Safeguarding - Keeping your children safe in school!
Designated Safeguarding Lead: Keeley Wilson
Designated Safeguarding: John Wickham
Nominated Governor responsible for Child Protection: Dominic Deeson (VC)
What is Safeguarding?
Safeguarding is the action that is taken to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm.
Safeguarding children and child protection guidance and legislation applies to all children up to the age of 18.
What is Child Protection?
Child Protection is part of Safeguarding and promoting welfare. It refers to the activity that is undertaken to protect specfic children who are suffering, or are likely to suffer, significant harm.
Child Protection Policy
Our Child Protection Policy is in our Policies section.
Mandatory Reporting of FGM - Procedural information
From 31 October 2015 it is mandatory for teachers, health and social workers to report to the police if they find, or are told, someone under 18 has undergone FGM. Please click here to obtain more information on the correct procedure to follow.
Keeping Children Safe in Education - September 2016
Please click here to access the statutory guidance from the Department for Education. The guidance above affirms (page 6) that 'all staff members should be aware of systems within their school or college which support safeguarding and these should be explained to them as part of staff induction. This should include:
• the child protection policy;
• the staff behaviour policy (sometimes called a code of conduct); and
• the role of the designated safeguarding lead (See Annex B/Page 58)
It is imperative that all staff (including volunteers) read this guidance (Have to read at least Part 1) and provide consent that they have done so (A register exists to determine this) Schools must have regard to the guidance when carrying out their duties to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. This document contains information on what schools should do and sets out the legal duties with which schools must comply.
The Prevent Duty
Please click here to access departmental advice for schools on the Prevent Duty (DFE) Alternatively you can also refer to (Keeping Children Safe in Education) above for further information. Staff have been completing a series of online training modules - A register exists to determine which staff have completed the training.
Day to Day safeguarding: Collection at the end of the school day
New parents receive information regarding the end of the school day, with us asking you to notify us if your child leaves the school premises by bus or car queue. Stringent measures have been put in place because we have every child’s safety as a priority and appreciate the end of the school day is an extremely busy time. Likewise, collection from our various afterschool clubs is as equally important. Ensure the Club Leader is made aware of collection arrangements – especially if this changes from one week to the next. To do this, please contact the school office.
We ask that you always share information with us; please don’t ever feel that you are making a fuss or we don’t need to know. Even at the top end of the school, our children are only 11 years old, and we must work together and communicate effectively. This will be even more important as and when the dark nights draw in.
As parents, your ideas on improvements we could make at school would always be welcomed. Please email me your suggestions or talk to Mrs Wilson on the school gate. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Security on school site
Every member of staff wears a photo I.D name card. Visitors and volunteers wear ‘colour coded’ lanyards to show they have followed the security checks at reception. We ask parents to enter the school via the office unless specifically told otherwise (Sports Day, Summer Fayre etc).
Special assemblies highlight important safety messages of ‘stranger danger’, emphasising the need for children to ‘speak out’ if they feel vulnerable in any way.
Gates and doors are locked when the children come into school for registration. Security buttons and key codes protect the children so that they can get out in an emergency but no one from the outside can enter the school building. The Governor’s Health & Safety Team regularly inspect the school for safety measures and ensure that all locks and systems are working effectively.
Criminal Record Bureau Record Checks (DBS)
Everyone who works with your children are DBS checked which means that the Criminal Bureau has checked their suitability to work with children. All the volunteers, PTFA and Governors have up to date DBS’s and the Governors check that the Single Central Record in school is accurate and comprehensive
Every single member of staff holds a current Child Protection Training Certificate from the Local Authority. They are trained in recognising signs of abuse and knowing what to do if they have concerns about any child in school.
All supply teachers and volunteers are provided with a Safeguarding Leaflet when they first visit the school so that they are aware of all the school’s procedures. The Governors monitor this and ensure procedures are being followed.
Vodafone produce an excellent magazine for parents and carers regarding online safety. It can be read online or read as a PDF by following the link below.