At Wrington Church of England Primary, keeping children safe is our highest priority, whether it is supporting a child's wellbeing and mental health, behaviour, anti-bullying, safeguarding and child -protection. Safeguarding can take many different forms including emotional, sexual, physical abuse or neglect.
Staff are trained in many different aspects of safeguarding including basic awareness training, specialist training for Safeguarding Leads, Child Sexual Exploitation, Prevent (Anti radicalisation), Domestic Violence and other areas such as bereavement. Safeguarding training updates for all staff take place at least annually. There is also a governor nominated for safeguarding,
Safeguarding is not just reactive. We try to be proactive in giving children confidence to speak out if something is wrong, to equip them with life skills to help protect themselves and to create an environment which is safe for children to thrive. Work directly with children of all ages such as special assemblies, visits from charities (such as Childline/NSPCC), Life skills workshops and curriculum activities (such as our Jigsaw PHSE curriculum) enhance children's understanding of this.
What should you do if you are worried about a child?
There may be all sorts of reasons why you are concerned about a child such as:
- bruising or unexplained injury
- a change to a child's behaviour or demeanor
- something of concern is said by a child or an adult
- something which doesn't seem right, a niggle or persistent worry about the welfare of a child.
You must tell someone in our safeguarding team. This can be done in person, by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by telephone (01934 862553). Even if you are uncertain about whether a child is at risk of harm, it is important you tell a member of the safeguarding team. We can provide advice, support and can take any necessary action. We are here to help and will always act in the best interests of the child. We also have knowledge and access to different sources of help and can signpost to organisations and charities as well as supporting children in school.
Useful Safeguarding documents
Policies and procedures are continually updated to reflect new guidance and best practice.
Keeping Children Safe in Education Sept 2023
Guidance for safer working practices
Guidance with Covid Addendum 2020
Useful Safeguarding Information and Links
Online Gaming Guidance from the NSPCC
Advice for parents to help you understand the risks and help your child play online games safely
Sexting Guidance from the NSPCC
Parental controls help you to block or filter upsetting or inappropriate content, and control purchases within apps. You can install parental control software on your child's and family's phones or tablets, games consoles, laptops and your home internet.
General information and advice from NSPCC on Child Abuse
Hate and Extremism
Messages of hate can take many forms. Extremist groups use them to recruit young people. Parents can find answers to common questions and resources to help protect your child below.
Since 1st July 2015 all schools have been subject to a duty under section 26 of the Counter Terrorism and Security Act 2015, in the exercise of their functions, to have "due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism".
This duty is known as the Prevent Duty. It applies to a wide range of public-facing bodies, including all primary and secondary schools.
Schools can build pupils' resilience to radicalisation by providing a safe environment for debating controversial issues and helping children to understand how they can influence and participate in decision making. Schools are already expected to promote the spiritual, moral and cultural development of pupils and, within this, fundamental British values.
Prevent Parent Pamphlet
Educate Against Hate
Safeguarding is everyone's responsibility; all staff are aware of their important role and responsibilities in keeping children safe. We have a safeguarding team who consist of the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL), the Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead, the Learning Mentor and SENCO.
Designated Safeguarding Lead: Sarah Joskey (Headteacher).
Deputy Designated Safeguarding lead: Sarah Whitehouse (Assistant Head).
Other members of the safeguarding team: Tracey Jones (SENCO) and Lucy Smith (Learning Mentor).
Nominated Governor for Safeguarding and Child Protection: Ruth Gillbanks
Local Authority Designated Officer for Allegations 01275 888211 or 07795 092 692 email@example.com (If there are concerns about the behaviour of an adult who works with children it should be reported immediately to a senior member of staff and the LADO)
Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility. Anyone who has contact with children (families, parents, carers) has a role to play in keeping children safe by identifying any concerns, sharing appropriate information and taking prompt action as necessary. We take an ‘it can happen here’ approach where safeguarding is concerned.
If you have concerns about the welfare of a child, please speak to any of us.