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Keeping Your Child Safe

At John Burns everyone has the right to respect. The children in our school remain our priority and we do everything within our power to make sure that they are safe and happy, both in school and within the wider community.

We strive to provide a happy, safe and caring environment where everyone is valued. Our pupils are actively encouraged to reach their full potential both academically and socially. This will be recognisable through the children’s desire to learn and to equip themselves for life. The aim is for each child to be confident and have self-esteem, enabling them to act with increased independence and make responsible contributions to society.

We recognise that children may experience or witness difficult things in their lives and they may find it difficult to develop a sense of self worth or view the world in a positive way. For such children school may be one of the few stable, secure and predictable components in their life. Other children may be vulnerable because they have a disability or they are in care. We seek to provide all our children with the necessary support to keep them safe and build their self-esteem and self-confidence. We want children at our school to feel able to talk freely to any member of staff  if they are worried or concerned, with the assurance that they are heard.

Whatever their background and culture, age, disability, gender, racial origin or religious belief we believe that children have the right to participate in a society and environment which is safe and free from violence, fear, abuse, bullying and discrimination. They have the right to be protected from harm, exploitation and abuse, and to be provided with safe environments in which to live and play.

We seek to protect children and young people against the messages of all violent extremism from any background.

We develop children’s knowledge of the wider community through our work on community cohesion.

At all times we will work to establish effective working relationships with parents, carers and colleagues from other agencies such as Health or Social Care.

Click on the link to view the Department for Education guidance on Keeping Children Safe in Education

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ChildLine

ChildLine is a free 24-hour counselling service for children and young people up to their 19th birthday in the UK provided by the NSPCC. ChildLine deals with any issue which causes distress or concern, common issues dealt with include child abuse, bullying, parental separation or divorce, pregnancy and substance misuse.

Click on the posters to view the ChildLine website.

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NSPCC

The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) is a charity, campaigning and working in child protection in the United Kingdom. The NSPCC helpline responded to almost 55,000 contacts from adults concerned about the welfare of a child last year.

The NSPCC counsellors are there 24 hours a day, to help parents, professionals and anyone worried about a child in the UK. They will listen to your concerns, offer advice and support and can take action on your behalf if a child is in danger.

Every 25 seconds a child contacts Childline.

NSPCC volunteers have conversations that mean they can protect children in abusive situations by getting them the help they need, when they need it most.

Click on the poster and icon to view the NSPCC website.

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Wandsworth Safeguarding Children Board

The WSCB has a really important role in coordinating and ensuring the effectiveness of what is done by each and every person involved in protecting children and carries statutory responsibilities for safeguarding children in Wandsworth. It is made up of senior managers within organisations in Wandsworth, who hold responsibility for safeguarding children in their agencies, such as children's social care, police, health, education and other services including voluntary bodies. The WSCB monitors how they all work together to provide services for children and ensure children are protected. To view the WSCB website, click on the poster below.

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