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Safeguarding at Kitwell Primary School

At Kitwell Primary School we regard the safeguarding of children to be a priority.

What is Safeguarding?

At Kitwell Primary School we consider the safeguarding of children to be our most important  priority. Children need to feel safe, cared for and valued in order to learn and thrive. In our school we follow the guidance set out in ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ 2016 which states that schools must ensure they:

To ensure the above guidelines are followed we take action to enable all children to have the best outcomes through our safeguarding measures regardless of their age, culture, physical needs, gender, language, racial origin, religious beliefs and sexual identity. In order to do this we have clear procedures in place to ensure that disclosures or allegations are taken seriously, recorded correctly and investigated.

Who is Responsible for Safeguarding?

Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families has a role to play in safeguarding children. Staff are made aware that any safeguarding issues need to be reported through the correct routes to the designated leads. When staff are recruited we follow the procedures set out in our ‘School Recruitment and Selection Policy’. Also on-going safeguarding measures are in place for staff currently employed i.e. through training and DBS re-checks.

The following staff have received Level 2 Safeguarding and Child Protection Training for Safeguarding Leads in School:

In addition to this staff received refresher Level 1 Safeguarding Training Autumn 2015 to  ensure they could recognise signs and symptoms of abuse and report using our agreed procedures.

What are the Areas of Safeguarding?

How does our Curriculum Support Safeguarding of Pupils?

To support pupils with confidence and knowledge of safeguarding issues we ensure our personal, social, health education (PSHE) programme allows lots of opportunities to develop their understanding.

For example:

Links with External Agencies

In order to provide the best possible safeguarding for all pupils in our school we work with outside agencies to ensure we get expert advice and support. We follow procedures set out by the Local Education Authority and ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ in accordance with child protection procedures.

Below are some of the links we have with external agencies:

Sharing of Information

We are required to have information from parents/carers prior to a child joining our school.

This includes:

In our school we follow the Data Protection principles. Information regarding children is stored safely and securely and it is only shared with professionals permitted to have it.

Which Policies Support our Safeguarding?

  1. Critical Incident Policy (emergency school procedures)
  2. Child Protection Policy (dealing with issues of child safety and reporting)
  3. Preventing and Tackling Bullying (guidance from the Department for Education on bullying)
  4. Prevent Policy (school procedures on dealing with Counter Terrorism issues)
  5. Annual Section 175 Safeguarding Audit (completed by school and submitted to Birmingham LA)
  6. Special Educational Needs Policy (guidance on identification and support for pupils with additional needs)
  7. Keeping Children Safe in Education 2015 Department for Education Guidance
  8. Anti-Bullying Policy (to provide guidance and response to bullying in school)
  9. Attendance Policy (to support pupils and families with attendance guidance and support)
  10. Whistle Blowing Policy (procedures to be used in case of serious staff concerns)
  11. Code of Conduct for Governors (to ensure our Governing Body follow procedures and protocol)
  12. Complaints Policy (procedures for parents to support complaints)
  13. Drugs Policy (guidance on how we deliver our drugs curriculum)
  14. Sex and Relationships Policy (outlining our age appropriate delivery of SRE across the curriculum)
  15. E-Safety Policy (outlining our procedures for safely connecting through technology/internet)
  16. Missing Child Policy (procedures in case of a missing child)
  17. Medicines in Schools Policy (guidelines on administration of medicines in school)
  18. School Recruitment and Selection Policy (guidance and protocols for safer recruitment)

The above list is not exhaustive as many policies, procedures and protocols are in place to safeguard pupils. Policies are reviewed at determined intervals to ensure that the most up to date information is included in our guidelines in school. Policies in bold are reviewed annually but please note all policies are updated with latest information as required.

Reporting Concerns and Complaints  

At Kitwell Primary we endeavour to provide the very best service for our pupils and families. To help us provide this we require feedback. This can be achieved through mechanisms we offer e.g. questionnaires we send to parents, through emails, through the website and telephone conversations.

However we feel that most importantly face to face discussions are effective at resolving concerns/complaints. In line with our policy, discussion of a concern would be with the class teacher in the first instance followed by the headteacher if that does not provide a resolution. After that the matter can be referred to the Chair of Governors where hopefully the matter can be resolved, it not the Local Education Authority.

Our Complaints Policy sets out the procedures and this can be requested via the school office or downloaded from our website. Our aim is to always listen and try to resolve issues before they reach this stage.

If you would like more information on safeguarding, please contact the school for all our policies or view our policies section on our website.