The child protection policy applies to anyone in the school from managers, board of trustees, staff, volunteers, and students.
The main goal of this policy is to protect children and others who use the school’s services and specifically information technology like the Internet, cell phones and game consoles. Moreover, this policy aims at providing all staff and volunteers with the principles that lead the approach to e-safety. Finally, this policy will ensure that the school is following the rules and procedures on how to use information technology.
The school realizes that:
- Every student has the right to be protected equally from any harm or danger, despite his age, gender, religion, culture, physical abilities.
- It is crucial that parents and guardians work closely with the school to protect the children and provide them with a harm free environment regrading e-safety.
- The students’ and young people’s well being is related to the way the school governs the approach to the use of technology and management of electronic communication technologies.
Nowadays information technology plays an important role in our lives. It helps with finding, gathering and organizing information. Moreover, it has a crucial role in communication. However, if children or even adults use it in a wrong way, it can lead to serious problems and can cause harm.
The school will promote e-safety through different procedures, such as:
- assigning an e-safety co-ordinator.
- elaborating a set of procedures that have specific directions to staff and volunteers on the proper usage of ICT.
- teaching students appropriate ways of using technology to help them in their life and at the same time respecting others and keeping them safe.
- assisting and showing parents and guardians certain ways to keep their children safe when using the Internet, mobile phones and game consoles.
- assimilating standards into the codes of conduct both for staff and volunteers and for children and young people about safe and appropriate usage of
- following up e-safety agreements for use with young people and their parents.
- following the procedures to deal firmly, fairly and decisively with any examples of inappropriate ICT use, complaints or allegations; whether by an adult or a child/young person (these may include breaches of filtering, illegal use, cyber bullying, or use of ICT to groom a child or to perpetrate abuse).
- informing parents and guardians of incidents that happened with their children and which are of concern whenever needed.
- ensuring that names, logins and passwords are used effectively and are changed constantly.
- signing in using the official email given by the school and changing the passwords constantly to avoid any kind of incidents.
- protecting personal information related to staff, students such as their names and ensuring that they are not on the official website of the school.
- ensuring that photos, videos related to the staff and students are only displayed with permission, be it the permission of the person as an adult or the permission of the parents for their children.
- providing professional development for staff and volunteers on ICT issues, through supervision, support and training.
- any social media tools used in the course of our work with children, young people and families must be risk-assessed in advance by the member of staff wishing to use them.
- any developing new technology should be assessed before using it at the school.
The name of our e-safety co-ordinator can be found on our Child Protection Named Person Posters.