ICT and Computing can offer many positive educational and social benefits to children, but unfortunately there are some dangers.
As in any other area of life, children and young people are vulnerable and 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.
As a school, we take e-Safety seriously. This section of the website will provide you with useful information to ensure you are fully aware of the risks to your children but also how you can work with them to keep them safe.
Worried about online bullying or inappropriate behaviour visit https://www.ceop.police.uk/
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Serena GlenDesignated Safeguarding Lead ad Assistant Head
Bronwen HookDeputy designated Safeguarding lead and Deputy Head
Nicola CumanAssistant Head
Ama OspaninAssistant Head
Melissa HobbsAssistant Head
Rest of the Team
Nick SykesArt Therapist
Melanie Wilson-StroudLearning Mentor
Jordan BurgessTrainee counsellor
Useful links for Parents/Carers
Activities for EYFS & KS1 pupils to learn how to stay safe online.
A guide to the various ways cyberbullying occurs and information on how parents and carers can lessen the risks for their children.
Thinkuknow is an education initiative by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre - the UK's national law enforcement agency that focuses on tackling the sexual abuse of children.
Microsoft’s guide to keeping your family safe on the Internet.
CBBC website with help, information and activities about staying safe.
PEGI provides advice regarding the age suitability of a game. However, every child is different. Ultimately parents should decide what their children are capable of viewing or experiencing.
BBC Webwise site with information on how parents can keep children safe online.
Many games consoles and portable media players now let you go onto the internet at the touch of a button.This guide will show you how to find information to help keep children safe online when using games consoles and portable media players.
This Morning ITV programme – support and advice for parents on keeping children safe online.
Childnet International promotes the positive and creative use of the internet with children. They publish information leaflets in many different languages.
Facebook – reporting underage accounts
Information for Parents and children about staying safe online.
The Digizen website provides information for educators, parents, carers, and young people. There is specific advice and resources on social networking and cyberbullying.
The Parental Control Bar is a free public service that helps concerned parents prevent their children from accessing adult-oriented web sites. Complete our simple three-step installation process and start controlling your family's online activity.
GetNetWise is a public service brought to you by Internet industry corporations and public interest organizations to help ensure that Internet users have safe, constructive, and educational or entertaining online experiences.
HomeSafe has 3 simple features:-
|UK Safer Internet Centre (www.saferinternet.org.uk) - Find e-Safety tips, advice and resources to help children and young people stay safe on the Internet.||This guide has been created to answer questions and introduce some of the most popular devices, highlighting the safety tools available and empowering parents with the knowledge they need to support their children to use these technologies safely and responsibly.|
Instagram - click to view the info.
Click on the link to view the e-safety policy. It will open in a new window.
General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) issued in May 2018 replaced the Data Protection Act (DPA) and is set to strengthen and unify all data held within an organisation. For schools, GDPR brings a new responsibility to inform parents/carers and stakeholders about how they are using pupils’ data and who it is being used by.
What does GDPR mean for schools?
We only collect personal data to allow us to fulfil our obligations to safeguard your children and to provide them with the best academic opportunities.
We will continue to update our policies and procedures in line with any changes in law and ensure that we are compliant with all necessary regulations.
A great deal of the processing of personal data undertaken by schools will fall under a specific legal basis, ‘in the public interest’. As it is in the public interest to operate schools successfully, it will mean that specific consent will not be needed in the majority of cases in schools.
GDPR will ensure data is protected and will give individuals more control over their data. However, this means schools will have greater accountability for the data:
- Under GDPR, consent must be explicitly given to anything that isn’t within the normal business of the school, especially if it involves a third party managing the data. Parents (or the pupil themselves depending on their age) must express consent for their child’s data to be used outside of the normal business of the school.
- Schools must appoint a Data Protection Officer (DPO) and be able to prove that they are GDPR compliant. The school’s DPO is Newham Partnership Working.
