Safeguarding and Child Protection take a very high priority in school. All staff and volunteers are inducted in the school's procedures and practice in relation to this matter. Mrs Ravey, our Child and Family Support Worker is responsible for the induction of new members of staff, volunteers and visitors. The induction covers all aspects of pupil safety and well-being including child protection, medical conditions, use of social media, confidentiality and our staff and visitor code of conduct. Every member of staff participates in an annual refresher training session and the lead teachers update their training every two years.
We feel that safeguarding is everyone's business and we encourage staff, visitors, volunteers and governors to avail themselves of the school's approach and actively support the school in ensuring that the children are safe. A copy of our policy is available through this website and a hard copy can be found in the entrance to the school. Please feel free to come and have a look through it.
The Designated Safeguarding Lead is Mrs Angela Huthart
The Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead is Miss Lois Clarke
Mrs Ravey (CFSW), Miss J Thirkell and Mrs J Chell (Oct '19) also have Designated Safeguarding Lead training
If you have a safeguarding concern you should contact one of the staff named above. Alternatively, if you have a concern about a child outside of school hours you could contact Derbyshire's Safeguarding Team, referred to as 'Starting Point' on 01629 533190
Schools also have a duty to report concerns they may have regarding the potential for a child or young person to be at risk of developing radical or extremist views. As such the school has adopted a policy which outlines its duty in relation to PREVENT - a link can be found below.
The children participate in assemblies and workshops delivered by the NSPCC. These opportunities highlight the importance of personal safety and the risks associated with on line bullying. These lessons are supported and extended through our PSHE curriculum so that children know how to deal with peer pressure and the risks associated with substance misuse. We work closely with DCC to deliver a programme of Sex and Relationships Education, emphasising the importance of happy and healthy relationships.
Our on-line safety policy and anti-bullying policies outline the school's approach to keeping children safe on line. The children participate in anti-bullying awareness assemblies and the school council and our teams of Ambassadors have an active role in helping us to improve the work we do in school. Please see our pupil voice page for more information. A 'worry box' is located in every classroom and child can self refer to Mrs Ravey for support or share worries they have about friendships, bullying or personal matter. The system is well established in the school and monitored daily.
Although we use Twitter as a means by which to communicate with parents and the wider world about the great work we are doing, we are mindful that risks exist in relation to the use of social media. Our Acceptable use of Social Media Policy outlines our expectations of staff and pupils in their use of this platform to ensure that pupil safety and wellbeing stay at the forefront of our minds.
The governing body takes an active role in reviewing our procedures and asking challenging questions about our work to promote pupil safety and well-being. A working party meets annually to scrutinise procedures and ensure that the school complies with good practice guidance. The working party last met on 19.7.21
Please do not hesitate to contact us with any queries relating to our approach to safeguarding. We would be happy to discuss our policies with you and we are always looking for ways to improve what we do.