Jo Westney is our Family Advocate. She takes a lead in managing child and vulnerable adult protection issues within St Martin’s C of E Primary and Nursery School. She is the person in school who is most likely to contact you regarding a welfare issue, and has lots of experience directing families to sources of support.

Examples of this might be getting additional support for daily bills and expenses, to writing to the Housing Association on your behalf, or helping you to manage the varied needs of your children. Jo works closely with The Head Teacher who is the Senior Designated Officer for Safeguarding (SDO). Jo works with all staff within St Martin’s C of E Primary school to promote the welfare of children – this includes regular staff updates and training around safeguarding issues.

For any safeguarding issues please contact Jo or Amy Hardinge

At St Martin’s we are committed to supporting all of our children to do well. We will do everything we can to ensure our children are safeguarded and protected from harm.

If you are worried about a child?

  • If you have concerns that a child is being harmed or living in circumstances that might be harmful in the future, these concerns will always be taken seriously.
  • You may be worried about what might happen to you or your family if you report your concerns. When someone makes a call to talk about their concerns, they will always be asked for their name and contact details – so they can be contacted again if needed. However, you can ask for your details to remain confidential, or provide information anonymously.

At St Martin’s we prioritise all aspects of safeguarding. Please click here to go to our policies page to access our school’s Safeguarding Policy. Below there is a list of websites which we feel provide excellent further resources for keeping your children safe.

Useful Links to Help you Keep your Child Safe Online

Get safe online

Everyone needs help sometimes … and that’s especially true of parents trying to stay switched-on to their children’s online safety. This link has some useful guidelines for age related internet safety.

CEOP resource

An amazing resource split into age categories from CEOP. Suitable for children, parents and teachers.


An excellent resource with loads of information about keeping your children safe on-line from the NSPCC.

Vodafone Resource

A resource from Vodafone to enable children and parents to enjoy digital activities together at home.

Web Bulletin

Contains loads of useful information about apps including: Friendlife, SnapChat and SnapMap and SKOUT.


A simple fact based website to help you talk to your child to keep them safe online.

Educate Against Hate

Q & A and resources to help you protect your child again extremism and radicalisation.


Get Safe Online - The Latest Safeguarding From Other Services

Latest information that we have received from other services concerning other popular apps.

Say Hi is a free messenger app that allows individuals to find and chat to other people. Say Hi states “Say Hi can help you find new people nearby! It helps you find love by chat, meet and date new friends!” On Say Hi people can use text messenger, video chat, upload pictures, send voice messages and show other’s their location.  Users can search nearby people and view their profiles.

The app is PEGI 18 rated, however children are still using the service.

Users can utilise the Instant video messaging and live video chat with their new friends, which is being branded as  “meet face to face before you meet face to face!”. live streaming is a growing method of grooming, any app which supports this feature is a potential issue for children.

Chat hour has recently branched out int the mobile market.  The forums are wide ranging however it is primarily a dating/hook up site. It is being accessed by those who wish to maliciously communicate with children.

Sarahah The UK safer internet centre have begun receiving calls about new app Sarahah. This is typically an indicator that an app is being widely used by young people across the UK. The app works on exactly the same premise as allowing users to receive anonymous feedback about anything they request

Advice for helping children set up a new profile The UK Safer Internet Centre shares advice for parents and carers when helping their child set up a profile on a new site or game. Key points include: using a family email address; not using personal information (full name or date of birth) in a username; and making sure that profile pictures don’t include personal information clues such as school uniforms and house numbers and street names.

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