Safeguarding is the most important aspect of school life. It sits behind and runs through everything that we do.
Our current safeguarding policy is here:
Every year we brief parents during the Meet the Teacher meetings for each class on key safeguarding issues. This is what we talk about with parents:
“Safeguarding” is the phrase we use to describe all the different ways we keep your children emotionally and physically safe. Nothing is more important to us. This includes things like risk assessing our trips, doing fire drills, making our entrance more secure, training first aiders, talking to children about how to keep themselves safe online, about what to do if they feel someone is being unkind or is bullying them or someone else.
It also means that we have a legal duty regarding child protection to seek advice or report any concerns we have over children being neglected or hurt. This sometimes means talking to other agencies. When we do this our intention is always to protect your child. The advice we get – and we’ve recently all had child protection training – is to ‘think the unthinkable’ and that it is better to be safe than sorry. Usually we will bring concerns to you directly but there are times when we can’t do that and that can sometimes lead to families feeling upset. This is understandable but I hope parents will understand that we are always doing what we think is best for the child.
We also offer annual e-safety talks to parents:
E-safety is a growing issue and we are going to be raising the profile of this even more this year.
We also do lots of work each year on how to prevent bullying:
As well as working on this during anti-bullying week we regularly discuss how things are going in terms of behaviour, safety, name-calling, road safety, etc. with children in assemblies and via our school council and fortnightly Circle Time sessions in class. We also use our fortnightly newsletters to reinforce these messages:
Safeguarding is a standing agenda item in our fortnightly phase meetings and our weekly teaching assistant meetings because we know that constant vigilance and re-visiting of key systems as well as regular opportunities to raise concerns are key to children being safe at school.
In January 2017 we did a whole day of safeguarding training for all school staff. As part of this focus we looked again at safeguarding in the curriculum and have revised our curriculum map to include the many examples of safeguarding that we cover throughout a child’s school life.