Safeguarding and Child Protection

Safeguarding is about keeping children and young people safe, including from abuse or neglect. All those who come into contact with children and families in their everyday work, have a duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. This page will be used to offer important information to parents and carers regarding issues surrounding Safeguarding & Child Protection. It also provides you information on how we safeguard your children at The Edward Richardson Primary School. 

Everyone in our school, staff and volunteers alike, is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and we also brief all visitors on our procedures. Staff work hard to maintain an environment where children feel safe and secure. The curriculum is designed to ensure opportunities for children to develop the skills they need to recognise and stay safe from potential risks and abuse. Children know that they can approach any of the adults in school if they are worried and that they will receive a consistent, supportive response. 

In recognising our responsibilities for Safeguarding and Child Protection, as a school we:

  • have clear staff recruitment and selection procedures, ensuring that all staff (including volunteers) who have unsupervised access to children, have been appropriately checked for their suitability through the DBS procedure.
  • have an ongoing training plan for all members of staff and governors.
  • aim to raise awareness of child protection issues and equip children with the skills needed to keep them safe.
  • develop and implement procedures for identifying and reporting cases, or suspected cases of abuse.
  • refer our concerns to the Children’s Services at Lincolnshire Local Authority if abuse/neglect is suspected.
  • support children who have been abused in accordance with his/her Child Protection Plan.
  • establish a safe and nurturing environment free from discrimination or bullying, where children can learn and develop happily.

 

Designated Safeguarding Leads/Deputy Safeguarding Leads

Staff: Mrs Wines (headteacher and Designated Safeguarding Lead); Mrs Lynam (Class 4); Mrs Hensman (Class 2).  Mrs Lynam and Mrs Hensman are our Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads.

Governor:  Mrs Middleton is our governor responsible for safeguarding.  This role involves checking that procedures and policies are in place; governors are not aware of the details of individual cases.   

 

Reporting a Concern of Abuse or Neglect

Keeping children safe from harm is everyone’s responsibility. It is important people voice their concerns, no matter how small they think they are. If you have concerns that a child you know is at risk of serious harm through abuse or neglect, it is important that you report your worries to the correct agency: The Safeguarding Children Customer Call Centre 01522 782111. You could also contact the NSPCC Helpline number 0808 800 5000 or the Police in the case of an emergency.

  

Safeguarding in the curriculum and how we teach pupils to stay safe

Throughout the curriculum we build in opportunities to teach pupils the skills they need to stay safe. We also make use of assembly time to cover different aspects of staying safe and emotional wellbeing.  There are also specific opportunities throughout the school year, such as the following:

  • the NSPCC’s PANTS campaign/workshops by NSPCC visitors (Speak out Stay safe) with more in-depth information for our Year 5/6 children.
  • Bikeability for Year 5/6 children.
  • Work by our JOSOs (Junior Online Safety Officers) and Online Safety Committee.
  • Our Sex Education curriculum for all pupils from Year 1-6.
  • Water safety is covered during our swimming sessions in the summer term.
  • Visits and assemblies from our local PCSOs (Police Community Support Officers)

 

Further information and advice for parents

Alongside our own policies and procedures, see below for information from other sources that are posted to give advice, facts and resources to support parents and carers to help protect their children.

E-Safety

The internet has become an integral part of children’s lives. A world has opened up which offers many positive opportunities.  Children start using computers from a very early age and are increasingly using the Internet more and more whether it is at home, in school, on their mobile phones or on a games console. With this in mind, Internet Safety and knowing how to help protect children and young people online is essential.

Just as we want to keep our child safe in the real world, we will want to do the same in the virtual world. It is important that we understand enough about the Internet to keep our children safe from harm but is equally important that we equip our children with the skills they need to keep themselves safe so they can experience the Internet positively and responsibly.

Please look out for our e-safety updates on our newsletters.

 

Child Sexual Exploitation

Child Sexual Exploitation, or CSE, is a form of sexual abuse which sees children/young people being manipulated or coerced into sexual activity for receiving ‘something’ such as; gifts, money, food, attention, somewhere to stay etc.Technology is very often used to groom victims. This may occur through social networking sites and mobile phones with internet access.  This is not limited to inner city/urban communities – it happens in small, leafy rural villages too!

CSE has gained a large amount of media attention over the last year as lots of services involved with children and young people have noticed a big rise in cases involving CSE. Charities such as NSPCC and Barnardo’s have been campaigning to raise the profile of this form of child abuse.

