Health and Safety

Meet our 'Valence Team Around the Family' and keep up to date with our Health and Safety advice and documents.

Valence Team Around the Family

Valence Team Around the Family: We are here to help and support the families of Valence Primary School. Please do not hesitate to contact us or ask at the office for an appointment. We aim to offer support and advice as well as signpost other helpful agencies regarding a wide range of topics including Child Protection, Domestic Violence, Substance Abuse, Financial difficulties, Housing, Punctuality and Attendance.

We look forward to meeting you...

Valence Team Around the Family at Bonham
Kat Lilley Assistant Head, EYFS & Child Protection Beth Vines Inclusion, NARP, Child Protection Vicky Goode, Parent Support Advisor Lesley Mouatt, Attendance Manager
Valence Team Around the Family at St Georges
Amanda Fogarty, Head of School, Child Protection Leigh Seaman, Senior Deputy Head Teacher, Child Protection Clare Berry, Inclusion Lead, Child Protection Andrea Wylde, Inclusion & Nurture
Lynne Pollard-Page, Parent Support Advisor Pam Martin Counselling, Behaviour & Nurture Lesley Mouatt, Attendance Manager  

Advisory Documents

Worries about the World?

Lots of things can make us feel worried. You might hear something on social media or from someone else. Some stuff can be hard to make sense of like politics, climate change, natural disasters and recent events like terrorist attacks.

You might hear words like extremism and radicalisation but what do they mean?

Childlines info and tips will help you understand these things and get support if you’re worried, visit their 'Worries About the World' area to find out more https://www.childline.org.uk/info-advice/your-feelings/anxiety-stress-panic/worries-about-the-world/ (opens in new window).

 

E-Safety

Helpful advice and tools you can use to help keep your child safe whenever and wherever they go online.

Links for Parents

/safe.met.police.uk Childnet International TUK 8-11 year olds Kidsmart CEOPStaying Safe Online NSPCC

E-Safety Survey Results NOW IN!

The results of the E-Safety Survey can now be viewed by clicking on the following link:
Valence Primary School E-Safety Survey Results 

Thank you to everyone who took the time to take part and for your continued support.

Safer Internet Day 2015: E-Safety session for parents

Thank you to all of the parents who attended the E-Safety session during Safer Internet Day.
Here is a copy of the presentation about the benefits and dangers of the Internet: Parents E-Safety Presentation (PPT)

The Internet has changed how we live our lives

This year marked the 25th birthday of the Internet; it is a resource that has changed the way we live our lives. Most people use it daily for different reasons, such as finding out information, communication, online shopping or entertainment - the list is endless. However, children particularly enjoy using it (and can sometimes be better than us at it!) So, just as we ensure that we keep our children safe when crossing the road and to not talk to strangers, we must also teach them how to be safe on the Internet. 

To find out how the Internet has changed our lives, watch this funny, informative clip below: 

Staying safe on-line

At Valence we regularly speak to our children about E-Safety both in class and in our assemblies. They are taught that the Internet is a fantastic resource, which can be fun to use and help us to learn, however they also know that there are dangers and that they have to keep safe online. In every classroom (and around school), we have our 'Think then Click' posters to help us to remember.

Most Internet providers offer a free filtering service, which can restrict what your children can access on the web at home, to find out more click here: How to set up parental controls.

Who to trust

Many children (especially the older ones) might want to keep in touch with their friends online too. Luckily, there are a growing number of sites set up for this to let younger children do this too, such as Moshi Monsters and Club Penguin. On such websites, children may also interact with people they haven't actually met. Since anyone online can pretend to be someone that they're not. there's a risk that your children might be maliciously targeted by others. So, just apply the same rules that you would in the playground and supervise children when they are using the Internet to ensure that they're safe and not coming into close contact with anyone that you wouldn't trust as a parent (Switched on Families). 

Inappropriate Content

Many children regularly use the Internet to help them with their homework, for entertainment or to talk to their friends. It also means that they are also able to use Google to search for and find out anything that they wish (if filtering is not in place), so it is important that they know, just like in real-life, what the boundaries are and what they can and can't do on the web (Switched on Families).

What to share

In our E-Safety assemblies we have discussed leaving our 'digital footprint' online, which means that anything we post stays there forever. It is therefore very important that they know what they should and shouldn't be sharing on the web and who they are sharing it with (Switched on Families). 


Cyber bullying

Children are just as likely to interact with people online, or make friends as they are in the school playground. Just like in the real world, what starts out as a bit of teasing online, can turn nasty. This can be just as upsetting for children and their parents as physical bullying. The difference is that nasty things written online can still be there for lots of others to see, long after the children have made up (Switched on Families).

Make sure that your children know how to play nice online too.

What can you do?

The most important thing is that you talk about Internet safety with your child; that they know and understand both the advantages and disadvantages of the Internet and how to stay safe when using it.

If you are unsure or have any concerns, there are many resources out there to help you (see the Resources link below). Also, please feel free to speak to any member of staff who will be more than happy to advise you about this, or send you to someone who can!

Links for Parents

/safe.met.police.uk Childnet International TUK 8-11 year olds Kidsmart CEOPStaying Safe Online NSPCC