At RSA Academy Arrow Vale safeguarding of students and staff is paramount and we work closely with the local policing team in ensuring a safer school.
Mr Crane is the Designated Senior member of staff who is responsible for ensuring the safety of both Students and Staff, the Deputy Designated Senior member of staff is Mrs Downes who supports Mr Crane in these duties.
The Safer Schools initiative has been re-launched this year with the appointment of the Police Community Support Officer who is based in school, and works closely with students, parents, staff and the wider community.
Throughout the academic year we raise the profile of safeguarding and safer schools with assemblies on Bullying, Homophobic, Internet Safety, Diversity, Domestic Abuse, Violent Relationships and many more and this is ties in closely with our SMSSC and L4L programmes.
Each case is treated with dignity and respect and we work closely with external agencies, family and the students themselves to ensure they feel safe, nurtured and receive the appropriate level of support to allow them to achieve their full potential.
Click here for more information on PACE
Safeguarding Information on the “Momo Challenge”
Momo is a social media account that can be found on Facebook, YouTube and Whatsapp. When a person interacts with the account, they begin to receive pictures of Momo, a terrifying image of a bug-eyed toothless woman. Momo responds almost immediately with threatening messages and violent images to the user. “She” says that she knows personal things about the user and uses fear and threats to challenge the user.
You will find a link below from the BBC and police regarding this issue and a flier offering advice from the National Online Safety Organisation, which I would encourage you to take the time to look at, in order to safeguard your child from exposure to this sort of online danger. The link to the BBC site is below for your information.
We would appeal to parents to:
- Ensure they know what their children can access online
- Ensure children understand the importance of not giving personal information to anyone they do not know
- Tell their children no-one has the right to make them do anything they do not want to do
- Use parental controls to keep children safe
Should your child be affected by the Momo challenge, then I would urge you to report this to the police and to the social media site, they have used to access it.