Manor Field Infant School recognises the importance and our duty to Safeguard and Promote the Welfare of Children. The school's policy applies to the whole of the school's workforce, along with volunteers, governors and any contractors working on the school site. In particular Staff recruitment and selection - ensuring that all staff (volunteers etc.) have been appropriately checked for their suitability, using the Safe Recruitment procedures. In addition:
•Raising awareness of safeguarding issues and equipping children with the skills needed to keep them safe.
•Developing and implementing procedures for identifying and reporting cases, or suspected cases, of abuse.
•Supporting pupils who have been abused, in accordance with an agreed, child-centred plan.
•Establishing a safe and nurturing environment free from discrimination or bullying, where children can learn and develop happily.
We recognise that because of their day-to-day contact with children, school staff are ideally placed to observe the outward signs of abuse. Staff in schools will therefore:
•Report any inappropriate behaviour / activities to designated staff.
•Establish and maintain an environment where children feel secure, are encouraged to talk and are listened to.
•Ensure that children know that they can approach any adult in school if they are worried and they will receive a consistent, supportive response.
•Provide, within the PSHE curriculum, opportunities for children to develop the skills they need to recognise, and stay safe, from abuse.
School Safeguarding team
CPLO/DSL: Mrs Pietrzak (Head Teacher)
Deputy CPLOs/DSLs: Miss Peckett (Deputy Head Teacher)
Miss McOmish (Deputy SENCO)
Miss Archer (Year One Progress Leader)
Designated Governor for Child Protection: Mrs Debra McKinnon
Safeguarding Policies are located under policies and have a separate sub heading. The governing body carry out visits and monitor our school procedures to ensure our policies are robustly followed by all adults working with and visiting our school site.
A key part of the government's counter-terrorism strategy is called 'Prevent'. The aim is to prevent radicalisation of any individual, and to positively promote what it means to be British, in order to create a cohesive society that lives out British values, whatever the origins or ethnicity of individuals.
How do we do our part in both preventing radicalisation, and promoting British Values?
We take great pride in developing our children's Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural development.
We ensure that our safeguarding practices are kept up-to-date, and our policy and training covers the different aspects of the 'Prevent Strategy'.
We are ensuring that our pupils are able to think critically using curriculum opportunities.
We teach about different religions.
Assemblies focus on our Learning Values, which inherently promote British Values.
We challenge and act strongly on any form of racism or prejudice, either by adults or children.
We provide strong emotional and pastoral support.
Keeping Children Safe in Education 2016 will be published on the 5th of September as a school team, governing body and in conjunction with our Local Authority we will revise all safeguarding policies and in school procedures to meet new requirements to ensure our policies are robust and central to our safeguarding culture. Staff have undergone update training on the 2nd and 4th of September. The child protection and safeguarding policies have been amended and are to be reviewed by staff at the next TA/SA and staff meetings and will be reviewed by the FGB from the 14th of September for approval at the full FGB on the 21st of September 2016. Our safeguarding policies have been approved and are in the policy section of the website as of the 27th September 2016. Our safeguarding and child protection policies are reviewed annually, with the most recent updated policy for 2017-18 in our safeguarding policy section of the website. All staff and DSLs have regular training and updates as required by policy changes both nationally and locally.