SAFEGUARDING

Firs Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare and safety of all children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We strive to ensure that consistent and effective safeguarding procedures are in place to support families, children and staff.

Firs Primary School has policies and procedures in place to deal effectively with child protection and safeguarding issues, which include tackling radicalisation and extremism, together with recording and monitoring processes using MyConcern technology.

To promote a safe environment for children, Firs Primary School employs a strict selection and recruitment policy which includes all statutory checks on staff and regular volunteers including Enhanced DBS (disclosure and barring service) checks.

Safeguarding training is attended by all staff and relevant governors; training is monitored and comprehensive records kept by the DSL.

All concerns are passed through members of staff who are trained as Designated Safeguarding Leaders.  Staff are required to report any causes of concern to the school safeguarding team, all referrals are logged and monitored to make sure that they are followed up appropriately.

Attendance of children is monitored closely and concerns shared as appropriate with parents/carers.  Firs Primary School works effectively with other agencies and parents/carers when necessary to safeguard young people.

If you have any serious concerns about your child, another child or a member of staff at Firs Primary School please do not hesitate to contact the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) who will be able to provide you with the best advice and help using the appropriate degree of confidentiality.

DSL – Wayne Harris.

School Governor Safeguarding – Sally Leese.

Safeguarding and Child Protection

What is the difference between the terms safeguarding and child protection?

In practice, Safeguarding is the policies and practices that schools and Governing Bodies put in place to keep children safe and promote their well-being. This includes everything from the security of the buildings and environment, to the safe recruitment of staff and everything in between.

Child Protection is a term used to describe the activity that is undertaken to protect a specific child or children, who are suffering or liable to suffer significant harm.

Working together – what children say.

What children have said they need regarding safeguarding:

  • Vigilance; to have adults notice when things are troubling them.
  • Understanding and action; to understand what is happening, to be heard and understood and to have that understanding acted upon.
  • Stability; to be able to develop an ongoing stable relationship of trust with those helping them.
  • Respect; to be treated with the expectation that they are competent rather than not.
  • Information and engagement; to be informed about and involved in procedures, decisions, concerns and plans.
  • Explanation; to be informed of the outcome of assessments and decisions and reasons when their views have not been met with a positive response.
  • Support; to be provided with support in their own right.
  • Advocacy; to be protected with advocacy to assist them in putting forward their views.
  • Protection; to be protected against all forms of abuse and discrimination and the right to special protection and help.

A Parents Guide to being Share Aware:

Share-aware NSPCC

Links to additional information about safeguarding issues and forms of abuse:

Issue Guidance
Abuse http://westmidlands.procedures.org.uk/pkphz/regional-safeguarding-guidance/abuse-linked-to-faith-or-belief

http://westmidlands.procedures.org.uk/pkost/regional-safeguarding-guidance/domestic-violence-and-abuse

http://westmidlands.procedures.org.uk/pkphl/regional-safeguarding-guidance/neglect

Bullying http://westmidlands.procedures.org.uk/pkphh/regional-safeguarding-guidance/bullying#

 

Children and the Courts https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/young-witness-booklet-for-5-to-11-year-olds

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/young-witness-booklet-for-12-to-17-year-olds

Missing from Education, Home or Care http://westmidlands.procedures.org.uk/pkpls/regional-safeguarding-guidance/children-missing-from-care-home-and-education

http://westmidlands.procedures.org.uk/pkotx/regional-safeguarding-guidance/children-missing-education-cme

Family Members in Prison https://www.nicco.org.uk/
Drugs http://policeandschools.org.uk/KNOWLEDGE%20BASE/Psychoactive%20Substances.html

http://policeandschools.org.uk/KNOWLEDGE%20BASE/alcohol.html

Domestic Abuse http://westmidlands.procedures.org.uk/pkost/regional-safeguarding-guidance/domestic-violence-and-abuse
Child Exploitation http://westmidlands.procedures.org.uk/pkpll/regional-safeguarding-guidance/child-sexual-exploitation

http://westmidlands.procedures.org.uk/pkpsx/regional-safeguarding-guidance/trafficked-children

Birmingham Criminal Exploitation & Gang Affiliation Practice Guidance (2018)

https://www.birmingham.gov.uk/downloads/file/11545/birmingham_criminal_exploitation_and_gang_affiliation_practice_guidance_2018

Homelessness https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/homelessness-reduction-bill-policy-factsheets
Health

& Wellbeing

http://westmidlands.procedures.org.uk/pkpht/regional-safeguarding-guidance/self-harm-and-suicidal-behaviour

https://www.birmingham.gov.uk/downloads/file/9462/medicine_in_schools_feb_2018

Online https://www.birmingham.gov.uk/downloads/file/8446/sexting_flow_chart_feb_2017

http://policeandschools.org.uk/onewebmedia/Searching%20Screening%20&%20Confiscation%20Jan%202018.pdf

Private Fostering https://www.birmingham.gov.uk/downloads/file/2792/private_fostering_in_birmingham_information_for_professionals
Radicalisation http://westmidlands.procedures.org.uk/pkpzt/regional-safeguarding-guidance/safeguarding-children-and-young-people-against-radicalisation-and-violent-extremism
Violence http://westmidlands.procedures.org.uk/pkplh/regional-safeguarding-guidance/sexually-active-children-and-young-people-including-under-age-sexual-activity

https://www.birmingham.gov.uk/downloads/file/8321/responding_to_hsb_-_school_guidance

https://www.birmingham.gov.uk/downloads/file/9504/children_who_pose_a_risk_to_children

http://policeandschools.org.uk/KNOWLEDGE%20BASE/secondary_menu.html

http://westmidlands.procedures.org.uk/pkpzs/regional-safeguarding-guidance/children-affected-by-gang-activity-and-youth-violence

https://www.gov.uk/government/policies/violence-against-women-and-girls

Safer Internet Day 2019.

Safer Internet Day is celebrated globally in February each year to promote the safe and positive use of digital technology for children and young people and inspire a national conversation. Please click the link below to view the PowerPoint delivered to children at Firs Primary School to begin conversations around being safe online.

Safer Internet Day PowerPoint 2019.

Please click on the links below for further information: