Safeguarding is about keeping children and young people safe by protecting them from harm, supporting their development and making sure they grow up in a safe environment. Safeguarding responsibilities are place on the police, health and local authorities to work together to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. This multi-agency work is Darlington’s Safeguarding Partnership Board. If you are worried about a child being harmed, you can contact the Children’s Initial Advice Team on 01325 406222 or Out Of Hours on 01642 524552.
At Whinfield Primary school, we regard the safeguarding of children as our main priority. Safeguarding is at the centre of our practice. We believe that we all have the right to be happy, to be safe and to learn. It is the responsibility of everyone who comes into contact with children to keep them safe. If you are worried about a child, please contact Kay Murray our Designated Safeguarding Lead on 01325 240499 opt 2 or mobile 07469 402630 to discuss your concern.
We will ensure that:
- the welfare of the child remains paramount;
- all children whatever their age, culture, disability, gender, language, racial origin, religious beliefs and/ or sexual identity have the right to be protected from harm;
- all suspicions and allegations of abuse will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately;
- all staff and volunteers working at our school have a responsibility to report concerns to the designated leads for Safeguarding.
Areas of Safeguarding
Our safeguarding policies cover all areas of school life and include:
- staff & visitors- ensuring they are vetted, informed & trained;
- children’s behaviour- promoting safer & happier behaviours & lifestyles;
- parents & carers- promoting links & supporting families;
- premises -keeping them safe, pleasant & fit for purpose;
- curriculum -providing positive, life affirming learning experiences;
- outside School- ensuring safer activities and environments outside school.
Members of Staff Responsible
We are all responsible for ensuring that each child remains safe, however the Designated Lead for Safeguarding is Kay Murray, supported by Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads Shirley Welsh, Carol Hall, Debbie O’Callaghan and Julia Murphy. Mrs Murray can be contacted on 01325 240499 opt 2 or mobile 07469 402630 at all times.
All staff are:
- trained in child protection issues each year and are aware of the procedures to follow;
- given time to read and understand Part 1. Annex A of ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’;
- encouraged to be vigilant in order to maintain the safety of our children;
- given a copy of ‘Behaviour Guidelines for Staff & Volunteers;
Child Protection with Safeguarding Policy
All staff have an up-to-date understanding of safeguarding children issues and are able to implement the safeguarding children policy and procedure appropriately. We have a culture of vigilance, where Policies are in line with current guidance and procedures.
Staff are able to respond appropriately to any:
- significant changes in children’s behaviour;
- deterioration in their general well-being;
- unexplained bruising, marks or signs of possible abuse;
- signs of neglect;
- comments children make which give cause for concern.
All staff are aware of the need to maintain privacy and confidentiality.
We have an obligation to obtain necessary information from parents in advance of a child being admitted to school, including:
- two emergency contact numbers;
- the child’s special dietary requirements, preferences or food allergies the child may have;
- the child’s special health requirements;
- information about who has legal contact with the child; and who has parental responsibility for the child.
Written parental permission is requested, at the time of the child’s admission to the provision, to the seeking of any necessary emergency medical advice or treatment in the future.
PARENTS & CARERS MUST TELL US OF ANY CHANGES TO THESE DETAILS.
We take confidentiality very seriously. Any information which we hold is treated as confidential and shared on a ‘need-to-know’ basis.
Links with External Agencies
Our first concern must be the well-being of your child, therefore there may be occasions when we have to liaise with other agencies before we contact you. The procedures we have to follow have been laid down in accordance with the local authority child protection procedures.
We are fortunate to be supported by a range of external agencies which can be called upon to support the work we do in school. These include School Nurse, Health Practitioners, Educational Psychology, Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services, Behaviour Support, Social Services and Specialists in supporting Special Educational Needs.
Reporting Concerns or Complaints
Further to the above procedures, we have in place a concerns and complaints policy. This enables children, staff and carers to report anything they feel is of concern.
Concerns should be raised in the following order.
- To the Class Teacher. Then, if there is no resolution;
- To the Year Group Leader. Then, if there is no resolution;
- To the Head Teacher. Then, if there is no resolution;
- To the Chair of Governors. Then, if there is no resolution;
- To the Local Authority.
Contact details are available from the school office.
Review of Policy and Practice
In order to ensure that best practice is maintained, our policies are reviewed at least regularly to incorporate the latest statutory guidance emerge. If you would like more information on safeguarding, please contact the school for all our policies or view our policies section on our website.
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