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Safeguarding Children

At Dormansland, our safeguarding systems are effective, clear and consistent and ensure that all our children feel safe and happy. Children from across the school understand the key principles behind keeping themselves healthy and can talk about how they feel safe in school with confidence.

 

What is Safeguarding?

 

At Dormansland Primary School we consider the safeguarding of children to be our most important priority. Children need to feel safe, cared for and valued in order to learn and thrive. In our school we follow the guidance set out in ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ which states that schools must ensure they:

 

  • Protect children from maltreatment
  • Prevent the impairment of children’s health or development
  • Ensure children grow up in safe and effective care
  • Take action to ensure children achieve the best outcomes

 

To ensure the above guidelines are followed we take action to enable all children to have the best outcomes through our safeguarding measures regardless of their age, culture, physical needs, gender, language, racial origin, religious beliefs and sexual identity. In order to do this we have clear procedures in place to ensure that disclosures or allegations are taken seriously, recorded correctly and investigated.

We follow guidance, as a school from the Surrey Safeguarding Board, they have a useful area for parents and children to access. 

 

Who is Responsible for Safeguarding?

 

Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families has a role to play in safeguarding children. Staff are made aware that any safeguarding issues need to be reported through the correct routes to the designated safeguarding leads. When staff are recruited we follow the procedures set out in our ‘School Safer Recruitment Policy’. Also on-going safeguarding measures are in place for staff currently employed i.e. through training and DBS re-checks.

Our Senior Staff Team have received required Child Protection Training for Safeguarding Leads in School:

 

Our named governor for safeguarding is:  Mrs S George

 

All staff who are new to Dormansland Primary receive safeguarding training as part of their induction package in order to ensure they can recognise signs and symptoms of abuse and report using our agreed procedures.

Where national issues come to the fore, whole school staff training is put in place, for example around the PREVENT agenda or around online safety.

 

Staff attend pertinent training throughout the year, for example – domestic violence, child bereavement, drug and alcohol abuse.

Parents are invited to attend workshops wherever possible, for example around online safety.

 

What are the Areas of Safeguarding?

 

  • Child protection – ensuring that staff respond appropriately to any significant change in a child’s behaviour, report to the Designated Lead any unexplained bruising, marks or signs of possible abuse, any unexplained behaviour changes, any deterioration in a child’s well being, are trained to know signs of neglect and respond appropriately to comments children make that cause concern
  • Training – ensuring that staff have access to quality training in aspects of safeguarding so they can recognise signs and symptoms of abuse and record/respond using the correct procedures
  • Buildings and grounds – ensuring we offer a safe learning environment for children to thrive, completing risk assessments and regular checks of the building and grounds. Acting promptly on any concerns.
  • Outside learning – completing risk assessments prior to trips and visits for the establishment along with safe transport
  • Visitors – checking DBS forms and qualifications and logging them on our Single Central Register where they become more permanent visitors
  • Behaviour– promoting positive behaviours towards each other to create a safe, caring environment. Risk assessing those children with significant needs
  • Parents/carers/families – offering a welcoming school and develop home/school links. Having procedures in place for parents entering the building for events and meetings
  • Curriculum – ensuring that our curriculum offers a wide range of opportunities for children to learn about safety and they have chances to talk and ask questions

 

How does our Curriculum Support Safeguarding of Pupils?

 

To support pupils with confidence and knowledge of safeguarding issues we ensure our personal, social, health education (PSHE) programme allows lots of opportunities to develop their understanding.

For example:

 

  • We cover whole school national and global themes across the whole year such as Anti-Bullying week, Safer Internet Day
  • We learn about our values and keeping safe in lessons and assemblies to help children develop their sense of worth and confidence

 

Links with External Agencies

 

In order to provide the best possible safeguarding for all pupils in our school we work with outside agencies to ensure we get expert advice and support. We follow procedures set out by the Local Education Authority and Surrey Safeguarding  Board as well as ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ in accordance with child protection procedures.

 

Below are some of the links we have with external agencies:

 

  • School Nurse Service
  • Early Help Panel
  • Education Social Work Team
  • Educational Psychology Team
  • CAMHS (Child and Adult Mental Health Service)
  • Behaviour Support Service
  • Social Services
  • Family support workers
  • Parent Support Advisor
  • Health practitioners
  • Special Educational Needs and Disability Team

 

Should you need more information about services available in Surrey around Early help for families then either speak to the school office who will put you in touch with the

 

Sharing of Information

We are required to have information from parents/carers prior to a child joining our school.

This includes:

 

  • Information about who has legal contact with the child and who has parental responsibility
  • Any special health requirements for the child
  • Information relating to food i.e. dietary requirements and food allergies
  • Emergency contact numbers (updated as required throughout the child’s time at school)
  • ‘Child Collected By’ form which specifies agreed adults who can collect a child and an agreed password

In our school we follow the Data Protection principles. Information regarding children is stored safely and securely and it is only shared with professionals permitted to have it.

