At Easington Colliery Primary School, we regard the safeguarding of children as our main priority. We believe that we all have the right to be happy, to be safe and to learn. We all have the responsibility to make this happen.
We will ensure that:
- The welfare of the child remains paramount.
- All children whatever their age, culture, disability, gender, language, racial origin, religious beliefs and/ or sexual identity have the right to be protected from harm.
- We respect and value each child as an individual.
- We encourage an environment where children are confident that there is someone they can talk to and that they will be listened to.
- All suspicions and allegations of abuse will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately.
- All staff and volunteers working at our school have a responsibility to report concerns to the designated leads for Safeguarding.
Areas of Safeguarding
- Staff and visitors – ensuring that they are appropriately vetted, informed and trained.
- Children’s behaviour – promoting safer and happier behaviours and lifestyles. Ensuring that children know how to keep themselves safe.
- Parents and Carers – promoting links and supporting families.
- Premises- ensuring a safe and secure building and grounds. Providing a pleasant environment that is fit for purpose.
- Curriculum – providing positive, lie affirming learning experiences that suits the needs of our pupils.
The Designated Lead for Safeguarding in school is Mr D Loomes. In her absence, the Deputy Safeguarding Leads in school are Mrs L Errington, Miss L Wigham and Mrs L Smith. However, it is the responsibility of all staff to ensure the safety and well being of pupils in school.
We follow strict procedures to ensure that everyone who works with our children is thoroughly vetted, keeping our children as safe as possible. On-going checks and ‘whistle blowing’ are in line with current policy. Several members of the interview panel have completed safer recruitment training.
- Staff regularly undergo Safeguarding and Child Protection Training which is conducted by the Local Authority. They are aware of the correct procedures to follow which complies with the advice laid down in ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children’ 2015 and ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ 2016.
- Safeguarding and Child Protection is regularly the focus of discussion during our staff meetings to review policy and procedure.
- All staff and volunteers are given a Code of Conduct which contains practical advice and guidance for safeguarding and child protection in school.
We have an obligation to obtain necessary information from parents / carers in advance of a child being admitted to school. This will include:
- emergency contact numbers
- the child’s special dietary requirements
- the child’s special health requirements, including known allergies
- information about who has legal contact with the child and who has parental responsibility for the child
- written permission is requested at the time of admission to the seeking of any necessary emergency medical advice or treatment should the need arise.
PARENTS AND CARERS MUST KEEP US INFORMED OF ANY CHANGES TO THESE DETAILS.
Confidentiality is taken very seriously. All information which we hold is treated as confidential and only shared on a need-to-know basis. We take care to ensure that information about a child is only passed on to the appropriate external agencies. Staff will take names of people contacting us via telephone for information and will ring back via a main switchboard if they are not certain of who they are speaking to. All staff within school are aware of the need for maintaining confidentiality.
Links with External Agencies
Because our first concern must be the well-being of the child, there may be times when we have to consult other agencies before we contact you. The procedures we have to follow are laid down in accordance with the Local Authority Child protection Procedures.
We are fortunate to be supported by a range of external agencies which can be called upon to support the work we do in school. These include: the School Nurse, Health practitioners, educational Psychology, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), Behaviour Support, Education Welfare, Social Services and Specialists in supporting Special Educational Needs.
Reporting Concerns or Complaints
Further to the above procedures, we have in place a Complaints Policy. This enables children, staff and carers to report anything they feel is of concerns. Concerns should be raised in the following order:
- To the class teacher. Then if there is no resolution:
- To the headteacher. Then if there is no resolution:
- To the Chair of Governors. Then if there is no resolution:
- To the Local Authority.
Contact details are available from the school office.