Information regarding CSE can be found on the following links:

 

Domestic Abuse

Sometimes you will hear the phrase domestic abuse, sometimes domestic violence. They mean the same thing. Domestic abuse encompasses a range of abusive behaviours which are used by an abusive partner/ex-partner or family member to maintain power and control over another adult. Domestic abuse is not just a disagreement. It can also affect anyone, regardless of age, social background, gender, religion, sexual preference, and ethnicity.

There are many different types of abusive behaviour. It should be recognised that abuse is an ongoing pattern of behaviour, which will escalate over a period of time.

  • Physical violence - such as assault
  • Psychological abuse - such as some forms of harassment
  • Sexual abuse - such as rape or indecent assault
  • Emotional abuse - harm deliberately or recklessly inflicted on another person’s emotional wellbeing
  • Financial abuse - where one partner maintains control over the other’s money.
  • Stalking or harassment - such as following their victim, appearing at their home or workplace, repeatedly making phone calls, sending texts and emails

Further advice and support can be found at https://www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/domestic-abuse/

 

Mental Health and Self-Harm

Concerns are growing for young people's mental health. We support children with emotional difficulties in a range of ways, and have several members of staff who have completed counselling training.  We also have links with Healthy Minds, who are able to help young people with a range of emotional wellbeing concerns e.g. exam stress, worries, low mood, low body image, self-harm, relationship difficulties, low self-confidence.

Below are details of agencies where support and advice can be found.

 

Childline – 24 hour counselling and safeguarding 0800 1111 www.childline.org.uk

 

Eating Disorders

Self Harm

Suicide

Depression and Anxiety

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

In April 2014, every school in England received new safeguarding guidelines and detailed information on identifying and responding to Female Genital Mutilation.

FGM is a procedure carried out on young girls between the ages of infancy and 15 years of age. Female Genital Mutilation is classified as a form of child abuse in the UK. It therefore makes the procedure of it a serious child protection issue.  It is illegal for anyone to perform FGM in the UK or to arrange for a child to be transported to another country for the procedure. The maximum sentence for carrying out FGM or helping it to take place is 14 years in prison. 

There is lots of information and support available online for parents/carers concerned about this subject or if you know someone who is at risk:

Contact the Police if you think that a girl or young woman is in danger of FGM and is still in the UK.

Contact the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (020 7008 1500) if she’s already been taken abroad. 

The Daughters of Eve website (Daughters of Eve) helps to raise awareness of this issue and sign-posts those affected by it to supportive services

The NSPCC (NSPCC) has detailed advice on how to spot the signs, symptoms and effects of FGM and provides support for people who are concerned about a child or who have been affected themselves. See below.

 

Radicalisation and Extremism
Our school has adopted the Government definition of extremism as: “Vocal or active opposition to fundamental British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs; and/or calls for the death of members in our armed forces, whether in this country or oversees."  At Tetford, we aim to promote the British Values through our curriculum, assemblies, themed days and everyday conversation.  See more on British Values here.
 

There is no place for extremist views of any kind in our school, whether from internal, sources (pupils, staff or governors) or external sources.  Staff and governors have completed awareness raising training. Should any parent or community member have concerns regarding extremism, they should speak immediately to a member of staff.

PREVENT is a key strand of the Government’s counter-terrorism strategy, CONTEST. Its main objective is to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting violent extremism. It’s essential to know that PREVENT operates in the NON-CRIMINAL space. This means individuals who are referred to Prevent, are supported to move away from terrorism, rather than being criminalised. This multi-agency process is called ‘Channel’.

PREVENT is a multi-agency strategy and not solely a Police initiative. It is important everyone works together to disrupt those who promote violent extremism and identify people who are vulnerable to being recruited by terrorists, so the police and other agencies can offer them support.

As part of the duty to protect young people from the messages of extremism, we will refer any young person we are concerned about to the local Prevent team through the Channel process. We may also email the Prevent team to seek advice and support. Should we use the child protection referral process, we will need to complete a ‘channel form’ if there are any concerns related to extremism and radicalisation. Where we have serious concerns about the vulnerability of a young person in relation to extremist behaviour, then we will make a call to the Police on 999.

Tackling radicalisation relies, to a certain extent, on the vast majority of people who reject violent extremism and are determined to challenge it.