St. Andrew’s Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We believe that we all have the right to be happy, to be safe and to learn. We all have the responsibility to make this happen.
We have a number of policies and procedures in place that contribute to our safeguarding commitment, including our Child Protection Policy which can be viewed in the Policies section of our website.
Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies when there are concerns about a child’s welfare. If a child makes a disclosure, we have a duty of care to inform social services who will then advise on our next steps. We will ensure that our concerns about our pupils are discussed with his/her parents/carers first unless we have been advised not to.
Within the school we have an appropriately trained designated member of staff for child protection, referred to as Child Protection Liaison Officer (CPLO), who takes the lead on all child protection matters. We also have a Deputy CPLO to provide cover in case of absence. Our designated child protection members of staff are as follows:
- Designated Member of Staff Mrs Deborah Packham (Headteacher)
- Deputy Designated Member of Staff Mrs Julie Forrest (Teacher)
All staff and volunteers working with children in our school are required to have a satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. All staff receive appropriate child protection training which is updated regularly. We follow the guidance as set out by West Sussex Safeguarding Children Board (WSSCB) and take full account of any changes in local or national guidance.
Prevent is a government strategy designed to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorist or extremist causes. The Prevent strategy covers all types of terrorism and extremism, including political and religious extremism. From July 2015, all schools (as well as other organisations) have a duty to safeguard children from radicalisation and extremism. This means that the school has a responsibility to protect children from extremist and violent views.
Protecting children from the risk of radicalisation should be seen as part of the schools’ wider safeguarding duties. Radicalisation refers to the process by which a person comes to support terrorism and forms of extremism. There is no single way of identifying an individual who is likely to be susceptible to an extremist ideology. As with managing other safeguarding risks, schools should be alert to changes in children’s behaviour that could indicate that they are in need of protection.
Many of the things we already do in school to help children become positive, happy members of society also contribute to the Prevent Strategy. These include:
- Exploring other cultures and religions and promoting diversity
- Challenging prejudices and racist comments
- Developing critical thinking skills and a strong, positive self-identity
- Promoting the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils, as well as British values such as democracy.
The school will ensue that the application of the Prevent Duty is suitable for the age and maturity of the children involved.
If you require any further information regarding the Prevent Strategy, please contact the school. The following sources may also be useful for further information:
Revised prevent duty guidance for England and Wales, HM Government
Frequently asked questions, Prevent for Schools
What is Prevent? Let’s Talk About It