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Safeguarding and Child Protection

You can download our Child Protection Policy, Looked After Children and Mental Health and Wellbeing Policies below:

Safeguarding Children:

 

Our school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, and expect all staff to share this commitment.  All staff, student teachers, volunteers and adult helpers in school undergo a DBS check in accordance with the Safeguarding Children and Safer Recruitment legislation.

 

Child Protection:

 

Our school feels that it is of the utmost importance to have good systems in place for protecting children and safeguarding their welfare.  This means that all staff and volunteers in school must be alert to possible concerns about any of our pupils, and know how to report any concerns that they may have in a proper fashion.

 

It is important for parents and carers to be aware that:

 

  • Staff and volunteers in school have a duty to report any concerns that they have about a child; whether this means that the child may be in need of additional help or support of sime kind, or whether it is thought that a child may have been abused, or be at risk of abuse.

 

  • In some cases, the school is obliged to refer children to the Children's Social Care; so that they can assess the needs of the child or decide whether an investigation is required. .

 

  • Children's Social Care staff always try to carry out their enquiries in a sensitive fashion.  They have to gather information and generally can be open with parents about the steps being taken.

 

  • If you think a child may be a victim of abuse, you can share your concerns with one of our Designated Safeguarding Leads (Miss Moreton, Mrs Ruane or Mrs Robertson) or you can contact Children's Social Care directly on 0116 3050005 or email them at childrensduty@leics.gov.uk

 

The Prevent Strategy:

 

 

Prevent is a government strategy designed to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorist or extreme causes.  The Prevent strategy covers all types of terrorism and extremism, including political and religious extremism.

 

From July 2015 all schools (as well as other organisations) have a duty to safeguard children from radicalisation and extremism.  This means that we have a responsibility to protect children from extremist and violent views, in the same way that we protect them from drugs or gang violence.

 

Importantly, we can provide a safe place for our children to discuss these issues so that they better understand how to protect themselves.

 

You can use the link below to download our leaflet for parents and carers about our Prevent duty: