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Safeguarding Statement

Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is everyone's responsibility. Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families and carers has a role to play in safeguarding children.

At North Crawley CE School it is imperative that the safety of all children is always the first consideration.  School recognises that it has a duty to ensure arrangements are in place for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and we will carry out this duty through our teaching and learning, pastoral care and extended services activities. All members of the school community, including volunteers and governors, will at all times establish and maintain a safe environment where children feel secure, are encouraged to talk to adults they can trust and are listened to. Through training, all staff will be able to identify children who are suffering or likely to suffer significant harm, and by taking appropriate action will aim to ensure that children are kept safe both at home and in the educational setting. Training of all staff will be updated inline with guidance.

The Designated Safeguarding Lead is the Headteacher - Mrs Kathryn Crompton

Our designated member of staff is fully trained and receives updated training every two years. In the absence of the headteacher, the senior members of staff deputise as designated members.

The deputy designated safeguarding leads are Mrs Moira Duffy and Mrs Liza Smith.

All staff are responsible for filling in written concerns sheets which are collated onto chronology forms by the designated person who ensures these confidential records are kept securely. It is the responsibility of the designated member of staff to have discussions with Milton Keynes Safeguarding Children Board (MKSCB) when concerns arise regarding the safety of a pupil in this school. All such pupils are closely monitored, including attendance, and where extra concerns arise these are passed on to the appropriate agencies.

Designated Governor for Safeguarding - Miss Louise Carey

Our school has a designated safeguarding governor who acts as the link person between the governing body and the designated officer. The governor will review safeguarding procedures/practices including access to training during the autumn term when the Headteacher provides an annual safeguarding report to governors. The governors will ensure that sufficient time is given to carry out the duties. Where safeguarding concerns arise regarding a member of staff, the governor will liaise with the Chair of Governors.

Staff recruitment

In line with the ‘Safer Recruitment’ guidance, the Headteacher and a member of the governing body have completed Safer Recruitment training. All staff including volunteers who have access to children in our school have been carefully selected and screened and all have had an enhanced DBS check prior to commencing work. All details of all appointments/checks are held in a central record. New staff are inducted into safeguarding practices and all policies associated with safeguarding are available on the safeguarding section of the school web site.

Parents

North Crawley CE School believes in working closely with parents and in most cases where we have a concern about a pupil, the parents will be informed.

Children

This school believes that all children should have a clear understanding of how to keep themselves safe. We recognise that statistically children special educational needs are most vulnerable to abuse. All staff that support these pupils will be additionally aware of the need for vigilance for signs of abuse.

NSPCC

The NSPCC website provides useful additional information on types of abuse and what to look out for. You can visit the NSPCC website via https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/

The Underwear Rule

Talking PANTS teaches children important messages, like their body belongs to them and they should tell an adult if they are upset or worried. See the guidance below.

If you are worried about a child or young person in Milton Keynes please contact the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) on 01908 253169/253170 for advice or to make a referral, 9am – 5pm Monday to Thursday and 9am – 4.30pm Friday. The out of hours Emergency Social work team can be contacted on 01908 265545.

Internet Safety

School has a comprehensive E-Learning Safety policy. The pupils will be made aware of how they can use the internet safely and how they can protect themselves from exposure to abuse.

http://mkscb.org/children-young-people/keeping-safe-online/

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What to do if you are concerned about a child
If you think a child or young person under the age of 18 years is being abused or neglected, please contact Milton Keynes Council Children's Services team or the police to raise your concerns. Do this as soon as you can and before the situation gets any worse.

If you have a concern about a child, you should make a referral to -

Milton Keynes Safeguarding Children Board Galley Hill Education Centre, Galley Hill, Milton Keynes, MK11 1PA
email: mkscb@milton-keynes.gov.uk

Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) - call 01908 253169 or 253170 during office hours or, after 5pm and at weekends, call the out of hours number on 01908 265545.

 

What is abuse?

What is abuse?

  • Physical abuse – being hit, kicked or punched
  • Emotional abuse – constantly criticised, ignored, humiliated, exposed to domestic violence
  • Neglect – not being properly fed or clothed, poor hygiene
  • Sexual abuse – exposed to inappropriate sexual behaviour, language or assault

What should you do to help?

  • Act promptly
  • Make a note of your concerns
  • Give as much information as you can about the child or family

Please don't

  • Ignore your concerns
  • Think someone else will call
  • Try to deal with it on your own

TVpoliceIf you are concerned a child is at immediate risk of harm please call Thames Valley Police on 999.  If you require advice from Thames Valley police or to report a crime, please dial 101.