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'Safeguarding is effective.'
'Leaders have ensured that safeguarding arrangements are fit for purpose'.
'Pupils feel safe and well cared for at school.'
Ofsted November 2018
At Hodnet Primary School, we provide a safe and secure atmosphere for pupils to learn and thrive. We pride ourselves on our welcoming, supportive and safe learning environment. Our Safeguarding principles and procedures were recognised by Ofsted as being effective and fit for purpose and we were praised by the inspector due to all our pupils feeling safe and well cared for.
We have three Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSL’s)
- Mrs Penny Lyall (Headteacher) DSL
- Mrs Ceri Williams (Deputy Headteacher) Deputy DSL
- Miss Jenny Darmanin (Senior Teacher) Deputy DSL
Our Safeguarding link governor is
- Mrs Jen Rogers
Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined as:
Protecting children from maltreatment; preventing impairment of children’s health or development; ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care; and taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.
Safeguarding is not just about protecting children from deliberate harm. It relates to aspects of school life including:
- Pupils’ health and safety
- The use of reasonable force
- Providing first aid
- Educational visits
- Intimate care
- Internet/Online safety
- Making appropriate arrangements to ensure school security
- Meeting the needs of pupils with medical conditions
Safer Recruitment is integral to maintaining a safe and secure learning environment.
Safeguarding all our children is of paramount importance to us therefore, all necessary risk assessments are carried out prior to any activity. Enhanced DBS checks are carried out when recruiting new staff or volunteers. When welcoming visitors we check whether they have a DBS and carefully monitor their contact with children according to the regulated activity rules in the DBS guidelines. We are a “Safer School” and at least one member of staff and governors who are involved in the recruitment process have attended “Safer Recruitment Training.” New staff are made aware of all the related Safeguarding documents including the Child Protection policy as part of the induction process and all staff receive Child Protection Awareness training regularly.
What to do if you have concerns
If you have concerns about the safeguarding or welfare of a child or a vulnerable adult you can seek advice firstly via our school DSL’s or through contacting the Shropshire First Point of Contact team (FPOC) on: 0345 6789021
- If you are in immediate danger call 999
- Childline can be accessed on 0800 11 11
- NSPCC can be accessed on 0808 800 5000
Safeguarding process of action:
In school all staff follow our procedures as set out in our Policy. If staff have a safeguarding or child protection concern, this is shared with the DSL’s. The concerns are then actioned by the DSL team. All records are kept on our electronic system, CPOMS.
- If a concern needs to be raised with the Local Authority Safeguarding team, our DSL’s do this through contacting the initial contact team, who then triage the concerns.
- If the concerns meet threshold for assessment, further investigations take place and plans put into place to support the child and family.
- If there is an immediate safeguarding concern which requires a social work assessment or a police joint assessment and there are concerns regarding a pupils’ welfare, we follow the guidance set by the LA team to keep the child safe from harm.
- Targeted Early Help may be required to support he family, if this is the case a referral and whole family assessment takes place.
- Other professional services may be recommended, this will then also involve a referral process and often require parental consent.
- If the thresholds for support are not met, then the child will continue to be monitored in school and chronologies kept up to date of any concerns.
At Hodnet School we work with professionals through the Operation Encompass alert system. This means that school is alerted to any domestic incidents which have been reported within the family home. School is made aware of these incidents so that we can be informed and prepared before the child comes into school, enabling us to meet their emotional needs and provide support where needed. Please see the Operation Encompass website link below for more information.
Please also see links below to the regional safeguarding team in the West Midlands. They have included recent information (September 23) about child to parent abuse.