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ACADEMY AND LOCAL AUTHORITY CONTACT DETAILS
WHITE HOUSE ACADEMY

Designated Safeguarding Lead: Mr Lee Drinkwater (Head of School)

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead: Mr James Gibbs (Assistant Head) and Mrs Christine Jervis

The Nominated Governor for safeguarding children is: Mrs Christina Moxon

We have a number of policies and procedures in place that contribute to our safeguarding commitment. Key policy documents can be seen on the STEP Academy website.

Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies when there are concerns about a child’s welfare. We will ensure that our concerns about our pupils are discussed with his/her parents/carers first unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child’s welfare.

Online Safety

All children have the right to benefit from the exciting opportunities that a connected world can bring to them. However, the digital world continues to develop and change at great speed, which makes it all the more important for children to be educated in Internet Safety.

At White House Academy, we are committed to providing children with the knowledge they need to balance the benefits offered by technology with a critical awareness of their own and other’s online behaviour. Throughout our curriculum, children are given the opportunity to develop effective strategies for staying safe and making a positive contribution online.

Internet Safety is an essential life skill that children need to approach with confidence. We therefore appreciate the support of parents, carers and other responsible adults to ensure that online environments remain as safe as possible.

The best way to help your child to be safe when using the internet is to engage in conversation; we teach our pupils that they must speak to a trusted adult if they ever need any support. We also want to take this opportunity to encourage you to ensure that children are supervised at home at all times, especially when accessing the internet and gaming platforms.

Below you can find a variety of resources available to support the conversation around Internet Safety at home: 

– Talking about life online      

 (https://www.childnet.com/parents-and-carers/have-a-conversation/) 

– Parents Guide to Technology

(https://saferinternet.org.uk/guide-and-resource/parents-and-carers)

– Talking to your children about online safety (https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/talking-child-online-safety/)

PREVENT STRATEGY

As part of White House Academy’s commitment to safeguarding and child protection we fully support the government’s Prevent StrategyAs part of our annual Safeguarding trainings, we ensure that members of our team are aware of governmental priorities. This is included as part of th KS2 curriculum and training is completed annually for staff.

What is the Prevent Strategy?

The Prevent strategy is a government strategy designed to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism. As described in official documents published by Her Majesty’s Government, the Prevent Strategy:

  • responds to the ideological challenge we face from terrorism and aspects of extremism, and the threat we face from those who promote these views
  • provides practical help to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism and ensure they are given appropriate advice and support
  • works with a wide range of sectors (including education, criminal justice, faith, charities, online and health)

If you are concerned that a Governor or potential Governor may have links to extremism or that child might be at risk of extremism, or if you have any other concern about extremism at White House Academy, please contact the Department for Education’s helpline on counter.extremism@education.gsi.gov.uk or 020 7340 7264. Parents/carers can also find some more information on the Educate Against Hate website by the DfE.

Further details are also available in the STEP Preventing Extremism and Radicalisation and British Values Policy

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