Parkside House School is committed to safeguarding and protecting the children and young people that we work with. As such all posts are subject to a safer recruitment process, including the disclosure of criminal records and vetting checks.

We ensure that we have a range of policies and procedures in place which promote safeguarding and safer working practice across school.

The government defines safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children as:

• 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. PHS strives to safeguard children at all times we have 2 designated persons for safeguarding at school. Staff receive enhanced training in;
• Child Protection
• Safeguarding
• Sexual Exploitation
• Prevent
• Domestic Abuse
• Positive Handling

Our Ethos
Our school will establish and maintain an ethos where our pupils feel secure, are encouraged to talk, are listened to and are safe. Children at our school will be able to talk freely to any member of staff or regular visitor to our school if they are worried or concerned about something.
Throughout our curriculum we will provide activities and opportunities that will equip our children with the skills they need to stay safe. We will run Safety Online Days, we will equip pupils with the skills to address; Cyber Bullying, we will run Social Media Awareness sessions for pupils and parents in conjunction with other professionals including the community police.
We will encourage our children to develop essential life skills. At all times we will work in partnership and endeavour to establish effective working relationships with parents, carers and colleagues from other agencies.

Our Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSL)

View our Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSL)
School Safeguarding Policy

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. All schools will now be notified of any child in their school who has been involved or witnessed an incident of domestic abuse the night before so that staff are able to provide the necessary support that child may need that day.
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Online Safety
Parkside House School provides a safe environment for students to browse and study using the Internet. Strict controls are in place to offer freedom to work and explore, but prevent access to potentially harmful or inappropriate material. This protects students at school but many parents may be concerned this safety is not always guaranteed on personal devices or in areas not regulated in a similar manner.
There are many resources available to help protect children in the online world and we have taken a selection of the best resources for you to read at your convenience. Should you have any concerns regarding your child’s online activity our staff will be happy to discuss any issues or offer advice in strict confidence.

Be involved in your child’s online life. Young people use the Internet to socialise and grow and, just as you guide and support them offline, you should be there for them online too. Talk to them about what they’re doing.

Keep up-to-date with your child’s development online. Be inquisitive and interested in the new gadgets and sites that your child is using. It’s important that as your child learns more, so do you.

Consider the use of parental controls on devices that link to the Internet, such as the TV, laptops, computers, games consoles and mobile phones. Parental controls are not just about locking and blocking, they are a tool to help you set appropriate boundaries as your child grows and develops.

Emphasise that not everyone is who they say they are. Make sure your child knows never to meet up with someone they only know online. People might not always be who they say they are.

Know what to do if something goes wrong. Just as in the offline world, you want to help your child when they need it. Therefore, it is important to know when and how to report any problem.

Thinkuknow – online safety advice for children of all ages, parents, carers and teachers.

CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection) – part of UK policing, dedicated to preventing online related offences.

NSPCC – advice on keeping your child safe online.

Microsoft Safety & Security Centre – advice for online family safety.