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Safeguarding

Meet the Safeguarding Team

Safeguarding

 

'Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is everyone’s responsibility. Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families has a role to play. In order to fulfil this responsibility effectively, all practitioners 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.'

(Keeping Children Safe in Education, revised Sept 2019, HM Government)

 

At Peasedown St John Primary School we fully recognise our roles and responsibilities for safeguarding and child protection. Our children have the right to protection, regardless of age, gender, race, culture or disability. They have a right to be safe in our school.

We use consistent, fair and thorough recruitment and selection procedures that aim to deter, reject or identify people who might abuse children and young people and to ensure that those recruited are suitable to work with them. Our Safeguarding policies apply to all staff, governors and volunteers working in our school. 

 

School Safeguarding Procedures   -  see our full Safeguarding & Child Protection Policy 

  • Children are encouraged to share concerns or worries with their parents/carers and know who they can talk to in school if they need to.
  • If a member of staff has a concern that a child has been mistreated, either physically, emotionally, sexually or by neglect, they must report the matter immediately to the Designated Safeguarding Lead (Jenny Tombs).
  • The member of staff will keep the matter confidential to as few people as need to know. If there is anyone who needs to be informed, the designated teacher will ensure this happens. Confidentiality is crucial.
  • The member of staff will make an accurate record of what has occurred or been noticed on our Child Protection Online Monitoring and Safeguarding system (CPOMS), which automatically alerts the DSL team (all the School Leadership Team).
  • If the Designated Safeguarding Lead decides to make a referral to Social Care or is instructed by Social Care to make a referral, this will be discussed with the family and we will seek to gain agreement. This will be done as long as such discussion and agreement seeking will not place a child at increased risk of significant harm. We will always contact the Social Care Team for advice if we are unsure about the best way to proceed with any concerns.
  • The Social Care Department and the Police have a duty to investigate cases of suspected abuse. As a school we have a duty to co-operate with any such investigation. This might involve providing information, monitoring the child, or attending a Team Around the Child Meeting or Child Protection Conference.

Further policies and procedure documents around home school agreements, e-safety, behaviour and anti-bullying can be found on our school policies and procedures page.

What to do if you're worried about a child

If you're worried about a child, even if you're unsure, you can speak to our safeguarding team above. You can also contact the Bath & North East Somerset Community Safety & Safeguarding Partnership (BCSSP).

 

If a child is in immediate danger, call the police on 999 straight away.

Prevent Duty

 

Peasedown St John Primary School is fully committed to safeguarding and

promoting the welfare of all its pupils. As a school, we recognise that

safeguarding against radicalisation is no different from safeguarding against any other vulnerability.

 

All staff are expected to uphold and promote the fundamental principles of British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect, and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.

 

On 1 July 2015 the Prevent duty (section 26) of The Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 came into force. This duty places the responsibility on local authorities to have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism.

 

As part of Peasedown St John Primary School’s commitment to safeguarding and child protection we fully support the government’s Prevent Strategy.

 

At Peasedown St John Primary School, we build pupils’ resilience to radicalisation by promoting fundamental British values and enabling our pupils to challenge extremist views. You can read about what we do to promote British Values here.

On Line Safety

 

Letter to Parents regarding eSafety and Purple Mash (Sept 2021)

KS2 ICT Acceptable Use Agreement

 

The internet is amazing. Children can play, learn, create and

connect - opening up a whole world of exciting possibilities. 

But with the digital world changing all the time, how can you make sure your child’s staying safe?

 

If you have any concerns about online safety, please talk to your class teacher, or make an appointment to see the Head Teacher. 

 

Another great resource for keeping children safe online is

net-aware.org which has great links discussing using

social media, and computer games.

 

 

The NSPCC online safety website has a ton of helpful advice on managing on line safety in your family.

T - Talk about staying safe online

E - Explore their online world together

A - Agree rules, what's ok and what's not

M - Manage your family's settings and controls 

 

 

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