Many people think that the words Safeguarding and Child Protection mean the same thing. ‘Safeguarding’ and ‘Promoting Welfare’ are relatively new terms. They were brought into practice with the Children Act 2004 and are much wider used than Child Protection. Child Protection forms just a small part of Safeguarding and Promoting Welfare.
The statutory definition of Safeguarding and Promoting Welfare is:
Safeguarding covers a wide range of activities and actions taken by a number of different people and agencies. By ‘Safeguarding’ we mean 3 main types of activities:
All of our Governors and our Staff at Culverstone Green Primary School share the objective to help keep the children safe by contributing to:
To achieve this, we:
All adults in our school have a responsibility for Safeguarding and all staff have completed Safeguarding Training, by the school's Designated Safeguarding Lead, as well as online refresher training. The most recent whole school staff training took place in September 2020. All staff Safeguarding training is recorded for school records.
If you are concerned about any Safeguarding issues, please come and speak to one of our Safeguarding Leads. We currently have three fully trained Designated Safeguarding Leads:
Mrs Blunderfield - Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mrs Guy - Deputy Safeguarding Lead
Steven Hayden - leads Safeguarding on behalf of our Governors. Part of Steven’s role is to monitor and challenge our procedures and policies, ensuring that we are effectively safeguarding all of our pupils.
At School, we have a Single Central Record (SCR) to ensure all staff and volunteers have the required checks and certificates. Our Single Central Record is managed by the School office manager, to ensure this record is updated and ensures all of the necessary qualifications and documents are in place.
All staff, governors, students and volunteers undertake a DBS check and details of these checks are kept in a single central record in school.
All visitors to the school are required to sign in, upon which they are given a visitors lanyard:
Abuse (physical, sexual, emotional) or neglect can have a damaging effect on a child’s health, educational attainment and emotional well-being. Some changes in a child’s behaviour may not necessarily indicate that a child is suffering abuse or neglect. In some cases those changes may be symptoms of a hidden disability, undiagnosed medical condition or changes in medication.
If you become concerned about:
Please report these concerns to our Safeguarding Lead or one of the Safeguarding Team.
If you are concerned about safety of an activity or any aspect within school, please also report it to our Safeguarding Lead or one of the Safeguarding Team.
If you have concerns, please do NOT decide to do nothing or leave our school without telling anyone.
Safeguarding and the promotion of British Values is central to our work at Culverstone Green Primary School. We plan to constantly challenge children to think deeply about safeguarding matters and their own personal physical and mental wellbeing.
Priority on identifying opportunities in the structured and unstructured curriculum for children to learn about safeguarding is core to our school.
Our curriculum and values give pupils opportunities to experience life in all its diversity, to acquire resilience, knowledge, understanding and skills that significantly impact on personal development, behaviour, welfare and safety which equip every child with the knowledge and skills required for personal safeguarding.
Our PSHE curriculum covers all areas of Safeguarding including Relationship and Health Education, anti-bullying, relationships, citizenship and health education. We are sensitive in our teaching and recognise that some more sensitive subjects need to taught at an age appropriate level, or at a small group or 1:1 level where a more urgent need arises.