At St Edmundsbury CEVA Primary School we take the safeguarding of all children and the wider community extremely seriously.
Safeguarding takes into account the safety and well being of all pupils. This may be on site at the school or beyond the school gates outside of the school.
If there are concerns about the safeguarding of children the school may inform our colleagues at Social Care. This will allow any concerns to be investigated if necessary.
Concerns about the safeguarding of children should be shared with the Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSLs), who are:
Mr S Valentine - Headteacher
Mrs R Maddieson - Pastoral Support Practitioner
The Safeguarding Governor is Mrs Penny Longford
This site explains how all of the social media and gaming apps that children might access work and gives them ratings for their privacy and safety. It also has information on age ratings for accessing these apps and sites.
The National Online Safety website contains lots of information videos for adults to help in supporting children with staying safe online.
County Lines exploitation is when gangs and organised crime networks use vulnerable children, usually from urban areas, to courier drugs and money to suburban and rural locations.
Vulnerable children are targeted by gangs and groomed, threatened or tricked into trafficking drugs for them. The gangs use mobile phone lines to facilitate their activity and use a local property as a base; these often belong to a vulnerable adult and are obtained through force or coercion (known as cuckooing).
The County Lines process is now understood as a driving causal factor in youth violence and, in some cases, includes elements of child trafficking. An updated report by the National Crime Agency (NCA) has found that the use of ‘county lines’ by gangs, is a growing issue, and is exploiting ever-younger victims.