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Safeguarding and Child Protection







   

Our designated 'Child Protection' leaders are Jo Phillips (Head teacher) and Tracey Green (Deputy Head & Inclusion Leader). They are assisted by Sue Best (Learning Mentor with Specific Responsibility for Pastoral Interventions).

At Wyton on the Hill Primary School we want all our children to be happy, healthy and safe. We seek to do this by providing a safe school environment and by identifying children who are suffering or likely to suffer significant harm, taking appropriate action with the aim of making sure they are kept safe both at home and while at school.

We have systems in place at our school which are designed to:

 
  • Prevent unsuitable people working with children
  • Promote safe practice and challenge poor and unsafe practice
  • Identify instances in which there are grounds for concern about a child’s welfare, and initiate or take appropriate action to keep them safe
  • Contribute to effective partnerships, working with all those involved in providing services for children
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    Safer Recruitment and Volunteers
    At Wyton on the Hill Primary School we follow best practice relating to Safer Recruitment and vetting volunteers in order to keep our children safe. All staff and governors have a full Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check (formally CRB). The Head teacher and Vice Chair of Governors have undertaken training in Safer Recruitment to ensure good practice when recruiting new staff.

    We welcome volunteer helpers in school including parents, grandparents and other relatives. We also have volunteers who want to gain experience before undertaking training in education etc. All volunteers work under the direct supervision of a member of staff and are therefore not required to hold DBS checks. However, all volunteers must meet with the Head teacher before they can begin so that they can be made aware of the school’s confidentiality and safeguarding codes of practice. This meeting becomes annual if they volunteer for more than one year. All volunteers are required to provide the names of two referees and the school will obtain references.


    Staff Responsibilities
    Under the Education Act 2002 (section 175), schools must make arrangements to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. The law (Children Act 1989) requires all school staff to pass on information which gives rise to a concern about a child’s welfare, including risk from neglect, physical, emotional or sexual abuse. All staff have appropriate training in Child Protection, following clear policy and procedures. They all have a duty of care and they will report any concerns.
    All members of staff (and all governors) are required to read and follow the government’s statutory guidance document ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’, published in April 2014. You can access this document here.

    If there are concerns relating to a child's safety and welfare outside of school, the staff will typically seek to discuss any concerns with the parent/carer, and where possible seek their consent to a referral to Social Care.

    However, this will only be done where such discussion will not place the child at increased risk of significant harm. The school will seek advice from Social Care when we have reasonable cause to suspect a child may be suffering or likely to suffer significant harm. Occasionally, concerns are passed on which are later shown to be unfounded. Parents/carers will appreciate that the designated person for child protection was carrying out their responsibilities in accordance with the law and acting in the best interests of all children.

    In accordance with local Information Sharing protocols, we will ensure that information is shared effectively and sensitively. Information will only be shared with other services where it is deemed necessary and proportionate to ensure that children and young people are safe and receive the right service.

    Our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy is available in Policies section of our website. There is also a very clear 'whistle-blowing' policy in place, which is followed if there are any concerns about adults in school. Again, this is available in the Policies section of our website and can be accessed by clicking here.


    Safeguarding Curriculum
    At Wyton on the Hill Primary, our curriculum supports our approach to child protection and safeguarding. We teach children about personal safety through our Personal Development lessons appropriate to their age. This work develops children's knowledge and skills as appropriate to their age/stage of development and includes an annual unit on Sex and Relationships.
    Our Personal Development Policy and our policy on Sex and Relationships can be accessed through the Policies section of our website under the ‘Curriculum’ heading.


    The ChildLine Website has lots of good resources for families. Click on the logo to access the site.
     
    Wyton on the Hill Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
     
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