Designated Safeguarding Lead
Miss R Harrington
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mr S Gawthorpe
Our Safeguarding Policy is available to download here:
Woodchurch CE Primary School is a family community and all those directly connected (staff, governors, parents, volunteers, families and pupils) have an essential role to play in making it safe and secure. We recognise our moral and statutory responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of all children.
Woodchurch CE Primary School recognises the importance of providing an ethos and environment within school that will help children to feel safe, secure and respected, encourage them to talk openly and enable them to feel confident that they will be listened to. We are alert to the signs of abuse and neglect and follow our procedures to ensure that children receive effective support, protection and justice.
Our school core safeguarding principles are:
- It is a whole school responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of children as its paramount concern
- All children, regardless of age, gender, ability, culture, race, language, religion or sexual identity, have equal rights to protection
- All children have a right to be heard and to have their wishes and feelings taken into account
- All staff and volunteers understand safe professional practice and adhere to our code of conduct and other associated policies
All staff and volunteers have a responsibility to recognise vulnerability in children and act on any concern in accordance with the school’s Safeguarding Policy.
We listen to our pupils and take seriously what they tell us. All school staff are trained annually in Safeguarding, and children are made aware of the adults they can talk to if they have any concerns. Staff are trained to look out for signs of physical/emotional harm or neglect and are required to report these to the trained Designated Safeguarding Leads, all of whom are members of our Senior Leadership Team.
The procedures we follow at Woodchurch CE Primary School are consistent with those of Kent Safeguarding Children Board (KSCB) and the school has adopted a Safeguarding Policy adapted from Kent’s exemplar Safeguarding Policy for Schools – August 2016, based on DfE guidance for implementation from September 2016.
On rare occasions, our concern about a child requires us to consult other agencies. We will ensure that all concerns are discussed with parent/carers first, before any referrals are made, unless we believe that such a move may be contrary to a child’s welfare.
To promote a safe environment for pupils, our selection and recruitment policy includes all checks on staff, governors and regular volunteers’ suitability, including Disclosure and Barring Service checks, as recommended by Kent County Council in accordance with current legislation.
Designated Safeguarding Leads: Miss R Harrington (Headteacher)
Mr S Gawthorpe (Deputy Headteacher)
Mrs J Mewburn (FLO) & Mrs J Leigh (Senior Leader)
There can be no issue of greater importance to parents and carers, or to schools, than the safety of their children; we need all the people working with our children to hold safeguarding at the same importance.
Kent Safeguarding Children Board
Kent Safeguarding Children Board works to protect and safeguard the children of Kent: http://www.kscb.org.uk
There is a wealth of information on the KSCB website for professionals, parents, carers and young people.
With technology advancing at a rate faster than most of us can cope, and with the added pressure of children nowadays being at the forefront of exposure to this advanced technological age with regard to the internet, mobile phones, laptops, computers and tablet devices, we believe that e-safety awareness and safe practice is of paramount importance.
While prevention is sometimes better than the cure as it is so often said, we understand and appreciate the need for children to learn of and embrace these technologies and as a result we equally understand the need to teach them to use it responsibly, ethically, wisely and to guide them on how to best prepare themselves to stay safe while online.
Internet Parental Controls: The four big internet providers – BT, Sky, Talk Talk and Virgin Media – provide their customers with free parental controls that can be activated at any time. Video tutorials on how to download and use these controls are available on the UK Safer Internet Centre website.www.saferinternet.org.uk/parental-controls
Safety Tools on Social Networks and Other Online Services: Information and advice on the safety tools, age requirements and terms and conditions for a variety of online services popular with young people. www.saferinternet.org.uk/safety-tools
Online Gaming: Childnet’s guide contains helpful advice and information on supporting children and young people playing games online.www.childnet.com/online-gaming
Young People and Social Networking Sites: Aims to help parents understand the positive and creative ways young people are using social networking spaces (e.g. Facebook, Twitter and Instagram). It also points out the potential risks of using these sites and ways to minimise these risks.www.childnet.com/sns
Social Network Checklists: Free guides produced by the UK Safer Internet Centre that contain detailed instructions and information on privacy and account settings on Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram. www.saferinternet.org.uk/checklists
Woodchurch CE 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. Any posts at the school are subject to an enhanced Disclosure Application to the Disclosure and Barring Service and a check against the ISA Barred List for children.
We also follow KCC guidelines in regard to DBS checks for volunteers that help at our school.