At Cann Bridge School we have a duty of care to our pupils to keep them safe from harm and abuse.  Our approach to safeguarding is child-centered where pupils’ best interests, welfare and safety are considered at all times.

Everyone in the school has a safeguarding role, so all staff, volunteers and governors receive full and annual Safeguarding training, are vigilant to any signs of abuse and maltreatment of pupils and follow the reporting procedures specified in the school’s Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy.

Our fully trained Safeguarding Team from the Leadership Team deal with any reports and concerns, provide training, support and guidance and work in partnership with a range of agencies to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all our pupils.  Sometimes, if information needs to be shared with other agencies about a child’s welfare, we will ensure that our concerns are discussed with the child’s parents/carers first unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child’s welfare.

Our safeguarding policy and procedures are updated using the latest guidance from the Department for Education and Plymouth Safeguarding Children Partnership.   We continually monitor and review safeguarding policies and procedures to ensure they remain effective.  As part of safer recruitment, safeguarding checks are carried out on all of our staff along with external visitors and professionals such as a Physiotherapist, Paediatrician and Occupational Therapist who have contact with the pupils.

Our Child Protection and Safeguarding policy is available on the school website along with other related policies.

If you are ever concerned about the safety or well-being of someone at our school, please talk to a member of the Safeguarding Team by telephoning: 01752 207909.  We also welcome any feedback about our safeguarding policies and procedures too, so please either contact a member of the Safeguarding Team or complete a safeguarding survey.

 Online Safety

More and more children are accessing the internet and from earlier ages, the use of the internet can provide exciting and positive experiences but it can also be fraught with risks and dangers.  Therefore, we all have a role to play to keep every child safe online, to give them the appropriate resources and tools to know how to keep themselves safe.

At Cann Bridge School, the internet use on computers and tablets system is filtered and monitored by the IT Team, so pupils are at less risk of accessing any inappropriate content.  The school follows guidelines for Internet use/Online safety laid down by a range of organisations including the South West Grid for Learning, the Local Authority, Plymouth Safeguarding Children Partnership and in its Acceptable Use Policy. Mobile phones are not used by pupils and staff/visitors follow the ‘Use of mobile phones’ policy.

Within the school curriculum, pupils are taught how to stay safe online and how to use devices safely.  Teachers and TAs oversee and direct pupils to use specific websites, apps and programmes which are appropriate and safe to use.  Pupils are also encouraged to report anything that is inappropriate to a trusted adult including any cyberbullying.

What can I do to support my child?

Parents and carers play a key role in supporting children to learn about how to stay safe online, and they are one of the first people children turn to if things go wrong.  We know it can be difficult to stay on top of the wide range of sites and devices that young people use, so we hope that the following advice helps.

  • Have ongoing conversations with your children about staying safe online. The ‘Be SMART Online’ poster may help you with this.
  • Supervise your child’s use or carry out spot checks on the devices that your children use, looking at images, videos, and social media.
  • Use safety tools on social networks and other online services, e.g. Facebook privacy settings.
  • Decide if you want to use parental controls on your home internet.
  • Understand devices and the parental control tools they offer.
  • Encourage your child not to accept unknown friend requests.

How can I report safety concerns?
If you are concerned that your child is in immediate danger, call 999. If it is a less immediate concern, you should contact 101 or your local police station.

  • If you’re worried that your child is being groomed online or sexually exploited, you should also report your concerns to the Child Exploitation & Online Protection Centre (CEOP). You can report your concern through their website:
  • If you are concerned that your child is being bullied at school, you should contact your child’s teacher or a member of the leadership team.

More online safety information can be found on the following websites: