Safeguarding

    This school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

    This means that we have a Safeguarding Policy and procedures in place which we refer to on our website.  All staff (including supply staff, volunteers and Governors) must ensure that they are aware of these procedures.  Parents and carers are encouraged to read the Safeguarding Policy, below.

    Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies, where there are concerns about a child’s welfare.  We will ensure that our concerns about our pupils are discussed with his/her parents/carers first, unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child’s welfare.

    Our Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSL) are:

    -Mr. Ian Johnson, Headteacher

    -Mrs. Emma Edge, Assistant Headteacher for Teaching & Learning

    -Mrs. Emma Balfour, Assistant Headteacher for Inclusion

    If you are concerned about a child’s welfare, please record your concern, and any observations or conversations heard, and report to one of the DSLs as soon as possible on the same day.  Do NOT conduct your own investigation.

    If your concern relates to the actions or behaviour of a member of staff (which could suggest that he/she is unsuitable to work with children), then you should report this to one of the DSLs in confidence, who will refer the matter to the Headteacher (or the Chair of Governors if the concern relates to the Headteacher), who will consider what action to take.

    Ian Johnson

    Headteacher

    SDAT (Stopping Domestic Abuse Together)

    SDAT is an initiative led by Derbyshire Police in conjunction with Social Services, Health Services, schools and other agencies, who work together to safeguard children and adults.

    Domestic Abuse can encompass but is not limited to the following types of abuse:

    • Psychological
    • Physical
    • Sexual
    • Financial
    • Emotional

    Children and young people witnessing domestic abuse

    Witnessing domestic abuse is really distressing and scary and it causes serious harm to children. 

    Children who witness domestic abuse can experience a wide range effects. They may:

    • Become anxious and depressed
    • Have difficulty sleeping or have nightmares
    • Be easily startled, flinch or react disproportionately to loud noises
    • Complain of physical symptoms such as tummy ache
    • Start wetting the bed
    • Have temper tantrums and display challenging behaviour at school
    • Behave younger than they are
    • Not want to go to school 
    • Become aggressive towards others
    • Have poor self-worth
    • Self-harm
    • Have difficulty forming positive relationships

    They may feel:

    • Guilty - because they think they have done something wrong
    • Powerless - because they can't stop the violence
    • Confused - because it doesn't make sense
    • Angry - because it shouldn't be happening
    • Sad - because it's a loss
    • Afraid - because they may be hurt, they may lose someone they love, others may find out
    • Alone - because they think it is only happening to them

    What is SDAT?

    SDAT is an early notification system to schools to quickly notify them of any incidents of domestic abuse where the Police have attended a household where children live.

    This enables schools to understand changes in a child's behaviour, attitude or general presentation and to support children if needed.

    Useful links

    • Operation Encompass – resources for schools includes free advice from an Education Psychologist about how best to support children via National Helpline 0204 513 9990

     • Women’s Aid – also has The Hideout a space for children and young people

     • Refuge – including the national free 24 hour domestic abuse helpline 0808 2000 247 or visit www.nationaldahelpline.org.uk to access live chat. Has BSL interpreter service

     • Men’s Advice Line - confidential help and support for men Helpline 0808 801 0327

     • Safe Lives - UK wide charity dedicated to ending domestic abuse

     • Domestic Abuse Act: Factsheet

     • NSPCC – protecting children from domestic abuse

     • Galop – LGBT+ anti-violence charity. Includes National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans+ Domestic Abuse Helpline 0800 999 5428

     • Gov.uk – how to get help for domestic abuse

    Safeguarding Policy October 2021

    E-Safety Policy April 2021

    Anti-Bullying Policy September 2021

    PREVENT Duty.gov

    PREVENT Risk Assessment 2019-2021

    Keeping Children Safe In Education 2021

    The National Grid for Learning - KCSIE Translate (lgfl.net)

     

    *Using a childcare provider in the holidays and not sure what to ask?  Click on the link below for some basic safeguarding questions you might want to use:

    Safeguarding Questions for Parents/Carers 2019