Singleton CE Primary School

Safeguarding 2018/19

At Singleton School we recognise that providing the best possible opportunities for our children to achieve their very best is at the forefront of what we do on a daily basis. However, we also take very seriously our responsibilities in terms of the health and welfare of our children.

Our school fully recognises the contribution it can make to protect children and support pupils in school’.

There are three main elements to our Child Protection Policy’.

(a)        Prevention:

Creating a positive school atmosphere, teaching and pastoral support to pupils where children have opportunities to have a voice and that their wishes and feelings are listened to and taken into account.

(b)        Protection:

By following agreed procedures, ensuring staff are trained to recognise possible signs and symptoms of abuse and are trained and supported to respond appropriately and sensitively to child protection concerns.

(c)        Support:

To pupils and school staff and to children who may have been abused.

Mrs Clayton and Mrs Haigh receive ‘Designated Senior Person ‘training every 2 years and all other staff and governors receive full Safeguarding training every 3 years.

Mrs Reeves (Office Manager) keeps and maintains a log of all staff and volunteers who have DBS clearance to work with children and the Governors review, and general safeguarding in school monthly. Mrs Clayton writes an annual safeguarding report for Laura Walker – our Chair of Governors and named Governor for child protection.

Our Safeguarding Policy and e- safety policy are available for parents to view in the policies section of the website.

We all have a responsibility to keep children safe and there have been cases at our school where parents other than those of the child concerned have reported concerns. Any adults living in our locality who have child protection concerns should contact Social Services;-

The Customer Service Centre 0300 123 6720

Emergency Duty Team (Out of Hours)    0300 123 6722

Or alternatively contact the police.

Parents need to understand that Mrs Clayton, Mrs Haigh, the staff and the governors have a statutory responsibility to refer any safeguarding concerns to the Lancashire Safeguarding Team. Our policy is to ‘Put the child First’ and this means we seek advice is there is even a small amount of doubt or concern. This can and has on many occasions led to uncomfortable conversations with parents and carers but we would rather be safe than sorry and the needs of our children are paramount.