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In June 2015 the Department for Education issued advice to schools under the Prevent Duty. This guidance is to help school understand the Prevent Duty and how to prevent young people from being drawn into terrorism.

Preston School responsibilities

  • Staff are to be able to identify students who may be vulnerable to radicalisation
  • Staff know what to do when a student is identified as vulnerable to radicalisation
  • Protect young children from harm both within their family and or other outside influences
  • Develop students resilience
  • Promote students confidence to challenge extremist views
  • Promote British values
  • Provide a safe place for students to develop knowledge and understanding of the risks associated with terrorism
  • Have an awareness of local context risks and issues around radicalisation
  • Provide guidance to all stakeholders about the risks to young people of radicalisation including through the use of social media and the internet
  • All adults working on site to be safeguard trained and have an awareness of how to keep children safe in education
  • Have clear safeguarding policies and procedures
  • Have a lead and deputy safeguarding officer
  • Make a referral to appropriate organisations (Channel programme, LSCB)
  • Staff all trained on radicalisation and how to identify vulnerable students who are at risk of it
  • Follow LSCB guidance on radicalisation


The internet has become part of our everyday lives, whether accessed from a computer, mobile phone or other devices. It is used to buy and sell goods, online banking, finding information and socialising. It can also have a darker side, children and young people are more at risk of exposure to inappropriate or criminal behaviour if they are unaware of dangers.

These dangers can include:

  • viewing unsuitable content e.g. hate material, adult content, sites that endorse unhealthy behaviour
  • giving out personal information
  • arranging to meet an online 'friend'
  • becoming involved in, or the victim of, bullying, identity theft, or making and sending indecent or illegal images
  • spending too much time online which can effect concentration, education, sleep and health
  • copying information from the Internet or buying work from other people to use as their own.


Families can visit to access advice and support on how to keep children safe from sexual abuse, both online and off. Articles provide guidance on topics as diverse as: challenging harmful sexual attitudes and promoting positive behaviours; helping a child with autism negotiate life online; supporting a child who has been sexually abused; and dealing with a range of online issues such as sending nude selfies and viewing pornography. Users will find films, downloadable guides and useful links to support organisations.

safe on the internet facebook - reporting guide facebook - safety guide


For advice and guidance on how to stay safe online, please view the documents below.

playing games safely social media privacy protect children at home
A guide with ideas to help your children play video games safely
How to make these two social networks safer to use
Information on how to set controls on broadband, mobile phones, game consoles and other technology
report issues on facebook
safer searching
what are children doing
Information on how to report issues to these social networks Information on how you can help prevent your child viewing inappropriate material

Research into the media activities of children 

  what comes after facebook?  
  Looking at other websites and apps that children use  


Dear Parent / Guardian

Over recent years, as a school, we have invested considerable time and money into developing resources that promote a healthy learning environment, one such area is ICT – Information & Communication Technology.

ICT is a tool that we have deployed to improve the overall quality of teaching, learning and management within our school. Providing, developing and maintaining these resources for all to use is essential for learning and the smooth running of the school.

Over the last few years especially, there has been a marked change in the way users can access, view and use the information they have at their fingertips, so to ensure all users are clear about how to use the network and what is expected, Preston School has updated the ‘Acceptable User Policy’.

We ask that you take the time to read through this document and thank you in advance for ensuring your son / daughter uses our facilities safely and responsibly.

Once you have read and agreed with the terms and conditions of the ‘Acceptable User Policy’, please sign and return the tear off slip.

Yours sincerely

Mr G Morrison


To view/download Preston School's Acceptable User Policy please click here.

Preston School Safeguarding Statement

At Preston School the health, safety and well being of every student are our paramount concern. We listen to our students and take seriously what they tell us. Our aim is that all students will enjoy their time at Preston School.

We work in Partnership with parents and external agencies to ensure that the students achieve their full potential and make a positive contribution to both their learning and wider community.

On rare occasions we may have concern about a student and this may mean that we have to consult with external agencies even before we contact you. We follow the Somerset Safeguarding guidance and work within their framework and good practice guidelines. We have a Child Protection and Safer Recruitment Policy that we adhere to. These policies are available if requested.

All members of staff both teaching and support staff regularly receive safeguarding training in accordance with the guidelines from Somerset Local Safeguarding Children Board.

The students at Preston School receive information on keeping safe and safe internet usage through assemblies, ICT lessons and academic mentor lessons.

Helen Cullen (Vice Principal) is the Designated Lead Child Protection Officer. There is three deputies Lisa Waller (Learning Manager), Ann Lambert (Welfare Officer) and Clare Wilson (PFSA). Any concerns about a students well being or welfare are referred to the Designated Lead Child Protection Officer.

Please click here to view/download the Procedure in the Event of a Disclosure.


 Helen Cullen Lisa Waller Ann Lambert  Clare Wilson



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