3. Safe Environment – children are safe and feel safe
Arboretum Primary School adopts an open and accepting attitude towards children as part of our responsibility for pastoral care. Children, parents and staff will be free to talk about any concerns and will see the school as a safe place when there are difficulties. Children's worries and fears will be taken seriously and children encouraged to seek help from school staff.
Arboretum Primary School will therefore ensure that:
- An ethos where children feel secure and are encouraged to talk and are listened too, taken seriously and responded to appropriately is established and maintained.
- Children are involved in the decision-making which affects them.
- Children know that there are adults in the school whom they can approach if they are worried or have difficulties and the school has well developed listening systems.
- Posters are displayed which detail contact numbers for appropriate support services and child protection helplines i.e. Childline.
- Curriculum activities and opportunities to equip children with the skills they need to stay safe from abuse.
- There is a clear written statement of the standards of behaviour and the boundaries of appropriate behaviour expected of staff and pupils that is understood and endorsed by all.
- Positive and safe behaviour is encouraged among children and staff are alert to changes in child’s a behaviour and recognise that challenging behaviour may be an indicator of abuse. Effective working relationships are established with parents and colleagues from partner agencies.
- There is an awareness that personal and family circumstances and lifestyles of some children lead to an increased risk of neglect and or abuse. In particular staff are knowledgeable about domestic violence, honour based violence, female genital mutilation (FGM), forced marriage, online safety, radicalisation and child sexual exploitation (CSE).
- There is a recognition that children who do not attend regularly or go missing from education are particularly vulnerable and at increased risk of neglect and or abuse. Attendance is therefore closely monitored, and home visits are carried out to investigate any unexplained absences.
- Staff are appropriately trained in safeguarding according to their roles and responsibilities, have regular opportunities for safeguarding briefings and records are kept of all training undertaken.
- Safer recruitment procedures are used to make sure that all appropriate checks are carried out on staff (and volunteers) who work with children.
- Volunteers and visitors are appropriately supervised.
- The school environment is safe and secure; this incudes ensuring the all visitors to the school are suitable and checked and monitored as appropriate. The school “Visitors’ Policy” and "DBS Policy" set out how visitors will be checked and monitored.
- Any groups using school premises for the provision of services to children have their own safeguarding policies, or adopt the school policy, and have satisfactorily completed all appropriate checks.
- All visiting speakers present materials appropriate to the age and maturity level of pupils, that do not insult or promote intolerance of other faiths or groups, adhere to the school’s equalities policies and are not permitted to incite hatred, violence, call for the breaking of the law or promote any acts or terrorism or extremism. All external speakers are approved by the head teacher, and must sign the Visiting Speakers Agreement.
Safeguarding as part of the Curriculum
Through PSHE and other curriculum opportunities, pupils are helped to talk about their feelings, know about their rights and responsibilities, understand and respond to risks, to deal assertively with pressures and know who they can turn to for advice and help both in and out of the school and how to make a compliant.
The following areas are addressed within PHSE and in the wider curriculum;
- Bullying, including cyber-bullying
- Drug and alcohol use/abuse, including 'new psychoactive substances/NPS'
- Online/e safety
- Road, fire and water safety
- Inter-personal relationships and domestic violence
- Child sexual exploitation (CSE), online and offline
- So called 'honour based' violence and forced marriage
- Female genital mutilation (FGM)
- Hate crime, radicalisation and extremism
We recognise that some children will be at increased risk of neglect and or abuse. Many factors can contribute to an increase in risk, including prejudice and discrimination, isolation, social exclusion, communication issues and reluctance on the part of some adults to accept that abuse happens, or who have a high level of tolerance in respect of neglect.
To ensure that all of our children receive equal protection, we will give special consideration and attention to children who are:
Disabled or have special educational needs
Living in a known domestic abuse situation
Affected by known parental substance (drugs and/or alcohol) misuse
Living away from home, including private fostering arrangements
Vulnerable to being bullied, or engaging in bullying
Go missing from school, particularly on repeat occasions
Living in temporary accommodation
Living transient lifestyles
Living in chaotic, neglectful and unsupportive home situations
Vulnerable to discrimination and maltreatment on the grounds of race, ethnicity, religion or sexuality
Are at risk of sexual exploitation, hate crime or radicalisation
Looked after children
Do not have English as a first language.
Special consideration includes the provision of safeguarding information, resources and support services in community languages and accessible formats.
Working with parents and carers
We recognise the importance of working with together with parents/carers to educate as well as safeguard and promote the welfare of children.
Arboretum Primary School will ensure that;
- We work with parents positively, openly and honestly.
- Parents are encouraged to discuss their issues or concerns about safely and welfare of children, and they will be listened to and taken seriously.
- We will provide parents with information about safeguarding issues, such as child sexual exploitation (CSE) and online safety, and the support available to keep children safe within the school, locally and nationally.
- Up to date and accurate information is kept on SIMS about pupils i.e. names and contact persons with whom the child normally lives, those with parental responsibility, emergency contact details, if different form the above those authorised to collect the child from school, name and contact details of GP, any relevant court orders or any other factors which may impact on the safety and welfare of the child.
- Information about pupils given to us by children themselves, their parents or carers or by other agencies will remain confidential. Staff will be given relevant information on a 'need to know' basis in order to support the child.
- It is made clear to parents and carers that the school has a duty to share information when there are any safeguarding concerns during the school admission interview, and parents sign to say that they understand this. Also that there is a duty to keep records which relate to safeguarding work by the school, or partner agencies. These will be kept securely, kept apart from the main pupil record and only accessible to key members of staff. Copies of these records will be securely sent to any school which the child transfers.
- Where we have reason to be concerned about the welfare of child we will always seek to discuss this with the child's parents or carers first, however there may be occasions where we are not able to do this.