Westways Primary School Safeguarding Policy
The aim of this policy is to safeguard and promote the welfare, safety, health and guidance of our pupils and adults by fostering an honest, open, caring and supportive climate. The welfare of our pupils and adults is of paramount importance.
Westways Primary School fully recognises the contribution it must make to protect and support pupils in school. The school follows all the procedures and policies detailed on the Safeguarding Sheffield Children website: (https://www.safeguardingsheffieldchildren.org.uk/welcome/Schools-other-education-settings/Schools-Education-Settings-Policies-Procedures.html). A hard copy of these are located in each of our three buildings and staff have access to them via the school’s intranet. Westways recognises that, due to the day-to-day contact with children, school staff are well placed to observe the outward signs of abuse. This policy applies to all staff, governors and volunteers working in school.
Our school fully recognises the contribution it can make to protect children and support pupils in school.
There are three main elements to our Safeguarding policy
- Prevention – e.g. positive school atmosphere, teaching and pastoral support to pupils
- Protection – by following agreed procedures, ensuring staff are appropriately recruited, trained and supported to respond appropriately and sensitively to safeguarding concerns
- Support – to support children whose welfare has been compromised.
Westways will therefore (Prevention):
- Establish and maintain an ethos where all children regardless of race, gender, disability and sexuality, feel secure and are encouraged to talk, to question and are listened to. This may be achieved through discussions in PSHE lessons in circle time and through our work on e-safeguarding.
- Ensure that children know that there are adults in the school who they can approach if they are worried or are in difficulty. Children will be reminded on a regular basis of who is available at different times by class teachers and senior leaders. E.g. class teacher, lunchtime supervisors, learning mentor.
- Include in the curriculum activities and opportunities for PHSE which equip children with the skills they need to stay safe.
- Promote Westways school values through a broad and balanced curriculum, aiming to equip children with the values and skills necessary to keep them safe from harm, including FGM, extremism and radicalisation.
Westways will follow the procedures set out by the Local Safeguarding Children Board to (Protection):
- Ensure we have a designated senior person for safeguarding who has received appropriate training and support for this role.
The Designated Lead is currently Mrs Wendy Scott – SENCo/Acting Head.
Deputy Lead is Mrs Sam Fearnehough – Executive Headteacher Headteacher.
Also trained as Deputy Lead is Rachel Wilson – School Business Manager
And Barbara Sawyer – Learning Mentor
- Ensure we have a nominated governor responsible for safeguarding. At present this person is Heather Green
- Ensure every member of staff (including temporary and supply staff and volunteers) and the governing body knows the name of the designated senior person responsible for safeguarding, their role and how to contact them.
- Ensure all staff and volunteers understand their responsibilities in being alert to the signs of abuse, and for referring any concerns, to the designated senior person responsible for safeguarding.
- Notify social care if there is an unexplained absence of more than two days of a pupil who is subject of a Child Protection Plan – Link with Attendance Policy (first day of absence contact).
- Develop effective links with relevant agencies and co-operate as required with their enquiries regarding safeguarding matters including attendance at case conferences.
- Record any concerns about a child on the CPOMS system and alert Wendy Scott via the CPOMS system
- Ensure all records are kept securely.
- Develop, then follow procedures where an allegation is made against a member of staff or volunteer in line with guidance from the Department for Education.
- Use physical restraint by staff as a last resort. It will only be used when necessary: to avert potential danger and to prevent pupils from harming themselves or others, seriously damaging property; committing a criminal offence; from engaging in any behaviour which may detrimentally affect good order and discipline in school – in accordance with Sheffield Safeguarding Board policy on restraint
- Members of staff will have due regard for the privacy of children and will not make suggestive remarks or innuendo, or use physical contact that may make the child feel uncomfortable.
- Members of staff are also aware of the emotional well-being of children and will not use insults, severe or constant criticism, sarcasm or ridicule. They will also avoid shaming or embarrassing pupils and will avoid racist or sexist behaviour and language.
Westways will (Support):
- Follow the procedures set out in the Safeguarding Children Board Procedures where it is believed that a child is suffering, or is at risk of, significant harm.
- Follow procedures set out in the Safeguarding Children Board Procedures where we have concerns related to Female Genital Mutilation and children being at risk of exposure to extremism and radicalisation.
- Support children who are identified as being in need by designating an adult with whom they can build a positive relationship of trust.
- The Safeguarding Lead will decide who needs to know and be involved in further investigations
- The Safeguarding Lead will attend all meetings wherever possible
- The Safeguarding Lead will decide who needs to be aware of the situation and be involved to support the child
- The safeguarding Lead will regularly monitor CPOMS and always follow up when alerted that a member of staff has added a concern/incident for a child
- The Safeguarding Lead will complete any requests for information i.e. MARAC forms/Case Conference forms
Staff will be aware that:
- They should share concerns with either the Safeguarding Lead (Wendy Scott) or the Deputy Safeguarding Lead (Sam Fearnehough) at the earliest opportunity.
- Should their concerns relate to Wendy Scott these should be shared with Sam Fearnehough
- Should these concerns relate to the Executive Head teacher these should be shared with Heather Green (Safeguarding Governor)
- Safeguarding concerns should be recorded on CPOMS and Wendy Scott should be alerted to each incident added via the CPOMS system
- Concerns regarding safeguarding are recorded by the member of staff who has the concern, historically these concerns have been recorded in a small yellow book kept securely in the classroom if monitoring on-going concerns. Westways have now purchased CPOMS where concerns should be logged. Members of staff adding incidents to CPOMS should alert Wendy Scott via CPOMS that they have done so.
- Confidentiality is an issue which needs to be discussed and fully understood by all those working with children, particularly in the context of safeguarding. The only purpose of confidentiality in this respect is to benefit the children.
- Children must NOT be told that any disclosures will be kept secret because information may need to be reported to the Local Authority’s Designated officers (LADO), Social Care or the police, however, the adult dealing with a concern should not discuss the matter with anyone other than the Safeguarding Leads
- Children should know that someone else may need to be told in case further action needs to be taken, to keep them safe.
- Factual information is essential and should be recorded i.e.
- Know the date and time of the alleged incident and/or when the concern was initiated
- Know the nature of the concerns and what gave rise to them
- Know the action they have taken and the nature of involvement by others
- If a disclosure has been made – have factual recording of the content of the disclosure and any responses that were made
- It is essential that the member of staff does not ‘question’ the child as this may prevent other services from being able to interview the child at a later date.
- Any allegations of abuse of a child by a child will be treated in the same way under the same policies and procedures as if the allegation is related to abuse of a child by an adult. Advice will be taken from safeguarding advice line/social care regarding the allegation and possible involvement of the police and what support both children may need to receive.
- Designated staff will receive training on a yearly basis
- All staff will have an update of their basic safeguarding training every three years.
- All staff will be reminded of the procedures at the beginning of each academic year and as deemed necessary throughout the year, and when the policy is updated.
- Volunteers will also receive an information leaflet when they begin their volunteering.
The governing body will be informed regularly of any Safeguarding issues arising in school. General information only will be used in order to maintain confidentiality for the sake of the child and to protect evidence that may be needed for any future prosecutions.
Monitoring and Evaluation will consist of:
- Link governor monitoring at halfway point in review cycle.
- Reports at full governors meeting and committees.
- Reports from staff and Headteacher.
- Records relating to policy area kept in school.
- Annual Headteacher and Governors Safeguarding Report with subsequent action points.