At Woodham Burn Community Primary School, we regard the safeguarding of children as our main priority. We believe that we all have the right to be happy, to be safe and to learn. We all have the responsibility to make this happen.
Our designated leads for safeguarding are:
Mrs R. Edwards
Mrs F. Anderson
Mrs K. Robinson
(deputy head teacher)
Our school is committed to promoting the welfare of all children by working in partnership with parents and carers, the Local Authority (LA) and multi-agency partners in early help and child protection, in accordance with locally agreed Local Safeguarding Children Board procedures and practices.
Our policy applies to members of the school community in its widest sense. This includes children and young people, their parents/carers, school staff, governors, visitors, specialist staff, and the local and wider community where they have contact with the school.
Our staff and governors are committed to the following principles:
- We respect and value each child as an individual.
- We are a listening school, and encourage an environment where children feel free to talk, knowing that they will be listened to.
- The welfare and well-being of each child is of paramount importance.
- The protection of children from abuse is a whole-school issue, and therefore the responsibility of the entire school community.
- We will use the school curriculum to resource our children to protect themselves from abuse, both as victims and as potential perpetrators.
- Abuse takes place in all communities. School staff are particularly well-placed to identify and refer concerns and also to act to prevent children and young people from being abused.
- Regular training will ensure all adults in school are aware of indicators of concern or abuse and are fully aware of school procedures regarding reporting such information to designated leads
- Our policy will be developed and kept up to date with information from our relevant partners in early help and child protection as well as from national documentation issued by HM Government and The Department of Education.
Safeguarding within this school
Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families has a role to play in safeguarding children. School staff are particularly important as they are in a position to identify concerns early and provide help for children, to prevent concerns from escalating. Schools and their staff form part of the wider safeguarding system for children working with social care, the police and health services both to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm.
Safeguarding throughout school life
We aim to create and maintain a caring ethos where all children and adults feel safe, secure and valued. If children feel happy and enjoy school this will encourage good attendance and then create conditions in which they can do their best in every area of school life. Our school operates as a listening school where children are able to approach adults with concerns. These will be taken seriously and relevant Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) procedures followed without delay if there is a risk/likelihood of, or actual, significant harm.
Working with parents and carers
Our school believes in effective communication with parents and carers. We welcome parent/carer views and concerns about the welfare of their children and use this feedback to regularly review our practices.
Parental views are obtained in the following ways:
- Parents evenings
- Phone calls
- Meet and Greet sessions at the beginning of the year.
- Individual Meetings when necessary.Our school complies with the advice laid down in ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children’ 2015 and ‘Keeping children safe in education’ 2015 to undertake regular training.
For further information please view the Child Protection within Safeguarding Policy and appendices in the School Policies section of our website.