SAFEGUARDING AT NETTLEWORTH INFANT AND NURSERY SCHOOL
Staff and Governors at Nettleworth are aware that many children are the victims of different kinds of abuse and neglect and that they can be subjected to social factors that have a negative impact upon their lives – including domestic violence, substance misuse, bullying, mental health and radicalisation. We also acknowledge that safeguarding incidents could happen anywhere and staff should be alert to possible concerns arising.
Through our curriculum we teach children to stay safe and happy. We encourage the understanding that any problem or worry that they may have is legitimate, and to share their worries, big or small with their trusted adult; at home; school or with ChildLine.
Safeguarding and Promoting the welfare of Children
Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined as:
Protecting children from harm;
Preventing impairment of children’s health or development;
Ensuring that children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care; and
Undertaking that role so as to enable those children to have optimum life chances and to enter adulthood successfully.
Child protection is a key element in work to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. Child Protection refers to work undertaken with children identified as being at risk of significant harm.
Key Contacts - Designated Safeguarding Leads
- Mrs Debbie Hyslop - Headteacher
- Mrs Carly Ripley - Deputy Headteacher
- Mrs Claire Dunn
Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
Preventing child sexual abuse
The NSPCC has launched a video exploring steps we can take to keep children safe from sexual abuse by thinking through the potential risks in children’s daily lives and taking action to protect them. Examples include: ensuring babysitters have trusted references; ensuring robust safeguarding procedures are in place in schools and other organisations; and thinking about the physical environment, making sure children are kept safe by checking on areas that are infrequently used or left unsupervised.
NSPCC: Preventing Child Sexual Abuse
Our brand new animation explores simple steps we can all take to make children safer.
(Recruitment, selection and pre-employment vetting)
Nettleworth school creates a culture of safe recruitment and, as part of that, adopts the LA Recruitment & Selection Policy that helps deter, reject or identify people who might abuse children from working in any capacity at, or visiting the school
This is based on checks and evidence such as:
- Criminal record checks (DBS checks) for staff & volunteers that engage in regulated activity / unsupervised contact with children.
- Barred List checks
- Teacher Prohibition checks
- References, employment history and interview information
- Professional Qualification evidence
- Identity verification (Eg.Passport, driving licence, Birth Certificate, address confirmation)
- Mental & Physical fitness to carry out their work (Interview & pre-employment declaration of health)
- Right to Work in the UK verification
Schools keep a Single Central Record (SCR) as a register of information of all the above checks on staff and volunteers. This document is scrutinised & checked during an Ofsted inspection.
Contractors, Coaches and other visitors on the school site are checked according to the level of contact (unsupervised, supervised) contact with children.
Since Sept 2016 all school Governors are required to undertake a DBS check.
Supporting children worried about terrorism
Talking about terrorism: tips for parents
Children are exposed to news in many ways, and what they see can worry them. Our advice can help you have a conversation with your child:
listen carefully to a child’s fears and worries
offer reassurance and comfort
avoid complicated and worrying explanations that could be frightening and confusing
help them find advice and support to understand distressing events and feelings
children can always contact Childline free and confidentially on the phone and online.
It’s also important to address bullying and abuse following the terrorist attacks.
- Some children may feel targeted because of their faith or appearance
Look for signs of bullying, and make sure that they know they can talk with you about it. Often children might feel scared or embarrassed, so reassure them it's not their fault that this is happening, and that they can always talk to you or another adult they trust. Alert your child’s school so that they can be aware of the issue.
- Dealing with offensive or unkind comments about a child’s faith or background
If you think this is happening, it’s important to intervene. Calmly explain that comments like this are not acceptable. Your child should also understand that someone’s beliefs do not make them a terrorist. Explain that most people are as scared and hurt by the attacks as your child is. You could ask them how they think the other child felt, or ask them how they felt when someone said something unkind to them. Explain what you will do next, such as telling your child's school, and what you expect them to do.
You can talk to us about anything. No problem is too big or too small.
Call us free on 0800 1111 or get in touch online. However you choose to contact us, you're in control. It’s confidential and you don’t have to give your name if you don’t want to.
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Gives information for parents on a range of ways children can be bullied including cyber bullying and gives advice on keeping children safe online.
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Missing Person Helpline
tel: 0500 700 700 (24 hours)
National Drugs Helpline
tel: 0800 77 66 00 (24 hour free advice)
tel: 0845 4647
Parents against Child Sexual Exploitation (PACE)
Free E learning course for parents and carers on Child Sexual Exploitation aimed at raising awareness, identifying signs and providing advice on what to do if you have concerns. Go to the website at www.safeguardingchildrenea.co.uk and follow the simple registration process.
Women's Aid Federation
The key national charity working to end domestic violence against women and children. Support a network of over 500 domestic and sexual violence services across the UK.
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