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Our prime responsibility as a school is to ensure that all of our children are safe both at home and at school. At Whinmoor St Pauls we have a culture where we make safeguarding everyone’s responsibility from the Senior Leaders to office staff, from volunteers to parents / carers and the children themselves. Safeguarding can be defined as:
‘The process of protecting children from abuse or neglect, preventing impairment of their health and development, and ensuring they are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care that enables children to have optimum life chances and enter adulthood successfully’.
Whinmoor St Pauls is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children. To achieve our commitment, we will ensure continuous development and improvement of robust safeguarding processes and procedures that promote a culture of safeguarding among our staff, governors and volunteers.
We are committed to inspiring, challenging and safeguarding our pupils, enabling them to become:
This is best achieved when we all work together to support the development of the whole child. We pride ourselves on knowing not just about our children’s learning, but about them and their families; as individuals and valued members of our school and community.
We educate children about safeguarding in class through the curriculum, via Collective Worships, through our thought and reflections boxes and by having good relationships where children trust the adults around them. We actively support the Government’s Prevent agenda to counter radicalism and extremism. We teach about respect for oneself and others in a wide variety of contexts. We also promote awareness through a wide variety of other education to ensure safe and positive lifestyles which lead to making good choices, these include: online safety – including social media, water, rail, road and fire safety, drugs education and first aid for all children. In our PSHE lessons we follow the ‘You, Me, PSHE’ scheme of work which encompasses many safeguarding topics and we follow the MindMate Scheme of Work to promote excellent social, emotional and mental health. We are an ‘early adopter’ of the new RSE Guidelines.
We have a number of policies and procedures in place that contribute to our safeguarding commitment, including our Child Protection Policy which can be viewed on the Policies and Forms Page.
The Designated Safeguarding Leads in school are:
Miss M McBride
Mrs L Vaughan
Mrs L Brew
Mrs K Burns
Miss E Emmerson
All adults who work in school have a responsibility to read and understand the key safeguarding documents and policies and to act within accordance of the policy at all times.
All adults in school are expected to read the DfE booklet: ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ and ‘Annexe A’. This is revised and read on an annual basis. They also read the ‘Safer Working Practice Guidance’; the school Child Protection Policy; the school Whistleblowing Policy; the Behaviour and Discipline Policy and the guidance on ‘Children Missing in Education’. In 2021 a new DfE document about Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment has also been included. We make it very clear who the Designated Child Protection Staff are and what their responsibilities are. Staff are required to sign to say they have read and understood these documents on an annual basis. Our staff are kept up to date on a regular basis through notices and one minute guides – the latest awareness is around cuckooing, sad-fishing , up-skirting and peer on peer abuse.
Staff undertake Child Protection Training every three years.. Staff had Safer Working Practice Training in ????? . In the ????? staff completed both Prevent and Online Safety training in order to keep up to date with the latest thinking.
The Designated staff undertake training courses each year to ensure that they keep their training up to date.
Governors are asked to read the same documents and sign to say they have read them. They must also read Annexe C about Online Safety and the section regarding Safer Recruitment. The Designated Safeguarding Team in school present the Governors with updates to Keeping Children Safe in Education on an annual basis as part of their statutory duties. Several of our Governors are also ‘Safer Recruitment’ trained to support the school in the recruitment process.
Further information about safeguarding children in Leeds can be found on the Leeds Safeguarding Children Partnership website: https://www.leedsscp.org.uk
The NSPCC website has a wealth of information that might help in a variety of situations. Please visit: https://www.nspcc.org.uk
If you would like help and advice about a range of different issues including Online Safety including games and apps, Sex and Relationships Education, Parenting or Health and Wellbeing, please visit: https://parentinfo.org this website has a wealth of information.
If you have any worries or concerns about any of our children or our families, including your own family – we are here to help and support in a non-judgmental manner. Please don’t wait, contact a member of staff confidentially as soon as possible, the door is always open. Remember, safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility. Our school number again is: 0113 2657250
If you would like to take your concern directly to Children’s Social Work Services, you can call Duty and Advice:
Weekdays (9am-5pm) – 0113 3760336 (option 3).
Evenings, weekends and Bank Holidays, contact the emergency team: 0113 5350600.
Alternatively, if you feel that a child is in immediate danger, call 999.