All schools have a major responsibility regarding Child Protection and Safeguarding.
Should there be any case where a school has reason to be concerned that a child may be subject to ill treatment, neglect or other forms of abuse, then staff have to follow Child Protection Procedures, which may involve contact with Social Services.
Our school Designated Safeguarding Leader is Mrs Katrina Straker (Headteacher), the Deputy Safeguarding Leaders are:
Mr Tom Bint (Assistant Headteacher)
Mrs Kath Adams (EYFS and Key Stage 1 Leader)
Ms Alis Reid (EYFS Teacher)
Mrs Louise Nail (ELSA)
Mrs Karen Swatton (School Office)
Our lead safeguarding governor is: Anita FitzPatrick
THE PREVENT DUTY
Our school supports the 'Prevent Duty'. Please download the parent pamphlet at the bottom of this page.
In order for schools and childcare providers to fulfil the Prevent duty, it is essential that staff are able to identify children who may be vulnerable to radicalisation, and know what to do when they are identified.
Protecting children from the risk of radicalisation should be seen as part of schools’ and childcare providers’ wider safeguarding duties, and is similar in nature to protecting children from other harms (e.g. drugs, gangs, neglect, sexual exploitation), whether these come from within their family or are the product of outside influences. Schools and childcare providers can also build pupils’ resilience to radicalisation by promoting fundamental British values and enabling them to challenge extremist views.
It is important to emphasise that the Prevent duty is not intended to stop pupils debating controversial issues. On the contrary, schools should provide a safe space in which children, young people and staff can understand the risks associated with terrorism and develop the knowledge and skills to be able to challenge extremist arguments.
For early years childcare providers, the statutory framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage sets standards for learning, development and care for children from 0-5, thereby assisting their personal, social and emotional development and understanding of the world. The Prevent duty is entirely consistent with schools’ and childcare providers’ existing responsibilities and should not be burdensome.
Ofsted’s revised common inspection framework for education, skills and early years, which came into effect from 1 September 2015, makes specific reference to the need to have safeguarding arrangements to promote pupils’ welfare and prevent radicalisation and extremism. The associated handbooks for inspectors set out the expectations for different settings. The common inspection framework and handbooks are available on GOV.UK. The statutory guidance on the Prevent duty summarises the requirements on schools and childcare providers in terms of four general themes: risk assessment, working in partnership, staff training and IT policies.