Safeguarding - Everyone's Responsibility
The School and Trust fully recognise the contribution they can make to protect children and support pupils in the Trust. The pupils’ welfare and safety is of paramount importance. The aim of the School and Trust's policies and systems are to safeguard and promote our pupils’ welfare, safety and health by fostering an honest, open, caring and supportive climate and relationships with stakeholders and external agencies. .
Staff in our Trust are made aware that Safeguarding issues 'could and do happen here,' and they are trained to understand what possible indicators for abuse and neglect may look like. They will always act in the best interests of the child and will have a conversation with the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) when a concern arises. We have a comprehensive electronic record keeping system to ensure all matters are recorded effectively.
Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) Mrs Rebecca Dunkley
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads (DDSLs): Mrs Liz Crofts and Mrs Rebecca Rock
Northamptonshire Safeguarding Information (including information on how to refer to the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) for parents):
If you have safeguarding concerns about the conduct of a member of staff, these should be referred to Mrs Liz Crofts. You can also contact the Designated Officer (LADO) to report concerns about a member of staff: Designated Officer (formerly LADO) - Northamptonshire Safeguarding Children Board (northamptonshirescb.org.uk).
Members of staff with a concern about a colleague can follow the Whistleblowing Policy (on our Policies page) or report concerns to Mrs Liz Crofts. If concerns are about Mrs Liz Crofts, they should be reported to the Chair of Governors, via the school office.
Further Safeguarding information
Protecting children from dangers online is also very important and you can access some information below.
Internet Matters http://www.internetmatters.org/
Parent Zone http://www.theparentzone.co.uk/parent
Parents Protect www.parentsprotect.co.uk
Parents Info http://parentinfo.org/articles/all
or download this useful document Parental Guidance for Monitoring Children’s use of Social media from UKCCIS
Protecting children from radicalisation and extremism is similar to protecting them from the other harms we may be more familiar with, such as drugs, gangs and sexual exploitation.
For ways to keep your child safe, including from the dangers of radicalisation, click on the link for the “educate against hate” website
Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP)
CEOP is a centre dedicated to eradicating the sexual abuse of children. They work in partnership with local and international organisations.
- Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)
Parents, carers and professionals coming into contact with children are urged to look out for signs of Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE).
The Tackling CSE Toolkit assists frontline practitioners working with children in identifying CSE and taking appropriate action.
- Children's Rights Service
The council has a responsibility to make sure that the rights of children are respected and that they are treated fairly.
The Children's Rights Service support children and young people in care with advice, support and advocacy.
Early Help Advice for Parents
There are a number of measures in place to help protect children's safety and wellbeing. They are designed to give you or your child the help you need as quickly as possible to stop issues getting worse. If you think your family could benefit from early help, you can contact your midwife, your child’s health visitor, children’s centre, school or request an Early Help Assessment (EHA) by getting in touch with our helpdesk: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs Dunkley and Mrs Crofts can also complete an Early Help Assessment with you. Please ask for more details.