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Safeguarding at our School

At Scotton Lingerfield Primary school we are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children and we expect all staff, visitors and volunteers to share this commitment. 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. All staff are vigilant for signs of any pupil in distress and receive regular training to ensure that they are confident about applying the safeguarding processes contained in the DfE documents 'Working Together to Safeguard Children' and 'Keeping Children Safe in Education: Statutory Guidance for Schools and Colleges (DfE 2021).

Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is best defined as: 

'Protecting children from maltreatment; preventing impairment of children's mental health and physical 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'. (Keeping Children Safe in Education: Statutory Guidance for Schools and Colleges (DfE 2020)

We want all our children to achieve their full potential by:

  • being as physically and mentally healthy as possible
  • experiencing good quality education opportunities
  • living in a safe environment
  • learning and working in a safe environment
  • experiencing emotional well-being
  • feeling loved and valued
  • learning to look after themselves
  • coping with everyday living
  • having a sense of identity and a positive image of themselves
  • developing their confidence and their interpersonal skills

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 Leads (DSLs) listed below.

If a member of staff is concerned about a child’s welfare, they will record their concern, and any observations or conversation heard on CPOMS, 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.

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.

Our Designated Safeguarding Lead/s (DSLs) are:

Governors’ Committee Responsible: School Improvement

Governor Lead: Ginger Beniston

Nominated Lead Member of Staff: Debbie Calvert

Nominated Deputy Lead Member of Staff: Yasmin Alvarez

All policies relating to safeguarding can be found on the school website. Paper copies can be provided if needed.

 

Safeguarding for Children

Safeguarding is embedded throughout our curriculum.

Each year children are taught a series of E-Safety lessons that build their knowledge of how to stay safe online. We also work in collaboration with the local police service who deliver online safety workshops to children and parents. 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.

Children are taught about safe relationships in age appropriate ways across the whole school. We teach the children how to stay safe in a wide range of situations, including: fire safety, water safety, being safe around fireworks, sun safety, road safety. We invite a specialist into school to deliver first aid training to children. Additionally, we work with the NSPCC to ensure that children understand abuse in all its forms and how to recognise signs of abuse, to know that abuse is never a child’s fault and that they have the right to be safe and to ensure that they know where to get help and the sources of help available to them.
 

Parental Support

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

 

Updated October 2021

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