Keeping Your Child Safe: What is safeguarding and who is responsible?
EVERYONE has a responsibility for safeguarding children and young people.
Schools are expected to follow the Government guidance: Keeping Children Safe in Education Sept 2016 (KCSIE) which says: “Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is everyone’s responsibility. Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families and carers has a role to play in safeguarding children. In order to fulfil this responsibility effectively, all professionals should make sure their approach is child-centred. This means that they should consider, at all times, what is in the best interests of the child.
No single professional can have a full picture of a child’s needs and circumstances. If children and families are to receive the right help at the right time, everyone who comes into contact with them has a role to play in identifying concerns, sharing information and taking prompt action.
Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined for the purposes of this guidance as: protecting children from maltreatment; preventing impairment of children’s health or development; ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care; and taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.”
In school we use the word ‘Safeguarding’ to cover a whole range of things including: Child Protection; Health and Safety; behaviour and safety policies; recruitment procedures; staff conduct; e-safety and the use of technology; risk assessments for activities and trips and awareness of radicalisation threats, ‘so called’ Honour based violence and of Female Genital Mutilation.
How we make sure your child is safe at our school.
- Safeguarding Governor – Mrs Jones-Holt holds us to account and we report to the Local Authority annually.
- Safe recruitment of staff – interview panels are trained in this and all required DBS checks are done.
- Training – all staff receive regular training and updates are shared weekly. There is a dedicated Safeguarding Board with key information and all guidance and documentation is shared with staff.
- Site safety – this is regularly checked and reviewed. We have security cameras to monitor different areas, including who enters and exits through the pedestrian gate. The site is secured during the school day.
- Health and Safety is rigorously monitored by the Site Supervisor and School Business Manager. There is a Governor who checks this termly.
- Off site visits and activities are risk assessed and we look at ratios to make sure the children are correctly supervised. The school has an Educational Visits Coordinator who has been trained by the Local Authority.
- A high standard of behaviour is expected. Behaviour and Anti Bullying polices are clear and reviewed regularly with staff, pupils and parents. We have an established system of rewards and sanctions which the children are engaged with. Allegations of Bullying are fully investigated and support given to all pupils involved. We involve outside support when needed.
- E safety – through the curriculum and additional workshops and events, children are taught to manage their internet use and to keep themselves safe online. There are regular workshops for parents. We follow up ‘out of school’ incidents reported to us rigorously. Class teachers monitor internet use in lesson time and all children are expected to follow the school guidelines for safe and appropriate internet use. Mobile phones are not permitted in school.
- Communication and Partnership – we will make every effort to communicate clearly and quickly. Senior leaders are always on the playground in the morning and afternoon to help with quick queries and concerns; class teachers are available in the playground after school and appointments can be made via the office with any member of the leadership team or teaching staff.
- Inclusion – we make every effort to support children and families with additional needs. We have a Special Needs and Disability Coordinator (SENDCo) – Mrs Atwal (Head Teacher).
- Child Protection – we have three Designated Safeguarding Officers, Mrs Atwal, Mr Mabbutt and Mrs Jones-Holt and they all receive regular training. They attend meetings, prepare reports and are responsible for transferring information about children subject to Child Protection Orders.
- Policies and Procedures; Questions and Queries – all the documents referred to in this section are here. If you need to know anything else, please make an appointment to talk to Mrs Atwal.
What should you do if you are concerned about your child or another child?
- Talk to the class teacher or member of the Leadership team
- If you feel the child is at risk of harm or it is something confidential – talk to one of the Designated Safeguarding Officers.
We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all our pupils. We are united in the belief that:
• All children have the right to be protected from harm.
• Children need to be safe and to feel safe in school.
• Children need support which matches their individual needs, including those who may have experienced abuse.
• All children have the right to speak freely and voice their values and beliefs.
• All children must be encouraged to respect each other’s values and support each other.
• All children have the right to be supported emotionally, socially and educationally.
• Schools can and do contribute to the prevention of abuse, victimisation, bullying, exploitation, radicalisation, extreme behaviours, discriminatory views and risk taking behaviours.
• All staff and visitors have an important role to play in safeguarding children and protecting them from abuse.
Safeguarding is defined as:-
•Protecting children from maltreatment
•Preventing impairment of children’s health or development
•Ensuring that children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care
•Taking action to enable all children to have the best life chances
Mrs Atwal – Headteacher and designated Safeguarding Lead
Mr Mabbutt – Deputy Headteacher and Deputy Safeguarding Lead
Mrs Jones-Holt – Designated Link Governor
Mr Babicki – Attendance Officer
All staff receive training in FGM, Prevent, Breast Ironing, Safeguarding and Keeping Children Safe in Education.
Our children use the Internet on a regular basis as part of their learning and we have regular ‘e-safety’ activities to remind children of the importance of keeping themselves safe online.
We also have a wealth of information to support our parents and children when using the internet at home. Please CLICK HERE to be taken to our ONLINE SAFETY page.
Our flowchart below ensures everyone knows what to do if there are any safeguarding/child protection concerns.
Please see below for our E Safety Policy and other supporting safeguarding documents.
E Safety Policy
Child Protection Safeguarding Policy March 2017
Whistle Blowing Policy
Information Sharing Advice
Keeping Children Safe
The Prevent Duty
Worried a child is being abused?
Advice for Practitioners
Working Together to Safeguard Children