Safeguarding at Shakespeare Primary School
What is Safeguarding? Protecting children from maltreatment. Preventing impairment of children’s mental health and physical health or development Ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care. Taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes. Child protection is a core part of safeguarding. It refers explicitly to protecting children who are suffering, or likely to suffer, significant harm.
We have a statutory duty to ‘safeguard and promote the welfare of children’. If you have any concerns about the health and safety of a child at the school or feel that something may be troubling them, you should share this information with an appropriate member of the school staff straight away. Some issues (eg child’s appearance, hygiene, general behaviour etc.) can be shared with any teacher or member of support staff in school.
Do not worry that you may be reporting matters which seem small, we would rather you tell us something which does turn out to be a minor issue than miss a worrying situation.
However, if you think the matter is more serious and may be related to a child protection issue, eg physical, sexual, emotional abuse or neglect, you must speak to the child protection designated staff as soon as possible. If you are unable to contact them you can ask the staff in the school office to locate them and ask them to come speak to you immediately about an urgent, confidential matter.
Any allegation or disclosure involving a member of staff, a child’s foster carer or a volunteer in school must be reported directly to the Headteacher, unless it involves the Headteacher in which case it should be reported directly to the chair of the governing body.
Safeguarding children is everyone’s responsibility
Pastoral Support Team
Our aim is to be available to support you and your children when difficulties arise over behaviour or other concerns at home or at school.
Miss L Smith is the Pastoral Support Team Manager and is one of school’s Child Protection officers. She is available to discuss any issue which you may have about your child. She is responsible for children who may need additional emotional and social support in school or from other agencies. She meets with these children and parents and attends reviews. She is able to advise parents on a range of difficulties which they may have at home or in the community. She provides 'time to talk' for children who may have worries about home or in school.
Mrs Brookes is our Attendance and Family Support Advisor. She monitors the attendance of all children in school and works with families to improve poor attendance, allowing pupils to reach their full potential.
Mrs Brookes also provides support for families experiencing school, health or social difficulties. She is able to refer or signpost parents for assistance with issues including housing, finances, adult learning or parenting support.
Alongside this, Mrs Brookes is one of school’s Child Protection officers and leads for Early Help support.
Miss Simcock and Mrs Thackery are the Learning Mentors in school and also school’s Child Protection officers. They work within the classroom to support children with their learning. On an afternoon they deliver both small group and individual work help children to develop their self-esteem, manage their emotions and make stronger friendships with other children.
Mr Perry is the Designated Safeguarding Lead in school. Miss Smith, Miss Simcock, Mrs Thackery and Mrs Brookes are also Designated Child Protection Officers.
All the Team will make home visits; give advice and signpost parents to other services. The Pastoral Support Team have a range of expertise and a range of responsibilities if you require any support please contact them on the school number.