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Safeguarding

Keeping children safe is everyone’s responsibility.

  • Designated Safeguarding Lead: Mr Paul Baddeley (Headteacher)
  • Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead: Mr Alex Gordon (Deputy Headteacher)
  • Additional Designated Safeguarding Leads:
    • Mrs Katherine Mullee (Before and After-school Manager)
  • Safeguarding Governor: Rev Sheila Anthony






If you have any concerns about the safety of a child in our community, please contact us. You do not have to give your name and your conversation will be treated confidentially.







Safeguarding is the highest priority in school. It covers a wide range of areas such as child protection, online safety, site security, health and safety and so on.  Our Safeguarding Policy can be found on the link below and is also available from the school office. 

All employees have annual training and regular updates to make sure knowledge and understanding of safeguarding are current. We ensure all those who are contracted at school (e.g. sports providers and supply teachers) have undergone police checks and are legally entitled to work in the UK and that any adults working directly with children have had appropriate safeguarding training.

Mr Paul Baddeley has undertaken Safer Recruitment training. Safe practices are followed when shortlisting, interviewing and appointing staff to all roles.

We work with a range of other professionals and agencies including social workers, family workers, health professionals and the police to make sure children and families have any support they need.

Holywell Church of England Primary School fully recognises the responsibility it has under section 175 of the Education Act 2002 to have arrangements in place to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. School must "make arrangements to safeguard and promote the welfare of children".

We will endeavour to provide a safe and welcoming environment where children are respected and valued.

The school will therefore be alert to signs of abuse and neglect and will follow the Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) procedures to ensure that children receive appropriate and effective support and protection.

Parents/carers should know that the law requires all school staff to pass on information which gives rise to a concern about a child's welfare, including risk from neglect, physical, emotional or sexual abuse.  The school should make parents/carers aware that records of welfare concerns may be kept about their child.  They should be informed that school staff will seek, in general, to discuss any concerns with them including referrals to other agencies.  However, in situations where the child is suspected to be a risk of harm, the law says that schools may take advice from other agencies without informing parents/carers.

In accordance with local Information Sharing protocols, we will ensure that information is shared securely and sensitively.  Information will only be shared with other services where it is deemed necessary and proportionate to ensure that children and young people are safe and receive the right service.

School will seek advice from Social Care when they have reasonable cause to suspect a child may be suffering or likely to suffer significant hard.  Occasionally, concerns are passed on which are later shown to be unfounded.  Parents/carers will appreciate that the member of staff in the school with responsibility for child protection (known as the Designated Person for Child Protection) was carrying out their responsibilities in accordance with the law and acting in the best interests of all children.

Under Section 3 (5) of the Children Act 1989, schools or any person who has care of a child "may do what is reasonable in all the circumstances of the case for the purpose of safeguarding or promoting the child's welfare".  This means that on rare occasions, a school may need to "hold" a child in school whilst Social Care and the police investigate any concerns further.

Our named governor for safeguarding, Rev Sheila Anthony, carries out annual safeguarding audits, attends training and checks that we are compliant with our policy.  She is also our named Health and Safety governor and in this role she goes on regular health and safety walks around the school building and site.  She also carries out checks to ensure the school is compliant with its policy.

 

                                             Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy

 

This section offers links and guidance on how to make sure our children stay safe when using technology.

If you or your children ever have any issues which relate to the internet safety of any of  our pupils please do not hesitate to contact your class teacher. 

  • Child Exploitation and Online Protection website: http://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/
    This provides information and resources on internet safety. There are areas for 5-7 year olds, 8-10 year olds and 11–16 year olds and all have games and videos promoting how to have fun on the internet safely. Most importantly, there’s also a place which anyone can use to report if they feel uncomfortable or worried about someone they are chatting to online.
  • Childnet International: www.childnet.com
    Childnet International is a  non-profit organisation working with others to help make the internet a safer place for children.
  • NSPCC Net Aware: www.net-aware.org.uk/
    Your guide to the social networks your kids use: Stay up to date and keep your child safe in today's digital world
  • Ask About Games: http://www.askaboutgames.com/
    A website that helps families make sense of video games. We share real family stories about choosing games, understanding age ratings and the best way to enjoy them together. Find information and advice to make playing video games a more collaborative and creative experience. 
  • Digital Parenting: http://www.vodafone.com/content/parents.html
    Many parents are concerned about their lack of knowledge when it comes to information technology. For the past few years, Vodafone have issued a very informative magazine entitled “Digital Parenting”. This year’s edition focuses on The Modern Family – Staying safe and still having fun in a brave new, connected world.
  • Parent Info: http://parentinfo.org/
    Information for parents to help children and young people stay safe online. Parent Zone was founded in 2005 and has a track record of providing information, support and advice to parents. In recent years, The Parent Zone's work has focused on the impact of digital technologies on families. 
  • PEGI: https://pegi.info/
    The Pan-European Game Information (PEGI) age rating system was established to help European parents make informed decisions on buying computer games.