What is safeguarding and who is responsible?
Everyone has a responsibility for safeguarding children and young people.
Within school, our Designated Safeguarding Lead for children is Elisabeth Broers and her DSL deputies are Gary Kench, Emma Rix, Karis Parker and Rachel Warren.
Schools must follow the Government guidance Keeping Children Safe in Education Sept 2021 (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.
Children includes everyone under the age of 18.
In school we use the word 'Safeguarding' to cover a whole range of things including:
Child Protection; Health and Safety; behaviour and anti-bullying policies; recruitment procedures; staff conduct; e-safety and the use of technology; risk assessments for activities and trips and awareness of radicalisation threats, peer on peer abuse, 'so called' Honour based violence and of Female Genital Mutilation. This list is not exhaustive!
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. The Deputy Safeguarding Governor is Mrs Parker.
Safe recruitment of staff – interview panel members are trained in this and all required DBS and other vetting checks and references are done.
Training - all staff receive regular training and updates are shared weekly. There is a dedicated Safeguarding notice board with key information and all guidance and documentation is shared with staff.
Site safety – this is regularly checked and reviewed. We have security cameras to monitor different areas, including who enters and exits through the pedestrian gate. The site is secured during the school day.
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 works with 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 Spectrum). 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 is lots of information shared with parents including workshops. 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.
Inclusion – we make every effort to support children and families with additional needs. We have a Special Needs and Disability Coordinator (SENDCo); a dedicated Inclusion Mentor and trained Wellbeing Support Workers (WSWs). We also work with Jigsaw4U who provide play and art therapy.
Child Protection – we have five Designated Safeguarding Leads: Mrs Broers, Mr Kench, Mrs Rix, Mrs Parker and Mrs Warren and they all receive regular training. They attend meetings, prepare reports and are responsible for transferring information about children subject to Child Protection Plans or Child in Need Plans.
Referrals to other agencies - when a concern is raised that a child might be at risk of harm, we consult with the Children's FIrst Contact Service (previously known as the Sutton Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub/the 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 in school policies. There is also lots of information for parents under Parental Support /Keeping Your Child Safe.
If you need to know anything else, please make an appointment to talk to Mrs Broers.
What should you do if you are concerned about your child or another child?
- Talk to the class teacher or a 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 Leads.
- Anyone can call the Children's First Contact Service (previously known as MASH) on 0208 770 6001 for advice. Out of hours the emergency number is 0208 770 5000 x 9
The DfE have set up a helpline with the NSPCC (0800 136 663 or email email@example.com) for individuals to share their concerns and speak out about anything they feel is not right, safe in the knowledge that they will be supported appropriately. The Report Abuse in Education helpline can be used by anyone – children, young people, parents, teachers, school staff and others – to report any concerns. Since it was set up in April 2021 it has taken more than 320 calls and referred more than 60 of those to statutory agencies like the police or social services. Where that isn’t the case, callers are either given advice on the phone or referred to other experts.
Online Safety Reporting
CEOP helps any child or young person under the age of 18 who is being pressured, forced or tricked into taking part in sexual activity of any kind. This can be something that has taken place either online or in ‘the real world’, or both. The CEOP Safety Centre has clear information and advice on what can be reported to CEOP, the reporting process and what will happen if you do decide to make a report. You can visit the CEOP Safety Centre and make a report directly to CEOP by clicking the Click CEOP button:
If you are experiencing online bullying or something else online has worried you please speak to an adult you trust, or you can talk to Childline at any time on 0800 1111 or at www.childline.org.uk.
Keeping Children Safe in Education
The London Grid for Learning (LGfL) have translated this into a number of languages:
The translations can be downloaded here: https://www.lgfl.net/digisafe/kcsietranslate