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Safeguarding at Barling Magna Primary Academy

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Safeguarding Statement

Barling Magna Primary Academy is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of the children and requires all staff, volunteers and visitors to share this commitment.

This leaflet contains information about our expectations of you whilst visiting the school. If you are unclear about anything in this leaflet please speak to either member of the Safeguarding Team. Please keep this leaflet in a safe place so you can read it again if you need to.

 

If you are concerned about the safety of any child or conduct of a member of staff or volunteer in our school, you must report this to the Designated Safeguarding Lead, Sue Clarke or in her absence the deputy designated lead; Jade Lee.

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Visitor Procedures

  • All visitors must sign in at Reception.
  • All visitors will be issued with an appropriate pass which must be displayed at all times.
  • Visitors will be under the supervision of a designated member of staff whilst on site.
  • Visitors are not permitted to use personal digital equipment to record images of pupils. Please ensure mobile phones etc are switched off whilst on school property.
  • If you are seeking an urgent appointment please speak to the school office who will arrange for you to see a member of the Safeguarding Team.
  • All visitors must sign out at Reception and return their visitor pass before leaving the site.

Concerned about a child or young person?

Call the Essex Children and Families Hub on 0345 603 7627.

Out of hours: 0345 6061212

(Mon-Thurs 5.30pm-9am. Fri & Bank Holidays 4.30pm-9am)

Email: Emergency.DutyTeamOutOfHours@essex.gov.uk

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Keeping yourself safe

·         Be professional. Be careful how you interact with or speak to a child, the child may interpret it differently.

·         Avoid physical contact with children unless you are preventing them from harming themselves or others.

·         Avoid being on your own with a child, always ensure that a door is open and you are visible to others.

·         It is best not to do anything for a child that he or she can do for themselves.

·         Always tell someone if a child touches you or speaks to you inappropriately. Log down the incident, time and date it and pass it on to the Designated Safeguarding Lead.

Staff conduct

If you are concerned about the conduct of a member of staff following an observation or disclosure, the following action must take place:

  • Immediately inform the Head of School; Sue Clarke
  • In her absence, inform the Deputy Head Teacher; Jade Lee

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What to do if you are worried about a child

If you are concerned about:

  • Something a pupil says
  • Marks or bruising on a pupil
  • Changes in a pupil’s behaviour or demeanour

You must inform the Designated Safeguarding Lead immediately.

If you feel a pupil may be at risk of harm but are not sure, inform the Designated Safeguarding Lead immediately who will take appropriate action.

A copy of the school’s safeguarding policy is located in the school office and on the Safeguarding Board in the Admin corridor.

What to do if a child discloses they are being harmed

  • React calmly
  • Listen carefully, particularly what is said spontaneously
  • Do not promise confidentially but reassure the pupil they have done the right thing by speaking out
  • Clarify your concern by using ‘tell, explain, describe or outline’. As soon as your concern is confirmed, cease questioning as further enquires may be compromised.
  • It is your responsibility to report, not investigate the case. 
  • Record carefully what the pupil says in their words including how and when the account was given. Sign, date and time the record and hand to the Designated Safeguarding Lead. The lilac ‘Reporting a Concern’ forms are on the Safeguarding Board in the Admin corridor.

Types of harm

We all have a responsibility to keep all children under the age of 18 safe. This applies to both the home and school environment. Harm is identified in four ways:

Physical- This is when a child is deliberately hurt or injured

Sexual- This is when a child is influenced or forced to take part in a sexual activity. This can be a physical or non-physical (e.g. being made to look at an inappropriate image) activity.

Emotional- This is when a child is made to feel frightened, worthless or unloved. It can be by being shouted at, using threats to or making fun of the child. It can also be when children see adults fighting or being violent.

Neglect- This is when a child is not being taken care of by their parent or carer. It can be poor hygiene, poor diet, not keeping appointments for additional support, not being brought to school or being left home alone.

Whilst it may be an alarming situation to be approached by a child wanting to disclose what is happening to them, it is important not to let the moment pass. For every child that does finally disclose information, evidence shows they have usually tried up to 12 times before to speak out. Children tend to choose adults they trust or know well. This will not always be their class teacher, it may be someone that reads regularly with them and with whom they have built a good relationship.

School Policies

The following school policies can be found under the ‘key information’ tab. They all link to the safeguarding of children.

  • Anti-Bullying
  • Attendance
  • Behaviour
  • Child Protection
  • Code of Conduct
  • Drugs Education
  • Educational Visits
  • E-safety
  • Equalities Information & Objectives
  • Health, Safety & Wellbeing
  • Intimate & Personal Care
  • Physical Intervention
  • Prevent
  • Safer Recruitment
  • SEN - Special Educational Needs
  • Staff Code of Conduct
  • School Security
  • Sex & Relationships
  • Young Carers

Should you require a copy of any of our policies, the school office will be happy to assist.

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