Safeguarding our children is paramount to ensuring that they are safe and happy, both within school, at home and in the wider community. Being safe and happy allows them the opportunity to maximise their learning opportunities and reach their full potential.
The school works with a wide range of professionals to ensure that any issues around safeguarding which are raised, are dealt with promptly and in the best interests of the child concerned. Other people involved with the school may not always know this is happening, due to matters of confidentiality. We also appreciate that we may not always know things that happen outside school and in the wider community.
It is important that school and the school community can work together in this important aspect. Therefore, if you have any worries regarding the safeguarding of a child from our school, please contact us, or if it is urgent, serious and/or out of school hours, please contact the Police on the 101 number or Out of hours Call Derbyshire (Children’s /Young Peoples and Adult Social Care) Tel: 01629 533 190
Fax: 01629 585 669
The Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) in school is Mrs Rees, Headteacher.
In her absence the Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads are Mr Davies, Mrs McCondach and Mrs Syson, who is our Family Support Worker
The Governor with responsibility for Safeguarding is Kate Kells.
The school adopts the Local Authority model policy which is developed through the Derby and Derbyshire Safeguarding Children Partnership (DDSCP). This is released in September and runs to the following September. Amendments during the year are logged, as and when they are made. The school's aims, local context, characteristics and community needs, are added to this model policy, to ensure that safeguarding reflects statutory requirements, local authority directives and information, and the needs of the local school community.
The following leaflets contain advice and information on the important topics of cyberbullying, social media and safeguarding, and how school these link with issues in and out of school.
Please feel free to download them, but if you have any questions, come and talk to us in school.
You may also like to look at the information available in the INTERNET SAFETY section of our website.
Please follow this link to more information.
Leaflet 1 – Parent and carer social networking guidance. This leaflet will offer guidance to parents and carers on the appropriate use of social media in relation to complaints about schools.
Leaflet 2 – Parent and carer social networking guidance at home and in school. This leaflet offers some insight to parents and carers around the dangers of social networking and the appropriate use of social media by their children.
Leaflet 3 – Safeguarding children within our school. This leaflet is designed to help parents and carers who visit our school to understand the expected behaviour around our children in order to ensure their safety and wellbeing.
Raising awareness of sexual abuse of children (NSPCC)
As you may be aware the NSPCC have been broadcasting a TV advert to raise awareness of how parents can help their younger children keep safe from child sexual abuse. If you’ve missed it, you can watch it here:https://youtu.be/nMIKUsZjirA
Parents' Pack for PANTS message
The TV advert directs parents to the PANTS campaign, used in schools for many years. There is now a pack for parents to use, to encourage them to have a conversation that many might feel uncomfortable about having. Information is also available in Welsh and for children with a hearing impairment. The link to the parents’ PANTS pack is here: https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/underwear-rule
Pantosaurus App for iOS and Android
The NSPCC have also teamed up with award-winning animators, Aardman to create a free app, for both android and iOS, featuring the Panatsorus characters. There are four mini games where players test their skills against Pantosaurus. The app is great fun to use - get the app by going to the relevant App Store below:
Find on Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=uk.org.nspcc.pantosaurus
Find on the Apple App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/playtime-with-pantosaurus/id1258635349?mt=8
Preventing Child Sexual Abuse Video (NSPCC)
There is also a video, again from the NSPCC, that is useful in safeguarding learning and development sessions for staff. The video would also have impact when talking to groups of parents or carers. You can find the ‘Preventing Child Sexual Abuse’ video here: https://youtu.be/UbtSJCw_lqw