- JCP Life
At JCP we are fully aware and committed to the on-going protection and safety of our pupils, staff and wider community in accordance with CYPES. Our school is committed to providing a secure environment for pupils, where children feel safe and are kept safe. All adults in our school recognise that safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility irrespective of the role they undertake or whether their role has direct contact or responsibility for children or not.
As a school we closely follow the guidance and policy of CYPES, namely the Child Protection Policy (2016), and the wider legislative framework, including advice and recommendations from the Safeguarding Partnership Board. Copies of both this summary and the full policy are available to parents on request. All staff working at JCP have a duty to share information about children that cause concern to ensure the safety and well-being of all our pupils.
Everyone working in or for our school, shares an objective to help keep children and young people safe by:
- providing a safe environment for children and young people to learn and develop in our school setting
- identifying children and young people who are suffering or likely to suffer significant harm
- taking appropriate action with the aim of making sure they are kept safe both at home and in our school setting
Jersey College Prep is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all of its pupils. Each pupil’s welfare is of paramount importance.
If you have any concerns about a child please speak to a member of the team or contact MASH (Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub) on 519000. Out of hours, contact the police on 612612.
Please see our policies, and below, more information about safeguarding:
Children and Families Hub
The Children and Families Hub team can provide advice and support to you and your family. This can include working with you directly and coordinating with other children and family organisations to provide the right help at the right time. Most of the services provided are free of charge, and we will work alongside you to address any challenges you and your family have.
We provide regular teaching of e-safety to ensure that children feel confident when using computers and the internet, and also know what to do if they come across something either inappropriate or uncomfortable.
Below are some links to provide helpful advice and support for you as parents:
Get Safe Online in Jersey (tips on how to stay safe online, recommended by Jersey Police.)
Think u Know (A guide to internet safety and safe surfing for young people.)
UK Safer Internet Center (E-safety tips, advice and resources to help children and young people stay safe on the internet.)
Parent Zone: Digital advice for parents
The chart below shows the age restrictions for a number of popular social media platforms. Please note that none of the pupils in our school are old enough to be using any of these online platforms.
Age restrictions on social media platforms are in place to keep children safe, as they are too young to understand the implications of their posts or effectively handle dangerous situations.
The CEOP’s website “Think You Know?”, advises the following about sharing images of your child on social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter:
“The internet can provide fantastic tools for sharing special moments from your child’s early years with family and friends. And online parenting forums, networks and blogs often provide valuable support and reassurance through parenting’s ups and downs.
But before you share, you should give thought to exactly who can see photos and comments featuring your child, and how this online footprint might affect your child in years to come.
When did you last check your privacy settings? On most social networks the default is that any other service user can access your pictures, which may also appear in internet search results. Remember that anyone who can see a photo can also download or screenshot it, and could go on to share it.
What else are you sharing?You might be sharing more than what’s in the post. As default, many cameras, phones and apps tag posts and photos with ‘meta-data’ which can include location details and other identifying information. This is potentially risky for any child, but poses particular risks for vulnerable children such as those who have been fostered or adopted and could be sought online by members of their birth family.
Under the terms and conditions of most social networks, when you share a photo you licence the network to use and reproduce your image, and grant it the right to licence it for use by third parties. It could be used for commercial purposes, a point deliberately highlighted by the Danish company Koppie Koppie, which sold mugs featuring freely downloaded pictures of young children. Another online activity which has distressed parents and carers is the ‘Baby Role Play’ game played by some Instagram users, who repost photographs of other people’s children and create fictional identities based on them.
Their Digital Tattoo
Every publically accessible image or comment featuring your child contributes to a public image which will follow them into the future. That apocalyptic nappy incident might make for a hilarious tweet now, but if it comes to light when they’re older, how could it affect the way they feel about themselves, or you, or how others see them? Could their online childhood become an issue if they are seeking a job, or a relationship, or even election to public office?”