Safeguarding and E-Safety
The school develops an ethos where children feel secure, that their viewpoints are valued and that they are encouraged to talk and are listened to.
The health, safety and well-being of all our children are of paramount importance to all adults who work at the school. Our children have the right to protection, regardless of age, gender, race, culture or disability. They have a right to be safe.
The school follows the recommended procedures of the Hertfordshire Safeguarding Board, a guide to procedure and practice for all professional staff in Hertfordshire who work with children.
The school’s Designated Senior Leader for child protection is Mrs Tara McGovern and, in her absence, Mrs Charlotte Oram or Mrs Vicki O’Brien
All but one of the school gates are locked at all times. As there is a public footpath running through the school grounds we have to provide access so we,therefore,ask parents/carers and all visitors to help keep our children safe by remembering to ensure the gate is closed and bolted when entering and leaving the playground.
The school office must be your first point of contact for any matters involving a deviation to your child’s school day. If you know in advance that you will be arriving late, leaving early, have a medical appointment, etc, the office needs to know directly as this is where the school registers are maintained. In the case of a school evacuation the office should know the exact up-to-date whereabouts of all the children that are on roll at Therfield School. Please do not rely on the class teacher informing the office based on a conversation with you or a comment in the link book. The office will pass on the relevant information to the class teachers.
We are unable to send children home with alternative adults if the school office has not been made aware of this arrangement. If anybody else is collecting your child, including an older sibling, the school must be notified of this in advance. We can only accept this instruction from you, the parent. The best way to do this is to come and write it on the designated sheet in the entrance hall. If you are unable to come in to do this in person, you can ring or email the office. We would appreciate as much notice as possible so that we can ensure that the child and class teacher are made aware of it too. If you have a more regular arrangement for who is collecting your child on set days, or would like to give ongoing permission for a particular adult to be authorised to collect your child(ren) then we need to receive written notice about this. This can be in the form of a letter or email into the office. The safeguarding of all our children is of paramount importance.By informing us of your child’s absence and letting us know of any changes to collection arrangements you can help us to ensure your child’s safety.
All visitors to the school, including parent volunteers, are required to sign in and wear a visitor’s badge at all times.
Ofcom has launched a campaign to help keep children safe online during the holidays.
The internet offers a range of opportunities for fun, learning and development at the click of a mouse, but it's important that parents, carers and children have the right skills and information to help keep them safe online.
" Two-thirds of 5-7 year olds now use the internet at home, rising to over three-quarters of 8-11 year olds and over four-fifths of 12-15s. Of these, one fifth of 5-7 year olds use the internet without an adult present, as do almost half of 8-11 year olds and two-thirds of 12-15s. 12-15 year olds say they spend an average of nearly 14 hours a week online. Over a third of 12-15 year olds say they mostly access the internet in their bedroom. During this time they could encounter inappropriate or even potentially harmful content. "
Find out what you can do to help your children enjoy the internet safely by reading Ofcom's guide for parents and carers on how to use parental controls and filters to manage your children's access to digital TV and internet content. The guide also encourages parents and carers to talk to children about what they do on the internet and how to use it safely.