SAFEGUARDING CHILDREN AT ASTON HALL JUNIOR AND INFANT SCHOOL

Whilst local authorities and schools play a lead role in safeguarding children from the risk of harm, safeguarding children and protecting them from harm is everyone’s responsibility. Everyone who comes into contact with children and families has a role to play.

The purpose of our safeguarding policy and procedures are to ensure that every child who is a registered pupil at our school is safe and protected from harm. This means we will always work to:

  • Protect children and young people at our school from maltreatment;
  • Prevent impairment of our children’s and young people’s health or development;
  • Ensure that children and young people at our school grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care;
  • Undertake that role so as to enable children and young people at our school to have the best outcomes.

Our Safeguarding Policy gives clear direction to staff, volunteers, visitors and parents about expected behaviour and our legal responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of all children at our school and it is available to download here.

Our school fully recognises the contribution it can make to protect children from harm and supporting and promoting the welfare of all children who are registered pupils at our school. The elements of our policy are prevention, protection and support and the policy applies to all pupils, staff, parents, governors, volunteers and visitors.

Our Ethos

The child’s welfare is of paramount importance. Our school will establish and maintain an ethos where pupils feel secure, are encouraged to talk, are listened to and are safe. Children at our school will be able to talk freely to any member of staff at our school if they are worried or concerned about something.

Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families has a role to play in safeguarding children. We recognise that all staff at our school play a particularly important role as they are in a position to identify concerns early and provide help for children to prevent concerns from escalating.

All staff and regular visitors will, through training and induction, know how to recognise indicators of concern, how to respond to a disclosure from a child, how to record and report this information and how to help protect children and young people from being drawn into radicalisation and terrorism – Follow this link for information about The Prevent duty
We will not make promises to any child and we will not keep secrets. Every child will know what the adult will have to do with any information they have chosen to disclose.

Throughout our curriculum, we will provide activities and opportunities for children to develop the skills they need to identify risks and stay safe. This will also be extended to include material that will encourage our children to develop essential life skills. Pupils will undertake age-appropriate learning to enable them to identify such risks and stay safe, attending such events as Crucial Crew, which deals with drugs and substance abuse, e-safety and involvement of emergency services. We set online filters in school and monitor pupil’s internet use as part of our work to prevent and protect them from radicalisation and extremism. Through class/ whole school discussions children learn about puberty and appropriate/safe relationships and stranger danger, extremism and the British values of freedom of speech, equality and democracy through our ‘Rights Respecting School’ agenda and older pupils participate in Democracy week with visitors into school and discuss their rights and responsibilities. Each class has a class charter drawn up each year to further support these rights. Children are taught how and who to ask for help if they are worried about anything. Assemblies, circle time and class discussions will provide further opportunities to discuss these issues within a safe environment. Worry boxes are used for children to raise concerns anonymously and their use is monitored and issues promptly addressed.

At all times we will work in partnership and endeavour to establish effective working relationships with parents, carers and colleagues from other agencies in line with Working Together to Safeguard Children (2015).

RESPONSIBILITIES

If you have a safeguarding concern or would like to know more about how we keep children safe from the risk of harm, please see one of the following members of staff –

Role Name Contact school on
Designated Safeguarding Lead Mrs Paula Bestall 0114 2879811
Deputy Safeguarding Lead Mrs Lisa Thompson
Wider Safeguarding Team Member Mrs Gemma Ditchburn
Named Safeguarding Governor MrNeil Thomson
Executive Headteacher Miss Donna Humphries Aston Hall 2879811

Aston Lodge 2872432

It is the responsibility of every member of staff, volunteer and regular visitor to our school to ensure that they carry out the requirements of this policy and, at all times, work in a way that will safeguard and promote the welfare of all of the pupils at this school. This includes the responsibility to provide a safe environment in which children can learn.

Would you like more information to help keep your child safe and healthy?
Please see the websites below –

For information on supporting your child with drug safety, sex and relationship education, mental health etc.

Parentinfo.org

Positive mental health and emotional wellbeing for children and young people.

www.mymindmatters.org.uk

E-safety and keeping your child safe online.

www.nspcc.org.uk › keeping-children-safe
https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk › parents

Resources for parents for information and support on preventing radicalisation and extremism.

www.educateagainsthate.com