Croscombe & Stoke St Michael Primary Federation

It is everyone's responsibility to ensure all children are safe. If you have a concern regarding a child's safety contact: Somerset Children's Social Care: 0300 123 2224


Safeguarding Statement

The Croscombe and Stoke St Michael Primary Federation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

We have a number of policies and procedures in place that contribute to our safeguarding commitment, including our Safeguarding Policy which can be viewed in the Policies section of our 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.

We actively support the Government’s Prevent Agenda to counter radicalism and extremism.

Our current Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSL) are Mr Bill Moore at Croscombe and Mrs Mel Vincent at Stoke St Michael . They are supported by Christopher Partridge, the Head Teacher of St Pauls Junior School in Shepton Mallet.

Our Child Protection Policy is linked below:

CONNECTED HOMES

Keeping Your Connected Home Safe for your Children
More and more families now regularly use a range of devices that connect to the internet, such as smart speakers, smart meters, fitness trackers, and even toys.

Alongside the excitement and convenience of these devices, we also need to be aware of the risks associated with any device that connects to the internet. ThinkUKnow say that these risks include:

  • Concerns raised about whether these devices are collecting too much personal information from children.
  • Some children (either accidentally or on purpose) are able to search for and access age-inappropriate material via a connected device such as a smart speaker.
  • Children may make ‘in-app purchases’ and spend money, which is often taken from their parents’ bank account without their knowledge or consent.
  • Some of these devices may be more vulnerable to hacking and monitoring, as there are currently no security standards in place for connected devices.
  • Some of these devices may be more vulnerable to hacking and monitoring, as there are currently no security standards in place for connected devices.

Luckily, they have also released guidance to support us in keeping their connected homes safe for children: These tips, as well as further details can be found at:
https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/articles/what-is-the-internet-of-things-iot 

Barnardo’s have recently sent around an interesting booklet called “Childhoods in a Digital Age”. It is full of thought provoking facts and figures and well worth a look.