At Grade Ruan C of E Primary School we have a child-centred approach to safeguarding where, at all times, our practitioners consider what is in the best interests of our pupils. We understand that safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is everyone’s responsibility.
Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined in ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ (DFE, 2021) as:
- protecting children from maltreatment;
- preventing impairment of children’s health or development;
- ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care;
- taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.
Child Protection refers to all of the specific processes, policies and measures that we have in place to prevent, and respond to instances where a child may be suffering, or likely to suffer from harm, as a result of abuse.
Keeping children Safe in Education 2021 link:
At Grade Ruan School we have a number of policies and procedures in place that contribute to our safeguarding commitment, including our Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy which can be viewed on this page. These are reviewed regularly at MAT Safeguarding Group meetings.
Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies, when there are concerns about a child’s welfare. We will ensure that our concerns about our pupils are discussed with parents or carers first, unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child’s welfare.
Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL): Jane Talbot, firstname.lastname@example.org
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead: Esther Bosustow
Safeguarding Governor: Nicola Johnson, email@example.com
Whistleblowing Governor: Nicola Johnson
Appointment of Staff and Induction of New Staff.
All staff who are appointed to work at Grade Ruan School have been screened through the Disclosure and Barring Service which highlights any criminal records or pervious allegations that may have been made against an individual.
A member of the appointments committee has up-to-date Safer Recruitment training and all safer recruitment protocols are in place.
Volunteers in School
All volunteers go through a process which includes completing a brief application form, providing two references and a DBS certificate before contact with pupils.
Multi-Agency Referral Unit (MARU)
I am concerned about a child's safety; what should I do?
Where the school has cause to contact the Multi Agency Referral Unit for safeguarding concerns around any of the pupils, the parent will be contacted to explain the circumstances of the referral unless this is judged to place the child at future risk.
Further information regarding the Multi Agency Referral Unit can be found by clinking on the following link: https://www.cornwall.gov.uk/health-and-social-care/childrens-services/child-protection-and-safeguarding/
The Prevent Duty involves working positively to protect young people from radicalisation.
You may have heard about the Prevent Duty, which aims to prevent young people from being radicalised by, for example, far right extremists or religious extremists.
In school we have a duty to care for the children and take note of any child who is at risk of radicalisation, regardless of their background. We also have to take steps to help prevent children being exposed to extremist ideas. Our overriding concern is that children feel safe and also express tolerance towards all cultures and religions, even when personal views may be different. Please read the booklet below for more information.
Single Point of Contact for concerns relating to terrorism and extremism: Jane Talbot
We take great care in our safeguarding procedures at Grade Ruan School.
- All staff wear blue SPCMAT identity lanyards with photo ID. Visitors to school wear green lanyards (non DBS) and red lanyards (DBS) and pupils are encouraged to check.
- All adults, staff and volunteers, who work unsupervised with children have undergone an Enhanced DBS Check. (For more information on what this means, visit the Government website here)
- Access for all parents and visitors is by buzzed entry through the front door
- Visitors are required to come to the office and sign in using an ipad which takes a photo.
- Parents are asked not to go into classrooms during the day
- Fire drills are carried out each term and the Governing Body takes on the responsibility of regular security audits.
A dedicated NSPCC helpline is now available to support anyone who has experienced sexual abuse in educational settings or has concerns about someone or the issues raised. The dedicated NSPCC helpline number is 0800 136 663 and more information is available at: Dedicated helpline for victims of abuse in schools NSPCC.