At Holbeton Primary School, the health, safety and well-being of every child are our paramount concern. We listen to our pupils and take seriously what they tell us.
At this school, we take our safeguarding responsibilities very seriously. This means that we have ensured that everyone working in the school has successfully completed the necessary clearances to enable them to work with pupils. It also means that we have staff members who are specifically trained in Child Protection procedures. We have a wide range of policies which ensure that we are in line with current safeguarding practices.
On rare occasions, our concern about a child may mean we have to consult other agencies, such as the Police, or Social Services. The procedures we follow have been laid down by Plymouth Local Authority.
By working closely with everyone concerned, we firmly believe that we will continue to offer a safe learning environment for all our learners.
For more information from Devon Safeguarding, please click here.
- Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) for Child Protection: Mrs Sarah Honywill
- Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead (DDSL) for Child Protection: Mrs Kate Nash and Mrs Emily Mitchell
There are stringent vetting procedures in place for staff and other adults. Nobody commences work unless all checks have been completed, including those with the Barring and Disclosure Service. The school ensures that adults working with children, including volunteers and supply staff, are appropriately recruited and vetted, and receive appropriate training, guidance, support and supervision to undertake the effective safeguarding of pupils – they are directed to the Safeguarding policy and given appropriate support. A single central record of recruitment and vetting checks covering all adults who have regular contact with children is held in the office along with induction pack for students/volunteers. Staff are issued with a photographic ID badge at Induction which they wear on a BLUE staff lanyard and Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSL) wear on a YELLOW lanyard for easy identification.
Key Documents and Sources of Information
The following policies are available on the school website:
- Safeguarding Policy
- Child Protection Policy
- Anti-Bullying Policy
- Managing Allegations of Abuse Against Staff and Volunteers Policy
South West Child Protection Procedures are available at SWCPP
- Children have a right to be safe.
- Adults have a duty of care to protect children
- Parents have a right to be informed.
Awareness of Concerns
There are four categories of abuse:
1. Physical abuse
2. Emotional abuse
3. Sexual abuse
Safeguarding also covers incidents of:
Children with sexually harmful behaviour
Peer on peer sexual abuse
Sexual exploitation of children
Serious violent crime
Honour based violence
Radicalism and extremism
SIGNS OF ABUSE
There are a number of signs that may indicate abuse. These include:
Behaviour: A marked change in a child’s usual temperament or the display of unusual behaviour
Spoken disclosures: A child may say something that discloses abuse. If this occurs, the person to whom the child has disclosed will do the following:
- Listen to what the child says and then write down word for word what was said as soon as possible afterwards.
- They will use open questions and ensure they do not put words into the child's mouth.
- They may empathise with and comfort the child but will not agree to keep secret what they have disclosed.
- Tell the child that they will have to tell someone else in school i.e, Mrs Duncan, Mrs John, Mrs Haddy, Mrs Morgan or Mrs Dannan and the conversation is uploaded to CPOMS as soon as possible.
All staff are mindful of:
- Physical injuries: Whilst young children may commonly have minor injuries, certain injuries will raise concerns that these have been caused deliberately.
- Appearance: The manner in which a child is dressed or groomed may give cause for concern that their basic physical and emotional needs are not being met
What will happen after the DSL has been informed?
- The DSL or DDSL will discuss your concerns with you and make a record of them. No further action may be taken at this time. The record will be kept on file by the DSL in case future concerns arise.
- The DSL or DDSL may discuss your concerns and then consult an outside agency such as the School Nurse, Educational Welfare, Social Services or parents. The advice given will be acted upon.
- After consulting with outside agencies, a Common Assessment Framework (CAF) meeting may be called so that all interested parties (including parents) can attend and look for ways to support the child. Your observations/concerns may be included in the CAF documentation.
- In some cases, the child protection issue may be serious enough to mean that the DSL or DDSL will make a referral to Social Services, the Police or another agency, to ensure that the welfare of the child is ensured.
What to do if a child discloses abuse (‘The five Rs’)
- RECEIVE the information. Listen carefully and do not ask leading questions
- RESPOND to the child. Let them know what you are going to do next
- REPORT the disclosure as soon as possible to the DSL or DDSL using a concern log
- REFER to Social Care without delay – the DSL should do this
- RECORD fully and accurately, as soon as possible afterwards
We are an Operation Encompass school.
Operation Encompass connects the police with schools to secure better outcomes for children who are subject or witness to police-attended incidents of domestic abuse. Rapid provision of support within the school environment means children are better safeguarded against the short-, medium- and long-term effects of domestic abuse.
Operation Encompass provides an efficient, confidential channel of communication between police forces and Key Adults within schools. This enables the immediate and discrete recognition of the child's situation by the Key Adult, ensuring a secure and sympathetic environment is provided and the broader effects of abuse are addressed.
This means that at Yealmpton Primary School a member of the school staff, known as a Key Adult, is trained to allow them to liaise with the police and to use the information that has been shared, in confidence, while ensuring that the school is able to make provision for possible difficulties experienced by children, or their families, who have been involved in, or exposed to, a domestic abuse incident.
Policies that you may find useful
All policies can be found here or at the school office.
- Safeguarding Policy
- Health and Safety Policy
- Attendance Policy
- Behaviour & Anti-bullying Policy
- Positive Handling Policy
- Safer Recruitment Policy
- Whistle Blowing Policy
- Internet Policy (being prepared)