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Safeguarding

Safeguarding

Safeguarding of children is the highest priority in Shiremoor Primary School. The Headteacher is Lead Designated Person and is supported by a team of well-trained safeguarding leads.

 

All staff and Governors hold Safeguarding Certificates and receive regular updates from the safeguarding leads and also annual school training. Four members of staff have Safer Recruitment Training. Governors receive regular updates about safeguarding in school, including referrals and child protection statistics. 

 

There are also two Designated Persons for Looked After Children to ensure that these children have their educational outcomes monitored. School support families where children have special guardianship status and are mindful of how children can be affected emotionally due to circumstances related to their care. We do have a Lead Learning Mentor trained to support children in a variety of ways such as Drawing and Talking.

Shiremoor Primary School is mindful of data confidentiality and store all information accordingly. School shares information when it is necessary for the safeguarding of children. 

 

Absence can be a key indicator of families needing support and attendance is monitored carefully to ensure that children access their educational entitlement and do not go missing in education and that root causes of poor attendance can be identified to enable issues to be addressed through support and challenge.

 

 

The school would, if necessary involve the Local Authority Designated Officer or work with the LA to ensure that appropriate action is always taken. We work closely with other agencies who also have a responsibility within safeguarding such as Social Services, the Education Welfare Officer, School Health and Northumbria Police.

  

All staff annually sign up to our Code of Conduct and other safeguarding policies including the ‘Acceptable Use’ policies for social media and electronic devices. Staff are aware of our Low Level Concerns policy and we work in a school with a high level of professionalism where staff recognise the need for honesty and transparency and where the Head, Chair and Senior Team can all be approached about any concern however small. Staff are also aware of the Whistleblowing Policy and that they should use this around any concerns.

 

Staff induction also includes training on how to assess and manage risk and all risk assessments are signed off by Senior Managers. Incidents and accidents are recorded and graphs are produced to enable us to track issues and take action as required.

 

All visitors must sign in to school and, once through our double door entry system, an electronic pass is required to access other parts of the building. Anyone working in school who is not a member of school staff is subject to scrutiny prior to working within school and an up to date DBS is required. The Office Manager keeps stringent records in relation to this. Anyone working within school without a current DBS must wear a red lanyard so that staff are fully aware that this person cannot work alone with children.

 

School Governors do regular Health and Safety checks in school. One of our Governors is a fireman and another is a police officer. This is invaluable when evaluating Health and Safety policies in school.

 

Most importantly, children in school know how we try to keep them safe and they also know how to get help if they have any worries or concerns.

 

 

Designated Safeguarding Staff

 

 

 

Download and view the following documents:

 

Keeping Children Safe in Education, by HM Government in October 2019. Updated Sept 2021.

Working Together to Safeguard Children, published by HM Government, updated December 2020.

Inspecting Safeguarding in Early Years, published by OFSTED in August 2021.

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