Spring Meadow Infant and Nursery School fully recognises the responsibility it has under section 175 of the Education Act 2002, the Education and Training (Welfare of Children) Act, 2021 to have arrangements in place to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.
This responsibility is more fully explained in the statutory guidance for schools and colleges which can be found below.
Staff should read the above document together with ‘Annex B’ of ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education', 2021 and ‘What to do if you’re worried a child is being abused: Advice for practitioners’ (March 2015) if they are working directly with children. For those staff who do not work directly with children or where English is a second language, Annex A can be issued instead but this is a matter for the school/college to decide.
Through their day-to-day contact with pupils and direct work with families, all staff in school have a responsibility to:
- Identify concerns early to prevent them from escalating;
- Provide a safe environment in which children can learn;
- Identify children who may benefit from early help;
- Know what to do if a child tells them he/she is being abused or neglected;
- Follow the referral process if they have a concern.
This policy sets out how the school’s governing body discharges its statutory responsibilities relating to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children who are pupils at the school. Our policy applies to all staff, paid and unpaid, working in the school including governors. Teaching assistants, mid-day supervisors, office staff as well as teachers can be the first point of disclosure for a child. Concerned parents/carers may also contact the school and its governors.
It is consistent with the Safeguarding Children Partnership Board procedures.
There are four main elements to our policy:
- PREVENTION through the teaching and pastoral support offered to pupils and the creation and maintenance of a whole school protective ethos;
- PROCEDURES for identifying and reporting cases, or suspected cases, of abuse.
- SUPPORTING CHILDREN, particularly those who may have been abused or witnessed violence towards others;
- PREVENTING UNSUITABLE PEOPLE FROM WORKING WITH CHILDREN.
- Designated Safeguarding Lead
- Domestic Abuse Lead
- Prevent Lead
- Online Safety Lead
- Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
- Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
- Safeguarding Governor
- Looked After Children Governor
Are you concerned about a child?
Children's Social Care Services: 0345 045 5203
Cambridgeshire Police: 01353 358966
NSPCC Helpline: 0808 800 5000
IN AN EMERGENCY DIAL 999
As part of Spring Meadow’s commitment to safeguarding and child protection, we fully support the Government's Prevent Strategy and take guidance from Teaching Approaches to help build resilience to extremism.
The Prevent strategy is a Government Strategy designed to stop people from becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism. It:
- responds to the ideological challenge we face from terrorism and aspects of extremism, and the threat we face from those who promote these views
- provides practical help to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism and ensure they are given appropriate advice and support
- works with a wide range of sectors (including education, criminal justice, faith, charities, online, and health).
At Spring Meadow Infant and Nursery School, we ensure that we teach the children about the Prevent Aims. This is done through quality circle time and PSHE activities. In each year group, we teach our children to be safe and to recognise the possible dangers they may face. Teachers make sure that this is done in a sensitive and age-appropriate way.
All staff have been trained to recognise signs of extremism.
Here is a useful website for you to look at to guide your understanding and learning of the systems we use to protect children against radicalisation and extremism.
Please also click here for a link to the official government document. Here you can find out about Tackling Extremism and Radicalisation.