Safeguarding At East Farleigh Primary School
For more details, please read the Safeguarding Policy alongside our Safeguarding Statement
East Farleigh 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. We are fully committed to ensuring that consistent effective safeguarding procedures are in place to support families, children and staff at school. All concerns are passed through the members of staff who are trained as “Designated Child Protection Officers” in school in compliance with the “sharing of information” guidance.
The Designated Safeguarding Lead is Acting Headteacher Rachel Hodges. She is supported by Janine Hart and other teachers and members of the support staff.
If you have any serious concerns about your child or any other pupil at East Farleigh School please do not hesitate to contact the Designated Safeguarding Lead who knows who to contact for the best advice and help and is experienced in using the appropriate degree of confidentiality.
All the governors and staff at East Farleigh School share an objective to help keep all children safe by contributing to:
- Raising awareness of safeguarding issues and equipping children with the skills needed to keep them safe.
- Developing and implementing procedures for identifying and reporting cases, or suspected cases, of abuse.
- Supporting pupils who have been abused, in accordance with an agreed, child-centred plan.
- Establishing a safe and nurturing environment free from discrimination or bullying, where children can learn and develop happily.
To achieve this objective, we:
- Report any inappropriate behaviour / activities to designated staff.
- Establish and maintain an environment where children feel secure, are encouraged to talk and are listened to.
- Ensure that children know that they can approach any adult in school if they are worried and they will receive a consistent, supportive response.
- Provide, within the PSHE curriculum, opportunities for children to develop the skills they need to recognise, and stay safe, from abuse.
Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies when there are concerns about a child’s welfare. We will ensure that our concerns about our pupils are discussed with his/her parents/carers first unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child’s welfare.
We have a designated Safeguarding Governor and a designated Child Protection Governor who works closely with the school management team regarding Safeguarding and Child Protection issues.
All members of staff are provided with regular, scheduled, safeguarding training so that they are aware of procedures and know who to discuss a concern with.
We recognise that all matters relating to Safeguarding suitability checks are confidential.
The School Managers will disclose any information about an employee, visitor or contractor for whom checks have been undertaken on a need to know basis only. Information must be shared with police and Social Care where the child/young person is or may be at risk of significant harm. We ensure that pupil’s and/or parent’s confidentiality must not be breached and that information is shared on a need to know basis.
On rare occasions our concern about a child may mean that we have to consult other agencies. Unless it is not safe for a child, we would always aim to achieve this with a parent’s consent.
Our school will endeavour to keep up to date and accurate information in order to keep children safe and provide appropriate care for them. The school requires accurate and up to date information regarding:
- names and contact details of persons with whom the child normally lives
- names and contact details of all persons with parental responsibility (if different from above)
- emergency contact details (if different from above)
- details of any persons authorised to collect the child from school (if different from above)
- any relevant court orders in place including those which affect any person’s access to the child (e.g. Residence Order, Contact Order, Care Order, Injunctions etc.)
- if the child is or has been on the Child Protection Register or subject to a care plan
- name and contact detail of G.P.
- any other factors which may impact on the safety and welfare of the child
If any parent has concerns regarding online exploitation please take some time to explore the CEOP website.
All lateness and absences are recorded by the Attendance Coordinator. Reasons will be sought for all absence or lateness. Attendance is monitored through these systems and referrals to the Safeguarding Team can be made. Parents will always be informed of concerns around attendance at the earliest point. If attendance concerns continue the school will refer to the Education Welfare Officer.
An annual report is provided to the Governing Body detailing any changes to Safeguarding policy and procedures
The school has a number of documents relating to safeguarding matters which are available here or on request from the Headteacher.
Dealing with allegations of abuse against staff
Supporting pupils with medical conditions