Selby Educational Trust is committed to Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff, volunteers and visitors to share this commitment. This commitment is checked on all aspects of our recruitment.
The Trust aims to provide a caring, positive, safe and stimulating environment which promotes the social, physical and moral development of the individual child, and strive to make sure that every student in the Trust feels secure, well cared for, and able to reach their full potential.
The Trust understands and is committed to the vital contribution that all Trustees, staff, parents and students can make to safeguarding children. Every member of staff has a collective recognition of the importance of providing an environment that helps children feel safe and respected, and a culture that encourages children to talk openly, and have the confidence they will be listened to.
Safeguarding is the proactive stance, which aims to protect children from abuse or harm, and Child Protection is the reactive stance taken to support students whom the school suspects may be in need of protection.
We have a number of policies and procedures in place that contribute to our safeguarding commitment, including our Safeguarding Policy (please click the link below) or we can provide you with a hard copy if you prefer.
Each school has their own Safeguarding Policy and has local procedures in place. Selby Educational Trust follows the HR procedures of North Yorkshire Council and these policies have been agreed with unions.
SET’s Designated Safeguarding Trustee is Melanie Lawrence. We expect all new Trustees & Governors to undertake safeguarding training as part of their induction.
Useful Websites for Parents
- PARENT SAFE is a website full of useful information to help parents/carers
- The PANTS / Underwear rule – guidance for parents on how to talk to your child about keeping themselves safe from sexual abuse
- Childnet offers a toolkit to support parents and carers of children of any age to start discussions about their online life, and to find out where to get more help and support.
- Commonsensemedia provide independent reviews, age ratings, & other information about all types of media for children and their parents.
- Government advice about protecting children from specific online harms such as child sexual abuse, sexting, and cyberbullying.
- CEOP’s Thinkuknow
- Childnet International
- Internet Matters provide age-specific online safety checklists, guides on how to set parental controls, and practical tips to help children get the most out of their digital world.
- Minecraft – Staying safe on Minecraft
- London Grid for Learning provides support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online, including tips to keep primary aged children safe online.
- Stopitnow resource from The Lucy Faithfull Foundation can be used by parents and carers who are concerned about someone’s behaviour, including children who may be displaying concerning sexual behaviour (not just about online).
- Parent info from CEOP and Parent zone
- Anti- bullying Alliance
- The internet Watch Foundation
- UK Safer Internet Centre
- UK Safer Internet Centre – Parent controls – Parental Controls offered by your home internet provide
- Helpline for people who have experienced sexual abuse in education settings
- Child Safety online
- #Ask the awkward – Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre guidance to parents to talk to their children about online relationships
Useful Websites for Pupils
- Childline for free and confidential advice
- UK Safer Internet Centre to report and remove harmful online content
- CEOP for advice on making a report about online abuse