It takes a village to raise a child.
Supporting all our children to thrive in their school and community.Safe premises, risk assessments, curriculum (PHSE and sex and relationships education), equality, physical and mental health and children's emotional well-being.
Keeping vulnerable children safe from harm or risk of harm.Bullying, neglect, child abuse - keeping children safe in the community, school or at home.
Ms Catriona Stewart and Mrs Rutter-Brown are the designated leads for safeguarding and child protection.
- Department of Education documents for Safeguarding and Child Protection
- School's Policy for Safeguarding and Child Protection
All staff are trained in Basic Awareness and Prevent (see below on tackling extremism). Training is updated every three years and the policy reviewed annually. Staff also receive briefings and updates throughout the year. Some staff have further responsibilities and receive training in attachment and emotional literacy, data protection, domestic violence. multi-agency working, team around the family (TAF), neglect, safe recruitment, team around the family and team teach (safe handling).
Emotional Literacy Support Assistant
Mrs Emma Wood is the school's ELSA and supports children with emotional and/or behavioural difficulties where these exceed the responsibility or expertise of a class teacher. Capacity in school is not infinite and we will prioritise her support on children whose needs are adversely impacting on learning and achievement. Parents wishing to discuss support for their child should speak to the headteacher or deputy headteacher / SENCo if their request is linked to a child's special educational needs or disability.
Tackling child abuse is everyone's responsibility
We all know that every child has a right to be safe and should be protected from all forms of abuse and neglect; however some people do not act when they are concerned about a child as they are worried about being wrong. The Department for Education has relaunched their national campaign called ‘Together, we can tackle child abuse’, to help address this issue. The Council are sharing their message to ensure we protect children in our area.
The campaign asks everyone to help protect children and young people by looking out for the ABC warning signs. These include changes in a child or young persons:
- Appearance: such as unusual injuries or consistently poor hygiene.
- Behaviour: such as being withdrawn, overly anxious, disruptive or self-harming or any other sudden changes in behaviour.
- Communication: such as talking aggressively, using sexual language or becoming secretive.
Many people think it’s the job of people who work directly with children to make the report or are worried about being wrong. In fact, anyone can make a report to Children's Social Care; you don’t have to be absolutely certain, if you are concerned about a child, please report it to our children’s social care team and they will look into it. Information is usually gathered from a number of sources and your report would form one part of a bigger picture. Please help us to keep an eye out for our local children as you go about your day to day life. Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility and we must work together to support and protect children at the earliest opportunity.
If you suspect child abuse or neglect, call Children’s Social Care on 0300 123 7047 during office hours or 01244 977 277 in evenings and weekends to make a report. If you are concerned that a child is in immediate danger please call Police on 999.
What do I do if I have a concern about a child's welfare?
We are all responsible for the well-being of the children in our community. Children do not differentiate between adults in school; a volunteer parent for example may carry the same status as a teacher. If you have a concern about a child's welfare you can speak to one of the designated adults in school. All concerns are treated confidentially and designated staff will take full responsibility for further action if appropriate.
What about concerns in the community?
Every community bears some responsibility for keeping children safe: from driving carefully to noticing when children may be at risk. Sometimes adults living in the community have concerns regarding a child's welfare which are not apparent in school. CWAC Social Care Integrated Access and Referral Team or I-Art will talk through concerns in a professional and confidential manner. See above for how to contact them.
Staff are trained in Channel awareness and WRAP (Home Office anti-extremism) training and the Prevent Strategy. Extremism includes a range of views, religious and political (such as far right extremism) that can lead people to act in ways contrary to British law. Staff understand how some children can be vulnerable to online grooming (not only for sexual exploitation but for purposes of radicalisation too). We want to prevent any of our children become victims of extremists so staff are trained to spot signs that could indicate radicalisation, how to support children and families affected, and how to report it. The single point of contact should anyone have a concern regarding extremism is Ms Stewart, the headteacher.
A Police-led initiative, Operation Encompass, helps us to better support any child where a domestic incident has been reported to Police from their home.
Following a domestic incident involving the police, an office will make contact with the school via telephone and communicate relevant information to one of the safeguarding leads before 11am the following day. This means we are made aware early enough to support children and young people in a way that means they feel safe, supported and listened to. We are committed to working in partnership with local relevant organisations, including the police to safeguard and protect children across Cheshire and provide the best possible care and support for our pupils.
The Designated Safeguarding Leads, are trained to liaise with the police and to use the information that has been shared, in confidence, ensuring that we are able to make provision for potential difficulties experienced by children who have been involved in, or exposed to, a traumatic incident.