Keeping Safe

Safeguarding

Children have a right to be safe, and to feel cared for and supported. Adults have a responsibility to protect children. The safeguarding of children and the promotion of their welfare is a simple and uncontested priority of society and is of paramount important to us here at Pembridge Hall. If you have any concerns about your daughter’s safety or wellbeing, please contact our Designated Safeguarding Lead:
Miss Mooney nicola.mooney@pembridgehall.co.uk

Prevent

As part of Pembridge Hall’s ongoing Safeguarding and Child Protection duties, we fully embrace the Government’s Prevent Duty.

From 1st July 2015 all schools are subject to a duty under Section 26 of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015, in that they must have ‘due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism.’ This duty is known as the Prevent Duty for schools.
At Pembridge Hall we build girls’ resilience to radicalisation and extremism by promoting fundamental British values which are defined as democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and cultures. These values are embedded in our ethos, our curriculum and supporting enrichment activities.

One of the key requirements of the Prevent Duty is that staff know how to identify pupils at risk of radicalisation or extremism and the safeguarding pathways they should use. All staff at Pembridge Hall have been trained in the Prevent Duty.

eSafety

eSafety encompasses internet technologies and electronic communications such as mobile phones, as well as collaboration tools and personal publishing. It highlights the need to educate pupils about the benefits and risks of using technology and provides safeguards and awareness for users to enable them to control their online experience. Pembridge Hall hosts regular workshops for parents to support with strategies on staying safe online which will be advertised.

At Pembridge Hall, we take eSafety very seriously and run an eSafety program from Reception to Year 6. The children are taught eSafety as part of their Computing lessons and across the broader curriculum. Concepts are reinforced at an age-appropriate level as the girls move through the school. We work closely with Childnet International, a non-profit organisation which works with others to help make the internet safe and enjoyable for children. There is a formal reporting and recording mechanism for all eSafety issues that are reported in school.

We believe that technology and the internet are tools that enrich lives, and we aim to teach our girls to view them positively – in addition to protecting themselves while using them.