Roberts Primary School
Designated Safeguarding Leads
Mrs Dawn Hunt
Designated Lead for Looked After Children
Prevent: Single Point of Contact Lead (SPOC)
Mr Ken Hughes
Mrs Mel Patrick
Mrs Carol Ratledge
Miss Sarah Burns
Mrs Jane Morgan
Governor for Child Protection
If you wish to review Dudley’s Safeguarding process, this can be viewed by clicking the Dudley Safeguarding People Parnership image
Safeguarding for Pupils and Parents
Our safeguarding policies are continually under review and we follow all guidance from Dudley Safeguarding Board.
We have a statutory duty to ‘safeguard and promote the welfare of children’. If you have any concerns about the health and safety of a child at this school or feel that something may be troubling them, you should share this information with an appropriate member of staff straight away. Do not worry if you may be reporting matters which seem small – we would rather you tell us something which does turn out to be minor, than miss a worrying situation.
During term time, the Designated Safeguarding Leaders and/or deputies will be available during school hours for staff to discuss any safeguarding concerns.
Designated Safeguarding Leaders:
Mrs D Hunt (Headteacher)
Deputy Safeguarding Leaders:
Mr K Hughes (Deputy Headteacher)
Mrs M Patrick (Pastoral Lead)
Mrs C Ratledge (Pastoral Lead)
Miss S Burns (Brightsparks Manager)
Governor for Safeguarding:
Mrs J Morgan
Chair of Governors:
Mrs S Smith
All can be contacted via the school by
Telephone: 01388 818275
If you are concerned about a child or young person
Safeguarding is about us working together to make sure that children, young people and adults are safe and protected, free from harm, abuse or neglect. Adults should also be free to make their own choices. If you are concerned about a child or young person please call the Dudley Safeguarding People Partnership on the telephone numbers below.
- During office hours call the children's services service on 0300 555 0050 selecting option 4 (9:00am - 5:00pm Mon-Fri).
- Out of office hours contact the Emergency Duty Team on 0300 555 8574.
- In an emergency call 999.
If you contact Dudley Safeguarding you will speak to a professional who will listen to your concerns. They may take a few details and might need to contact you again but your concern will be dealt with quickly and appropriately.
You do not need to provide your name or give contact details if you do not wish to do so. Anonymous calls will not be ignored.
Alternatively you can contact the NSPCC on 0800 800 5000 or email them by visiting their website.
Online Safety Activities:
Internet Matters have a great little quiz for parents and their children to test their knowledge around areas such as fake news, disinformation, misinformation, and how to stop it from spreading.
Internet Matters are continually bringing out new, updated resources for schools and for parents. They have recently put together useful pages which contain a parent pack, common online safety issues, top apps and platforms and a few resources, all split by age to make things easier. You can find a link to each page below:
Early Years - click HERE.
Primary - click HERE.
Jessie and Friends (4 to 7 year olds)
CEOP have released their brand new website, Jessie and Friends for children aged 4-7, their parents and carers, which aims to equip them with the knowledge, skills and confidence they need to stay safer online. The website is interactive and helps children recognise worrying, upsetting or scary situations to reinforce the message to 'tell a grown up'.
Talk PANTS is a simple conversation to help keep your child safe from sexual abuse. From P through to S, each letter of PANTS provides a simple but valuable rule that can help keep your child safe.
When it comes to educating your kids about the internet, you might feel out of your depth, when they're learning, playing and chatting to friends on websites and apps you're unfamiliar with.
Virgin Media O2, have created a children's internet safety test to help build awareness for parents and children of all ages to ensure they are better protected online.
Cyber Sprinters is a set of activities and puzzles from the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) for primary aged (KS2) children. There are lots of really useful activities such as learning about passwords, keeping personal information safe, suspicious messages and much more.
There is also a Cyber Sprinters game which children can play.
Lego have released a new, free online safety resource for parents and their children. Called Build and Talk it's a question and answer story game to allow parents to talk to their child about digital safety and wellbeing.
What Would You Do?
Online Safety Books for Children:
Online Safety Guides
There are ways to keep them safe, healthy and happy. See the links above for six top tips to keep primary kids safe online during school closure.
Thinkuknow have also created a page to support parents and young people online. The site includes home activity packs with simple 15 minute activities support children's understanding of online safety at a time. There is also parent support information for primary and secondary age groups. The resources can be found here.
This online gaming advice for parents explores what online gaming is and how to help your child develop good online gaming habits to ensure they get the most out of their experience.
The UK Safer Internet Centre (UKSIC) have put together some simple, useful tips for parents to strike up conversations with children aged 3-11.
Epic is a games store and also games-playing platform where children can play games such as Fortnite, Fall Guys and Rocket League. There are a number of good parental features available for under 13's which some parents may not know about including: chatting, in-app purchasing, inappropriate content and more.
Internet Matters provides step by step guides to help set up the right controls and privacy settings on networks, gadgets, apps, and sites for a safer online experience.
NSPCC's Speak out. Stay safe.
The NSPCC has also developed an adapted version of their assembly for parents/carers to use at home with their children. This can be found here: www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/support-for-parents/safety. With the help of celebrities, the film focuses on how a child can get support if they have any worries or concerns.
To complement the assembly, there are some resources that can be used to enable further discussion whilst doing activities with your children. These are hosted on the NSPCC website www.nspcc.org.uk/activities.
You may also like to visit the NSPCC Online Safety Hub where you will find advice and information on a range of different online safety topics including gaming, social media, sharing nudes, parental controls and more.
You will also find online safety information for families of children with additional needs and disabilities here.
As more children and young people spend money online within gaming and social media platforms, the money hub has been created to equip children with the skills they need to spend money online smartly and safely.
Microsoft have put together quite a comprehensive toolkit for parents, children and young people that goes into quite a lot of depth, including parental controls, guidance for all ages, common safety risks, bullying, unwanted contact and more.