Safeguarding, E-Safety and Prevent
Easingwold Primary School is a caring, safe and secure place to be. We take our safeguarding responsibilities extremely seriously, in fact Safeguarding is central to the work that we do. We recognise the vital importance of robust procedures and practices which lead to a safe learning environment for every child in our care. We understand that there is a need to promote a culture where there is a shared responsibility for every aspect of safeguarding and to create an arena of safety for all our children. Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility irrespective of role played in the school.
Whether we are planning school visits to enrich our curriculum or inviting adults into our school we understand that it is our duty to keep children safe while they are in our care.
Ensure that we employ only those staff that are suitable to work with children.
Create a culture where staff know that their behaviour with children must adhere to an agreed Code of Conduct
Create a culture where inappropriate behaviour is challenged at every level within the school
Ensure that we have procedures and policies which keep children safe while they are in our care, regardless of the activity they are engaged in.
Ensure that we have procedures and policies which keep staff safe while they are carrying out their duties
Ensure that there are clear rules and boundaries for children to follow, in order that their behaviour does not impact on the safety of one another.
Ensure that we teach children strategies that will help them deal with dangerous situations outside school hours.
Make sure that the school complies with legislative responsibilities regarding the management of hazards to health.
For all vacancies in school our recruitment processes are rigorous and conform to current recommended guidance. Through this key piece of work we do our utmost to ensure that only those suitable to work with children are employed. We ensure that those staff involved in recruitment have undergone the latest Safer Recruitment Training and that DBS checks are completed prior to colleagues taking up post.
We have a Code of Conduct in place (known as Safer Working Practices) which sets out detailed policies and procedures for staff to follow – these have been put in place to keep everybody safe. Our Child Protection Policy also ensures that where a child makes a disclosure about an event outside school, there are appropriate procedures in place to ensure that action is taken to support the child.
Safeguarding the children within our care is wider than just policy documents. We aim to create an arena of safety at school where children feel valued, respected and cared for in a building that is safe, well maintained and conducive to learning. Our policy documents are shared with key stakeholders and their implementation is monitored by our governing body and senior leaders in school. Our governing body have over-arching responsibility for checking that our school complies with necessary regulations. Their recommendations are implemented in full.
A wide range of additional procedures ensure that children are kept safe:
Child Protection Policy
First Aid Policy
Health & Safety Policies and procedures
Race and Disability Policies
Fire Safety Procedures
Safe internet use guidance
Educational Visits Policy
Many of these, along with other key policy documents can be found in the 'Policy Section' of the website.
What is Prevent?
As of the 1st July 2015 all schools and registered childcare providers are subject to a duty to, in the exercise of their functions, have 'due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism'. This is called the Prevent Duty. Further information on this can be downloaded from the link below.
At Easingwold Primary School this is seen as part of our school's wider safeguarding duties and is consistent with our other responsibilities in this area. The procedures we follow are set out in our Child Protection Policy (which can be found in the Policies section).
Where we identify that there is a need to refer an individual, the relevant safeguarding procedures are followed to ensure that an appropriate referral is made to Children's Social Care or Health and Adult Services in an effective and timely way. To enable us to discharge this duty effectively all Senior Leaders in school have attended the WRAP training session. All other colleagues have completed the online Channel Basic Awareness training in November 2016
What is E-Safety?
E-Safety refers to keeping children safe on line. At Easingwold Primary School we teach children what is and is not acceptable online behaviour and what they can do if they feel worried about being online. We acknowledge that the Internet is an incredibly useful tool but that we need to educate children how to use this properly. We try and support parents where possible with this sometimes complex agenda and Miss Hill now includes a weekly 'E-Safety' update in the school newsletter. Information on E-Safety can be found on the E-Safety page https://www.easingwoldprimaryschool.co.uk/learning/e-safety