KEEPING CHILDREN SAFE - WE ARE ALL RESPONSIBLE
The Designated Safeguarding Leads for the school are:
Stuart Dyer - Head of Teaching and Learning
Ang Batten - Deputy Head
Other members of staff with Level 3, advanced safeguarding training include Louise Boud (SENDCO), Laura Piper (Family Support Worker), Katherine Clarke (Unit Leader), Jo Lock (Unit Leader), Janet Holman (Nursery +) and Liz Dymond (Senior Administrator).
Brixington Primary Academy Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy
Updated appendix to safeguarding policy regarding COVID 19 outbreak
Keeping Safe during School Closure and phased reopening
This page will be updated with the best ways to stay safe and healthy during school closure.
Please telephone 07544 019370 if you need to talk to someone at school about keeping safe. If no answer, you can leave a voicemail or text and we will call you back.
Message from police regarding county lines/drugs
Mental Health Support For All
Devon Family Advice Line
ECI will be launching a new phone advice line for parents and carers across Devon on Monday 1 June. The number for the new service is 01392 949059 and it will be manned from 10 – 2pm Monday to Friday. People will be able to leave a message outside of these hours, or when the operators are all busy.
It will offer advice on a specific issue around their children and their family relationships, including any communication issues or conflict they are having with their partners or co-parents of their children. It is not meant to be a replacement for more targeted work, but just a way to offer people a place to be heard and a few tips on how to deal with a particular situation or to signpost them to an organisation which may be able to help them.
Please feel free to share the number.
Accessing Mental Health Support
This link is from DIAS (Devon Information Advice and Support). It has a list of resources to support families, particularly those with children with SEND, but some useful resources for everyone.
Worried about your child's behaviour or mental health and not sure what's normal or how to find sensible advice?
You've come to the right place ! HappyMaps is a one-stop-shop for parents with links to support and information for problems in children of all ages
Young people’s mental health, advice and support
If you are struggling with news about the coronavirus and it is affecting your mental health, have a look at our blog for advice and support
XenZone is a provider of online mental health services for children, young people and adults. Kooth, from XenZone, is an online counselling and emotional well-being platform for children and young people, accessible through mobile, tablet and desktop and free at the point of use
Devon Family Resource.
This toolkit offers advice, activities and resources to help you support your family’s wellbeing throughout a period of self-isolation. If you are already struggling with your children’s behaviour, you might be justifiably anxious about an extended period in the house with your children.
Positive penguins app
Positive Penguins is an award winning, top ranked, fun educational app developed for children to help them understand why they feel the way they do and help them challenge their negative thinking. The app aims to help children understand their feelings come from their own thoughts not the situations
Remember - Buddy says, 'Who are your trusted adults?' NSPCC Childline: 0800 1111
Worried about yourself or about another child? You can receive advice from:
Devon's multi agency safeguarding hub is called MASH and its website has lots of advice if you are concerned about a child:
Online and Internet safety is a high priority for all children. The website https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/ is an excellent one to share with your children. The website https://www.ceop.police.uk/safety-centre/ offers advice for parents.
Discussing online safety with your children
This video helps parents and children understand the importance of keeping details secret when using devices, and of the unhappiness that can be caused when people aren't kind online.
Discussing private parts with your children
Pantosaurus helps children understand that privates are private, even online. It works for very young children but also as a basis for discussion with older pupils. It's also very funny!
Online Safety Evening - February 11th 2020
Christmas HOLIDAYS safety:
Look at https://www.brixington.devon.sch.uk/news/detail/summer-holidays/ for holidays advice and support.
A visit from Buddy! NSPCC Everyone at school today was visited by Buddy from the NSPCC. We learned about speaking out in order to stay safe, and who our trusted adults were. We know it's important to speak up and tell the people we trust if we are worried about something.
Lots of our older pupils are using messaging services such as WhatsApp. These services offer the benefit of being able to speak with a number of people at once, instantly, and are often available free as applications on phones. I would strongly recommend all parents to read the following advice regarding WhatsApp, as there are several implications for children’s safety. https://www.internetmatters.org/hub/guidance/whatsapp-safety-a-how-to-guide-for-parents/ In particular, it is very easy for children’s name and telephone numbers to be shared with people they don’t know when using WhatsApp. WhatsApp’s advertised minimum age for users is 16.
Most of all, as always, I would urge parents to talk openly and honestly with their children about how they are using their digital devices.
Using Instagram is popular with some older pupils at school. Parents are reminded that the minimum age for Instagram users is 13, and are invited to read Instagram Tips for Parents via this link: https://help.instagram.com/154475974694511
These apps are popular with children and teens. Do you know what they are?
NSPCC Sexual abuse support: https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/underwear-rule/
Operation Encompass is a Police and Education early intervention safeguarding partnership which supports children and young people exposed to domestic abuse.
Operation Encompass is the reporting to schools before the start of the next school day when a child or young person has been involved or exposed to a domestic abuse incident the previous evening.
The information is given in strict confidence to a school’s Key Adult to enable support to be given dependent on the needs and wishes of the child.
Operation Encompass is a Trauma Informed and Trauma Sensitive charity. We acknowledge and understand the impact of Domestic Abuse as an Adverse Childhood Experience.
Operation Encompass mitigates against the damaged caused by exposure to Domestic Abuse and other ACE’s
If you are concerned in any way about drug abuse, the following website offers support and guidance: