Little Plumstead CE VA Primary school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all our children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
We have policies and procedures in place that contribute to our safeguarding practices, including our Safeguarding Policy which can be viewed in the policies section on our website.
Our children’s welfare is our highest priority. Our school will establish and maintain an ethos where pupils feel secure, are encouraged to talk, are listened to and are safe. Children at our school will be able to talk freely to any member of staff at our school if they are worried or concerned about something.
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/carers first, unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child's welfare/safety.
We actively support the Government's 'Prevent' Agenda to counter radicalism and extremism.
What is Safeguarding?
Safeguarding is the action that is taken to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm.
Keeping Children Safe in Education (DfE September 2019) says:
'Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined for the purposes of this guidance 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; and
• taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.
Children includes everyone under the age of 18.'
Who is responsible for Safeguarding in our school?
Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is everyone’s responsibility. Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families has a role to play. In order to fulfil this responsibility effectively, all staff and volunteers should make sure their approach is child-centred. This means that they should consider, at all times, what is in the best interests of the child. No single adult can have a full picture of a child’s needs and circumstances. If children and families are to receive the right help at the right time, everyone who comes into contact with them has a role to play in identifying concerns, sharing information and taking prompt action.
All concerns about children's welfare are recorded and reported to our Designated Safeguarding Leads who will then decide on what actions are needed. Our Designated Safeguarding Leads are Mrs Wright (Headteacher), Mr Beake (Deputy Headteacher), Mrs Hall (Pastoral Manager) and Mrs Malcolm (SENCO).
We are a member of 'Operation Encompass', a system whereby the school is notified by the police if there has been a domestic incident attended by an officer and the children come to our school. On receipt of any information, the Designated Safeguarding Lead will decide on the appropriate support the child requires. We will record this information and store this information in accordance with the record keeping procedures outlined in our safeguarding policy.
What should I do if I have a concern about a child?
If you have a concern about your own children, or any other child attending our school, please speak to one of our safeguarding leads immediately.
Alternatively any member of the public can contact the Norfolk County Council Customer Services on 0344 800 8020 who will put you through to the ‘Children’s Advice and Duty Service’ (CADS) if the call concerns a child’s safety.