Our children’s safety and well-being is a key priority at Toner Avenue. All children deserve to feel safe and secure in school. All staff (both teaching and non-teaching) receive regular Safeguarding Training to ensure they are fully aware of current guidance and best practice. Training is provided by the South Tyneside’s Local Safeguarding Children’s Board (LSCB) and by Designated Persons (Mrs C Hutchinson – Acting Head Teacher and Mrs G Hughes -Deputy Designated Lead). Members of the Governing Body also receive regular ‘Safer Recruitment’ training to ensure the selection process to recruit new members of staff includes important safeguarding checks. Our safeguarding Link Governor is Mr G Mansbridge.
To read our Safeguarding Policy, please see the document below:
In July 15 the government issued new advice to all schools to coincide with the new Prevent Duty, introduced as part of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015, which legally requires a range of organisations including schools, local authorities, prisons, police and health bodies to take steps to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism. During the Covid-19 lockdown, Northumbria Police issued an information and support leaflet that can be found here.
Building our pupil’s resilience and promoting fundamental British values lies at the heart of our approach to preventing radicalisation, and this includes ensuring those closest to children are fully equipped to prevent extremist views from affecting children. For further support or advice, please visit the Government’s ‘Educate Against Hate’ website, which can be found here.
County Lines – the exploitation of children and vulnerable people to traffic drugs and / or money is becoming more prevalent. Further details can be found here
E-Safety is central to our computing curriculum and opportunities for children to learn the skills needed to keep themselves safe in the online world are planned and taught throughout the year. For further information, please visit our E-Safety Page by clicking here.
Our school is also part of the project ‘Operation Encompass‘ which aims to support children who are affected by Domestic Abuse. For further information please click here. If you, or someone you know is affected by Domestic Abuse, you can find advice and support (in confidence) by visiting www.southtyneside.gov.uk/domesticviolence.
If you ever have a concern about any aspect of child safety, please bring it to the immediate attention of a member of staff, so it can be responded to as soon as possible.