Safeguarding at Witton Middle School
All visitors must sign in at the office and may be requested to show identity at any time. All staff, governors & regular visitors are CRB/DBS and qualification checked. Mrs Cath Crossley is the Senior Designated Person (SDP) for Safeguarding Children anything which causes you concern should be reported to her or one of the deputies, Mrs Hannah Walsh or Mr Simon Marshall. The school has a Safeguarding Children Policy and other procedures in place. All staff (including supply staff, volunteers and governors) must ensure that they are aware of these procedures.
All visitors are given a “WMS Safeguarding leaflet” which explains their responsibilities.
Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies when there are concerns about a child’s welfare. We will ensure that our concerns about our pupils are discussed with his/her parents/carers first – unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child’s welfare.
Associated School Policies
Filtered Content and Websites
The school computers are scanned for inappropriate content by Forensic Software. Access to the internet is limited by the Worcestershire Schools filter and Forensic Software. Messages are displayed when material is filtered.
On-line Advice for Parents
Know what your children are doing online and who they are talking to. Ask them to teach you to use any applications you have never used. Keeping the computer in a family room means that you can share your child’s online experience – and that they are less likely to act inappropriately (i.e. via webcam). Help your children to understand that they should never give out personal details to online friends – personal information includes their messenger ID, email address, mobile number and any pictures of themselves, their family or friends. If your child publishes a picture or video online, anyone can change it or share it. Remind them that anyone may be looking at their images and one day a future employer could!
If your child receives spam/junk emails and texts, remind them never to believe them, reply to them or use them. It is not a good idea for your child to open files that are from people they do not know. They will not know what they contain – it could be a virus, or worse – an inappropriate image or film. Help your child understand that some people lie online and, therefore, it is better to keep online mates online. They should never meet up with any strangers without an adult they trust.
Always keep communication open for a child to know that it is never too late to tell someone if something makes them feel uncomfortable.
Teach young people how to block someone online and how to report them if they feel uncomfortable.
Additional information recommended by C.E.O.P.
Follow the links below to information recommended by C.E.O.P. as good sources of help for parents.
A parent’s guide to technology including video guides to help set up parental controls.
Witton Middle School
Please contact our School Office with any enquiries and you will be directed to speak to the right person where possible. You can either call, email or fill out the form on our contact page.
Child Exploitation & Online Protection