Safeguarding

 

The safeguarding of all pupils is of paramount importance to us.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. Our school is a safe place for children; every adult in our school takes  the responsibility for safeguarding our children extremely seriously. We have trained designated safeguarding leaders and a designated safeguarding governor. 

If you have any concerns about the safety or welfare of any pupils, in or out of school, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Griffin, our Designated Senior Lead and Head Teacher. Or if you wish to seek advice about a child who does not attend our school, please speak to Mrs Griffin who will be able to help or refer you to someone else who can.

In her absence, please contact Miss White (Deputy Head Teacher)

In her absence, please contact Mr Skears (SENCO)

Mrs Godwin is our Safeguarding Governor (Chair of Governors)

If your concern is out of school hours, or you would prefer to talk to someone else not working at the school, please contact the Northamptonshire MASH team (Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub) by calling 999 for an emergency or  0300 126 1000 for a non-emergency.

 

The 'Keeping Children Safe' document was updated in September 2016 and clearly outlines the responsibilities of parents, staff and volunteers. It is an important document for everyone to be aware of and refer to:

 

We teach the children about personal safety through our curriculum.  We have clear guidance for children, teachers and parents to help children to use the internet safely and responsibly.

Our staff recruitment policies and practices meet safer recruitment requirements.  We always pursue identity checks and qualification checks and we take up written references before confirming employment.  We require clearance from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) before employing any staff, in addition to pursuing ISA list checks; this includes supply teachers, volunteers and outside club and coaching staff.

 

Other contacts / links:

NSPCC: help, advice or concerns about the safety of a child: 0808 800 5000 http://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/

National Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 2000 247 http://www.nationaldomesticviolencehelpline.org.uk/

Women’s Aid: http://www.womensaid.org.uk/default.asp

Mind: Mental Health Charity:  http://www.mind.org.uk/?gclid=CK6U5oiotMUCFUyWtAodRUcAAg

Northampton and District Mind: 01604 634310

CEOP Child Exploitation and On-line Protection Centre

https://www.ceop.police.uk/safety-centre/

 

Safeguarding our Children in the Media

Photographs of children are on our school website with permission from their parents.

We do not name or put photographs of children on our social media sites: Twitter and Face Book. This is because the audience is widespread. We proved this with our own social experiment!

Our home-school policy states that parents should only put photographs of their own child on social media for private use only. This is because they do not have the permission of other parents/children and we respect their privacy. Parents should not assume that because they know a parent that they won't mind their child's photo being published on another social media site. Parents have different groups of friends and privacy settings. Permission should always be sought.

The following guides parents to what is and what isn't acceptable:

We strongly advocate that none of our children are old enough to have social media accounts and should use the internet under adult supervision/consent at all times.

PREVENT

Prevent is a strategy implemented to prevent children and young adults being drawn into terrorism. It forms part of our 'Safeguarding Policy' and can Our staff are trained to ensure that they recognise the signs and know what to do to report any concerns.

The school has a 'Prevent Risk Assessment' that outlines the precautions we take within school.