Barley Close Primary School recognises its legal and moral duty to promote the well-being of children and keep them safe. We promote their welfare by creating opportunities for them to achieve their full potential, thus giving them optimum life chances in adulthood.
We believe that every child regardless of age has at all times and in all situations a right to feel safe and protected.
We recognise that many of the risks to children in the ‘real world’ apply equally to the ‘virtual world’ that children and young people may encounter when they use ICT in its various forms. We take seriously our responsibility to educate our children to help them to become safe and responsible users of new technologies, and allow them to be discriminating users of both the content they discover and the contacts they make online. Our aim is to teach them the appropriate behaviours and critical thinking skills to remain both safe and legal online, wherever and whenever they use technology.
The school seeks to adopt an open and accepting attitude towards children as part of our responsibility for pastoral care. We believe it is important that the voice of the child is ‘heard’ and that the day to day life experiences of the child in their own home are captured and contribute to any planning and provision. The school hopes that parents and children will feel free to talk about any concerns and will see school as a safe place if there are any difficulties at home.