Great Finborough Church Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
Our Safeguarding Team
All safeguarding contacts can be contacted via the school office on 01449 613208
You can download our safeguarding policies and codes of conduct here:
|Safeguarding Policy and Child Protection Procedures||Online Safety Policy||Whistleblowing Procedure|
|Staff Code of Conduct||Volunteer Code of Conduct|
“Providing early help is more effective in promoting the welfare of children than reacting later. Early help means providing support as soon as a problem emerges, at any point in a child’s life, from the foundation years through to the teenage years.”, Working Together to Safeguard Children, DFE, July 2018
At Great Finborough Church Primary we recognise that family life can be complicated at times and the paths forward for young children are not always smooth. Our offer is designed to spot the early signs when things are not quite right and to make available appropriate support and guidance. You can find details of our Early Help Offer here:
|PREVENT is a government strategy to reduce the likelihood of young people becoming radicalised and then engaging in any form of extremism. All our staff receive PREVENT training to help them to recognise the signs that can lead to a young person or someone in their family becoming radicalised or drawn into extremism. The school has strategies in place to deliver a broad curriculum that encourages respect and understanding of other peoples faith, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, special need or disability. We encourage children to have a positive attitude to others, and aim to build their self esteem so they are not influenced by negative peer pressure.|
Role of the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)
The designated safeguarding lead is a senior member of staff from the school leadership team who takes lead responsibility for safeguarding and child protection (including online safety) within the school. This is explicit in the role holder’s job description.
This person should have the appropriate status and authority within the school to carry out the duties of the post. They should be given the additional time, funding, training, resources and support they need to carry out the role effectively. The DSL’s additional responsibilities include providing advice and support to other staff on child welfare, safeguarding and child protection matters, taking part in strategy discussions and inter-agency meetings, and/or to support other staff to do so, and contributing to the assessment of children.
Deputy designated safeguarding leads (ADSLs)
Deputy/alternate designated safeguarding leads are trained to the same standard as the designated safeguarding lead and the role is explicit in their job descriptions. Whilst the activities of the designated safeguarding lead can be delegated to ADSLs, the ultimate lead responsibility for child protection, as set out above, remains with the designated safeguarding lead, this responsibility should not be delegated.
During term time the designated safeguarding lead (or a deputy) should always be available (during school hours) for staff in the school to discuss any safeguarding concerns. Whilst generally speaking the designated safeguarding lead (or deputy) would be expected to be available in person, it is a matter for individual schools and colleges, working with the designated safeguarding lead, to define what “available” means and whether in exceptional circumstances availability via phone and or Skype or other such media is acceptable.
The school and the designated safeguarding lead must arrange adequate and appropriate cover arrangements for any out of hours/out of term activities.
The designated safeguarding lead is expected to refer cases:
Work with others
The designated safeguarding lead is expected to:
Information sharing and managing the child protection file
The designated safeguarding lead is responsible for ensuring that child protection files are kept up to date.
Information should be kept confidential and stored securely. It is good practice to keep concerns and referrals in a separate child protection file for each child.
Records should include:
They should ensure the file is only accessed by those who need to see it and where the file or content within it is shared, this happens in line with information sharing advice as set out in Part one and Part two of KCSiE.
Where children leave the school (including in year transfers) the designated safeguarding lead should ensure their child protection file is transferred to the new school or college as soon as possible, and within 5 days for an in-year transfer or within the first 5 days of the start of a new term. This should be transferred separately from the main pupil file, ensuring secure transit, and confirmation of receipt should be obtained. Receiving schools and colleges should ensure key staff such as designated safeguarding leads and special educational need coordinators (SENCOs) are aware as required.
Lack of information about their circumstances can impact on the child’s safety, welfare and educational outcomes. In addition to the child protection file, the designated safeguarding lead should also consider if it would be appropriate to share any additional information with the new school or college in advance of a child leaving to help them put in place the right support to safeguard this child and to help the child thrive in the school or college. For example, information that would allow the new school or college to continue supporting children who have had a social worker and been victims of abuse and have that support in place for when the child arrives.
The designated safeguarding lead should:
Training, knowledge and skills
The designated safeguarding lead (and any deputies) should undergo training to provide them with the knowledge and skills required to carry out the role. This training should be updated at least every two years. The designated safeguarding lead should undertake Prevent awareness training. Training should provide designated safeguarding leads with a good understanding of their own role, how to identify, understand and respond to specific needs that can increase the vulnerability of children, as well as specific harms that can put children at risk, and the processes, procedures and responsibilities of other agencies, particularly children’s social care, so they:
In addition to the formal training set out above, their knowledge and skills should be refreshed (this might be via e-bulletins, meeting other designated safeguarding leads, or simply taking time to read and digest safeguarding developments) at regular intervals, as required, and at least annually, to allow them to understand and keep up with any developments relevant to their role.
Providing support to staff
Training should support the designated safeguarding lead in developing expertise, so they can support and advise staff and help them feel confident on welfare, safeguarding and child protection matters. This includes specifically to:
Understanding the views of children
It is important that children feel heard and understood. Therefore, designated safeguarding leads (and deputies) should be supported in developing knowledge and skills to:
Holding and sharing information
The critical importance of recording, holding, using and sharing information effectively is set out in Parts one, two and five of KCSiE, and therefore the designated safeguarding lead should be equipped to: