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The safeguarding of our children is taken very seriously at St. Peter's. We recognise that it is everyone's responsibility to ensure the safety and protection of all children in our care. We put systems and structures in place to ensure everyone is kept safe, and ensure children feel comfortable and safe in school to talk about any concerns they may have. 

For more information, please read our policy.

St. Peter's Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy 

Safeguarding Team

Mr M Harding

Designated Safeguarding Lead

Mrs Simm

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

Mrs Winstanley

Safeguarding Governor


Keeping children safe online

The internet has become an enormous part of our lives and the lives of our children. If used well, the internet is a safe, fun, exciting, inspiring and informative place, which has lots of opportunities for young people. Children start using computers from a very early age and are increasingly using the Internet more and more whether it is at home, in school, on their mobile phones, on their tablets or on a games console. However, it is important to manage and minimise the associated risks and provide children with the tools to help them use the Internet safely and responsibly.

Just as we want to keep our child safe in the real world, we want to do the same in the virtual world. It is important that we understand enough about the Internet to keep our children safe from harm, so that our children can experience the Internet positively and responsibly. Here at St. Peter’s, our aim is to teach children about both the benefits and the risks of being online; promote healthy, safe, responsible and respectful online behaviours, and empower our children with the decision making tools to pause, think and make educated decisions in the online world.


Please be aware that there are age restrictions to many websites and social media platforms, which are in place to keep our children safe.

Children must be:

13 years or older to use:

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Instagram
  • Pinterest
  • Google+
  • Snapchat
  • TikTok

16 years or older to use:

  • WhatsApp

18 years or older
(13 with adult permission) to use:

  • YouTube (age-restricted content) 

Please take the time to read some of the helpful parents’ guides to help you use your technology safely.

Click on the guides below to view in a large format.

National Online Safety Parents Guide to Internet Controls

Internet Safety Age Guide 0-5s for parents

Internet Safety Age Guide 6-10s for parents

Internet Safety Age Guide 11-13 for parents

If you have any concerns that your child is, or has been, the subject of inappropriate sexual contact or has been approached by another person, it is vital that you report it to the police via the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP). 

Download (PDF, 2.62MB)

Online Safety at School

Online Safety at Home