Download the policy here: Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy – Updated January 2018
Every child’s welfare is our paramount concern. All staff, governors and volunteers have a full and active part to play in protecting our pupils and are appropriately checked through the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and receive regular child protection training.
Our Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) is Ms Clare Pike.
Clare leads the Safeguarding Team for West Kidlington, which also includes Mr Simon Isherwood (Principal and Deputy DSL); Mrs Claire Green (Home School Link Worker); Mrs Jo Simpson (SENDCo) and Mrs Gen Bullen (Behaviour Specialist Teaching Assistant).
Safeguarding children is everybody’s responsibility. However, our safeguarding team is in place to ensure that safeguarding maintains a high profile. Their job is primarily to promote effective systems and intervene early to prevent children ever being in a position where they are/feel unsafe. On a day-to-day basis they respond to any concerns raised, work with all relevant agencies, ensure paperwork is logged and lead/attend professional meetings to provide ongoing support for vulnerable children and families.
If anybody has a concern about the safety or well-being of a child, they can speak to any member of our safeguarding team. See below:
If anybody has a concern about the safety or well-being of a child out of hours, they should call the MASH on 0345 050 7666.
MASH stands for multi-agency safeguarding hub. MASH seeks to enable the sharing of information so risks to children can be identified at an early stage; it is a link between universal services such as schools and GPs and statutory services such as police and social care.
Download the policy here: Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy updated Nov 2016
Please see below for other policies that relate to safeguarding:
- Allegations Policy – updated Nov 2016
- Anti-Bullying Policy updated Nov 2016
- Attendance Policy updated February 2017
- ICT Acceptable Use Agreement including social media
- Mobile Phone Statement October 2017
- Physical Handling Policy updated Nov 2016
- Positive Behaviour Policy and Procedures June 2016
- Procedures Children Not Collected
- Sex and Relationships Education Policy updated May 2017
- Staff Code of Conduct updated Nov 2016
Further information for parents/carers
You should contact the Designated Safeguarding Lead, or one of the members of the Safeguarding Team (who are advanced trained), if you have any safeguarding concerns.
Safeguarding has a high profile at West Kidlington. All members of staff are safeguarding trained to generalist level and understand that is it everybody’s responsibility to safeguard all children at all times. Safeguarding is a statutory agenda item in weekly staff meetings, safeguarding scenarios are considered by staff once a month and there are regular updates/briefings as appropriate throughout the year.
You should know that we will not flinch from taking appropriate action to keep all children safe. Unless we feel it would put a child at increased risk of harm, we will always share welfare concerns with parents/guardians. We keep a record of any concerns raised and, again, will share them with parents/guardians if it is appropriate to do so. If we are concerned that a child is at risk of significant harm, we have a duty to refer to the Multi-Agency-Safeguarding Hub (MASH). If we make a referral to MASH, we will inform the parents/guardians unless to do so would place the child at increased risk of significant harm.
Our first concern will always be the welfare of the child.
We will also contact our Local Authority Designated Officer, if we are worried about any of the following:
- Child sexual exploitation (CSE)
- Children missing education
- Domestic violence
- Substance misuse
- Fabricated or induced illness
- Faith abuse
- Female genital mutilation (FGM)
- Forced marriage
- Gangs and youth violence
- Gender-based violence/violence against women and girls (VAWG)
- Mental health
- Private fostering
- Preventing radicalism
If we aren’t sure about a child but are worried about them…
We will contact our Local Community Support Service (LCSS) and request a ‘no names’ consultation (meaning we don’t give the child’s name). We will either be referred directly to a Social Worker or will be called back by one when they are available so that we can discuss the situation with them. They will advise us on what to do next. If a MASH referral needs to be made, they will advise us of this.
If a child is anxious or worried…
You should first of all talk to your child’s class teacher. S/he may then recommend that they speak to our Home School Link Worker who can keep eye on your child and keep a dialogue open with you too.
Prevent Duty & Educate Against Hate
As a parent you may be worried about how extremism and radicalisation might affect your child.
Messages of hate can take many forms. Extremist groups use them to recruit young people. There is a website where you will find information to help parents, teachers and school leaders to understand the issues and protect children in our community: http://educateagainsthate.com
For more information on the above and other useful links, see below:
Prevent Duty Guidance – March 2015 / The Prevent Duty – June 2015