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Safeguarding At St. John’s

At St. John’s nothing is more important than the safety of the children. All staff, governors, volunteers and our community have a responsibility for the health, safety and wellbeing of our children.

As a school we are committed to safeguarding all our pupils and promoting their welfare, this means:

  • protecting children from maltreatment
  • preventing impairment of children’s health or development
  • ensuring children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care
  • taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes

To this end we have a clear and well understood safeguarding policy in place available on our policies page. We have a child-centered approach and will always act in the best interests of each child. St. John’s Primary School is clear that radicalisation and extremism should be viewed as a safeguarding concern and that staff and governors have explicit responsibilities to safeguard children from the risk of being influenced by extremist groups.

All staff are alert to the potential dangers of institutional complacency and/or suspended professional disbelief – ‘it could not happen here’.

If we have any concerns about your child’s welfare we will discuss it with you. If we ever have any child protection concerns we will inform you prior to making a referral to an external agency, unless we feel that doing so may put a child at greater risk. We want to work with you to ensure your child’s safety and to help each family to get the support it needs.

Keeping Children Safe is Everyone’s Responsibility.

Raising Concerns, Getting Help

Are You Concerned about a Child?

If you have any concerns about the safety or wellbeing of a child then please contact the school using or you can contact the school and ask for:

  • The Head Teacher and Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL): Mr Justin Hoye
  • The LRR Deputy and Deputy DSL: Mr Tony Weir
  • The WR Deputy and Deputy DSL: Mrs Ali Vining

However, you can talk to any member of staff and they will guide you in how to proceed.

We also have a governor responsible for safeguarding who can be contacted via email or ask at the school office.

  • Safeguarding Governor: Mrs Caroline Davenport

Alternatively, you may ring the local authority First Response Team on 0117 9036444 or via this link:

First Response Children’s services leaflet

First Response Video

The NSPCC also offer a free (from a landline) 24 hour helpline number: 0800 800 5000

For non-emergency serious concerns you could ring the Police on 101

In an EMERGENCY you should always ring 999

Do you need help and support?

If you are a child and worried about something then it is good to talk to an adult in school who you trust. You might be worried about growing up, bullying, problems with your family or at school; whatever it is, there is always someone at school you can talk to. You could also talk to Childline, they offer advice and you don’t have to tell them who you are. The telephone call is free from a landline, just dial 0800 1111 or go to their website; there’s also a helpful video below.

If you need advice about how to talk to your child about radicalisation, hate crimes or extremism take a look at this website.

For parents/carers, firstly please come and talk to us. Sharing a concern or a difficulty you, your child or your family are having is really important. If anything is happening that may affect your child then it is essential that someone at school knows so we can support them effectively. We can often put you in touch with organisations that can help, alternatively you can ring First Response or any of the numbers above yourself.

Keeping Children Safe is Everyone’s Responsibility.

Online Safety

Welcome to our page dedicated to online safety.

Here you will find a link to the ‘Parent Info’ website, which has current articles to help support you through parenting in this digital age. This website is updated regularly so is able to give you up-to-date advice.

We also have the handout from our last online safety meeting which contains many links to other websites to give you information for specific needs such as setting parent controls on devices.

We will continue to update this page with information to help support you and your children so come back often to see what new information there is. If you would like to talk to someone in school about an online safety issue then please talk either to your child’s class teacher or come to see myself, Mrs Hood (Ducklings Class teacher and online safety lead teacher).

Kind regards,

Mrs Hood

Knowledge is Key!

What’s App – have you checked your settings?

What’s app have made some changes, some back in May, but many of us are just beginning to realise somethings have changed.   It is well worth checking your privacy settings to know who can send you messages, view your profile, know your location as well as join you to groups.  Internet Matters has a handy guide see

What’s app is recommended for those over 12 years of age and as a school we would not advocate any children under this age having this app.  However, we do realise that as a parent, you may choose to allow your child to use What’s app.  We strong suggest checking their setting privacy list to ensure that their location is never available to others and that only contacts can add them to groups.

To know more about this app and / or the suitability of other apps for your child. Do use or as well as the  for support.

Apps parents may want to research

In order to keep children safe, it is important to have regular conversations with them to ask what they are enjoying playing online.  It is imperative that these conversations are two-way, with you sharing your likes and dislikes and making time to play their games.   If there is an app you are unsure they should be playing then explain that you would like to know more, perhaps research it online together to find out the pros and cons. is a good site to use to find out more. You can then discuss why a game is unsuitable for their age or say that the game is perfect or even it is okay but we just need to change some of the settings.  This will help you build a trusting relationship around being online and, hopefully, mean your child will be open and honest about what they use.

