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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.
We are thinking of all our TeamWithinfields families at this very difficult time and hope that all members of our community - pupils, siblings, parents, carers, grandparents, friends, volunteers, governors and staff - and their loved ones are safe and well during this incredibly difficult time. We miss being together with you all and are looking forward to the time when this can happen again. Please keep in touch with your child's teachers through email or classdojo as they are missing hearing all about your news and achievements. This might be the activities that you are doing at home or those things which you would tell them about as you came through the classroom door each day.... teeth falling out, birthday celebrations, babies being born... the list is endless! Although we can't be together, we can still feel as though we are part of our TeamWithinfields.
We are looking forward to the time when we can fully reopen and return to school but, in the meantime, please follow the Government's advice to keep yourselves safe and well.
As you will be aware, the government directed all schools to close on 20th March 2020 other than to provide childcare for key workers and vulnerable children. The government guidance states that schools should remain open only for those children of workers critical to the COVID-19 response who absolutely need to attend and for vulnerable children (i.e. those with a social worker and those with an Education, Health and Care Plan) where a risk assessment deems it is better for a child to attend. The government's message is very clear: Children should stay at home if at all possible - #StayHomeSaveLives
We are able to offer emergency childcare for those eligible from 8.45am until 3.15pm each day from Monday to Friday throughout term time and the holidays. Between these times, the sessions each day are flexible so that parents can pick up and drop off at whatever time is necessary for the parent to work their shifts. For example, where both parents are key workers on different shifts, one parent may need to drop the children off at 10.30am but the other parent may then be able to collect them at 2pm. Doing this means that the children are in school for less time and home as much as possible.
School dinners can be ordered for £2.40 each day or the children can bring a packed lunch.
It is important that we are able to ensure that enough staff (but not too many) are in school to run the childcare so we ask that parents contact email@example.com if they need to book sessions. Miss Redmond will send out a booking form each week to all parents that we have registered as key workers and would appreciate these being returned as quickly as possible so that registers can be produced. If you are not registered as a key worker but your circumstances change, please contact Miss Redmond and she will send you the necessary forms for completion.
Whilst we are committed to providing this childcare for vulnerable children and those of critical workers, there may be circumstances when we are unable to do so. Should that occur, we will work with the local authority to ensure that alternative provision is available. The Local Authority can be contacted on 01422 394101 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have any questions or queries about the childcare other than to register or book sessions, please contact Mrs York on email@example.com or via ClassDojo.
During this period of school closure, if you have concerns about any of our children, please contact Mrs Lowerson, either via ClassDojo or via email on firstname.lastname@example.org. Please be aware that she is working from home for most of the time and therefore may ring you back from a 'withheld' number. Alternatively, there will be a Designated Safeguarding Lead in school every day from 8.45am to 3.15pm if you would rather telephone (01422 363581).
This is an unprecedented time and a situation that none of us are used to and therefore looking after your own and your children's mental health has never been more important. If you need any support with mental health, please feel free to contact Mrs Lowerson who will be able to signpost you to relevant services.
If you need resources specifically linked to COVID-19, as a starting point, you may want to access the following links:
These organisations also hold other valuable mental health information which you may want to access.
We are posting ideas for activities on this website under the newsletter tab at the top of the home page. During term time, there will be one document a week which lists relevant and useful activities for each year group. Some families will want to do all these activities each week. Some families will be spending their time doing other activities as a family which will be equally as valuable e.g. playing games, doing some gardening, baking, being creative, sharing books together, washing the car. Any positive activities are valuable experiences for your children and we would love to hear about all of them on ClassDojo or via email. Withinfields' advice would be StayHomeSaveLivesKeepinTouch!
Free School Meals
When at school, all children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are eligible for a Universal Infant Free School Meal. This is different to Benefits related Free School Meals which are for children of any age whose parents are on specific benefits and therefore their children are eligible for Free School Meals.
The Government have established a supermarket voucher scheme for parents of children eligible for Benefits Related Free School Meals. Further information has been sent via email to those parents known to us who are eligible. If you feel that you may be eligible for Free School Meals but need to apply, please complete this Free School Meals Application Form. If you do not have a printer and would like a paper copy of this form posting out to you, please contact email@example.com and this can be arranged.
Vouchers of £15 per child will be issued weekly from w/c 20th April 2020 during school weeks until school reopens.
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 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.
The government have also released an online reporting tool for any person who wishes to report illegal or harmful information, pictures or videos that they have found on the internet. A report can be made anonymously using the following link: www.gov.uk/report-terrorism
During the Covid-19 closure, the Home Office have also published guidance for parents and carers to keep children safe online. This covers a range of online harms including radicalisation. Here is the link: www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-keeping-children-safeonline/coronavirus-covid-19-support-for-parents-and-carers-to-keep-children-safe-online
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'.
We are aware that during this period of school closure, children may be accessing the internet and using devices even more regularly than normal. We would therefore recommend that parents work through these activities with their children to ensure that they remain safe while online.