children safe including keeping children safe online, the underwear rule, advice on leaving children at home alone and child mental health issues.

Safety Online
E-safety Policy
Social Media

What is Tik Tok? Tik Tok - How to control your privacy & block other users, What is live streaming? 

Downloads on the LCC - What is Pokemon Go? What is Snapchat?, What is Roblox?, What is Yellow? 
NSPCC - Online Safety
NSPCC - Be Share Aware
NSPCC - Help for Parents 
Gooseberry Planet
Childnet Parents Fact Sheet
Children, ICT & e-Safety Leaflet
Monkshouse Digital Leaders Newsletter
DITTO Magazine Jan 2017
Child safety on YouTube: Parent Factsheet 
Parent Info

Please see here regarding the health impacts of screen time: a fact sheet for parents   

 
Keeping Children Safe

NSPCC - PANTS Underwear Rule
NSPCC - Children at Home Alone
NSPCC - Mental Health and Suicidal Thoughts


Domestic Abuse

Please click here to view Domestic Abuse support from EDAN Lincs Domestic Abuse Service.
Lincolnshire Police Poster 1 (Are you safe?) & Poster 2 (Where to get help)
Domestic Abuse in Lincolnshire
Boston Women's Aid
From January 2020, the school has become an Operation Encompass School

The Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme (DVDS)/Clare’s Law

Are you in a relationship and worried that your partner is abusive?

Are you concerned that someone you know may be in a relationship and they are at risk of domestic violence and abuse?

Please go to: https://www.lincs.police.uk/reporting-advice/domestic-abuse/domestic-violence-disclosure-scheme-dvds-clares-law/ to access support. (Scroll to the bottom of the page for information for victims of domestic abuse and for information for third parties.

You can also visit: https://lincolnshire.gov.uk/crime-prevention/domestic-abuse for more advice.

If you are unable to access either of these sites at home, then please come into school and speak to a member of staff.

Reporting Concerns
If you suspect or believe a child is suffering, or is likely to suffer, significant harm (including any form of mistreatment or abuse) you should ALWAYS report your concerns.

In an emergency always dial 999.

Our Designated Safeguarding Leads are Mrs Wickham & Mrs Goodsell. While school is closed, should you have any safeguarding concerns, please email sally.wickham@monkshouse.lincs.sch.uk using the subject "Safeguarding" and marking the message urgent. If you feel a child is at imminent risk, our advice is to contact Children's Social Care on 01522 782111. If it is outside normal office hours you can contact the Emergency Duty Team (EDT) on 01522 782333.  

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