Baston CE Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share in this commitment. Staff work hard to maintain an environment where children feel safe and secure. The curriculum is designed to ensure opportunities for children to develop the skills they need to recognise and stay safe from abuse. Children know that they can approach any of the adults in school if they are worried and that they will receive a consistent supportive response.
In recognising our responsibilities for Safeguarding and Child Protection, as a school we:
• Have clear staff recruitment and selection procedures, ensuring that all staff (including volunteers) who have unsupervised access to children, have been appropriately checked for their suitability through the DBS procedure;
• Aim to raise awareness of child protection issues and equip children with the skills needed to keep them safe;
• Develop and implement procedures for identifying and reporting cases, or suspected cases of abuse;
• Support children who have been abused in accordance with his/her Child Protection Plan;
• Establish a safe and nurturing environment free from discrimination or bullying where children can learn and develop happily;
If you would like to know more about our policy or procedures for Safeguarding, please speak to:
Executive Head Teacher: Martyn Wells
Deputy Head Teacher: Georgina Epps
Chair of Governors: Simon Gledhill
Designated Safeguarding Lead: Georgina Epps
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead: Rachael Porteus & Martyn Wells
Safeguarding Governor: Simon Gledhill
Dedicated teacher for Looked After Children: Martyn Wells
SEND Lead: Marie Webb
You can also contact...
Lincolnshire Safeguarding Board
1. During Office hours contact the Children Services Customer Service Centre (CSC) on 01522 782111.
2. Out of Office Hours (24-hours) contact the Emergency Duty Team (EDT) on 01522 782333.
Below is a link to the first of a series of 5 short videos which are designed to help everyone understand what we can do to protect children and vulnerable adults from abuse, what to look for and who to go to talk about any concerns you may have. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qWO_WfnRW_U&t=10s
Each video is between 4 and 6 minutes long and will give parents a useful understanding of safeguarding.
Useful Telephone Numbers:
Healthy Minds Lincoln: 01522 421699
ChildLine: 0800 1111
Lincolnshire Prevent Team: 020 7340 7264
Young Carers Helpline: 01522 553275
NSPCC helpline: 08088 005000
Domestic Violence: 0808 2000 247
Samaritans: 01522 528282
Family Services Directory: 0800 195 1635
[Lincolnshire] Social Services: 01522 782111
Anxiety UK: 08444 775 774
Safeguarding in our curriculum
Great importance is placed on identifying opportunities in the taught curriculum for children to learn about safeguarding.
Our broad curriculum gives pupils opportunities to experience life in all its diversity, to acquire knowledge, understanding, and skills that significantly impact personal development, behaviour, and welfare, and equips every child with the knowledge and skills required for personal safeguarding.
Our PSHE curriculum covers all areas of Safeguarding through each of the strands to a different degree, however, some go into more detail. We are sensitive in our teaching and recognise that some more sensitive subjects need to be taught at an age-appropriate level, or at a small group or 1:1 level where a more urgent need arises. We also examined closely how Protected Characteristics and learnt about from EYFS through to Year 6 within our curriculum.
We plan to constantly challenge children to think deeply about safeguarding matters and their own personal physical and mental wellbeing. We value pupils’ questions and give them space for their own thoughts, ideas, and concerns.
We give pupils’ opportunities across the curriculum to explore values, personal rights, responsibilities, and equal opportunities that develop moral concepts that impact positively on safeguarding, promote British Values and prevent radicalisation and extremism. There are many opportunities throughout our learning in school to explore safeguarding issues.
Practical safeguarding opportunities are planned into the curriculum. For example:
- Road safety (including out of school visits, bike-ability, work with police officers in the community);
- Poolside and water safety through swimming lessons;
- Visits to school from medical staff;
- Visitors from charities;
- DART (Drugs, Alcohol Resistant Training… formerly DARE);
- Online safety within computing lessons too;
- Safe use of technology including password security and privacy settings;
- What to do if you are separated from your group (in relation to school visit briefing with children);
We have developed an open and safe learning environment in which pupils express their views, seek help, and help others. The promotion of equality of opportunity and diversity, for pupils and staff, helps prevent any form of direct or indirect discriminatory behaviour.
Our children learn to not tolerate any prejudiced behaviour. Our behaviour policy promotes making good choices and exhibiting good learning behaviours. Class times are a time for sharing ideas, addressing concerns, and promoting important values.
Collective Worship & PSHE lessons are also used to promote personal safeguarding matters and explore themes. For example, we talk about anti-bullying including cyber-bullying and British Values including how these values are promoted in our multi–faith society. Staff and children are quick to challenge stereotypes and the use of derogatory language in lessons and around the school. Our school reflects the diversity of pupils’ experiences and provides pupils with a comprehensive understanding of people and communities beyond their immediate experience including the role of women in society and different family groups including same-sex couples.
Throughout the curriculum, there are planned opportunities to promote all forms of equality and foster greater understanding of and respect for people of all faiths (and those with no faith), races, genders, ages, disabilities, and sexual orientations, through their words, actions and in their influence. Opportunities are created in a variety of subjects to address areas of safeguarding, for example, themes are highlighted through novels in Literacy lessons.
Time is taken at the beginning of every new school year to reaffirm school values, expectations, and principles of being part of Baston C.E. Primary School. This good start to the year, with everyone clear about their roles and responsibilities, sets the tone for the rest of the year and leads to excellent safeguarding outcomes.