Safeguarding

As a school, we prioritise the safeguarding of our children.  There are a range of policies and procedures in place which cover areas such as Child Protection, Health and Safety, Medical Needs, Behaviour and Anti-Bullying


Safeguarding Education

We teach children how to keep themselves safe and encourage children to talk to staff about their worries so that there is continuous dialogue between adults and children.  We work closely with a range of outside agencies to support our work.

 We teach children how to stay safe through our Safeguarding Curriculum.  This includes:

-Regular assemblies focused on an aspect of safeguarding e.g. Road Safety Week, Anti-Bullying Week, Talking about worries, Keeping our school safe

-Sessions run by outside organisations e.g. Inspirational Speakers, Sex and Relationships Education, Pedestrian Training, NSPCC sessions, Road Safety Team, Local Policing Team

-ICT lessons focusing on staying safe online and behaving responsibly when communicating online

-PSCHE lessons focusing on a variety of issues including feelings, healthy relationships, challenging stereotypes, avoiding and recognising risky behaviour and keeping healthy

-Further smaller group sessions for those needing further support


Reporting concerns about a child

Child Protection is one aspect of our safeguarding work.  We all have a duty to safeguard children and all staff and volunteers working in school have regular training and are familiar with the statutory guidance of Keeping Children Safe in Education (2019).  Staff are trained in the signs of abuse and are skilled at recognising these.  Any concerns are reported to our Designated Safeguarding Lead.

Our Designated Safeguarding Lead is Mrs Jane Lowerson and she is ably supported by the Deputy Safeguarding Leads: Mrs Helen York, Mrs Sian Barton and Mrs Jo Parkin.  

Withinfields Primary School encourages all parents and carers to be vigilant to ensure that as a community we keep all our children safe.  If any parent or carer has concerns about their own child or another child, they should pass these on to Mrs Lowerson or one of her deputies.  If a parent or carer has a concern about the way in which a member of staff has behaved towards a child, these concerns should be discussed with the headteacher, Mrs Helen York.  If the concern is relating to the headteacher, the concerns should be shared with the Chair of Governors.

Further advice and information for children can be found on Calderdale's Safeguarding Children Partnership website: www.calderdale-safeguarding.co.uk


Prevent

Prevent is part of the UK's counter terrorism strategy, aimed at preventing people from becoming involved in terrorism or supporting terrorism.  Prevent is a legal duty for schools under the Counter Terrorism and Security Act 2015.  This means that we need to be alert to the fact that people in Calderdale may be vulnerable to radicalisation, extremism and terrorism from different groups.

At Withinfields, we recognise our duty to keep children safe from extremism in the same way in which we prioritise them being safeguarded in other ways.  We promote British Values through our assemblies, our curriculum and additional events that we organise.  

If anyone associated to our school is concerned that a child or adult in the school community may be at risk of radicalisation, they should refer concerns immediately to the Designated Safeguarding Lead (Mrs Lowerson) or one of the deputy DSLs: Mrs York, Mrs Barton or Mrs Parkin.  These people would then refer the matter to the Calderdale Prevent Coordinator.  


E-safety

We teach our children how to behave safely online and how to communicate appropriately with their friends using apps and through a variety of devices.  When information about a child's internet and social media use causes concern to staff members, this is passed to the Designated Safeguarding Lead who uses her training and expertise to assess whether the child is safe and whether they have put themselves or others at risk.  Communication with parents and carers is crucial in this assessment process.  Intervention or further referrals are made following this assessment.

We regularly provide advice to parents about keeping children safe online via the newsletter.  These updates often inform parents of new popular apps that may pose a risk or need monitoring at home.  

If parents or carers want further advice in relation to keeping their children safe online, they should visit 'ThinkUKnow' or 'UK Safer Internet Centre'.