Safeguarding

Safeguarding

At The March C of E Primary School, we regard the safeguarding of children as our main priority. We believe that everyone has the right to be happy, to be safe and to learn.

We will ensure that:

  • The welfare of the child remains our top priority
  • All children whatever their age, culture, disability, gender, language, racial origin, religious beliefs and/ or sexual identity have the right to be protected from harm.
  • All suspicions and allegations of abuse will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately.
  • All staff and volunteers working at our school have a responsibility to report concerns to the  Designated Child Protection Officer Mrs Nicky Metcalfe (Head Teacher)  and Child Protection Officer is Mr Steve Jackson
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Areas of Safeguarding

Our safeguarding policies cover all areas of school life and include:

  • Staff & Visitors- ensuring they are vetted, informed & trained.
  • Children’s Behaviour- promoting safer, happier behaviours and lifestyles.
  • Parents & Carers- promoting links and supporting families.
  • Premises -keeping them safe, pleasant and fit for purpose.
  • Curriculum -providing positive, life affirming learning experiences.
  • Outside School- ensuring safer activities and environments whilst on educational visits.

Members of Staff Responsible

We are all responsible for ensuring that each child remains safe, however the designated lead for Safeguarding is Mrs Nicky Metcalfe (Head Teacher)

Safer Recruitment

We follow strict procedures devised by County Hall to ensure that everyone who works with our children is vetted, keeping our children as safe as possible. Ongoing checks and ‘whistle-blowing’ are in line with current policy.

Staff Training

  • Staff are trained in child protection issues and they are aware of the procedures to follow.
  • Staff are encouraged to be vigilant in order to maintain the safety of our children.
  • All Staff & Volunteers are directed to the Safeguarding, Child Protection and Behaviour policies and to the document ‘KEEPING CHILDREN SAFE IN EDUCATION 2016’.

Child Protection with Safeguarding Policy

All staff have an up-to-date understanding of safeguarding children issues and are able to implement the safeguarding children policy and procedure appropriately. Policies are in line with current guidance and procedures.

Staff are able to respond appropriately to any:

  • significant changes in children’s behaviour;
  • deterioration in their general well-being;
  • unexplained bruising, marks or signs of possible abuse;
  • signs of neglect;
  • comments children make which give cause for concern.

All staff are aware of the need to maintain privacy and confidentiality.

Information Sharing

We have an obligation to obtain necessary information from parents in advance of a child being admitted to school, including:

  • emergency contact numbers;
  • the child’s special dietary requirements, preferences or food allergies the child may have;
  • the child’s special health requirements;
  • information about who has legal contact with the child; and who has parental responsibility for the child.

Written parental permission is requested, at the time of the child’s admission to the provision, to the seeking of any necessary emergency medical advice or treatment in the future.

PARENTS & CARERS MUST TELL US OF ANY CHANGES TO THESE DETAILS.

We take confidentiality very seriously. Any information which we hold is treated as confidential and shared on a ‘need-to-know’ basis.

Links with External Agencies

Because our first concern must be the well-being of the child, there may be occasions when we have to consult other agencies before we contact you. The procedures we have to follow have been laid down in accordance with the local authority child protection procedures.

We are fortunate to be supported by a range of external agencies which can be called upon to support the work we do in school. These include School Nurse, Health Practitioners, Educational Psychology, Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services, Behaviour Support, Social Services and Specialists in supporting SEND.

Reporting Concerns or Complaints

Further to the above procedures, we have in place a concerns and complaints policy. This enables children, staff and carers to report anything they feel is of concern.

Concerns should be raised in the following order.

  1. To the Class Teacher. Then, if there is no resolution;
  2. To the Deputy Head and then Head Teacher. Then, if there is no resolution;
  3. To the Chair of Governors. Then, if there is no resolution;
  4. To the Local Authority.

Contact details are available from the school office or by visiting the contact us section of our website.

Review of Policy and Practice

In order to ensure that best practice is maintained, our policies are reviewed regularly to incorporate the latest statutory guidance emerge.

Who else can I contact?

If you think a child or young person is at IMMEDIATE risk, you should treat this as an emergency and call 999 to report your concerns to the Police.

If you think a child is being abused or neglected please contact the MASH (Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub). You can contact the MASH during office hours on the details below:

Tel: 01403 229 900

Email: MASH@westsussex.gcsx.gov.uk

The out of office hours (5pm – 8am weekdays) and 24-hour emergency number on weekends and bank holidays is 0330 222 6664 or email: MASH@westsussex.gcsx.gov.uk ensuring that you put in the subject box: ALERT FOR EDT

When you contact the MASH please give as much information as possible about the child you are concerned about. This will help the MASH decide the best way to respond to your concern. The information you give will be kept confidential. You can remain anonymous but it is helpful if you can give your name and details.

NSPCC whistle-blowing helpline – 0800 028 0285

 

Operation Encompass

West Sussex School are working with West Sussex Police Constabulary on a joint initiative called Operation Encompass.

 All schools in West Sussex we  will be using this system as from 16th April 2018 . We  have been asked by WSCC to provide you with the following information.

The aim of this initiative is for the police to report to the school, prior to 9am on the next school day, when a child or young person has been exposed to or involved in any domestic incident.  This disclosure will include risk information affecting the child or young person, not all information obtained by the police at the incident.  This information is already being shared with school but there are often delays.  The new process improves this by supplying ‘live’ information to the school allowing appropriate support to be put in place to assist in mitigating these issues.  This will support the long term wellbeing of children affected by domestic abuse. 

The information shared will be received by a dedicated member of the school staff, known as a Key Adult, who is appropriately trained to manage this information.  Mrs Metcalfe and Mr Jackson will take on this role. This allows us to liaise with the police and to use the information that has been shared in confidence.  This enables the school to implement support and safeguarding for children and young people affected by these incidents.

 We are keen to offer the best support possible to all children and young people and we believe this will be extremely beneficial for all those involved. If you would like to know more about Operation Encompass please visitwww.operationencompass.org

The March CE Primary, Claypit Lane, Westhampnett, Chichester, West Sussex, PO18 0NU

Telephone: 01243 783987 Email: office@march.w-sussex.sch.uk

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