Note: See also our Safeguarding & Child Protection page here.
We take the safety, happiness and well-being of our children seriously and have ensure all staff are trained and updated annually in Safeguarding by Lesley Pollard, an external advisor well experienced and qualified in safeguarding. All staff have had copies of relevant procedures and information eg Working Together 2016 documents and also have completed the relevant Disqualification forms. Staff are aware of their responsibilities for online safety too (see below).
Our Designated Persons for Safeguarding are Mrs Green (Head), Miss Sheen (SENCO) and Miss Franklin (KS2 leader). Their training is up to date and updated bi-annually as required.
Mrs Holden (Chair of Governors) is our Safeguarding and Online Safety governor. She oversees the procedures and policies related to Safeguarding. The Health and Safety committee of governors also overview Safeguarding aspects including our annual audit and action plan.
The school carries out DBS checks and has an up to date Single Central Record of employees and volunteers who regularly work with our children to ensure that adults in school are safe. This is checked by the headteacher and Chair of Governors.
We operate Safer Recruitment practices for recruitment e.g. ID checks on arrival, qualifications checked and two references in place prior to interview. Mrs Green and Mrs Holden have all completed the statutory training for Safer Recruitment and all training is in date.
Staff and governors are trained in Managing Allegations Against School Staff and all staff are aware of the Whistle Blowing Policy which is below and on our staff area of the website and in school.
Supply agencies are provided with copies of our policies and health and safety information prior to sending us staff and the Head/School Business Manager will ensure supply staff know fire procedures and also child protection procedures on arrival. We use the same companies and, where we can, the same staff so pupils know a familiar face. In Key Stage 2 (juniors) we have two qualified and experienced Higher Level Teaching Assistants (HLTAs) who are able to cover for teachers in their absence too.
Staff are aware of the protocols to follow if they have a worry about a child and forms are used to record worries and actions by the Designated Person. Parents are kept informed of concerns, when they arise, in line with our policy.
We regularly provide information on our newsletters about what parents can do if they have a concern about a child. Parents should contact the Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub if they are concerned in holiday periods or if they would rather speak to the MASH team. Telephone: 0300 126 1000. Parents and community members have used this in the past to keep our children safe.
We talk to children about their safety and have worry boxes in school to help them with concerns.
We have an adult and a young persons committee for Anti-Bullying. These committees are pro-active and meet regularly. There are two themed weeks per year around anti-bullying and the children's group lead worship too.
We work hard to provide a culture where bullying is not tolerated and where children will tell adults if this is a worry for them.
In our curriculum we talk about staying safe in a range of subjects e.g. Science and PHSE and also in worship. For example, younger pupils learn about medicines, road safety and all pupils have an assembly about the Firework Code before Bonfire Night organised by the local Police. Each term the children have refresher lessons on online safety too. Also, before pupils leave in Year 6 the local Police lead a Drugs Education session and teachers from a local secondary school provide our Sex Education which includes elements about self esteem and well-being. We also talk to children about Stranger Danger and safety around animals in the curriculum.
Evolve Risk Assesment Program for Trips Off Site:
Miss Franklin is the Educational Visits Co-ordinator. She is fully trained. All staff leading trips off site have been trained to do so and the headteacher is confident of their ability to do so. The Evolve program is used to plan and risk assess trips. Staff complete this online and it is approved online prior to the trip proceeding. Any hazardous activities must be approved by our MAT leader for trips, Marc Jordan.
Staff complete relevant risk assessments for trips and also for activities in school e.g. cooking.
Staff complete online health and safety training regularly and also are aware of their responsibilities for their own areas of school.
Mrs Green and Miss Sheen (our SENCO) can both help with Early Help facilities and support if you are in need of help with your family. Please speak to our PSA Hayley Harvey confidentially first and she can refer you to the right agency for support or speak to us. (See above)
Our Safeguarding Policy is below and we remind parents to speak to us if you are worried. If you are worried about a child outside of school time you can call the local Multi Agency Support Hub for advice (anonymously if needs be) on 0300 126 1000.
All of the links to the websites that he recommends are provided in the sidebar too.
The internet is an amazing tool but children need to use it safely. We teach children how to do this in school. However, Simon's workshop shows that 75% of pupils forget to 'be safe' at home. Use the links and advice below to ensure that your child is safe and ensure that they are online in a family area not in their own room with their own devices. Please monitor your child's online activity to keep them safe.
Mrs Katie Curran is the designated Online Safety Teacher at our school. Mrs Holden is our E-Safety Governor. Please feel free to see them if you have any questions.
In line with our Christian values and keeping at the heart of our work that we value all God's children, at our school we take safeguarding, including child protection, very seriously. Staff are fully trained in all safeguarding matters. There are 3 safeguarding officers, Mrs Green (senior), Miss Sheen and Miss Franklin. Governors are fully trained in Safer Recruitment and all staff and volunteers are fully checked with the DBS system to ensure children come into contact with adults whose background we have investigated at school.
We have a named Governor for Safeguarding, Looked After Children and Online Safety - Mrs Clare Holden. She is trained and monitors these areas for the Governing Body. She challenges and reviews the Local Authority and MAT audits to ensure they have been carried out effectively and with due diligence. She can be contacted via the school office on 01536 771252.
Our Health and Safety Committee oversee this area of school and monitor the annual audit. The Governing Body are kept up to date with the strategic elements of this area of school via the Committee, the Chair and the Head Teacher.
Safeguarding includes anti-bullying, drugs education, sex and relationships education and wider health and safety matters. It is the responsibility of the whole school community to keep children safe. We include regular updates in our staff meetings, newsletters to parents and on our website for all to keep this a high profile in our community.
Online Safety is a key area for parents and staff to monitor. Staff are trained regularly and children have regular updates. Parents are regularly offered updates at parents information sessions and via update letters.