What is Safeguarding?
Many people think that the words Safeguarding and Child Protection mean the same thing. ‘Safeguarding’ and ‘Promoting Welfare’ are relatively new terms. They were brought into practice with the Children Act 2004 and are much wider used than Child Protection. Child Protection forms just a small part of Safeguarding and Promoting Welfare.
The statutory definition of Safeguarding and Promoting Welfare is:
Protecting children from maltreatment;
Preventing impairment of children’s health or development;
Ensuring that children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care;
Safeguarding covers a wide range of activities and actions taken by a number of different people and agencies. By ‘Safeguarding’ we mean 3 main types of activities:
Specific action to identify and protect children;
Activities directly designed to identify and support children who are vulnerable to poor outcomes and life chances;
Safeguarding is about keeping children safe at all times.
Safeguarding at Pluckley
All of our Governors and our Staff at Pluckley Church of England Primary Academy share the objective to help keep the children safe by contributing to:
To achieve this, we:
All adults in our school have a responsibility for Safeguarding and all staff have completed Safeguarding Awareness Training, provided by the TKAT Senior Safeguarding Lead and led by the school's Designated Safeguarding Lead, as well as online refresher training. The most recent whole school staff training took place in September 2020. All staff Safeguarding training is recorded for school records.
If you are concerned about any Safeguarding issues, please come and speak to one of our Safeguarding Leads. We currently have three fully trained Designated Safeguarding Leads:
Mr Setchell - Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mrs Smith - Deputy Safeguarding Lead
Mrs Thomson - Deputy Safeguarding Lead
Miss Martin – Deputy Safeguarding Lead
Chloe Longley leads Safeguarding on behalf of our Governors. Part of Chloe’s role is to challenge our procedures and policies, ensuring that we are effectively safeguarding all of our pupils.
At School, we have a Single Central Record (SCR) to ensure all staff and volunteers have the required checks and certificates. Our Single Central Record is managed by the Business Manager and Mr Setchell, to ensure this record is updated and ensures all of the necessary qualifications and documents are in place.
All adults in school are required to wear a Pluckley Church of England Primary School identification Badge, and they must sign in at the school office to receive this. All staff, governors, students and volunteers undertake a DBS check and details of these checks are kept in a single central record in school.
All visitors to the school are required to sign in, upon which they are given a visitors lanyard:
Staff can be easily identified due to their blue lanyard.
If you have concerns...
Abuse (physical, sexual, emotional) or neglect can have a damaging effect on a child’s health, educational attainment and emotional well-being. Some changes in a child’s behaviour may not necessarily indicate that a child is suffering abuse or neglect. In some cases those changes may be symptoms of a hidden disability, undiagnosed medical condition or changes in medication.
If you become concerned about:
Please report these concerns to our Safeguarding Lead or one of the Safeguarding Team.
If you are concerned about safety of an activity or any aspect within school, please also report it to our Safeguarding Lead or one of the Safeguarding Team.
If you have concerns, please do NOT decide to do nothing or leave our school without telling anyone.
Safeguarding in the Curriculum
Safeguarding and the promotion of British Values is central to our work at Pluckley Church of England Primary School. We plan to constantly challenge children to think deeply about safeguarding matters and their own personal physical and mental wellbeing.
Priority on identifying opportunities in the structured and unstructured curriculum for children to learn about safeguarding is core to our school.
Our curriculum and values give pupils opportunities to experience life in all its diversity, to acquire resilience, knowledge, understanding and skills that significantly impact on personal development, behaviour, welfare and safety which equip every child with the knowledge and skills required for personal safeguarding.
Our PSHE curriculum covers all areas of Safeguarding including SRE, Drugs and Alcohol Education, anti-bullying, relationships, citizenship and health education. We are sensitive in our teaching and recognise that some more sensitive subjects need to taught at an age appropriate level, or at a small group or 1:1 level where a more urgent need arises.
For further information on our safeguarding curriculum, click the link below for whole school and year group information:
All the policies in school are kept centrally, the safeguarding policy is reviewed annually and its related policies and practices are reviewed regularly. Our practices and policies reflect the guidance outlined in "Keeping Children Safe in Education" (2018)
See below for policies
PANTS - NSPCC Advice for Parents
Being a parent always seems to mean lots of worrying, especially when it comes to keeping your child or children safe. All parents worry about different types of abuse and how to talk to their children about some of these issues. The NSPCC have a really useful website called 'Talk Pants.' This site teaches children important messages, like their body belongs to them and they should tell an adult if they're upset or worried. There are activities for children on there and also advice for parents. Below you will see a link to the website and also a leaflet for parents providing some useful advice.