Safeguarding & Child Protection
The Designated Senior Lead (DSL) for safeguarding is the headteacher, Mrs Sue Ward. Mrs Louise Elliott and Mrs Linda Foster are Deputy Leads within the school.
We have a duty to notice if something might be going wrong. There are lots of reasons why this happens including family illness, bereavement, parental stress, a new baby, financial difficulties, marriage breakdown. Some are short term, others can have a significant effect on pupil wellbeing. We are here to support your family and you by signposting services when you need a little or a lot of help. We recognise that this can be distressing but please know that we do not judge - we are all human - we are here to help you and your child.
As a result of this duty all our staff are trained to recognise and to report any worries or concerns they might have about a child or family. If a concern is raised we will:
- Seek advice and refer to social services if we are concerned about the safety of any child and believe that they are at immediate risk of harm- without talking to you- this is a statutory duty- see information below
- Contact you to talk about our concerns and look at how you can be supported
- Keep a confidential record
Please report any concerns you may have, in confidence to the Headteacher (DSL) or to one of the Deputy Leads in school. Our Safeguarding and Child Protection policy is available to read here
Copies of the forms we use in school to record any concerns or worries we might have about your child's wellbeing or welfare can be found below. Our safeguarding leads meet weekly to ensure that no child's needs are overlooked.
Child Protection Summary
- There are four categories of abuse: physical, sexual, emotional, neglect.
- In some cases the school is obliged to refer children to children’s social care staff, for children to be assessed for their needs or if an investigation into possible child abuse is required. In many cases there will already have been discussions between school staff and the parents of the child, and the situation and concerns will not be a surprise to the parents. However, parents may not be told that the school has referred their child to children’s social care if it is thought that this might put the child at risk.
- Children’s social care tries to carry out its enquiries in a sensitive fashion. It has to gather information and generally it can be open with parents about the steps being taken.
- If you think your child may have been abused you should contact the children’s social care office - https://www.leicestershire.gov.uk/education-and-children/child-protection-and-safeguarding
- If you think the abuse may have happened in school, contact the Head Teacher who is also the Designated Senior Lead for Child Protection.
- If you think your child has been hurt, arrange to visit your doctor. Comfort and reassure your child.
- If school staff need to express concerns about a child or refer a child to children’s social care, it is understood that this can cause distress or anger for the child’s parents
For parents’ enquiries please contact: Mrs. Sue Ward the Designated Senior Lead for Child Protection
SPOC (single point of contact)
The single point of contact for all matters relating to child protection, prevention of radicalisation and pupil welfare is:
Mrs Sue Ward.
If you have safeguarding concerns about a member of school staff please report them to Mrs Ward. If your concerns relate to Mrs Ward then you should report to Mr James Dodds (Chair of Governors)
Where the police or social services are called to a home we will be informed. For more information please see https://www.operationencompass.org/ and our notice board.
Newton Burgoland Primary School is a traditional school. We place a high premium on good manners, good behaviour and learning together.
Our school promotes the values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. Please see our website for more information on Prevent and 'Promoting British Values' https://www.newburland.leics.sch.uk/page/?title=Our+Values+and+Aims&pid=123
We very much appreciate the time and energy many of you give to our school to support trips and to work in school. DFE guidance requires us to obtain an enhanced DBS for all volunteers, to seek verbal references and to listen to and investigate any concerns members of the community might have about any volunteers or staff members. It is the responsibility of all members of our school community to report any concerns to the Head Teacher. The names of all volunteers are regularly published in newsletters.
Request for Services (for Children and Families) - Early Help - Family Steps
- For more information on Family Steps please see the leaflet below.
- Please follow the link below to request services for children, young people and their families who feel they may need some additional support. The form can be completed by professionals, friends or by the family themselves.
Request for Early Help - https://resources.leicestershire.gov.uk/education-and-children/child-protection-and-safeguarding/early-help - click on Request for Services link
Visitors to School
All visitors are expected to abide by school rules, to act in the best interests of all children and to promote British Values.
We will check your ID and DBS ( where needed). You will be supervised in school.
All visitors are expected to read our child protection information upon arrival. Please see below.
All volunteers will receive an induction.