Safeguarding and Child Protection
Our Child Protection Designated staff in school are:
Miss Karen Webster
Mrs Karen Howard
Early Years and Maths Leader
Photographs of both members of staff are on display in the school reception area and around the building.
Mrs Sarah Gibson
Special Educational Needs and Disabilites Coordinator
Safeguarding covers all aspects of keeping a child healthy and safe e.g. first aid, educational visits, behaviour, racism, internet safety, security, medical needs.
We have procedures in place to ensure that all our children are as happy, healthy and safe as possible. If you have any suggestions to improve any aspect of our school please let us know.
We acknowledge that safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility and all of our staff are trained to be vigilant and aware of the signs and indicators of abuse.
The viewpoints and voice of pupils is of paramount importance to our school and we will always listen to their wishes, thoughts and feelings, as well as identifying and supporting their needs. We will work alongside pupils to develop trusting, consistent and professional relationships.
We use the early help process and, where possible, we will identify any difficulties or concerns early in order to act preventatively. We will always provide support and advice for families and parents/carers, whilst acting in the best interests of the pupil at all times. Safeguarding also includes ensuring we follow safe working practices and provide a secure learning environment for our pupils and staff.
We safeguard pupils by:
- Maintaining a secure site and ensuring that all visitors to the academy are recorded and monitored.
- Ensuring that safer recruitment practices are followed to prevent those who pose a risk to children gaining access to our pupils.
- Ensuring that all staff employed by the academy have received Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance which is recorded in the Single Central Record.
- Ensuring that all pupils understand the importance of e-safety both at the academy and at home.
- Filtering and monitoring all internet traffic into the academy to ensure that pupils cannot be exposed to harmful material and communication.
- Providing regular training and briefings for all staff in child protection and ensuring that all staff, pupils and visitors know who our designated child protection officers and designated senior lead are.
- Ensuring that admission and attendance procedures are robust to protect pupils, ensure that they are safe and prevent pupils from going missing from education.
- Making sure that all pupils understand the importance of disclosing concerns about themselves and peers, and giving them the confidence to discuss sensitive issues.
- Providing support to ensure that all pupils have access to guidance and advice, and when needed referrals for additional agency support to meet their needs.
- Sharing information with other agencies and services to ensure that pupils, children and their families have support to meet their needs and prevent children and pupils from harm.
- Taking immediate action and contacting the appropriate agencies when we believe that a pupil or child is in danger or is at risk of harm.
Child Protection is part of Safeguarding
If anyone has any concerns in relation to child protection please contact Miss Webster or Mrs Howard. The governor responsible for Child Protection is Mr Gary Denison who visits school regularly. School telephone 01274 678385.
We aim to educate and empower children to increasingly take responsibility for their own health and safety.
If you or your child have any concerns about anything or need support you could:
- Talk to your child's class teacher
- Talk to Mrs Sarah Gibson (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Coordinator)
- Talk to Miss Webster Head Teacher
- Contact Child line 0800 11 11
- Contact NSPCC 0808 800 5000 This website has lots of useful informationhttp://www.nspcc.org.uk