Safety, Safeguarding and Our School

 

SAFETY, SAFEGUARDING AND THE ROLE OF SCHOOLS

All schools are required to ensure they adhere to statutory safeguarding procedures in order to keep children safe in and out of school and to promote their welfare.

The following policies are key documents in informing our practice as a school and details what actions school should take when a child has suffered or is likely to suffer harm.

Keeping Children Safe in Education-September 2016

Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015

Children Missing Education – Statutory Guidance – September 2016

Here is a link to;

The Lancashire Strategy for Children who go Missing

Particularly relevant for schools is Section 3.7 Children Missing Education and Appendix 3 which outlines the procedures which should be followed in this instance.  The responsibility for tracking children missing in education comes within the remit of the Local Authority Pupil Access Team. If at any point we are aware that a child may not be receiving an education school would refer to the Children Missing Education team so that the matter can be investigated.

Taking advice from these key documents and regular safeguarding training and advice from the government and Local Authority and in consultation with parents/carers, children, staff and governors we have produced the following local policies/procedures to keep our children safe.

Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy (Updated July 2017)

Code of Conduct

Intimate Care Policy

Statement of Ethical Standards

Online safety Policy

Policy on the use of Social Networking Sites and Social Media Policy – September 2016

Acceptable Use of Technologies Policy

Image Use Policy 

Whistleblowing Policy

Further policies can be found in the Policies section of this website under the School Information tab.

In practical terms we keep our children safe in our curriculum through a variety of ways including;

  • Weekly Assemblies and Collective Acts of worship.
  • Our work through our UNICEF Rights Respecting School Ambassadors, Sports and School Councils.
  • Our PSHE (including annual SRE for Year 6) and Computing Curriculum
  • Annual NSPCC Speak out – Stay safe programme for KS1 and KS2.
  • Annual 2 day visit from Coram Life Education Centre providing age appropriate Health, Wellbeing and Drugs Education to all our children. In addition, tailored sessions are delivered to both parents and staff.
  • Regular visits from the school nursing team including height, weight and hearing and vision checks plus health needs assessments (questionnaires) and follow up work for children in Reception and Year 6.
  • Annual visit from the Fire Brigade to Y2 and Year 6.
  • Termly visits from the local Police Community Support Officers.
  • Weekly swimming lessons in KS2 targeted at non-swimmers.
  • Annual Passport to Safer Cycling Scheme for Year 6
  • Annual Safety Town Day for Year 6 in partnership with our local high schools as part of our primary/secondary transition work. Topics taught include road and bus safety, bike safety, online safety including ’sexting’ and water safety as Longridge houses several reservoirs.

St Wilfrid’s is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare and safety of children and young people and expects all staff, volunteers and external agencies to share this commitment. All staff and volunteers are subject to an enhanced DBS check.

If any parents/carers or visitors to school have any safeguarding concerns at all they should contact our Designated Senior Lead (DSL) for safeguarding and Child protection who is the Headteacher Mr McHugh. In Mr McHugh’s absence they should speak to Mrs Dawson, our Back-Up DSL. Any concerns regarding the Headteacher in relation to matters of Safeguarding should be brought to the attention of our Chair of Governors, Mrs Gabi Warrilow, via the school office.

 

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