Keeping children safe is everyone’s responsibility.
‘Keeping Children Safe in Education 2020’ is statutory guidance for schools and colleges who must have regard to it when carrying out their duties to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.
All staff are aware that abuse, neglect and safeguarding issues are rarely standalone events that can be covered by one definition or label. In most cases, multiple issues will overlap with one another.
Abuse is a form of maltreatment of a child. Somebody may abuse or neglect a child by inflicting harm or failing to act to prevent harm. They may be abused by an adult(s) or by another child(ren).
Behaviours linked to drug taking, alcohol abuse, truanting and sexting put children in danger.
Safeguarding issues can manifest themselves via peer on peer abuse – including bullying, cyber bullying, gender based violence, sexting.
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If you have safeguarding concerns, the School's Designated Safeguarding Lead is Mrs K Millar (Headteacher)
Deputy Safeguarding Lead: Mrs A Chantrey (Deputy Headteacher)
Safeguarding Governor: Mrs K Appleby
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If you are concerned that a child is suffering or is at risk of significant harm please contact Call Derbyshire on tel: 01629 533190 immediately.
Safeguarding Through the Curriculum
Pupil safeguarding and the promotion of fundamental British values are core at our school. Great importance is placed on identifying opportunities in the curriculum for children to learn about safeguarding. Our broad curriculum gives pupils opportunities to experience life in all its diversity, to acquire knowledge, understanding and skills that significantly impact on personal development, behaviour and welfare and equips every child with the knowledge and skills required for personal safeguarding. We are sensitive in our teaching and recognise that some subjects need to be taught at an age appropriate level, or at a small group or 1:1 level where a more urgent need arises.
We plan to constantly challenge children to think deeply about safeguarding matters and their own personal physical and mental wellbeing. We value pupils’ questions and give them space for their own thoughts, ideas and concerns. We give them opportunities across the curriculum to explore values, personal rights, responsibilities and equal opportunities that develop moral concepts that impact positively on safeguarding, promote British values and prevent radicalisation and extremism.
There are many opportunities throughout our learning in school to explore safeguarding issues.
Practical safeguarding opportunities are planned into the curriculum. For example:
- Road safety (including out of school visits, bikeability)
- Poolside and water safety through swimming lessons
- Fire awareness
- Visits to school from medical staff
- Visitors from charities such as NSPCC
- Plays and shows, such as Internet Legends
- Online Safety week
- Anti-Bullying Week
- Safe use of technology including password security and privacy settings
We have developed an open and safe learning environment in which pupils express their views, seek help and help others. The promotion of equality of opportunity and diversity, for pupils and staff, helps prevent any form of direct or indirect discriminatory behaviour. Our children learn to not tolerate any prejudiced behaviour. Our behaviour policy promotes making good choices and exhibiting good learning behaviours.
Class times are time for sharing ideas, addressing concerns and promoting important values.
Assembly time is used to promote personal safeguarding matters and explore themes. For example, we talk about anti- bullying including cyber bullying and British values including how these values are promoted in our multi – faith society.
Staff and children are quick to challenge stereotypes and the use of derogatory language in lessons and around school. Our school reflects the diversity of pupils’ experiences and provides pupils with a comprehensive understanding of people and communities beyond their immediate experience. Throughout the curriculum there are planned opportunities to promote all forms of equality and foster greater understanding of and respect for people off all faiths (and those with no faith), races, genders, ages, disability and sexual orientations, through their words, actions and in their influence. Opportunities are created in a variety of subjects to address areas of safeguarding, for example, themes are highlighted through novels in English lessons.
Time is taken at the beginning of every new school year to reaffirm school values, expectations and rules for living and learning at our school.
Parents in every phase of school are invited to an online safety workshop.