Safeguarding at BWJS

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At Bishop’s Waltham Junior School the health, safety and well-being of every child is our top priority. We expect all staff, governors and volunteers to share this commitment to safeguarding our pupils.

  

We listen to our pupils and take seriously what they tell us. All school staff are trained in Child Protection, and children are made aware of the adults they can talk to if they have any concerns. Staff are also trained to look out for signs of physical/emotional harm or neglect and are required to report these to the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) – Mr Darren Campbell (Head Teacher).

   

Safeguarding Children at Bishop’s Waltham Junior School

  

If you become concerned about the welfare of a child in the school, please contact the school's Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)

   

  

If you have a concern about an individual who works at the school, please contact the Designated Safeguarding Lead , who will then contact the LADO (Local Authority Designated Officer)

If you have a concern about the school managing child protection issues you can contact the LADO direct on 01962 876364

  

School Procedures

  

The procedures which we follow have been laid down by Hampshire County Council and we have adopted their model policy, for the safety of all.

We ensure that we comply fully to Safe Recruitment procedures to ensure that all staff (teachers, governors, TAs, Office staff, volunteers etc.) have been appropriately checked for their suitability to work with children.

  

In addition we ensure that we:

  

We recognise that because of their day-to-day contact with children, school staff are ideally placed to observe the outward signs of abuse.  Staff at this school will therefore:

  

  

Reporting

  

It may be helpful for parents to know that the Local Authority requires Head Teachers to report any obvious or suspected cases of child abuse which includes non-accidental injury, severe physical neglect, emotional abuse and/or sexual abuse.

This procedure is intended to protect children at risk and schools are encouraged to take the attitude that where there are grounds for suspicion it is better to be safe than sorry. This does mean that Head Teachers risk upsetting some parents by reporting a case, which on investigation proves unfounded.

  

In such circumstances, it is hoped that parents, appreciating how difficult it is for Head Teachers to carry out this delicate responsibility, would accept that the Head Teacher was acting in what were believed to be the child’s best interests.

  

Prevent Duty

  

Bishop’s Waltham Junior School is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all its pupils. As a school we recognise that safeguarding against radicalisation is no different from safeguarding against any other vulnerability.

All staff are expected to uphold and promote the fundamental principles of British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect, and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.

  

On 1 July 2015 the Prevent duty (section 26) of The Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 came into force. This duty places the responsibility on local authorities to have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism.

  

As part of Bishop’s Waltham Junior School’s commitment to safeguarding and child protection we fully support the government’s Prevent Strategy.

  

Link to prevent duty.

  

Training

   

Whole school in-service training on Safeguarding and Child Protection will be organised for staff and governors at least every three years and will comply with the prevailing arrangements agreed by the Local Safeguarding Children Board and will, in part, include training on extremism and radicalisation and its safeguarding implications.

   

The Designated Safeguarding Lead will attend training courses as necessary and the appropriate inter-agency training organised by the Local Safeguarding Children Board at least every two years, again this will include training on extremism and radicalisation and its safeguarding implications.

   

Key School Policies Relating to the Safeguarding of Pupils

  

Safeguarding

Child Protection

Anti-Bullying

Behaviour

Health and Safety

Use of Restrictive Intervention

Keeping Children Safe in Education