At Applegarth Primary School, we regard the safeguarding of children as our main priority. We believe that we all have the right to be happy, to be safe and to learn. It is every stakeholder’s responsibility to make this happen.
We will ensure that:
- the welfare of the child remains paramount;
- all children whatever their age, culture, disability, gender, language, racial origin, religious beliefs and/ or sexual identity have the right to be protected from harm;
- all suspicions and allegations of abuse will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately;
- all staff and volunteers working at our school have a responsibility to report concerns to the designated leads for Safeguarding:
Areas of Safeguarding
Our safeguarding policies cover all areas of school life and include:
- staff & visitors- ensuring they are vetted, informed & trained;
- children’s behaviour- promoting safer & happier behaviours & lifestyles;
- parents & carers- promoting links & supporting families;
- premises -keeping them safe, pleasant & fit for purpose;
- curriculum -providing positive, life affirming learning experiences;
- outside School- ensuring safer activities and environments outside school.
Members of Staff Responsible
We are all responsible for ensuring that each child remains safe, however the Designated Safeguarding Lead is Mr Justin Peoples. The Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads are Mrs Hopkin and Mrs Christina Crossley. Mrs Jo Burnside is our nominated Safeguarding Governor.
We follow strict procedures to ensure that everyone who works with our children is vetted, keeping our children as safe as possible. Ongoing checks and whistle-blowing are in line with current policy.
All staff are:
- trained in child protection issues and they are aware of the procedures to follow;
- encouraged to be vigilant in order to maintain the safety of our children;
- given a copy of ‘Behaviour Guidelines for Staff & Volunteers’ and are directed to the document ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’. This applies to volunteers too.
Child Protection with Safeguarding Policy
All staff have an up-to-date understanding of safeguarding children issues and are able to implement the safeguarding children policy and procedure appropriately. Policies are in line with current guidance and procedures.
Staff are able to respond appropriately to any:
- significant changes in children’s behaviour;
- deterioration in their general well-being;
- unexplained bruising, marks or signs of possible abuse;
- signs of neglect;
- comments children make which give cause for concern.
All staff are aware of the need to maintain privacy and confidentiality.
We have an obligation to obtain necessary information from parents in advance of a child being admitted to school, including:
- emergency contact numbers;
- the child’s special dietary requirements, preferences or food allergies the child may have;
- the child’s special health requirements;
- information about who has legal contact with the child; and who has parental responsibility for the child.
Written parental permission is requested, at the time of the child’s admission to the provision, to the seeking of any necessary emergency medical advice or treatment in the future.
PARENTS & CARERS MUST TELL US OF ANY CHANGES TO THESE DETAILS.
We take confidentiality very seriously. Any information which we hold is treated as confidential and shared on a ‘need-to-know’ basis.
Reporting Concerns or Complaints
Further to the above procedures, we have in place a concerns and complaints policy. This enables children, staff and carers to report anything they feel is of concern.
Concerns should be raised in the following order.
- To the Class Teacher. Then, if there is no resolution;
- To the Headteacher (Mr J Peoples). Then, if there is no resolution;
- To the Chair of Governors (Mrs Diane Parsons). Then, if there is no resolution;
- To the Local Authority. Call the Customer Resolution Centre on 01609 780780 or the Duty LADO (01609 533080)
Contact details are available from the school office.
Links with External Agencies
Because our first concern must be the well-being of your child, there may be occasions when we have to consult other agencies before we contact you. The procedures we have to follow have been laid down in accordance with the local authority child protection procedures. You will always be asked for consent for early help referrals.
We are fortunate to be supported by a range of external agencies which can be called upon to support the work we do in school. These include School Nurse, Health Practitioners, Educational Psychology, Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services, Behaviour Support, Social Services and Specialists in supporting Special Educational Needs. You can self refer to many of these agencies if you feel that you need support or we can do so on your behalf (see document below).
If you are in financial hardship, you can contact the school for support. You may be in need of short term support from Hambleton Food Share; you can self refer for a food parcel (contact information on attachment below). Should you need long-term help, we can make a referral on your behalf. We deal with all of these matters sensitively and confidentially. You can come to us in absolute confidence.
Mental Health and Wellbeing
Compass Buzz Resources
The Go To
Peer Education Project (Mental Health Awareness Week 2021)
Encouraging your child or young person to build in opportunities to connect with nature in everyday life can improve both the health of their bodies and their minds: http://mentalhealth.org.uk/mhaw
Community Works Thirsk
Community Works is a new organisation; an exciting result of a merger between The Clock and Thirsk Community Care. The two charities have combined their staff, resources and services as part of their long term plan to become self-sustaining. The newly formed Board of Trustees see it as a time for ambition and are working towards Community Works being the leading voluntary organisation in the area. Community Works will be the first point of contact for children, young people and adults who need to access a service. It will also be an organisation with expertise for other voluntary organisations and a delivery partner for statutory organisations.
Anna Freud National Center for Children and Families
Advice and guidance for parents and carers to help them support a child or young person experiencing poor mental health or wellbeing.
Review of Policy and Practice
In order to ensure that best practice is maintained, our policies are reviewed at least regularly to incorporate the latest statutory guidance emerge. If you would like more information on safeguarding, please contact the school for all our policies or view our policies section on our website.
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