Safeguarding

Designated Child Protection Staff

  • Mrs Ash Atherton (Head teacher/Designated Safeguarding Lead)
  • Mrs Charlotte Smith-Lynch (Deputy Head/DSL)
  • Mrs Yvonne French (Pastoral Lead/DSL)
  • Mrs Kerry Gornall (Early Years Lead and Deputy DSL)
  • Mrs Sarah Cope (Trust SENDco)
  • Mrs Louise Gash (Safeguarding Governor)

Safeguarding

Our school ensures children learn in a safe, caring and enriching environment. Children are taught how to keep themselves safe, to develop positive and healthy relationships and how to avoid situations where they might be at risk including by being exploited.

The school also has a statutory responsibility to share any concerns it might have with other agencies and in particular police, health and children’s services about a child in need of protection. Schools are not able to investigate child protection concerns but have a legal duty to refer them. In most instances the school will be able to inform the parents/carer of its need to make a referral. However, sometimes the school is advised by children’s services or police that the parent/carer cannot be informed whilst they investigate the matter. We understand the anxiety parents/carers understandably feel when they are not told about any concerns from the outset. The school follows legislation that aims to act in the interests of the child.

The school will always seek to work in partnership with parents and other agencies to ensure the best possible outcomes for the child and family.

Keeping Our Children Safe

Keeping Children Safe in Education 

Key Safeguarding Information for Visitors

Guidance for Parents/Carers

E-safety Information

E-safety

CEOP

The Underwear Rule

Simple conversations really can help keep your child safe, and that’s what we will help you do. We want to help parents and carers talk to their children about staying safe. The Underwear Rule is just one way that – together – we can prevent child abuse.

We teach our pupils the NSPCC’s Underwear Rule using the ‘PANTS’ acrostic.

PANTS stands for:

Privates are private

Always remember your body belongs to you

No means no

Talk about secrets that upset you

Speak up, someone can help

National Help Lines and Websites

CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre)

0870 000 3344

The UK’s national police centre for protecting young people and children from sexual abuse.

https://www.ceop.gov.uk/

Childline (24 hours)

0800 1111

Free and confidential helpline for children & young adults in the UK.

https://www.childline.org.uk

Childnet

020 7639 6967

A non-profit organisation working with others to help make the Internet a safe place for children.

https://www.childnet.com

Contact-A-Family

Helpline 0808 808 3555

Support for families of children with disabilities.

https://www.cafamily.org.uk

Cry-sis

08451 228 669 Help line open 9am-10pm 7 days a week.

Help for parents/carers with persistently crying and/or sleepless babies.

https://www.cry-sis.org.uk

Kidscape

Helpline 08451 205 204

Deals with bullying, stranger danger, threats of abuse.

https://www.kidscape.org.uk

Lucy Faithfull Foundation

01527 591922

A child protection charity specialising in working with people perpetrating and affected by child sexual abuse.

https://lucyfaithfull.org/about-us.aspx

NSPCC Child Protection Line

0808 800 500

Acts in cases of neglect and abuse of children.

help@nspcc.org.uk

Respond

Helpline 0808 808 0700

Sexual abuse and people with learning disabilities.

Women’s Aid

Freephone 24 hr helpline 0808 2000 247

Emergency accommodation for abused women and children.

York Front Door Service

Children’s Front Door

01904 551900

Call the Front Door if:

– you know of a child who may become vulnerable without additional help and support
– you are worried a child or young person is at risk of, or is being, hurt or abused
– you want to know about services available to support children and families

What is the Children’s Front Door

The Children’s Front Door provides professionals and members of the public with advice, information and support about services for children and young people who are vulnerable and at risk. The service aims to help practitioners to deliver the right help to the right children and young people at the right time and support practitioners to work in an integrated way with children, young people and their families.

Prevent Duty Guidance: for England and Wales

What is the Prevent strategy?

Prevent is a government strategy designed to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorist or extremist causes. The Prevent strategy covers all types of terrorism and extremism, including the extreme right wing, violent groups and other causes.

How does the Prevent strategy apply to schools?

From July 2015 all schools (as well as other organisations) have a duty to safeguard children from radicalisation and extremism. This means we have a responsibility to protect children from extremist and violent views the same way we protect them from drugs or any form of abuse. Importantly, we can provide a safe place for pupils to discuss these issues so they better understand how to protect themselves.

What does this mean in practice?

Many of the things we already do in school to help children become positive, happy members of society also contribute to the Prevent strategy. These include:

– Exploring other cultures and religions and promoting diversity

– Challenging prejudices and racist comments

– Developing critical thinking skills and a strong, positive self-identity

– Promoting the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils, as well as British Values such as democracy

We will also protect children from the risk of radicalisation, for example by using filters on the internet to make sure they can’t access extremist and terrorist material, or by vetting visitors who come into school to work with pupils.

Frequently Asked Questions

How does Prevent relate to British values?

Schools have been required to promote British values since 2014, and this will continue to be part of our response to the Prevent strategy. British values include:

– Democracy
– The rule of law
– Individual liberty and mutual respect
– Tolerance of different faiths and beliefs

Isn’t my child too young to learn about extremism?

The Prevent strategy is not just about discussing extremism itself, which may not be appropriate for younger children. It is also about teaching children values such as tolerance and mutual respect. The school will make sure any discussions are suitable for the age and maturity of the children involved.

Is extremism really a risk in our area?

Extremism can take many forms, including political, religious and misogynistic extremism. Every school has a duty to have systems to protect children from radicalisation and extremism no matter their location. We will give children the skills to protect them from any extremist views they may encounter, now or later in their lives.

Please click here to view the HM Government Prevent Duty Guidance: for England and Wales. This is the guidance for specified authorities in England and Wales on the duty in the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 to have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism.

KEY TERMS

Extremism – vocal or active opposition to fundamental British values such as democracy, the rule of law and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs

Ideology – a set of beliefs

Terrorism – a violent action against people or property, designed to create fear and advance a political, religious or ideological cause

Radicalisation – the process by which a person comes to support extremism and terrorism