There are some current games you need to be aware of –

Among Us – popular with primary school aged children, rated PEG+9 (although was a lot higher when it was first released).

What you need to know:  If settings are public, children can chat with people they don’t know whilst playing online.

Whilst filters may block some bad language, there are words that don’t get picked up by the filter, meaning children can still be exposed to inappropriate content whilst playing a seemingly age appropriate game.

See for more information

Only Fans – lures young people in with the promise of making money in exchange for photos and videos. Users are supposed to be 18 or over, but age is rarely checked. Things can easily spiral for a young person who is promised an allowance of £££s each week in exchange for sexual photographs.

Omegle – Talk to strangers!  When you use Omegle, they pick someone else at random so you can have a one-on-one chat. Pretty self-explanatory why this is so inappropriate and dangerous for children to use!

Tinder – parents may be surprised by this thinking it is a dating app for adults, but we have information from the police that they have come across children in years 5 and 6 at primary schools who are mentioning this app in their discussions and who have an account on the site.

Other sites to Support Parents –

  • Internet Matters – for guides on how to enable and set up privacy settings for apps/games
  • Think You Know – has some great resources that parents can use as part of home schooling their children
  • – online safety tips for children
  • – dedicated to making the internet a safe place for children

Online Safety Support 

During these unusual times children are using screens more and more in order to complete schoolwork, talk to their friends, to play games and watch videos.   As a consequence of them spending more time on screens they are becoming more tech savvy and are accessing a wider range of apps and games.  As a parent you may be feeling anxious about what your child is doing online and unsure of how to support them.   Help is at hand.  Here is a link to some family activities to support you and your family. 

  It has some useful conversation starters as well as some follow up activities.  The key advice is to talk to your child often about their online activities, play alongside them and find online activities to do together.     The areas focused on are: 

  • Viewing Videos Online 
  • Cyber security 
  • Social Media 
  • Sharing Images 
  • Live Streaming 
  • Online Gaming 

They also have helpful short videos to support parents which are worth a watch.  Also remember that you can click the Parent Info banner on this page to find even more Online Safety help.  

You may have seen on the news or on social media that there is currently a video that is being circulated online that is very distressing. Please click the link below to read a great article to support your family with, not just this current issue, but with anything inappropriate your child may see online.

Please do contact us if you wish to discuss any online issues affecting your child.

Worried about your child’s online choices?   Not sure about app’s your child is requesting to use?

There are a number of sites that can help you make an informed choice.   You can access ‘Parent Info’ via this page as we have a direct link by scrolling down to the bottom.  Other sites we would recommend are:

How much screen time should I allow my child?

This is a question you may have asked yourself recently and not been sure of the answer.   Being online is a big part of our children’s lives and it can provide an opportunity to enhance skills and gain knowledge.  We need to not just consider the time children spend online but make sure it is purposeful time.   Children have a way of making us feel like we are too strict and will tell you that their best friend Bob is allowed so much more time than them.  Fear not, there is advice out there to help guide you on making a decision regarding screen time and to help you think of other things you should consider.

The Internet Matters site has produced some easy to read online guides for parents on screen time for 0-5 year olds, 7-11 year olds, 11-14 year olds and 14 plus.   These guides give you five top tips, latest statistics and  guide you in setting rules that suit your family.

A key quote from the guide:

“The truth about screen time – not all screen time is created equal, so it’s important to encourage children to have a healthy balance between passive screen time (i.e. watching YouTube) and interactive screen time (i.e. creating content or playing games online).

There is no safe level of screen time but it doesn’t mean that all screen time is harmful. Lack of evidence has meant that experts have found it hard to recommend a cut-off for children’s screen time overall.

One size does not fit all when it comes to screen time  – it’s more about getting it right for your family’s needs.”

Below is a link to the guides

0-5 year olds

5-7 year olds

7-11 year olds

11-14 year olds


Parents’ guide for the use of a ‘What’s app’ school/class group

If you are unsure of the etiquette of being a part of a ‘What’s app’ class group then have a look at our helpful guide underneath.

Parents’ guide for the use of a ‘What’s app’ school/class group


Acceptable Use Policy – Infant Pupils to sign

Acceptable Use Policy – Junior Pupils to sign

Parent Info

Visit the Parent Info website for support and guidance for parents from leading experts and organisations:

ParentInfo From CEOP And The Parent Zone

Keeping your child safer out of school:

Child Protection Leaflet (June 2018)

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