Safeguarding is always our highest priority at Burrington C of E Primary School.
At Burrington Church of England Primary, keeping children safe is our highest priority, whether it is supporting a child's wellbeing and mental health, behaviour, anti-bullying, safeguarding and child -protection. Safeguarding can take many different forms including emotional, sexual, physical abuse or neglect.
Staff are trained in many different aspects of safeguarding including basic awareness training, specialist training for Safeguarding Leads, Child Sexual Exploitation, Prevent (Anti radicalisation), Domestic Violence and other areas such as bereavement. Safeguarding training updates for all staff take place at least annually. There is also a governor nominated for safeguarding,
Safeguarding is not just reactive. We try to be proactive in giving children confidence to speak out if something is wrong, to equip them with life skills to help protect themselves and to create an environment which is safe for children to thrive. We work directly with children of all ages such as special assemblies, visits from charities (such as Childline/NSPCC), Life skills workshops and curriculum activities (such as our Jigsaw PHSE curriculum) enhance children's understanding of this.
The school safeguarding policy is available below and on the policies area of the website.
What is Safeguarding?
Safeguarding is the action that is taken to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm.
- protecting children from abuse and maltreatment
- preventing harm to children's health or development
- ensuring children grow up with the provision of safe and effective care
- taking action to enable all children and young people to have the best outcomes.
Safeguarding children and child protection guidance and legislation applies to all children up to the age of 18.
Safeguarding is everyone's responsibility. If you have concerns about the welfare of a child, you MUST speak to us.
What is Child Protection?
Child Protection is part of Safeguarding and promoting welfare.
It refers to the activity that is undertaken to protect specific children who are suffering, or are likely to suffer, significant harm.
What should you do if you are worried about a child?
There may be all sorts of reasons why you are concerned about a child such as:
- bruising or unexplained injury
- a change to a child's behaviour or demeanor
- something of concern is said by a child or an adult
- something which doesn't seem right, a niggle or persistent worry about the welfare of a child.
You must tell someone in our safeguarding team. This can be done in person, by email (email@example.com ) or by telephone (01761 462662). Even if you are uncertain about whether a child is at risk of harm, it is important you tell a member of the safeguarding team. We can provide advice, support and can take any necessary action. We are here to help and will always act in the best interests of the child. We also have knowledge and access to different sources of help and can signpost to organisations and charities as well as supporting children in school.
Please contact any of the safeguarding team detailed below if you have any concerns over the safety of a child.
All school staff are appropriately vetted and hold a DBS.
Designated Safeguarding Lead: Sarah Joskey
Deputy Safeguarding Lead: Oscar Chambers-Smith
Nominated Governor responsible for Safeguarding and Child Protection: Ruth Gillbanks
Local Authority Designation officer for Allegations: Local Authority Designated Officer for Allegations 01275 888211 or 07795 092 692 firstname.lastname@example.org (If there are concerns about the behaviour of an adult who works with children it should be reported immediately to a senior member of staff and the LADO)
All volunteers receive a safeguarding workshop with the head before starting to volunteer at the school and an annual update.
Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility. Anyone who has contact with children (families, parents, carers) has a role to play in keeping children safe by identifying any concerns, sharing appropriate information and taking prompt action as necessary. We take an ‘it can happen here’ approach where safeguarding is concerned.
If you have concerns about the welfare of a child, please speak to any of us.
Since 1st July 2015 all schools have been subject to a duty under section 26 of the Counter Terrorism and Security Act 2015, in the exercise of their functions, to have "due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism".
This duty is known as the Prevent Duty. It applies to a wide range of public-facing bodies, including all primary and secondary schools.
Schools can build pupils' resilience to radicalisation by providing a safe environment for debating controversial issues and helping children to understand how they can influence and participate in decision making. Schools are already expected to promote the spiritual, moral and cultural development of pupils and, within this, fundamental British values.
Please click the link below:
Mandatory Reporting of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) - Procedural Information
Since 21st October 2015 it has been mandatory for teachers, health and social workers to report to the police if they find, or are told, that someone under 18 has undergone FGM.
To obtain more information on FGM please click the link below - Keeping children safe in education.
Burrington C of E Primary School recognises the benefits and opportunities that new technologies offer to teaching and learning.
We encourage the use of technology in order to enhance skills and promote achievement. However, the accessible and global nature of the internet and variety of technologies available mean that we are also aware of potential risks and challenges associated with such use.
The E-Safety Policy is available within the policy area of the website.
Additional sites that will support your knowledge of being safe online:
Keeping Children Safe in Education 2023
Please click on the link below to access the statutory guidance from the Department for Education.
Please find supporting documents in relation to how the school keeps your child safe and the safeguarding procedures it will follow. All staff (including volunteers) read this guidance and provide confirmation that they have done so. Schools must have regard to the guidance when carrying out their duties to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. This document contains information on what schools should do and sets out the legal duties with which schools must comply.
Guidance for Safer Working Practices
Documents - please click to open
- Federation Safeguarding Policy Addendum re COVID 19
- Federation Safeguarding policy addendum re COVID 19 Update
- GSWP Feb 2022
- guidance for safer working practices covid addendum april 2020
- Keeping children safe in education 2023
- Parent pamphlet on the Prevent strategy 2023 Burrington
- Personal Mobile Device Policy Federation
- Safeguarding Child Protection Policy 2023 24 LSP Burrington and Wrington