Safeguarding

Download the policy here: Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy updated Nov 2016

If anybody has a concern about the safety or well-being of a child, they can speak to any member of our safeguarding team.  We are:

Safeguarding team

The 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 Person (DSP) is Ms Clare Pike.

Clare leads the Safeguarding Team for West Kidlington, which includes Mr Simon Isherwood (Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead/Principal); Mrs Claire Green (Specialist Safeguarding Lead/Family School Link Worker); Mrs Clare Winterbottom (Specialist Safeguarding Lead/SENDCo); and Mrs Gen Bullen (Specialist Safeguarding Lead/Teaching Assistant).

Our safeguarding policy applies to all working in our school and ensures to provide an environment in which children feel safe, secure, valued and respected. Please see below for other policies that relate to safeguarding:

Further information for parents/carers

At our school, we believe keeping children safe is of crucial importance. We recognise absolutely, the role schools play in keeping children safe and the responsibilities of adults working in school to ensure high quality safeguarding practices are in place.

You should contact the Designated Safeguarding Lead, or one of the members of the Safeguarding Team, if you have any safeguarding concerns.

All members of staff are trained in safeguarding to generalist level. Opportunities to discuss safeguarding issues are included at staff meetings throughout the year. Adults who work with children are encouraged to use opportunities to raise concerns with appropriate safeguarding trained adults.

The school conducted a root and branch review of its safeguarding policy in September 2015 and circulated a draft safeguarding policy in October 2015. This new policy also includes actions the school will take to ensure “prevent” duties are complied with. All members of staff have completed “online”  PREVENT training .

There are excellent government documents on the subject of safeguarding, including Working together to keep children safe 2015.

There are also some excellent websites which give adults advice and support on keeping children safe. This is a particularly good one: Get Safe Online.

All parents and carers at our school need to know that we will not flinch from taking appropriate action to keep children safe. If we are concerned about a child who we feel may be at risk of sexual abuse, physical abuse, neglect, emotional abuse and/or domestic abuse we will do the following:

  • Contact the Multi-Agency-Safeguarding Hub (MASH)
  • Contact the Oxford City Social Care team.
  • Contact the Kingfisher team (if we are worried that a child might be at risk of sexual exploitation.)

We will also contact our Local Authority Designated Officer, if we are worried about any of the following:

  • private fostering
  • child sexual exploitation
  • female genital mutilation
  • disabled children
  • forced marriage
  • children missing education
  • preventing extremism

If we aren’t sure about a child but are worried about them…

  • We will contact our Locality Senior Social Worker 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, and we can then discuss the situation with them. They will advise us on what to do next. If a 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 classteacher. S/he may then recommend that they spend time with one of our trained members of staff, such as Mrs Claire Green our Home School Links Worker, or Mrs Mason one of our trained “circle time” and Family Links workers. This will mean that we are keeping an eye on your child and keeping a dialogue open with you too.

If you are worried about a child…

Please go to the Oxfordshire Safeguarding Children Board website to report your concerns. This website will let you know what you have to do, who you have to talk to and what will happen if you have concerns about a child or young person.

Other useful links

www.thinkuknow.org

www.childline.co.uk

Extremism and Radicalisation

It is vital that staff and parents are aware of the possible dangers of extremism and radicalisation of children, predominantly but not solely through online activities. As a school we are committed to supporting parents and pupils to be aware of these dangers. The document below provides further information on this and more support can be found on our e-safety page.

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