The safety and well-being of our children at Parkend Primary School is of utmost importance to us and we will always act in the interest of the child.
What is safeguarding?
Safeguarding can be defined by promoting the health, safety and welfare of all pupils. Safeguarding is the responsibility of all adults, especially those working or volunteering with children. The school aims to help protect the children in its care by working consistently and appropriately with all relevant agencies to reduce risk and promote the welfare of children.
What is child protection?
Child protection is a part of safeguarding and promoting welfare. This refers to the activity which is undertaken to protect specific children who are suffering, or at risk of suffering, significant harm.
Safeguarding at Parkend Primary School
Our Safeguarding Lead member of staff is Mrs J Roberts and support from Sophie Thorne at Parkend Nursery and Severn Federation School based in Lydney . These staff members have undertaken Advanced Safeguarding and Child Protection training by Gloucestershire Council's Safeguarding Children Executive. All other members of school staff are regularly trained and updated in safeguarding and child protection.
The Safeguarding Governor is Mrs K Aldridge.
All disclosures from children or concerns from adults are taken seriously, recorded and investigated thoroughly in line with Gloucestershire Council's Safeguarding Children Executive guidelines.
Every school must have a Child Protection Policy - often referred to as the school's Safeguarding Policy. The aim of the policy is to ensure that our school has effective measures in place to safeguard your children from the potential risk of harm and that the safety and wellbeing of the children are of the highest priority in all aspects of our school's work. Having the policy in place ensures that all members of your school community:
Safeguarding is not just about protecting children from deliberate harm. It presents schools with a wide range of issues that they need to be prepared for.
The school has been given the opportunity to take part in a project that will run jointly between schools and Gloucestershire Police: ENCOMPASS is the reporting to schools, by the next school day, when a child or young person has affected by a domestic incident.
ENCOMPASS will ensure that a member of the school staff, known as a Key Adult, will be shared the information in confidence, while ensuring that the school is able to make provision for possible difficulties experienced by children, or their families, who have been involved in, affected or exposed to a domestic abuse incident.
The Designated Safeguarding Lead Mrs Roberts is the 'Key Adults' in the school and we are keen to offer the best support possible to all our pupils and we believe this will be extremely beneficial for all those involved.
All safeguarding and welfare information that the school holds for a child will be passed onto the child's new school when they leave. At Parkend Primary School we use My Concerns to record any incidents securely.
The school follows the safer recruitment procedures for safeguarding and full DBS checks will be made on new members of staff, governors and helpers within the school.
Staff and Adults in the School
• are advised to maintain an attitude of ‘it could happen here’ as far as safeguarding is concerned;
• should always act in the best interest of the child.
The school is committed to safer recruitment practices when recruiting new employees to work for the school or when using volunteers. All adults working in the school, including Governors will have undergone a DBS (Disclosure Barring Service) check. DBS checks are only one element of a wider framework of safer recruitment practices the school undertakes.
Ordinary visitors to the school must be accompanied at all times when on visit.