- Schools must ensure that their third party suppliers who may process any of their data is GDPR compliant and must have legally binding contracts with any company that processes any personal data. These contracts must cover what data is being processed, who it is being processed by, who has access to it and how it is protected.
- It will be compulsory that all data breaches which are likely to have a detrimental effect on the data subject are reported to the ICO within 72 hours.
If you wish to withdraw consent or have any enquiries relating to personal data, you can email us directly at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mental Health & Wellbeing
At Carpenters, our commitment to keeping our children safe, and providing the best possible environment in which every child is cared for and able to learn and grow, underpins all our teaching and learning.
As a school we take mental health and wellbeing very seriously and we are leading the way in highlighting this area. We are also working towards a Wellbeing award, which will demonstrate how wellbeing and mental health in our children, staff and parents/carers are at the forefront of our school's vision of leading a mentally healthy school.
Mental Health & Wellbeing at Carpenters is lead by the following staff:
Melissa Hobbs - Senior Leader for Mental Health & Wellbeing and Thrive Practitioner
Hillary Briffa - Mental Health & Wellbeing Link Governor
Bronwen Hook - Deputy Head & Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Nick Sykes - Art Psychotherapist
Jordan Burgess - Trainee Counsellor
We are proud to announce that we now have seven members of staff who are now accredited in Youth Mental Health First Aid.
Miss Hobbs, Miss Barrick, Miss Hook, Miss Neckles, Miss Chester, Mrs O’Neill & Mrs Wilson-Stroud.
If you would like to talk to one of our mental health first aiders, please call the school office to book a convenient time to talk.
It's taken a couple of years of hard work and determination. A clear focus from the pupils, parents/carers and staff involved but together we have made the changes needed to ensure that we prioritise support for our community's health and wellbeing.
The groups that have led this process involved children, staff, parents/carers and governors. They met with other children, parents/carers and staff - listening to their challenges around developing and maintaining positive mental health. Following these conversations, the team used this information to not only evaluate the work of the school but to enhance it further to make sure we are doing our utmost to care for our school community wellbeing.
How do we talk to children about Mental Health & Wellbeing?
Emotional wellbeing is a clear indicator of academic achievement, success and satisfaction in later life. Evidence shows that mental health and wellbeing programmes in schools, can lead to significant improvements in children’s mental health, and social and emotional skills. Wellbeing provision in schools can also lead to reductions in classroom misbehaviour and bullying.
What are we doing as a school to support children with their mental health and emotional wellbeing?
Work with Newham's SEND 0-25 service, which provides a variety of programmes for children with more complex learning and health needs, including those with disabilities.
Work with our Gardener in Residence, Cassie Liversidge, whose work with the children in the school garden is structured to ensure that it is fully integrated with the classroom-based curriculum, giving the children real world experiences with gardening and plants.
Work with PE specialists to ensure that our games and activities curriculum is challenging and engaging for all children, encouraging children to use their bodies, and to experience the thrill of competing (more information is available on our Pupil and Sports Premium page). This work has been recognised through our achievement of a Silver School Games Award for 2018/19.
A whole-school approach, which draws on theories in attachment, neuroscience and child development, to support children in becoming happy, healthy and confident learners. It provides staff (and parents) with a powerful way of working with children to ensure optimal social and emotional development. Children participate in whole-class thrive sessions as part of the PSHCE curriculum and may also benefit from more personalised, targeted support in small group or 1:1 thrive sessions with a licensed practitioner.
The school holds a half termly meeting with a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) practitioner to discuss concerns raised by staff, children and/or their parents/carers. Discussions focus on how the school can best support the child. There is also an opportunity for parents to discuss strategies, where appropriate. To find out more, speak to a member of the Wellbeing team or your child’s phase leader.
HeadStart Newham is a mental health service working closely with schools and the community to transform how young people and their families are supported to stay emotionally healthy. They provide the school with two interventions to support children’s resilience.
Bounceback - where children create an action plan, setting their own targets to improve an area of their own emotional wellbeing.
