Definition of Safeguarding
“Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined for the purposes of this guidance as: protecting children from maltreatment; preventing impairment of children’s health or development; ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care; and taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.” KCSIE 2018
Lanesfield Commitment to Safeguard and Child Protection
At Lanesfield Primary School we are committed to safeguarding children and young people and we expect everyone who works in our school to share this commitment.
Adults in our school take all welfare concerns seriously and encourage children and young people to talk to us about anything that may worry them.
Safeguarding Contacts in School
Designated Safeguarding Leader:
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leader:
Communication with Parents
Our school will always discuss concerns with parents/carers and consent for any referrals should be sought unless to do so would:
Place the child at risk of significant harm or further risk of significant harm.
Place a vulnerable adult at risk of harm.
Compromise any enquiries that need to be undertaken by children’s social care or the police.
The school will endeavour to ensure that parents have an understanding of the responsibilities placed on the school and staff for safeguarding children.
In the best interests of safeguarding children there may be occasions when the school has to consult with other agencies without a parent or carer’s prior knowledge. Our first concern and responsibility is the child’s welfare and we have a duty to protect children first and always. Such consultation may result in a formal referral which could prompt visits from social care and/or the police.
We fully understand that this can be a very distressing set of circumstances. Our school will follow the procedures required by the Wolverhampton Safeguarding Children Board.
Curriculum with Parents
Child safety issues and child protection will be addressed through the curriculum where appropriate, especially through PSHE, Computing and E-Safety, Citizenship, Sex and Relations Education (SRE) and British values.
We use a variety of resources and approaches to teach the children how to keep themselves safe, build their resilience and manage risks.
The curriculum, and in particular the personal, social and health education development strand of the curriculum, includes an emphasis on relationships (relationships and sex education), building confidence and resilience in pupils and in developing preventative strategies to ensure their own protection and that of others. Opportunities are provided for pupils to develop the skills and strategies they need to stay safe from abuse, including age appropriate discussions about healthy relationships, their bodies and being able to say no to requests that they do not want to carry out. Clear advice and guidance is built into the curriculum to ensure that pupils understand that there is a range of contacts they can turn to for advice and support and that they know where and how to report abuse.
Child Sexual Exploitation
Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) is a form of sexual abuse which sees children/young people being manipulated or coerced into sexual activity for receiving ‘something’ such as; gifts, money, food, attention, somewhere to stay etc.
Technology is very often used to groom victims. This may occur through social networking sites and mobile phones with internet access. CSE has gained a large amount of media attention over the last year as lots of services involved with children and young people have noticed a big rise in cases involving CSE.
Charities such as NSPCC and Barnardos have been campaigning to raise the profile of this form of child abuse. Wolverhampton’s website for safeguarding is a useful source of information. On the site you will be able to find the form for safeguarding referrals.
Children and young people spend lots of time on the internet. They may go online to research information for homework or to play games, chat with friends and make new ones. The internet holds a massive amount of useful information and can also be a really good way of learning about new things and keeping in contact with friends and family. It can also be a very dangerous place so it is important that children are protected and monitored when they are online.
CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection) has lots of information about how to keep your children safe online and parental controls. The link to the website is below.
Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
In April 2014 every school in England received new safeguarding guidelines and detailed information on identifying and responding to Female Genital Mutilation. FGM is a procedure carried out on young girls between the ages of infancy and 15 years of age.
Female Genital Mutilation is classified as a form of Child Abuse in the UK. It therefore makes the procedure of it a serious Child Protection issue. It is illegal for anyone to perform FGM in the UK or to arrange for a child to be transported to another country for the procedure. The maximum sentence for carrying out FGM or helping it to take place is 14 years in prison.
There is lots of information and support available online for parents/carers concerned about this subject or if you know someone who is at risk:
Contact the Police if you think that a girl or young woman is in danger of FGM and is still in the UK.
Contact the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (020 7008 1500) if she’s already been taken abroad.
