Safeguarding at Woodhall Primary School: a summary of our Safeguarding Policy
Safeguarding is not just about protecting children from deliberate harm. For Woodhall Primary School it includes such things as pupil safety and protecting our pupils from bullying, racist abuse and harassment, children missing education and online abuse. The witnessing of abuse can have a damaging effect on those who are party to it, as well as the child subjected to the actual abuse and in itself will have a significant impact on the health and emotional well-being of the child.
Abuse can take place in any family, institution or community setting, by telephone, social media or on the internet. Abuse can often be difficult to recognise as children may behave differently or seem unhappy for many reasons, as they move through the stages of childhood or their family circumstances change. However, it is important to know the indicators of abuse and to be alert to the need to consult further.
All school staff need to be aware that abuse, neglect and safeguarding issues are rarely standalone events that can be covered by one definition or label. In most cases multiple issues will overlap with one another.
The following policy has been adapted from Suffolk County Council’s (SCC) safeguarding model policy for schools and education settings and links to other relevant policies such as online safety, whistle-blowing, anti–bullying, our staff code of conduct and other relevant guidance to staff, such as our ‘Prevent’ duty.
Consistent with statutory expectation our safeguarding policy is reviewed at least annually to keep it in line with local and national guidance/ legislation, and in discussion with the school’s Local Governing Body. It also makes links to the Local Safeguarding Children Board requirements.
Our Safeguarding Policy provides a secure framework, for all adults working or volunteering at Woodhall Primary School, in safeguarding and promoting the welfare of the pupils who attend our school.
The policy aims to ensure that:
Safeguarding at Woodhall is considered everyone’s responsibility and as such we aim to create the safest environment within which every pupil has the opportunity to achieve the best outcomes they can.
We recognise the contribution we can make in ensuring that all pupils feel that they will be listened to and have appropriate action taken to any concerns they may raise. Pupils at our school will be able to talk freely to any member of staff or regular visitor to our school if they are worried or concerned about something. All staff and regular visitors will know how to recognise a disclosure from a pupil and will know how to manage this. We will not make promises to any pupil and we will not keep secrets.
Woodhall has a local governing body whose legal responsibility it is to make sure that the school has an effective safeguarding policy and procedures in place and to monitor that the school complies with them. It is also the responsibility of our governing body to ensure that staff and volunteers are properly vetted to make sure they are safe to work with the pupils who attend our school and that the school has procedures for appropriately managing allegations of abuse made against members of staff (including the headteacher and volunteer helpers). Our local governing body will ensure that there is a named governor and a Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) who has lead responsibility for dealing with all safeguarding issues. At Woodhall these are: