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.
Please see our policies, and below, more information about safeguarding:
Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH)
The Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) is a partnership between Children Services, States of Jersey Police, Health and Social Services, Department for Education and Family Nursing and Home Care to Safeguard children and young people in Jersey. The MASH also works closely with other organisations such as Housing, NSPCC, Youth Service.If a child or young person is thought to have been hurt or could be hurt in the future, MASH will refer the child and family to the Children Initial Response Team (CIRT) within Children Services for an assessment. Information will also be given to the Police if necessary to help stop or solve a crime.If the child or young person has not been hurt, but the child and his/her family would benefit from extra help MASH will signpost to the appropriate agencies in Jersey for support.MASH also offers a consultation to professionals who are worried about a child and would like to talk over any concerns they may have. If MASH feels the child is at risk MASH will insist that a referral is made.If the situation is an emergency you should contact MASH immediately on 01534 519000
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?”