CHILD PROTECTION AND Safeguarding
Bursted Wood School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and requires all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Enhanced DBS checks are carried out on all staff.
Safeguarding our pupils is an important part of our daily work. We work together with our families and outside agencies to ensure our children are safe and know how to keep themselves safe. All of our staff, and Governors, have yearly training on safeguarding and child protection. Our Designated Safeguarding Lead team are:
Miss Helen Charman (Head Teacher) - Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mrs Lesley Harborne (Director of Safeguarding, Inclusion, Pastoral and Welfare) - Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mr Stevie Devlin - Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mrs Jenny Cane - Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Please contact one of the above, via the school office if you have any concerns regarding a pupil
Mrs Shirley Puxty - Chair of Trustees with responsibility for Safeguarding, Child Protection, CLA
Please see the Policies Tab for all policies and procedures relating to keeping our children and our staff safe.
We participate in Operation Encompass which advises schools about any domestic violence incidents where our pupils may have been present.
Operation Encompass is the notification to schools that a child (under 18) has been exposed to, or involved in, any domestic incident. This will ordinarily be done by the start of the next school day.
Operation Encompass will ensure that a specially trained member of the school staff, known as a Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL), is informed. The DSL can then use the information that has been shared, in confidence, to ensure the wellbeing of the child.
THE PREVENT DUTY AND RADICALISATION
On 1 July 2015 the Prevent duty (section 26) of The Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 came into force. This duty places the responsibility on local authorities and schools to have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism.
Bursted Wood Primary School is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all its pupils. As a school we recognise that safeguarding against radicalisation is as important as safeguarding against any other vulnerability.
We believe that children should be given the opportunity to explore diversity and understand Britain as a multi-cultural society; everyone should be treated with respect whatever their race, gender, sexuality, religious belief, special need, or disability. We aim to build pupils’ resilience to radicalisation by promoting fundamental British values and encourage our children to debate and challenge extremist views in a safe environment.
All staff are expected to uphold and promote the fundamental principles of British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect, and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. All staff have annual Prevent training so they are aware of what to look out for in terms of changed behaviours, use of language and/or interest in certain topics, able to identify children who may be vulnerable to radicalisation, and know what to do when they are identified.
This is part of our wider safeguarding duty and any concerns are reported to Miss Charman.
As part of our commitment to safeguarding and child protection we fully support the government's Prevent Strategy.
HELPFUL INFORMATION AND CONTACTS
NSPCC or Child Protection
0808 800 5000
Crisis Text Line
Text THEMIX to 85258
Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service
020 8315 4430
Cruse Bereavement Care Support for grief and bereavement
Phone: 0808 808 1677 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 5pm)
(Tools and resources to help yourself and others feel better. Covers topics such as anxiety, sleepy deprivation, stress and low moods)
(National charity committing to improving the mental health of all young people)