Safeguarding


What to do if you are concerned about a child

Children and young people have the right to grow up safe from harm or abuse. If you are worried about a child or young person, please tell someone about your concerns. You can contact our Designated Officers by visiting the Contact Us page of the website, please click here for further information.

What to do if you need support to care for your child

Being a parent is one of the most important jobs there is – it is also one of the hardest. Most parents want to do their best for their children but for many, living with disadvantage can severely compromise their ability. Poverty, unsuitable and insecure housing, domestic violence, lone parenthood, and being a young parent can all disrupt a parent’s ability to cope, and families under stress need extra support. Even without any of these factors present, sometimes a little help can go a long way in helping us to cope with the pressures of parenthood. If you are a parent/carer and you think you could benefit from additional support in caring for your child, please click here for further information.

Safer Recruitment

Claremont is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare and safety of children and expect all staff to share this commitment. Click here for further information.

E-Safety

At Claremont we recognise that there are many benefits of the computer age and one of these is that children are becoming smarter. They are growing up computer literate and will have that as a huge advantage. Computer literacy is becoming an essential job qualification and feeling comfortable with computers will put them a step ahead. However, children are innocent and do not realise the dangers which could be involved in some of the situations they encounter whilst online.

Some issues include:
• Gaming (dangers of online gaming, but also age appropriate gaming)
• Mobile phones
• Bluetooth
• Posting personal information and status updates on social networking sites.
• Appropriate use of web cams
• The importance of passwords

Recommendations:

At home, computers should be in a central place. This will make it easier to keep an eye on your children’s activities

Parents should find out where their children go when they’re online. If you have young children, you may use the internet with them. For older children you could agree which sites they can and can’t use before they go online. You can also check where your kids have been by looking at the history in your browser menu. Another option is to use filtering tools like Google SafeSearch.

Use privacy settings and sharing controls. Many sites that feature user-generated content, including YouTube, Blogger and social networking sites, have sharing controls that put users in charge of who sees personal blogs, photos, videos, and profiles. Using sharing controls is particularly important when you or your children share personal information like names, addresses, or phone numbers, on public sites.

Teach your children to respect the privacy of friends and family by not identifying people by name in public profiles and pictures.

Protect passwords. Remind your children not to give out their passwords. Make sure they make a habit of unclicking “remember me” settings on public computers such as those at school or in the library.

Beware of strangers.

Teach children not to arrange in-person meetings with people they meet online, and not to share personal information with online strangers because people may not be who they claim to be.

Prevent viruses. Use Antivirus Software and update it regularly. Make sure your children avoid downloading from file-sharing websites and don’t accept files from unknown people, or emails with unknown attachments.

Teach your children to communicate responsibly. Take the following as a good rule of thumb: if you wouldn’t say it to someone’s face, don’t text it, email it, instant message it, or post it as a comment on someone’s page.

Internet Matters is an independent, not-for-profit organisation to help parents keep their children safe online.

For more information go to
www.thinkuknow.com
www.internetmatters.org/controls/interactive-guide/