Safeguarding at our School
SLS is committed to ensuring the welfare and safety of all our children in school. We believe that pupils have a right to learn in a supportive, caring and safe environment which includes the right to protection from all types of abuse; where staff are vigilant for signs of any pupil in distress and are confident about applying the safeguarding processes to address such problems.
Safeguarding is about ensuring that everyone is safe from harm – safe from bullying, safe from people who could abuse, safe from discrimination or harassment – and that we all feel safe in our environment.
If you are ever concerned about the safety or well‐being of someone at our school please talk to one of the school’s Designated Safeguarding Lead s (DSLs) listed below.
This school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. This means that we have a Child Protection Policy and procedures in place.
Parents and carers are welcome to read the Policy on request and it is available on our website. Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies when there are concerns about a child’s welfare. We will ensure that our concerns about our pupils are discussed with his/her parents/carers first unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child’s welfare. If a member of staff is concerned about a child’s welfare, they will record their concern, and any observations or conversation heard, and report to one of the DSLs as soon as possible the same day.
If a member of staff has concerns which relate to the actions or behaviour of another member of staff (which could suggest that s/he is unsuitable to work with children) then this will be reported to one of the DSLs in confidence, who will refer the matter to the Headteacher (or the Chair of Governors if the concern relates to the Headteacher) who will consider what action to take.
Our Designated Safeguarding Lead s (DSLs) are:
Governors’ Committee Responsible: School Improvement
Governor Lead: Parent Governor
Nominated Lead Member of Staff: Debbie Calvert
Nominated Deputy Lead Member of Staff: Tash Brayshaw
Child Protection Policy
Every school must have a Child Protection Policy. The aim of the policy is to ensure that our school has effective measures in place to safeguard your children from the potential risk of harm and that the safety and wellbeing of the children are of the highest priority in all aspects of our school's work. Having the policy in place ensures that all members of your school community:
Are aware of their responsibilities in relation to safeguarding and child protection
Know the procedures that should be followed if they have a cause for concern
Know where to go to find additional information regarding safeguarding
Are aware of the key indicators relating to child abuse
Fully support the school's commitment to safeguarding and child protection.
Safeguarding is not just about protecting children from deliberate harm. It presents schools with a wide range of issues that they need to be prepared for.
What we recommend and teach the children about Personal Security Guidelines
Never reveal personal information, either their own or others, such as home addresses, telephone numbers and personal e-mail addresses etc.
Not use photographs of themselves on their web pages unless the parent/guardians have given permission to do so.
Never meet people in person that they have contacted on the internet without a parent/guardians permission.
Notify their teacher whenever they come across information or messages that are dangerous, inappropriate, or make them feel uncomfortable.
Be aware that the author of an e-mail or web page may not be the person they claim to be.
Pupils are responsible for appropriate behaviour on the school's computer network just as they are in the classroom or in the school playground. Communications on the network are often public in nature. General school rules and the Behaviour Policy apply and it is expected that users will comply with the guidelines of this policy.
Each year children are taught a series of E-Safety lessons that build their knowledge of how to stay safe online. The children also have refresher lessons each term.
Pupils could potentially have unfiltered, unsupervised internet access at home. All parents should be aware of the concerns and benefits of school internet use. Parents are therefore encouraged to look at government guidance available on the internet to help in the supervision of their children.
Visit the Child Safety Online - Guide for Parents