Aims of the E-Safeguarding policy

  • To set out the key principles expected of all members of the school community at St Mary’s C of E (VA) Primary School with respect to the use of ICT-based technologies.
  • To safeguard and protect the children and staff of St Mary’s C of E (VA) Primary School.
  • To assist school staff working with children to work safely and responsibly with the internet and other communication technologies and to monitor their own standards and practice.
  • To set clear expectations of behaviour and/or codes of practice relevant to responsible use of the internet for educational, personal or recreational use.
  • To ensure that all members of the school community are aware that unlawful or unsafe behaviour is unacceptable and that, where appropriate, disciplinary or legal action will be taken.
  • To minimise the risk of misplaced or malicious allegations made against adults who work with pupils.

Scope of the policy

  • This policy applies to the whole school community including St Mary’s C of E (VA) Primary School Senior Leadership Team, board of governors, all staff employed directly or indirectly by the school and all pupils.
  • St Mary’s C of E (VA) Primary School senior leadership team and board of governors will ensure that any relevant or new legislation that may impact upon the provision for E-Safeguarding within school will be reflected within this policy.
  • The Education and Inspections Act 2006 empowers head teachers, to such extent as is reasonable, to regulate the behaviour of students or pupils when they are off the school site and empowers members of staff to impose disciplinary penalties for inappropriate behaviour. This is pertinent to incidents of cyberbullying, or other E-Safeguarding-related incidents covered by this policy, which may take place out of school, but is linked to membership of the school.
  • The school will clearly detail its management of incidents within this policy, associated behaviour and anti-bullying policies and will, where known, inform parents and carers of incidents of inappropriate E-Safeguarding behaviour that takes place out of school.

Communication of the policy

  • The Senior Leadership team will be responsible for ensuring all members of school staff and pupils are aware of the existence and contents of the school E-Safeguarding policy and the use of any new technology within school.
  • The E-Safeguarding policy will be provided to and discussed with all members of staff formally.
  • All amendments will be published and awareness sessions will be held for all members of the school community.

Roles & Responsibilities

We believe that E-Safeguarding is the responsibility of the whole school community, and everyone has a responsibility to ensure that all members of the community are able to benefit from the opportunities that technology provides for learning and teaching. The following responsibilities demonstrate how each member of the community will contribute.