At Elmhurst, the health, safety and well-being of every child is our paramount concern. We listen to our pupils and take seriously what they tell us. Our aim is that children will enjoy their time as pupil in our school. We want to work in partnership with parents to help your child to achieve their full potential and make a positive contribution.
To promote a safe environment for pupils, our selection and recruitment policy includes all checks on staff and regular volunteers' suitability, including Criminal Bureau Checks, as recommended by Buckinghamshire County Council in accordance with current legislation.
In accordance with our responsibilities under section 175 of the Education Act 2002, we have a Designated Person for Child Protection (Miss Jacqueline Moore) who is a member of the Senior Leadership Team, and has received appropriate training for this role. It is her responsibility to ensure that all staff in contact with children receive child protection awareness training on a regular basis.
On rare occasions, our concern about a child may mean that we have to consult other agencies. Unless it is not safe for a child, we would always aim to achieve this with a parent's consent. The procedures, which we follow, have been laid down by the Local Safeguarding Children's Board, and the school has adopted a Child Protection Policy in line with this for the safety of all. If you want to know more about our procedures, please speak to the Headteacher, Miss Moore or your child's class teacher.
Please read below information that we have been passed on by the Education Safeguarding Advisory Service. They have recommended that we share this with parents.
We are aware of an explicit video involving a child which has been distributed via social media. This is currently under investigation by Hampshire Constabulary.
If you have received this explicit video on Snapchat, Instagram or by any other means you must delete it immediately. If you show this video to someone else or forward it on to other people you could be committing a criminal offence, which the police may investigate and consider prosecution.
The people in the video have been identified and specialist police officers are supporting them to ensure their safety.
If you have any knowledge or relevant information related to who shared this video or how it was distributed, please contact Hampshire Constabulary on 101 as soon as possible.
Children who have been affected by this video are encouraged to speak to their parents, teachers or a trusted adult or can contact ChildLine on 0800 1111 for further support.
Further advice for both children and parents about how to stay safe online is available on the National Crime Agency’s Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) command website: https://www.ceop.police.uk/safety-centre/