“Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility”
We take child protection issues extremely seriously; at all times we consider the protection and safety of the children in our care. Child protection issues are always dealt with swiftly and appropriately, following procedures. All staff have attended child protection training and are familiar with the correct procedures.
We follow the Child Protection procedures for the Northamptonshire Safeguarding Children Board, “Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015” and Northamptonshire “Thresholds and Pathways” document. It may be helpful for you to know that the law (Children Act 1989) requires all school staff to pass on information which gives rise to a concern about a child’s welfare, including non-accidental injury, neglect, emotional or sexual abuse. We are encouraged to take the approach that where there are grounds for concern we should be over-cautious and seek advice, rather than to risk a child’s safety. Occasionally, this duty placed on staff means that a concern is passed on which is later shown to be unfounded. It is hoped that parent/carers will appreciate how difficult it is for schools to carry out this delicate responsibility and accept that the staff member was acting in good faith and in the best interests of all children.
Designated Safeguarding Leads for Child Protection are:
Lyndsey Barnett – Executive Head teacher
Jo Newman – Special Needs Co-ordinator
Jodie Goodwin – Senior Family Worker
Jo Putman – Assistant Head Croyland Nursery School
Katie Buchanan – Assistant Head Highfield Nursery School
Safeguarding Governor is: Karen Dunn
If you have concerns regarding children’s safety and protection, it is essential that you contact one of the Designated Safeguarding Leads.
All school staff, governors and volunteers have to have Disclosure and Barring Service checks. A record called the Single Central Record records all these as well as other safeguarding and identity checks. It also lists date of training attended.
Northamptonshire Safeguarding Children Board (NSCB) is a statutory board which was set up as part of the Children Act 2004. NSCB ensures that all organisations that work with children work together to keep children and young people safe from harm. NSCB undertakes this role through providing training, the development of policies and procedures and awareness raising. Further information about the Board can be found through this link.
Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) – provides lots of useful information to help keep your child safe online, about spotting the signs and dealing with exploitation. There are different areas of the website for parents and for children.
Thinkuknow (CEOP) – Keeping your child safe online – a checklist for parents and carers (CEOP). Please click on link.
“Keyworkers are great and they all know my child and say hello by name. Great external outings to places like the vets.”
– Parent feedback June 2016