Safeguarding and Child Protection
Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined in ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children’ (2013) as:
- Protecting children from maltreatment
- Preventing impairment of children’s health or development
- Ensuring that children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care; and
- Undertaking that role so as to enable those children to have optimum life chances and to enter adulthood successfully
At Grenoside we ensure that children are safe and feel safe. We strive to make safeguarding an overt priority by ensuring senior leaders in our school are visible and accessible and by developing, maintaining and reviewing clear systems, roles and responsibilities.
All visitors and volunteers in school must come to the main entrance where they sign in and are DBS checked as necessary. All adults in school must wear their identification badge at all times.
Everyone working at Grenoside Community Primary School must:
- Abide by the Behaviour Expectations of Staff and Volunteers and is required to sign an Induction Record to demonstrate that they have read and understood these, and that they agree to abide by them.
- Follow all policies and procedures referred to below.
We are all responsible for safeguarding-
If in doubt, speak to somebody who can advise you.
Child Protection Procedures as an adult in school: staff, parents and families, visitors, volunteers
If you are concerned that a child:
- Has suffered significant harm, or is in danger of doing so
- Is suffering from neglect
- Has made a disclosure to you
1. Report your concerns immediately to the Designated Safeguarding Lead ( DSL), Louise Delibal or Deputy DSL, Nina Burton.
Do not attempt to investigate by yourself.
2. Complete the Child Protection Cause for Concern/ Incident Form
3. The DSL or Deputy DSL will decide what action needs to be taken, provide you with appropriate feedback, and advise you on any action you may need to take
The names of the DSL, Deputy DSL and others with key safeguarding roles are shown on the Safeguarding Procedures Poster, a copy of which is displayed in each classroom.
The DSL/ Deputy DSL will follow the SSCD Child Protection and Safeguarding
Procedures 2011 in deciding what action to take in relation to your concerns. A reference copy of these procedures is available from the DSL or at:
You will receive prompt and appropriate feedback from the DSL/ Deputy DSL
Child Protection Procedures as a child
To ensure children are safe and feel safe we encourage children to
- Know how to talk to an adult in school about themselves or friends and understand the process for doing so
- Use the class worry boxes to express their concerns
- To voice their opinions through the pupil questionnaire
- In Y2 and Y5 to complete the Every Child Matters survey
- Feel reassured that adults listen to them
- Feel protected and learn how to keep themselves safe from bullying, homophobic behaviour, racism, sexism and other forms of discrimination
- Know that discriminatory behaviours are challenged and that help and support are given
- Learn how to treat others with respect
We ensure staff
- Know the children
- Liaise with pre-school providers, parents and families and external agencies
- In Foundation Stage each child has a designated care worker who has day to day responsibility for the child
We all strive to develop and maintain good relationships within our school community.
We carefully monitor the personal development and wellbeing of all children attending our school. A review is carried out for all children at least once per half term in each of the following areas:
- Attitude to Learning
- Parental Support for Learning
- Mental and Emotional W ellbeing
- General Behaviour
- Health Condition
- Personal Care
- Parental Care
The outcome of the review is recorded on the Review of Children’s Personal Development and Wellbeing Matrix. and shared with Governors.
Any significant areas of concern are recorded in detail for each individual on a personal review form. A meeting is held each half term to consider the outcome of the review and to decide what support is required for each child, and to plan what action
is to be taken and by whom. This meeting is attended by the following people:
- Deputy DSL
- School Administrator
- Other relevant professionals e.g. School Nurse
Each class has a Vital Information File containing information on the following:
- URGENT CLASS INFORMATION SHEET
- Class Checklist
- Special Needs: Medical
- Requests for School to Administer Medication
- Individual Education Plans
- Behaviour Support Plans
- Other Special Circumstances
The DSL and Deputy DSL have a responsibility to maintain these records.
All those taking responsibility for the class (including temporary staff) are expected to read and familiarize themselves with the contents of the Class Vital Information File.
Grenoside Community Primary
School: Safeguarding Policy
What we do at Grenoside Community Primary
A positive and preventative
A curriculum that teaches children how to make good choices about healthy, safe lifestyles and how and who to ask for help if their health or safety is threatened.
A safe learning environment:
Where children are comfortable talking to staff and confident that they will be listened to; where they feel safe in a secure environment; where they do not have to endure bullying, racism or sexual harassment; and where medical needs are met.
Strong partnership with parents
A commitment to an open and honest relationship and involvement of parents and carers at all stages of a child’s education and care.
Clear and accessible
safeguarding policies, procedures and guidance:
Easily accessed documents that are understood and used by all staff in accordance with local authority guidance, and are reviewed annually.
Grenoside Community Primary School: Policy for Safeguarding and Child Protection
So that all learners will be helped to fulfil their potential in an ethos/culture where every child and young person feels included, particularly those not reaching the
five ‘Every Child Matters’ outcomes for children.
A commitment to the early identification of children with additional needs. Speedy intervention with multi-agency co- operation. Common methods of sharing information and assessing need i.e. the Common Assessment Framework, Safetynet+ & Lead Professional
Keeping Children Safe in Education 2014
Working Together to Safeguard Children 2013
You have Someone to Trust 2012
Well trained staff and management:
With appropriate levels of training; clear and confident about what is expected of them in their day-to- day work in order to safeguard children and young people.
Safe recruitment, selection and
To identify, deter, and reject people who might abuse children or young people or are otherwise unsuited to work with them.
Other useful sources of information:
- www.safeguardingsheffieldchildren.org.uk (includes information on Safetynet)
- AskSid - Sheffield Information Directory at: www.asksid.net/
- Department for Children, Schools and Families at: www.dcsf.gov.uk/
- Safeguarding Children Advisory Service - available for practitioners Mon-Fri, 9am to 5pm. Telephone: 0114 205 3535 firstname.lastname@example.org
This policy is reviewed annually. The Annual Safeguarding report is sent to the LA and informs future practice. The policy implementation is monitored termly by the DSL and Safeguarding Governor, reporting to the termly meeting of the Governing Body.
If you think a child is in immediate danger contact the police on 999.
Sheffield Social Care
If you are concerned about a child or young person, follow this link: Referring a safeguarding concern to Children’s Social Care
For support or if you are concerned that a child has been sexually abused please contact the NSPCC 24 hour helpline.
Tel: 0808 800 5000