Keeping Children Safe (Safeguarding)
What is safeguarding and who is responsible?
Everyone has a responsibility for safeguarding children and young people.
Schools are expected to follow the Government guidance: Keeping Children Safe in Education Sept 2016 (KCSIE) which says:
Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is everyone’s responsibility. Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families and carers has a role to play in safeguarding children. In order to fulfil this responsibility effectively, all professionals should make sure their approach is child-centred. This means that they should consider, at all times, what is in the best interests of the child.
No single professional can have a full picture of a child’s needs and circumstances. If children and families are to receive the right help at the right time, everyone who comes into contact with them has a role to play in identifying concerns, sharing information and taking prompt action.
Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined for the purposes of this guidance as: protecting children from maltreatment; preventing impairment of children’s 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.
In school we use the word 'Safeguarding' to cover a whole range of things including: Child Protection; Health and Safety; behaviour and safety policies; recruitment procedures; staff conduct; e-safety and the use of technology; risk assessments for activities and trips and awareness of radicalisation threats, 'so called' Honour based violence and of Female Genital Mutilation.
How we make sure your child is safe at our school.
Safeguarding Governor - Mrs Steers holds us to account and we report to the Local Authority annually.
Safe recruitment of staff – interview panel members are trained in this and all required DBS checks are done.
Health and Safety is rigorously monitored by the Site Supervisor and School Business Manager. There is a Governor who checks this termly.
First aid – we have six trained first aiders, five of them with an additional paediatric certificate. There are clear policies and procedures for supporting children with medical conditions and Mrs Hoblyn takes the lead on this.
Off site visits and activities are risk assessed and we look at ratios to make sure the children are correctly supervised. The school has an Educational Visits Coordinator who has been trained by the Local Authority.
A high standard of behaviour is expected. Our promoting positive behaviour and preventing bullying policies are clear and reviewed regularly with staff, pupils and parents. We have an established system of rewards and sanctions which the children are engaged with. (See also our Behaviour Ladder). Allegations of bullying are fully investigated and support given to all pupils involved. We involve outside support when needed.
E safety – through the curriculum and additional workshops and events, children are taught to manage their internet use and to keep themselves safe online. There are regular workshops for parents. We follow up ‘out of school’ incidents reported to us rigorously. Class teachers monitor internet use in lesson time and all children are expected to follow the school guidelines for safe and appropriate internet use. Mobile phones are not permitted in school.
Communication and Partnership – we will make every effort to communicate clearly and quickly. Senior leaders are always on the gate in the morning and afternoon to help with quick queries and concerns; class teachers are available in the playground after school and appointments can be made via the office with any member of the leadership team or teaching staff.
Child Protection – we have four Designated Safeguarding Officers, Mrs Broers, Mrs Rose, Mrs Rix and Mr Kench and they all receive regular training. They attend meetings, prepare reports and are responsible for transferring information about children subject to Child Protection Orders.
Referrals to other agencies - when a concern is raised that a child might be at risk of harm, we consult with the Sutton Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) who give us advice and may ask us to make a referral to them. They have links with Children’s Services and the Police as well as other support agencies.
Policies and Procedures; Questions and Queries – all the documents referred to in this section are here. If you need to know anything else, please make an appointment to talk to Mrs Broers or Mrs Rose.
What should you do if you are concerned about your child or another child?
Talk to the class teacher or member of the Leadership team
If you feel the child is at risk of harm or it is something confidential – talk to one of the Designated Safeguarding Officers.
Anyone can call the MASH on 0208 649 0418 /0420 for advice
Out of hours the emergency number is 0208 770 5000
How to talk to your child about sexual abuse
The BBC published a useful article with helpful insight into how to have conversations with your children about keeping safe without frightening them or using difficult language. Click on this link to read the full article and for some guidance around this topic.
How to talk to your child about Terrorism
In light of recent events around the world, it is often difficult to answer children's questioning around this subject. Take a look at this link for advice on how to tackle their tricky questions.