Safeguarding

A safe, caring and nurturing environment; unlocking the potential

"The Headteacher and all of the staff place a high priority on ensuring that pupils are safe in school. Pupils demonstrate a good awareness of safety as it features prominently in the curriculum. Visitors come into school to highlight pupils’ awareness of the dangers of taking drugs and being dependent on alcohol. Pupils have a clear understanding of the different forms of bullying and of keeping themselves safe while online." OFSTED March 2016

At our school, we take the safeguarding of our pupils very seriously. We have key policies to help keep our pupils safe when in school and we welcome parents to read and comment on these documents. Each term, the Headteacher meets with the Safeguarding Link Governor and the Health and Safety Link Governor to monitor that everything is in place to esnure the safety of our whole school community.

Please take the time to look at the pages related to safeguarding our pupils. The On-line safety page gives advice and support on how they can keep their children safe on line at home. The anti bullying page gives web links on advice and support for supporting children who feel they are being bullied

Designated Safeguarding Lead: Mr A Walker 

Deputy Safeguarding Lead: Mrs S Wakefield

Looked After Children Lead: Mrs A Pomerantz 

On Line Safety Lead: Mr A Walker

Family Liaison TA: Mrs A Hughes

Support for Families

If you have any concerns about a child then you can find information on who to contact by following this link. Remember, your call could mean the start of getting the right help to a family: Report a concern about a child

Tackling child abuse is all our responsibilities

We all know that every child has a right to be safe and should be protected from all forms of abuse and neglect, however some people do not act when they are concerned about a child as they are worried about being wrong.   

The Department for Education has relaunched their national campaign called ‘Together, we can tackle child abuse’, to help address this issue. The Council are sharing their message to ensure we protect children in our area.

The campaign asks everyone to help protect children and young people by looking out for the ABC warning signs. These include changes in a child or young persons:

  • Appearance: such as unusual injuries or consistently poor hygiene.
  • Behaviour: such as being withdrawn, overly anxious, disruptive or self-harming or any other sudden changes in behaviour.
  • Communication: such as talking aggressively, using sexual language or becoming secretive.

Many people think it’s the job of people who work directly with children to make the report or are worried about being wrong. You don’t have to be absolutely certain, if you are concerned about a child, please report it to our children’s social care team and they will look into it. Information is usually gathered from a number of sources and your report would form one part of a bigger picture.
 

Please help us to keep an eye out for our local children as you go about your day to day life. Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility and we must work together to support and protect children at the earliest opportunity.

If you suspect child abuse or neglect, call Children’s Social Care on 0300 123 7047 during office hours or 01244 977 277 in evenings and weekends to make a report.  If you are concerned that a child is in immediate danger please call Police on 999.

The website below gives information to parents on the integrated support the local authority can offer to young people and families who are in need.

Click here: Integrated Early Support Services

Advice for Parents

Leaving your child on their own

Deciding if your child is ready to be left home alone can be a tricky decision. The age at which this is done depends on a number of factors including your child's level of maturity. Remember, babies and young children should never be left alone, even for a short time. 

The NSPCC has some useful advice for parents: NSPCC Guidance

Keeping your child safe away from home 

It's something every parent experiences. The day that their child starts asking if they can go out on their own or with friends. It's just a natural part of their growing independence and, like every part of growing up, it can be a challenging hurdle for a parent to overcome. Advice from the NSPCC can be found here: NSPCC Guidance

 

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