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Safeguarding, Child Protection and Early Help

At Greasley Beauvale Primary School, the health, safety, well-being and personal development of every child is our top priority. Child protection is a 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. We expect all staff, governors and volunteers to share this commitment to safeguarding our pupils as they have a legal responsibility to ensure that every individual child in school is safeguarded in line with School Policy.  We have a number of policies and procedures in place that contribute to our safeguarding commitment, including our Child Protection Policy which can be viewed on the below link.

 

Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined as:

 

  • protecting children from maltreatment
  • preventing impairment of children’s health or development
  • ensuring children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care
  • taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes

 

We listen to our pupils and take seriously what they tell us. All school staff are trained in Child Protection, and children are made aware of the adults they can talk to if they have any concerns. Staff are trained to look out for signs of physical/emotional harm or neglect and are required to report these to the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL). When considering concerns raised about a child, the Pathway to Provision is used to get help from the right services and make referrals to the appropriate agencies. 

 

The Designated Safeguarding Lead is Mrs Michelle Bates (Head Teacher). The Assistant Safeguarding Lead is Mrs Jamson (Deputy Head Teacher) and additional Safeguarding Leads are Mrs Clarke (Assistant Head Teacher) and Miss Manson (Assistant Head Teacher). We are all responsible, along with the whole staff team, for both the safeguarding of all pupils and the management of concerns raised about individual pupils. The Designated Person for Looked After Children (LAC) is Mrs Jamson. The Designated Teacher for Pupil Premium (PP) is Mrs Clarke.

 

The procedures which we follow have been suggested by the Nottinghamshire Local authority and the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH). The school have adopted a Child Protection Policy in line with this, for the safety of all. 

 

Greasley Beauvale Primary School recognises that providing "Early Help" is more effective in promoting the welfare of children than reacting later. Early Help means exactly that - providing support as soon as a problem emerges, at any point in a child’s life. Our Early Help lead is Mrs Clarke (our Assistant Head Teacher). We work hard where early help is required and we use the Early Help Assessment Form (EHAF) for support where necessary and when parents and carers consent to sharing such information. 

 

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 ensure that our concerns about our pupils are discussed with parents/carers first, unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child's welfare.

 

We actively support the Government's Prevent Agenda to counter radicalism and extremism. 

 

Photographs and Videos

Whilst lots of parents and carers really enjoy seeing photos and videos of their children’s school life we are very mindful of our duty of care towards all our pupils. We take the issue of safeguarding very seriously and this includes the use of photographic and video images.

 

Any photographs or videos taken by parents, carers and relatives at school productions, sports days or other events are for the enjoyment of individual families. They must not be used in any way that could potentially place a child at risk. This would include publishing images in any form of print or on the internet including social networking sites. This is emphasised before concerts and shows etc and where practical a record of parents and relatives taking photographs or videos is made.

 

We understand that in exceptional circumstances a parent or carer may not wish their child to be photographed or videoed in this way. If this is the case then please contact the headteacher to discuss how this can be best achieved.

 

Occasionally, the local press will be invited to take photographs of school events and special achievements. We like to use photographs of our children on our website, in school documents, for parent information meetings, newsletters and on our display screens around the school. If you do not wish photographs of your child to be used for these purposes, then please contact the Headteacher.

 

Child Protection Policy

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