Trawden Forest Primary School Safeguarding Statement
Trawden Forest Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
We have a number of policies and procedures in place that contribute to our safeguarding commitment, including our Child Protection Policy which can be viewed in the Policies section of our website.
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 our pupils are discussed with his/her parents/carers first unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child's welfare.
We actively support the Government's Prevent Agenda to counter radicalism and extremism.
Our Designated Child Protection Officer is Mrs Stinchon (Headteacher). Our Backup Designated Child Protection Officers are Mrs Clark (Deputy Headteacher), Mrs Beetham (Key Stage 1 Leader and SENDCo) and Mrs Whittaker (Nurture). The governor responsible for Child Protection is Mr P Wright (Vice-chair of Governors).
As part of Trawden Forest Primary School’s commitment to keeping children safe, we are proud to be part of operation encompass.
Operation Encompass is a unique Police and education early intervention safeguarding partnership which supports children and young people exposed to domestic abuse.
Being part of Encompass means our school will receive a notification from Lancashire Police before the start of the next school day when a child or young person has been involved in, or exposed to a domestic abuse incident the previous day. The information is given in confidence to the schools Key Adult and will enable us to provide the best possible support for the child.
The Key Adult at our school is Mrs Stinchon (Headteacher and Designated Safeguarding Lead). If you have any questions or wish to know more about our involvement in Operation Encompass, please do not hesitate to contact the school on 01282 865242.
School Commitment to Safeguarding Children
We recognise that high self-esteem, confidence, peer support and clear lines of communication with trusted adults helps all children, and especially those at risk of, or suffering abuse.
Our school will therefore:
(a) Establish and maintain an ethos where children feel secure and are encouraged to talk, and are listened to. That they have opportunities to talk and their wishes and feeling are sought, listened to and taken into account.
(b) Ensure that children know that there are adults in the school who they can approach if they are worried or are in difficulty.
(c) Include in the curriculum activities and opportunities for PSHE which equip children with the skills they need to stay safe and / or communicate their fears or concerns about abuse.
(d) Include in the curriculum material which will help children develop realistic attitudes to the responsibilities of adult life, particularly with regard to childcare and parenting skills. To enable them to develop to their full potential and enter adulthood successfully.
(e) Ensure that every effort will be made to establish effective working relationships with parents and colleagues from other agencies.
We follow effective safeguarding systems where:
· The child's needs are paramount, and the needs and wishes of the child, be they be a baby or infant, or an older child, should be put first, so that every child receives the support they need before a problem escalates;
· All professionals who come into contact with children and families are alert to their needs and any risks of harm that individual abusers, or potential abusers, may pose to those children;
· All professionals share appropriate information in a timely way and can discuss concerns about an individual child with the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) and recognise their responsibilities in sharing information with the local authority children's social care where they feel that appropriate action has not been taken by the DSL or their concerns have not been taken seriously.
· High quality professionals are able to use their expert judgement to put the child's needs at the heart of the safeguarding system so that the right solutions can be found for each individual child;
· All professionals contribute to whatever actions are needed to safeguard and promote the child's welfare and take part in regularly reviewing the outcomes for the child against specific and outcomes.
Safeguarding is the responsibility of all adults and especially those working with children. The development of appropriate procedures and the monitoring of good practice are the responsibilities of the Lancashire Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB).
To see our Safeguarding Policy - Visit our School Policies page - here.
Stop Abuse Together: new Government resource to help keep children safe from sexual abuse launches
It’s estimated that one in ten children in England and Wales will experience sexual abuse before they turn sixteen. That’s equivalent to three in every classroom.
Most children won’t tell anyone at the time of their abuse. That’s why it’s important for everyone to know how to spot the potential signs of child sexual abuse and where to go for support if concerned.
The Government’s new Stop Abuse Together website is to help teachers and parents learn to spot the signs and know when to reach out for more support. If you have any concerns at all about a child’s safety or wellbeing you can call the NSPCC helpline on 0808 800 5000.