SAFEGUARDING AT CRESCENT PRIMARY SCHOOL
Safeguarding and Promoting the welfare of Children
Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined as:
Protecting children from harm;
Preventing impairment of children’s health or development;
Ensuring that children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care; and
Undertaking that role so as to enable those children to have optimum life chances and to enter adulthood successfully.
Child protection is a key element in work to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. Child Protection refers to work undertaken with children identified as being at risk of significant harm.
The NSPCC has launched a video exploring steps we can take to keep children safe from sexual abuse by thinking through the potential risks in children’s daily lives and taking action to protect them. Examples include: ensuring babysitters have trusted references; ensuring robust safeguarding procedures are in place in schools and other organisations; and thinking about the physical environment, making sure children are kept safe by checking on areas that are infrequently used or left unsupervised.
The child protection process helps to keep you safe. Young people have produced two leaflets that explain what it is and how it works.
Prevent is a government strategy designed to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorist or extremist causes. Many of the things we do in school to help pupils become positive, happy members of society also contribute to the Prevent strategy.
Find out more in our leaflet:
Supporting children worried about terrorism
Talking about terrorism: tips for parents
Children are exposed to news in many ways, and what they see can worry them. Our advice can help you have a conversation with your child:
listen carefully to a child’s fears and worries
offer reassurance and comfort
avoid complicated and worrying explanations that could be frightening and confusing
help them find advice and support to understand distressing events and feelings
children can always contact Childline free and confidentially on the phone and online.
It’s also important to address bullying and abuse following the terrorist attacks.
Safeguarding in ICT at Crescent Primary School
· We have an up to date ICT and Online Safety Policy (reviewed annually).
· AUP (Acceptable Use Agreement) is signed by parents and discussed with children on entry to school. This is kept on file in the school office.
· AUP (Acceptable Use Agreement) is signed by Staff, Governors and Volunteers in school.
Staff agreements are filed in their Personal files (stored in the school office), Governors agreements are filed in the Governors file (stored in the school office) and Visitors / Parent Helpers agreements are filed in a Parent Helper file (stored in the school office).
· ‘Think Then Click’ posters are displayed around school (differentiated for FS / KS1 and KS2).
· The school website has its own Online Safety policy which can be accessed by all visitors to the website.
· The school safety policy and ‘Think Then Click’ posters are linked to the school website.
· An incident record sheet (attached) is completed and stored in the School Office if / when incidents occur regarding Online Safety in school.
Think U Know is a set of resources developed by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre at website: www.thinkuknow.co.uk to help educate young people, parents and teachers about safe and positive use of the internet.
Know IT All is a set of resources developed by Childnet International at website: www.childnet-int.org/kia to help educate parents and teachers about safe and positive use of the internet.
CEOP work to encourage all organisations that have an online presence where children and young people congregate to adopt the CEOP 'Report Abuse' mechanism. You can report abuse at website: www.ceop.gov.uk/saferbydesign/reportabuse.asp
If you are under the age of 16 (18 if you’re disabled) and your parent(s) have asked someone who is not a close relative to look after you for 28 days or more, you may be in a private fostering arrangement. If this is the case the person who looks after you is called a private foster carer.
For more information about private fostering arrangements see our private fostering leaflet [PDF]
(Recruitment, selection and pre-employment vetting)
Crescent Primary creates a culture of safe recruitment and, as part of that, adopts the LA Recruitment & Selection Policy that helps deter, reject or identify people who might abuse children from working in any capacity at, or visiting the school
This is based on checks and evidence such as:
Schools keep a Single Central Record (SCR) as a register of information of all the above checks on staff and volunteers. This document is scrutinised & checked during an Ofsted inspection.
Contractors, Coaches and other visitors on the school site are checked according to the level of contact (unsupervised, supervised) contact with children.
Since Sept 2016 all school Governors are required to undertake a DBS check.
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Call us free on 0800 1111 or get in touch online. However you choose to contact us, you're in control. It’s confidential and you don’t have to give your name if you don’t want to.
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