Safeguarding and E-Safety
Lancaster Steiner School regards each child as a unique individual and therefore seeks to support pupils’ development in ways which will foster security, confidence and independence. We recognise that high self-esteem, peer support, a secure school environment and clear lines of communication with trusted adults helps all children and especially those at risk of or suffering from abuse. These are regarded as central to the well-being of the individual and are therefore seen to be an intrinsic part of all aspects of the curriculum and ethos.
Our Safeguarding and Child Protection policy and procedures comply with:
- Keeping Children Safe in Education (2019)
- Working Together to Safeguard Children (2018)
- Safeguarding Children Partnership Arrangements for Blackburn, Darwen, Blackpool and Lancashire (CSAP)
- Lancaster Steiner School Values and Aims
Designated Safeguarding Lead
Ms Ola Mustapha
Deputy Safeguarding Lead
Ms Rachel Theobald
Nominated Trustee for Safeguarding
Ms Sara Nobili-Park
At Lancaster Steiner School, we believe it is essential that children be given the opportunity to explore the notion of diversity and come to value and understand Britain as a multi-ethnic and very diverse society. Providing a safe learning environment in which children can raise sensitive issues and concerns without fear of reprimand or ridicule, and explore boundaries of what is acceptable, will foster an open attitude to diversity. Though our curriculum, values education, and our approach to critical thinking, we support all of our children in developing and nurturing kindness and respect for each other, and the world around them, irrespective of one’s race and ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, sex (as in gender), gender reassignment, religious belief or lack of.
We recognise that the use of technologies and social media present particular challenges and risks to pupils both inside and outside of school.
Children and young people may expose themselves to danger, whether knowingly or unknowingly, when using the internet and other technologies. Additionally, some young people may find themselves involved in activities which are inappropriate or possibly illegal. Staff are particularly alert to:
- Peer on Peer Abuse: Staff will recognise the signs of peer on peer abuse and will report any concerns using the school’s behaviour policy.
- Sexting: Staff will recognise that sexting is a form of peer on peer abuse, which needs reporting to the DSL immediately.
Lancaster Steiner School endeavours to ensure a comprehensive curriculum response to enable all pupils to learn about and manage the associated risks effectively. It supports parents and the school community (including all members of staff) to become aware and alert to the needs of keeping children safe online, for example by providing updates via the school newsletter.
The school network is not accessed by the children, however filters for key words related to safeguarding concerns, including Prevent, is monitored regularly.