At Belmont Cheveley Park Primary School, we regard the safeguarding of children as our main priority. We believe that we all have the right to be happy, to be safe and to learn. We all have the responsibility to make this happen.
We will ensure that:
Our safeguarding policies cover all areas of school life and include:
We have a duty to ensure that we safeguard children across wide and varied aspects of children and families needs. These are set out in the government publication; Keeping Children Safe in Education, and are detailed as:
Plus the Specific Safeguarding Issues of:
• child missing from home or care
• child sexual exploitation (CSE) – and see page 14
• bullying including cyberbullying
• domestic violence
• fabricated or induced illness
• faith abuse
• female genital mutilation (FGM) – and see page 14
• forced marriage
• gangs and youth violence
• gender-based violence/violence against women and girls (VAWG)
• mental health
• private fostering
• preventing radicalisation – and see page 15
• teenage relationship abuse
We are all responsible for ensuring that each child remains safe, however the Designated Leads for Safeguarding are Mrs Goodwin (Headteacher) or Mrs Tobin (Deputy Head Teacher)
We follow strict procedures to ensure that everyone who works with our children is vetted, keeping our children as safe as possible. At least one senior member of staff is qualified in Safer Recruitment Procedures and oversees all recruitment processes.
All staff have an up-to-date understanding of safeguarding children issues and are able to implement the safeguarding children policy and procedure appropriately. Policies are in line with current guidance and procedures. A copy of the policy is at the bottom of this page.
Staff are able to respond appropriately to any:
All staff are aware of the need to maintain privacy and confidentiality. Parents are informed via the school brochure, website and through newsletters in relation to our duty and procedures to protect their children.
We have an obligation to obtain necessary information from parents in advance of a child being admitted to school, including:
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.
Because our first concern must be the well-being of your child, there may be occasions when we have to consult 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, which are included as part of our policy below.
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.
Further to the above procedures, we have in place a concerns and complaints policy. A copy is detailed on our Policies page. This enables children, staff and carers to report anything they feel is of concern.
Concerns should be raised in the following order.
Contact details are available from the school office.
If you have a safeguarding concern, then this should be brought to the attention of Mrs Goodwin or Mrs Tobin in the first instance.
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 Mrs Goodwin, who will be happy to discuss matters further with you.
If you have any concerns outside of school hours, or feel it more appropriate to make a referral to Social Services directly, please contact the Local Authority 'First Contact' service - a 24 hour helpline: 03000 26 79 79
You can also contact the Police service, who have designated Safeguarding Officers, by calling 999, or 101 for less urgent information.
E-Safety is a key aspect of our duty to keep children safe - both inside and outside of school. Take a look at our e-safety policy within our 'Policies' section for further detail, but for parents and carers there is a wealth of online information which can be accessed in order to help to keep children safe online.
Should school have concerns around safeguarding and e-safety, staff have dedicated safeguarding referral forms which are shared with the Designated Safeguarding Leads - who may contact parents and carers, or Durham 'First Contact Service' in light of information shared.
Below are some useful links which can provide useful and impartial information.
Equally, our school facebook page and newsletters often promote e-safety and attempt to keep parents aware of current issues in this areas of safeguarding.
In school and at home, we also promote e-safety with the following Acceptable Use Policies - which all of our children are expected to adhere to.