The NSPCC has detailed advice on how to spot the signs, symptoms and effects of FGM and provides support for people who are concerned about a child or who have been affected themselves. The link to the website is below.
Key Policy Downloads
Safeguarding Briefing - 18th October 2021
Clocks back! Dark nights ahead
We'll soon be setting the clocks back an hour and summer-time will end. The resources below will help remind children, including teenagers, about road safety and keeping safe in the dark.
There are several great reasons for joining Safeguarding.Pro. One of them is being able to get answers to your questions, from me and others in the DSL community, including some very experienced people.
One of the questions asked this week was:
Do Teaching Assistants need be checked through the Barred List? I thought this was only teachers?
Anyone, including Teaching Assistants, who are in regulated activity must have a barred list check. A teacher prohibition check is undertaken for anyone with Qualified Teacher Status. However, depending on the circumstances, people prohibited from 'teaching work' are not necessarily barred from working in a school. Prohibition is related to teacher standards, whilst barring relates to criminal convictions.
You can find more information in KCSIE (2021) here: https://www.keepingchildrensafeineducation.co.uk/part_three_safe_recruit.html#recruit
To join us in Safeguarding.Pro, go to: https://www.safeguardinginschools.co.uk/store
NEW Apple iOS 15 for mobile devices
Apple has recently launched a new operating system for the iPhone and iPad. The latest update comes after a serious security breach that would have left targeted individuals at risk.
Online safety company, Ineqe, has looked closely at the new iOS 15 and has found that the new features could leave children vulnerable. Apple's video call software, FaceTime, now has the ability to link with web browsers on Windows and Android. This new shareability could put children at risk of anonymous video calls.
To read more about the iOS 15 update, go to: https://ineqe.com/2021/10/08/ios-15/
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Parenting Smart (Place2Be)
The children's mental health charity, Place2Be, has launched a new website aimed at helping parents with typical situations they can find themselves in with their children.
Advice can be found on over forty topics including:
Understanding sibling rivalry
My child is lying, what does it mean, what should I do?
My child has trouble going to sleep
My child says ‘I hate you!’
Cultural identity: who am I?
The Parenting Smart website can found here: https://parentingsmart.place2be.org.uk/
NEW Posters from the NSPCC
The NSPCC and Childline have published a set of downloadable posters to support two campaigns: Nobody is Normal (about being different); and Tough to Talk (boys' mental health). Posters are also available for D/deaf or hearing impaired children.
The posters can be downloaded here: https://learning.nspcc.org.uk/research-resources/childline-posters-wallet-cards
Nobody is Normal page is here: https://www.childline.org.uk/info-advice/your-feelings/normal/
Tough to Talk page is here: https://www.childline.org.uk/info-advice/your-feelings/mental-health/tough-to-talk
No Safeguarding Briefing on 25th October 2021
For some schools, half-term is this week, and some lucky people have two weeks. This means that the next Safeguarding Briefing will be Monday 1st November 2021.
Advanced Safeguarding for DSLs
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Whole School Safeguarding CPD Online Session
In this two and half hour online presentation aimed at staff in all roles, specialist safeguarding consultant, Andrew Hall, explores important aspects of safeguarding in schools including child protection, learning from case studies and the latest version of Keeping Children Safe in Education.
You book your online session here: https://cpd.safeguardinginschools.co.uk/product/whole-school-safeguarding-course-online/
Reporting a Concern of Cbuse or Neglect
If you have concerns that a child you know is at risk of serious harm through Abuse or Neglect it is important that you report your worries to the correct agency.
The link below will direct you to the City of Wolverhampton Council’s Social Service page, which tells you how to report a concern.
Below is the link to the Wolverhampton Safeguarding Board. Wolverhampton Safeguarding Children Board (WSCB) is a statutory board which has been set up as part of the Every Child Matters government reforms.
WSCB ensures that all organisations that work with children work together to keep children and young people safe from harm. WSCB undertakes this role through providing training, the development of policies and procedures and awareness raising.