The welfare of the children in our care is paramount and all staff are trained in child protection issues and know the procedures they must follow to ensure the best outcomes for every child in their care. We believe that all children have the right to be happy, safe and to learn. This is a responsibility that all of our staff take seriously.
We believe that:
- The welfare of children is paramount
- All children, regardless of age, culture, disability, gender, language, race, religion and sexual identity, have the right to be protected from harm
To this end, all our staff have a duty to take any allegations or suspicions of abuse seriously and respond to them swiftly and appropriately. Our staff are responsible for reporting any concerns to the safeguarding team at school as soon as possible. We work closely with other agencies such as health authorities, social services and the police to ensure we fulfil our obligations to the children in our care. As already stated, our first concern is the well-being of the children in our care. We are as open and honest as we can be in these matters and will discuss any issues with parents, however there are occasions when we have to consult other agencies before we contact parents/carers.
Our Designated Safeguarding Lead is: Ms Sarah Awuye (Headteacher)
Our Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads are: Miss J. Reeder (Deputy Headteacher)
Information sharing with other agencies:
At SS Philip and James’ Primary School we consider that a child’s welfare and experience is of paramount importance for their emotional, social and academic progress. In some circumstances decisions have to be made about sharing personal information with other agencies where the needs of children in our care are compromised. The most important consideration in sharing information with other agencies is the need to safeguard and protect children. We follow the ‘seven golden rules’ about information sharing. These are that:
- The Data Protection Act provides a framework for appropriate sharing of information
- We are open and honest with the individual about whom the information will be shared with
- We seek advice from other practitioners if in any doubt, and will try to do so without disclosing an individual’s identity
- We share information with informed consent, where possible, and share without consent if a child’s safety is at risk
- We base information-sharing decisions on the safety and well-being of the individual or others
- We ensure information is shared in accordance with the principles of information sharing (that the information being shared is necessary and proportionate, relevant, adequate, accurate, timely and secure)
- We will keep a record of any information-sharing decisions and the reasons behind them
Use of ICT and media statement :
All staff, Governors and visitors understand that ICT includes a wide range of systems, including mobile phones, digital cameras, laptops and tablets. All of our staff are held to a code of conduct in their work with us. No staff member is allowed to use social media, phone or e-mail communications directly with a pupil at the school. Mobile phones will not be used to photograph or record any child at SS Philip and James, nor will any images of pupils at our school be shared via phone, e-mail or personal social media site. Images will only be taken, stored and used for purposes within school unless there is parental permission for further release. At the start of each year, our parents are asked to sign a media release form if they agree to their children’s images being used in a broader context, e.g. in our prospectus or in the local media. If a parent does not agree to this, we ensure that their child’s photograph is not used. Filming and photography by parents and the wider community at school events, such as sports days and school productions, are not allowed.
While in school children are able to access the internet, however the school has set firewalls etc. that should limit their access to inappropriate materials. Children are educated about what to do should inappropriate images, conversation or contact occur while they are using the internet or their mobile phones. Children are also explicitly taught about the dangers of sharing personal information over the internet. We also highlight the permanence of statements, messages and images sent via the internet – that language and images must be appropriate – and the same rules apply to the use of ICT as apply to the use of school or community space.
All staff, pupils, Governors and visitors using school equipment will not browse, download, upload or distribute any material that could be considered offensive, illegal or discriminatory. Staff have a duty to report any unsafe or worrying mobile phone or ICT usage they see or hear about to the Designated Safeguarding Lead: Sarah Awuye (Headteacher).
Volunteers working within the school are expected to adhere to all of our policies. Their induction includes an explanation of our expectations of them with regard to their behaviour around the children and their safeguarding responsibilities.
Prevent is part of the Government’s counter terrorism strategy and schools now have a responsibility to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism. Please see the Prevent Strategy to find out more.
Our policies on this are regularly updated. Please see the policies page for more information.
Useful phone numbers for parents and carers
If you have an urgent safeguarding concern about a child please ring Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) on 0345 0507666 or please visit their website
Staying safe when school is closed
If you are worried about anything and want to talk to someone, you can contact Childline by calling 0800 1111