At The Spinney Primary School, we are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and we expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Child protection is paramount!
We have a number of key policies and procedures in place that contribute to our safeguarding commitment.
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 children are discussed with parents/carers first, unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child's welfare. Sometimes we will need to explore and discuss things with you and we may even get things wrong, but this is because we have a duty to act in the best interest of the child. Our aim wherever possible is to work in partnership with children and families.
Safeguarding & Child Protection Team
We have a dedicated safeguarding and child protection team who lead on this important issue of safeguarding at The Spinney Primary School. Our designated and trained lead for Child Protection is Miss Wilman, Interim Headteacher. She is supported by Mrs Jessica Lane as the SEND and Inclusion lead.
The senior safeguarding team and all staff in the school undertake mandatory safeguarding and child protection training annually in accordance with legislation. Volunteers also receive Child Protection training and visitors are made aware of our expectations and procedures for child protection and safeguarding.
“The safeguarding culture of a school is, in part, exercised through the development of respectful, caring and professional relationships between adults and pupils and behaviour by the adult that demonstrates integrity, maturity and good judgement.”
The Governor with responsibility for safeguarding is: Mrs Shakila Bukhari who is also the Governor responsible for any Whistleblowing concerns.
A Whole School Protective Ethos
At The Spinney, we are committed to promoting a whole school protective ethos. This means ensuring that our school is a warm, happy, caring, psychologically and physically safe and a welcoming place for our children, staff, parents and visitors alike. We want everyone to be happy in our school and to be able to identify a trusted adult or colleague in the school that they are able to go to if they have any concerns they need to share. Just as we have a legal responsibility for the safeguarding and well-being of children and staff, we also have a duty of care to all users of our school. We expect all others in the school community to share in our whole school protective ethos.
All adults who enter our school site, at any time, set examples of behaviour and conduct which influence children and, therefore, in keeping with our core school values, we expect that they should demonstrate high standards of conduct in order to encourage our pupils to do the same.
It is expected that parents and carers show respect to all other parents and carers, children and staff. Adults who do not behave in an acceptable manner may be asked to leave the site and the Headteacher has the right to further restrict their access.
Behaviour which is regarded as unacceptable includes:
In addition, we expect all communication between parents and school to be conducted in a polite and respectful manner. Communication may be similarly restricted if it becomes unacceptable.
School-related issues which parents or carers have concerning school, pupils or their families must be brought to the attention of a member of staff. Parents or carers must not try to resolve any issues themselves by direct action on site. If issues cannot be successfully resolved by speaking to a staff member, parents’ and carers’ correct course of action is to use our Complaints Procedure as appropriate.
If you have any concerns for the safety of any of the children at school please contact the Headteacher, or any member of our dedicated safeguarding team.
During term time we hope that our families at The Spinney feel they can approach school with any problem which we can work through together confidentially, or at the very least we should be able to signpost you to agencies which can offer further support.
Mrs Suzie Young is the Family Partnership Coordinator and is able to help with a range of qeries about e.g. eating, sleeping, behaviour management and so on. She is also able to direct families to other community services that may be useful for families and children to access. She can also be contacted via the school office.
Designated Personnel for Child Protection can be reached on the school number 01223 568836 or by e-mail through the school office: email@example.com
Support out of school
The school holidays are, of course, for many children and families a high point of the year, but there may be times when the ups and downs of family life get too much and support is needed. Also, extended periods away from the structure and routine of school life can put some families in crisis.
Below are some links / phone numbers for families to contact should there be a safeguarding concern about a child or family member at anytime, including during the evenings, weekends and holidays.
If a child / adult is in immediate danger or child left alone, you should contact the police or call an Ambulance (Call 999). The police operator will need to take your name, address and details of what has happened. This will take time, but it is important they get all of the information from you so that they can send the appropriate resources to you.
Children’s Social Care can be contacted on 0345 045 1362
(Monday – Thursday 8am – 5:30pm/Friday 8am – 4:30pm)
Emergency Duty Team (Out of Hours): 01733 234724.
All staff are required to sign annually that they have read the policies/documents below. All staff are informed of the identity and role of the Designated Safeguarding Lead and Deputy.