Leven Valley CE Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects everyone to share this commitment and responsibility. This means that we have a Child Protection Policy and robust safeguarding procedures in place. Teaching, non-teaching and supply staff, as well as volunteers and governors ensure that they are aware of these procedures.
Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)
Mr Ian Nicol- Headteacher
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead (DDSL)
Mr Stephen Cooper - Class Teacher
Safeguarding Governor - Mrs Biddy Hibbert
Cumbria Safeguarding Children Partnership
This website is for children, parents and professionals covering all aspects of safeguarding.
Our school has been given the opportunity to take part in a new project that will run in partnership between Cumbria County Council, Cumbria’s Local Children’s Safeguarding Hub, and Cumbria Police.
The project, Operation Encompass, has been designed to provide early reporting to schools of any domestic abuse incidents that occur outside of school hours and might have an impact on a child attending school the following day. The information will be shared on school days during the school term and, when incidents occur over the weekend, Sandra Glassford, the Operation Encompass Designated Officer, will contact the relevant school at the earliest opportunity after the information has been shared by the police.
A nominated member of school staff, known as a Key Adult, has been trained to liaise with Sandra Glassford. School staff will be able to use information that has been shared with them, in confidence, to ensure that the school is able to make provision for possible difficulties experienced by children or their families. Information will be shared, on a needs-to-know basis only, where it is identified that a child or young person was present, witnessed, or was involved in a domestic abuse incident.
Operation Encompass was introduced in Plymouth, Devon and Cornwall, in February 2011 and has proved to be very effective in providing appropriate support in a timely manner. If you would like to read more about the project in other areas of the country, this can be viewed online.
We are keen to offer the best possible responses for all children across Cumbria, and believe that Operation Encompass is going to be beneficial and supportive for all those involved.
Online and e-safety as a vital part of our work at Leven Valley to keep children safe. We have a carefully planned programme of specific e-safety lessons as part of the Computing curriculum to teach and guide children to use the internet safely: parents are kept informed about their learning in this area and about ways to keep their children safe online.
In school, children have supervised internet access, appropriate to their age and ability; parents are asked to read and sign the School Acceptable Use Agreement for pupil access and discuss it with their child when they join the school.
We have a number of systems and procedures in place to protect children and monitor their use of the internet:
- Our internet connection is provided by Lancashire County Council Digital Services, via the LUNS network: it is filtered using software that meets or exceeds the DfE requirements, to block harmful and inappropriate content;
- Regular user monitoring alerts and reports are generated and reviewed to inform staff of patterns of use, including search history and pages visited;
- Every child has their own unique user credentials to log onto devices, this allows us to monitor their usage, including webpages they have visited;
- All classroom based staff undertake regular training to ensure they have the knowledge, skills, and confidence to embed online safety into the curriculum in line with statutory and recommended DfE requirements;
- Our Heartsmart and Kidsafe programmes also teach about keeping safe online, including social media.
It is important for children and parents to understand that accessing the internet at home or on personal devices beyond the school network may result in children accessing inappropriate or harmful content as the internet connection may not have the same levels of filtering and monitoring as in school.
Below is a range of documents to support parents in keeping children and young people safe online. Whilst some documents are relevant to older children and teens, it is never too soon to become more familiar with the issues that you might face as children grow up.
O2 and NSPCC Net Aware
A parents guide to the social networks your kids use - well worth a read.
Stay up to date and keep your child safe in today's digital world.
Your child’s online safety education
Class 2 & 3 children study a unit of work based on Play Like Share, an animated series about online safety produced by Thinkuknow.
Thinkuknow is an award-winning education programme from the National Crime Agency’s child protection command, CEOP. It aims to keep children safe from abuse, both online and off.
Thinkuknow education resources are age-appropriate, non-scaremongering, and give children the skills, knowledge and confidence they need to stay safe online.
About Play Like Share
Play Like Share follows the adventures of Alfie, Ellie and Sam as they form a band and enter their school’s Battle of the Bands contest, taking on the mean but ‘cool’ Popcorn Wizards as they go. The three friends learn that while the internet can help, they need to use it wisely and safely.
The aim of the films is to help 8-10 year olds learn how to stay safe online. In particular, the films and activities teach them to spot the early signs of manipulative, pressurising and threatening behaviour by people they might meet online, and develops their confidence to respond safely and get help.
How you can get involved
You can watch this short trailer and all three brief episodes of Play Like Share at
All three episodes can be found on the CEOP YouTube channel.
It is a great idea for you to watch each episode with your child after they have viewed it in class (to avoid spoiling any surprises!) and to have conversations with them about the subjects covered. The Play Like Share Parents and Carers Helpsheet, gives helps with:
- Ideas for starting conversations about online safety with your child
- Links to more advice and support on how to keep your child safe online
- Information about how to get help if you are worried about your child
You will also find plenty of advice and support about keeping your child safe online: www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents.
NSPCC - Be Share Aware
It can be hard to keep track of what your child is doing on social networks, apps and games. Or know how to keep them safe.
The NSPCC have teamed up with O2 to help parents untangle the web and teach their children to be Share Aware.
Because, just like in real life, children need your help to stay safe online.
The Children’s Commissioner for England and Tes have produced simplified terms and conditions for Instagram, WhatsApp, YouTube, Snapchat and Facebook to help parents and carers support their children to manage their rights and privacy online.
CEOP Parent Pages
Click on this link to take you straight to the CEOP parent information pages. These pages are packed full of high quality information to parents and carers about their children's wellbeing and resilience…across a wide range of subject matter, from difficult topics about sex, relationships and the internet or body image and peer pressure to broader parenting topics like ‘how much sleep do teenagers need?’
XenZone is a provider of online mental health services for children, young people and adults. Kooth, from XenZone, is an online counselling and emotional well-being platform for children and young people, accessible through mobile, tablet and desktop and free at the point of use. It is aimed at children in Year 6 and above.
Educate Agaist Hate
Click on this logo to take adults straight to the government information pages packed full of guidance hosted at: http://educateagainsthate.com/.