Holywell Primary School & Nursery is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Staff, volunteers, pupils and governors at Holywell Primary School & Nursery are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children.
Holywell Primary School's safeguarding policy provides clear direction to all school stakeholders about expected practice in dealing with safeguarding issues. It makes explicit the school’s commitment to the development of good practice and effective procedures, ensuring that safeguarding concerns and referrals are handled sensitively, professionally and in a way that supports and protects the needs of the child.
There are three main aims:
- Prevention: by creating a positive school atmosphere and providing high quality teaching and pastoral support to pupils;
- Protection: by following agreed procedures and ensuring staff are appropriately recruited, trained and supported to respond appropriately and sensitively to Safeguarding concerns;
- Support: by providing support for pupils and school staff and for children who may have been or are being abused.
According to the DfE, safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined as:
- protecting children from maltreatment;
- preventing impairment of children’s health or development;
- ensuring children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care; and
- taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.
Child protection is a part of safeguarding and promoting welfare. It refers to the activity that is undertaken to protect specific children who are suffering, or are likely to suffer, significant harm. Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is everyone’s responsibility at Holywell Primary School & Nursery.
Through our curriculum, we teach children to stay safe. We endorse the understanding that any problem or worry that they may have is legitimate, and encourage children to share their concerns with a trusted adult. Robust safeguarding procedures are in place to support families, children and staff. This means that all concerns are passed through trained designated members of staff responsible for safeguarding and child protection.
The Prevent Duty
The Prevent Duty aims to prevent young people from being radicalised by, for example, far right extremists or religious extremists.
In school we have a duty to care for the children and take note of any child who is at risk of radicalisation, regardless of their background. We also have to take steps to help prevent children being exposed to extremist ideas. Our overriding priority is that children feel safe and able to demonstrate tolerance towards all cultures and religions, even when personal views may be different.
What do I do if someone needs immediate help?
If you think a child is in immediate danger, don't delay. Call the Police on 999, or call the NSPCC on 0808 800 5000.
If you are a child who is worried about yourself or someone else call Childline on 0800 11 11
Who can I speak to in school?
To speak to our safeguarding leads in school, please contact the office on 0121 453 7829, asking for the person you require:
Mr C Hamilton (Headteacher): Designated Safeguarding Lead
Miss A Jones (Deputy Headteacher): Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Miss R Evans (SENCo): Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mrs Naomi Watkins (Early Years Lead): Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Useful links for parents
To view the government's statutory guidance for schools and colleges on safeguarding children and safer recruitment please follow the link below: