Mrs S Head
SENDco and Designated Safeguarding Lead
If you have a concern about a child please speak to our designated child protection person: Mrs S Head (SENDco)
If she is not available please speak to Miss N Furnish (Headteacher/Deputy DSL), Miss Morris-Marsham (Year 3/4 leader/Deputy DSL) or Mrs June Squire (Learning Mentor).
Our school community has a duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. This means that we have a Child Protection Policy and procedures in place which are available on the web site or from the school office on request. All staff including our volunteers and supply staff must ensure that they are aware of our procedures; parents and carers are welcome to read these.
Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies when there are concerns about a child’s welfare. We will always ensure that our concerns about our pupils are discussed with their parents/carers first unless we have reason to believe that this is not in the child’s best interests.
ALL STAFF AND VOLUNTEERS MUST HAVE A DBS CHECK PRIOR TO WORKING WITHIN OUR SCHOOL ENVIRONMENT. ALL VOLUNTEERS MUST APPLY TO SCHOOL FOR A POSITION IN WRITING AND UNDERGO AN INTERVIEW BEFORE A POSITION WILL BE OFFERED.
The school uses the services of Operation Encompass, a unique Police and Education early intervention safeguarding partnership which supports children and young people exposed to domestic abuse.
Operation Encompass is the reporting to schools before the start of the next school day when a child or young person has been involved or exposed to a domestic abuse incident the previous evening.
The information is given in strict confidence to a school’s Key Adult to enable support to be given dependent on the needs and wishes of the child.
Should your child need advice regarding Coronavirus please have a look at the NSPCC website for advice on how to discuss this with your child (children) and offer them the Childline number if they are worried and don’t have a trusted adult to support them:
Childline number: 08001111
Furthermore, below are links for the NSPCC’s email and adult helpline, a 24/7 service which should any parent or carer need further advice about a child.
The adult helpline is 08088005000
HOW CAN I KEEP MY CHILD SAFE?
Some helpful links on a variety of subjects:
Coronavirus – help and advice from Childline for families and for children who are off school and anxious
As a parent or carer, you can play a key role in helping your child to stay safe online. This is particularly important at the moment when children and young people are using social media to keep in touch with friends as they are unable to meet in the usual ways.
The Government has issued new guidance on staying safe on line. This includes tips on:
- Making best use of parental controls
- Talking to your children and encouraging them to raise any concerns if they are uncomfortable
- Staying healthy by having a balance of activities and managing on-line use
The full guidance is available here.
The UK Safer Internet Centre, where you can find online safety tips, advice and resources to help children and young people stay safe online.
ThinkuKnow – advice for Parents on internet safety
Childnet International – all the information you need to keep your child safe online.
Internet matters – supporting families online.
National Bullying Helpline – Advice on bullying at school
Self-harm and mental health concerns
Young Minds – supporting your child who is self harming
Action for Children – spotting the signs
WORRIED ABOUT A CHILD IN THE COMMUNITY?
WHO TO CONTACT IF YOU HAVE CONCERNS ABOUT A CHILD:
Multi-agency Referral Unit: 0300 123 1116
Out of Hours Service: 01208 251300
Isles of Scilly
Children’s Social Care: 01720 424483
Out of Hours Service: 01720 422699