Safeguarding Statement

Kingfisher School ensures that all children learn in a safe, caring and enriching environment. Children are taught and offered support to keep themselves safe, to develop positive and healthy relationships and to avoid situations where they might be at risk, including being exploited by others.

Kingfisher School recognises safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is everyone’s responsibility. Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families has a role to play. If you are worried about the safety of any young person in our school, you must report this to a member of the Safeguarding Team.

Each case is treated with dignity and respect and we work closely with external agencies, family and the students themselves to ensure they feel safe, nurtured and receive the appropriate level of support to allow them to achieve their full potential.

The school has a statutory responsibility to share any concerns it might have about a child in need of protection with other agencies and in particular police, health and children’s services. Schools are not able to investigate concerns but have a legal duty to refer them. In most instances, the school will be able to inform the parents/carer of its need to make a referral.

However, sometimes the school is advised by Children’s Social Care or police that the parent/carer cannot be informed whilst they investigate the matter. We understand the anxiety parents/carers understandably feel when they are not told about any concerns from the outset. The School follows legislation that aims to act in the interests of the child.

Nicola Smith is the Designated Senior member of staff who is responsible for ensuring the safety of both Students and Staff, the Deputy Designated Senior members of staff are Karen McArthur, Angela Hirons, Neil Clapham, Andy Morris and Andy Capewell who support Mrs Smith in these duties.

Samantha Gould is the safeguarding governor and chair of governors.

If you have any questions about this information, please speak to a member of staff.

Safeguarding Policy

Safeguarding Information on the "Momo Challenge"

Momo is a social media account that can be found on Facebook, YouTube and Whatsapp. When a person interacts with the account, they begin to receive pictures of Momo, a terrifying image of a bug-eyed toothless woman. Momo responds almost immediately with threatening messages and violent images to the user. “She” says that she knows personal things about the user and uses fear and threats to challenge the user.

You will find a link below from the BBC and police regarding this issue and a flier offering advice from the National Online Safety Organisation, which I would encourage you to take the time to look at, in order to safeguard your child from exposure to this sort of online danger. The link to the BBC site is below for your information.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-47359623

We advise parents/carers to:

Should your child be affected by the Momo challenge, then we would urge you to report this to the police and to the social media site, they have used to access it.

Useful Information

Advice for Parents on Cyberbullying Potection from sexual exploitation Potection from abuse online Reporting concerns to CEOP Treating Headlice Parent Protect! Online Protection Whats the problem? Online Protection Parents against sexual exploitation helpline

Anonymous Reporting

Anonymous Reporting to a member of our Team