Champions - where children undertake an audit of the schools wellbeing provision and work towards to project to bring about positive change in their community. This is an important part of children developing greater responsibility and independent, leading to higher resilience and more positive emotional wellbeing.
We recognise that children need to know that:
- They matter;
- They are valued;
- They will be listened to;
- There is help/support available from trusted adults.
We acknowledge them every day through greetings, a gesture, a nod, a smile and a conversation. The Soft Start approach in the mornings is an opportunity for our children to transition into the school day in a positive way.
We are a mental health charity founded in 1980, and since then have been developing and delivering high quality services with, and for, people with a mental health problem living in Thurrock.
We are affiliated to Mind and work in partnership with Thurrock Council, Thurrock Clinical
Commissioning Group, our NHS providers and other local voluntary, community and faith groups.
We want to make sure that everyone who experiences difficulties with their mental health gets the respect and support they need, at the time they need it and for people who are likely to develop mental health problems, to stay well.
We provide a range of services together with information and advice on mental health problems.
YoungMinds is the UK's leading charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people.
Advice on depression, anxiety, ADHD & self-harm
YoungMinds Parents Helpline
Tel: 0808 802 5544 (9.30 to 4.00pm, Mon- Fri)
We offer free, confidential online and telephone support, including information and advice, to any adult worried about the emotional problems, behaviour or mental health of a child or young person up to the age of 25.
A UK Charity for the prevention of young suicide.
Tel: 0800 068 41 41 Text: 0778 620 9697
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 10:00 am to 10:00 pm Weekends 2:00 pm to 10:00 pm Bank Holidays 2:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Eating disorder advice
Adults over 18 including parents, teachers or concerned adults
Tel: 345 634 1414 - . (Mon-Wed, 1pm-4pm)
Support forums (7 days a week) email: email@example.com
Tel: 0345 634 7650 - (Mon-Wed, 1pm-4pm)
Support forums (7 days a week) email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Beat provides helplines for adults and young people offering support and information about eating disorders and difficulties with food, weight and shape. We also have an email service and an online one to one service.
Tel: 116 123 (24 hours a day, free to call)
Provides confidential, non-judgemental emotional support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those that could lead to suicide. You can phone, email, write a letter or in most cases talk to someone face to face.
Rethink Mental Illness Advice Line
Tel: 0300 5000 927 (9.30am - 4pm Monday to Friday)
Provides expert advice and information to people with mental health problems and those who care for them, as well as giving help to health professionals, employers and staff. Rethink also runs Rethink services and groups across England and Northern Ireland.
Tel: 0300 304 7000 (4:30pm-10:30pm)
Saneline is a national mental health helpline providing information and support to people with mental health problems and those who support them.
Tel: 0800 1111
ChildLine is a private and confidential service for children and young people up to the age of nineteen. You can contact a ChildLine counsellor for free about anything - no problem is too big or too small.
Elefriends is a supportive online community where you can be yourself. Elefriends is run by Mind.
If you're a carer needing support you can contact all of the above as well as Carers Direct and the Princess Royal Trust for Carers, both of whom are able to provide support and advice on any issues affecting you.
Live a happier, healthier life with just a few minutes of meditation a day on the Headspace app.
XenZone is a provider of online mental health services for children, young people and adults.
Kooth, from XenZone, is an online counselling and emotional well-being platform for children and young people, accessible through mobile, tablet and desktop and free at the point of use.
Please click on this link if you wish to be directed to Kooth.
Colorfy is a lovely colouring mindfulness app that first started off in print version. Based in science of creativity and how colouring can create a feeling of flow that is associated with a meditative state. It is beautiful, and just looking at the lovely colours made me feel happy. You can paint from pre-loaded templates or even create your own.
The Mix is the UK’s leading support service for young people. We are here to help you take on any challenge you’re facing - from mental health to money, from homelessness to finding a job, from break-ups to drugs. Talk to us via online, social or our free, confidential helpline.