Safeguarding and Child Protection

Safeguarding and Child Protection

Parents report their children feel safe at school.  Pupils report they feel safe at school.  This is because we have children’s safety and well-being as a key priority and have strong safeguarding procedures.

All staff and volunteers are given clear guidance in how to behave and work with children and young adults.  They are highly vigilant and report any concerns they have about a child’s well-being swiftly.  Southbroom Infants School is committed to working in partnership with parents or carers and in most situations we will talk with parents or carers if concerns have been noted and will keep them informed should we feel it is necessary for us to report these concerns to another agency.  Children know they can talk about their worries to an adult they trust.

Southbroom Infants School staff are advised to maintain an attitude of 'it could happen here' as far as safeguarding is concerned. When concerned about the welfare of a child, staff members should act in the interest of the child.

In order to ensure the safety of all children in our care, we are required to follow the Child Protection Procedures as agreed by the Local Education Authority. We will endeavour to share with parents/guardians any concerns we may have regarding any injuries noted or other specific issues regarding the welfare of their child. We will keep a record of any concerns raised and will share them with the parents/guardians if it is appropriate to do so.

We do have a duty to refer to Social Care if we suspect a child is at risk of significant harm. If we make a referral to Social Care we will inform the parents/guardians concerned; unless to do so would place the child at increased risk of significant harm. Our first concern will always be the welfare of the child.

We do have a duty to refer to Social Care if we suspect a child is at risk of significant harm. If we make a referral to Social Care we will inform the parents/guardians concerned; unless to do so would place the child at increased risk of significant harm. Our first concern will always be the welfare of the child.

We will also advise the designated officer of the Local Education Authority (LADO) if there were concerns about the actions of an adult in a position of trust. (Please note that in some areas this role has been renamed to Designated Officer For Allegations or DOFA)

If you have any queries or concerns regarding the safety of a child either inside or outside of school, you can contact our designated safeguarding lead teacher who is Mrs Caroline Jackson (Headteacher).  In her absence, you can contact the nominated deputy Mrs Carol Martin (Deputy Headteacher).  Our safeguarding governor is  Ms Rebecca Thompson, who can be contacted via the school office.
You can also contact the Wiltshire Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) team directly with any concerns on 0300 456 0108 or 0300 456 0100 (out of hours).

We have safe computer access, with secure filtering and we train children and staff in e-safety.  We also provide guidance to parents on e-safety.

Our safeguarding procedures are monitored by the School Governors and by Wiltshire Council.

Southbroom Infants School and the Governing Body fully recognises its responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and to work together with other agencies to ensure adequate arrangements within our school to identify, assess, and support those children who are at risk off or who are suffering harm.

We also follow safer recruitment practices when appointing new staff and volunteers. Our staff and governors regularly undertake training in this area to ensure the welfare and safety of our children remains paramount.  We follow the processes and procedures as detailed in the Keeping Children Safe in Education document below to help deter, reject or identify people who might abuse or cause harm to children.

We have a Safeguarding Policy that applies to all staff, governors and volunteers working in the school and we all follow the Safer Working Practices document.  Please click on the links below to read these documents.

Safeguarding Policy

You may also find this document useful.

What to do if you’re worried a child is being abused

For further information please visit:

Wiltshire Safeguarding Board at  http://wiltshirelscb.org

For domestic violence information and support please contact:

Splitz Service (Wiltshire) on 01225 775276 or http://www.splitz.org

Swindon Womens Aid on 01793 610610 or http://swindonwomensaid.org.uk

National Childline: 0800 1111

Women’s Aid: 0845 023 468

NSPCC: 0800 800500

Samaritans: 0845 790 9090

Address

Southbroom Infants School
The Green
Devizes
Wiltshire
SN10 5AA
 
Tel: 01380 723184
 
Email: admin@southbroom-inf.wilts.sch.uk

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