Safeguarding

What is Safeguarding?

Many people think that the words Safeguarding and Child Protection mean the same thing. ‘Safeguarding’ and ‘Promoting Welfare’ are relatively new terms. They were brought into practice with the Children Act 2004 and are much wider used than Child Protection.  Child Protection forms just a small part of Safeguarding and Promoting Welfare.

The statutory definition of Safeguarding and Promoting Welfare is:

  • Protecting children from maltreatment;
  • Preventing impairment of children’s health or development;
  • Ensuring that children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care;
  • Undertaking that role so as to enable those children to have optimum life chances and  enter adulthood successfully.

Safeguarding covers a wide range of activities and actions taken by a number of different people and agencies.  By ‘Safeguarding’ we mean 3 main types of activities:

  • Specific action to identify and protect children;
  • Activities directly designed to identify and  support children who are vulnerable to poor outcomes and life chances;
  • Ways to improve the general health and wellbeing of all children.

Safeguarding is about keeping children safe at all times. 

 

Safeguarding at Pebsham

Pebsham Primary Academy believe that all Staff and Volunteers should provide a caring, positive, safe and stimulating environment that promotes the social, physical and moral development of every child.   We are fully committed to ensuring that consistent, effective safeguarding procedures are in place to support families, children and staff at our school.

All of our Governors and our Staff at Pebsham share the objective to help keep the children safe by contributing to:

  • Providing a safe environment for them to learn;
  • Identifying children who are suffering or likely to suffer significant harm and taking appropriate action with the aim of making sure that they are kept safe both at home and in the education setting.

 

To achieve this, we:

  • Aim to prevent unsuitable people from working with the children;
  • Promote safe practice and challenge any poor or unsafe practice ;
  • Identify instances where there are grounds for concern about a child’s welfare and initiate or take appropriate action to keep them safe;
  • Contribute to effective partnership working between all those involved in providing services for our children.

 

Safeguarding Staff

If you are concerned about any Safeguarding issues, please come and speak to one of our Safeguarding Leads.   We currently have 4 trained Designated Safeguarding Leads:

Mrs Martin -  Designated Safeguarding Lead

Mr Wood - Deputy Safeguarding Lead

Mrs Clement - Deputy Safeguarding Lead

Mrs Willis - Deputy Safeguarding Lead

 

Our Chair of Governors is Mrs Wendy  Morgan.  Wendy also leads Safeguarding on behalf of our Governors. Part of Wendy’s role is to challenge our procedures and policies, ensuring that we are effectively safeguarding all of our pupils.

At School, we have a Single Central Record (SCR) to ensure all staff and volunteers have the required checks and certificates. Our Single Central Record Manager is Mrs Baker. She keeps this record updated and ensures all of the  necessary qualifications and documents are in place.

 

Volunteers

At Pebsham, we have a range of volunteers who help us in our day to day running, listening to readers, supporting in maths or helping us with our curriculum, especially when we are out and about on trips.  

All of our volunteers have taken part in a risk assessment interview with Mrs Martin, the headteacher, and are asked to provide ID and references. Volunteers undetake a DBS check as part of our safeguarding procedures. 

 

If you have concerns...

Abuse (physical, sexual, emotional) or neglect can have a damaging effect on a child’s health, educational attainment and emotional well-being.  Some changes in a child’s behaviour may not necessarily indicate that a child is suffering abuse or neglect. In some cases those changes may be symptoms of a hidden disability, undiagnosed medical condition or changes in medication.

If you become concerned about:

· Comments made by a child

· Marks or bruising on a child

· Changes in a child’s behaviour

· Changes in a child’s appearance

Please report these concerns to one of our Safeguarding Leads.

If you are concerned about safety of an activity or any aspect within school, please also report it to one of our Safeguarding Leads.

 If you have concerns, please do NOT decide to do nothing or leave our school without telling anyone.

 

Documents

Safeguarding Policy

Safeguarding Statement

Safeguarding Leaflet for visitors

 

Useful Links

NSPCC

Childline