 

What is Safeguarding?

 

At Dormansland Primary School we consider the safeguarding of children to be our most important priority. Children need to feel safe, cared for and valued in order to learn and thrive. In our school we follow the guidance set out in ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ which states that schools must ensure they:

 

  • Protect children from maltreatment
  • Prevent the impairment of children’s health or development
  • Ensure children grow up in safe and effective care
  • Take action to ensure children achieve the best outcomes

​​​​​​​

To ensure the above guidelines are followed we take action to enable all children to have the best outcomes through our safeguarding measures regardless of their age, culture, physical needs, gender, language, racial origin, religious beliefs and sexual identity. In order to do this we have clear procedures in place to ensure that disclosures or allegations are taken seriously, recorded correctly and investigated.

We follow guidance, as a school from the Surrey Safeguarding Board, they have a useful area for parents and children to access. 

 

Who is Responsible for Safeguarding?

Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families has a role to play in safeguarding children. Staff are made aware that any safeguarding issues need to be reported through the correct routes to the designated safeguarding leads. When staff are recruited we follow the procedures set out in our ‘School Safer Recruitment Policy’. Also on-going safeguarding measures are in place for staff currently employed i.e. through training and DBS re-checks.

Our Senior Staff Team have received required Child Protection Training for Safeguarding Leads in School:

 

Our named governor for safeguarding is:  Mrs S George

 

All staff who are new to Dormansland Primary receive safeguarding training as part of their induction package in order to ensure they can recognise signs and symptoms of abuse and report using our agreed procedures.

Where national issues come to the fore, whole school staff training is put in place, for example around the PREVENT agenda or around online safety.

 

Staff attend pertinent training throughout the year, for example – domestic violence, child bereavement, drug and alcohol abuse.

Parents are invited to attend workshops wherever possible, for example around online safety.

 

What are the Areas of Safeguarding?

 

  • Child protection – ensuring that staff respond appropriately to any significant change in a child’s behaviour, report to the Designated Lead any unexplained bruising, marks or signs of possible abuse, any unexplained behaviour changes, any deterioration in a child’s well being, are trained to know signs of neglect and respond appropriately to comments children make that cause concern
  • Training – ensuring that staff have access to quality training in aspects of safeguarding so they can recognise signs and symptoms of abuse and record/respond using the correct procedures
  • Buildings and grounds – ensuring we offer a safe learning environment for children to thrive, completing risk assessments and regular checks of the building and grounds. Acting promptly on any concerns.
  • Outside learning – completing risk assessments prior to trips and visits for the establishment along with safe transport
  • Visitors – checking DBS forms and qualifications and logging them on our Single Central Register where they become more permanent visitors
  • Behaviour– promoting positive behaviours towards each other to create a safe, caring environment. Risk assessing those children with significant needs
  • Parents/carers/families – offering a welcoming school and develop home/school links. Having procedures in place for parents entering the building for events and meetings
  • Curriculum – ensuring that our curriculum offers a wide range of opportunities for children to learn about safety and they have chances to talk and ask questions

 

How does our Curriculum Support Safeguarding of Pupils?

 

To support pupils with confidence and knowledge of safeguarding issues we ensure our personal, social, health education (PSHE) programme allows lots of opportunities to develop their understanding.

For example:

  • We cover whole school national and global themes across the whole year such as Anti-Bullying week, Safer Internet Day
  • We learn about our values and keeping safe in lessons and assemblies to help children develop their sense of worth and confidence

 

Links with External Agencies

In order to provide the best possible safeguarding for all pupils in our school we work with outside agencies to ensure we get expert advice and support. We follow procedures set out by the Local Education Authority and Bradford Safeguarding Children Board as well as ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ in accordance with child protection procedures.

 

Below are some of the links we have with external agencies:

 

  • School Nurse Service
  • Early Help Panel
  • Education Social Work Team
  • Educational Psychology Team
  • CAMHS (Child and Adult Mental Health Service)
  • Behaviour Support Service
  • Social Services
  • Family support workers
  • Parent Support Advisor
  • Health practitioners
  • Special Educational Needs and Disability Team

​​​​​​​

Should you need more information about services available in Surrey around Early help for families then either speak to the school office who will put you in touch with the

 

Sharing of Information

We are required to have information from parents/carers prior to a child joining our school.

This includes:

 

  • Information about who has legal contact with the child and who has parental responsibility
  • Any special health requirements for the child
  • Information relating to food i.e. dietary requirements and food allergies
  • Emergency contact numbers (updated as required throughout the child’s time at school)
  • ‘Child Collected By’ form which specifies agreed adults who can collect a child and an agreed password

​​​​​​​

In our school we follow the Data Protection principles. Information regarding children is stored safely and securely and it is only shared with professionals permitted to have it.

 


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