Our school is dedicated to looking after all our children the best we possibly can. Safeguarding covers children’s physical, social and emotional well-being and runs alongside our work on Health and Safety and E-safety.
Safeguarding is the action that is taken to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm.
- protecting children from abuse and maltreatment
- preventing harm to children's health or development
- ensuring children grow up with the provision of safe and effective care
- taking action to enable all children and young people to have the best outcomes.
Safeguarding children and child protection guidance and legislation applies to all children up to the age of 18.
As part of ELAN we ensure that all staff adhere to the Safeguarding Policy 2020-21 which is developed in line with recommendations from NSSCB. The policy is reviewed annually by ELAN and governors and is a working document that reflects our practice. Parents/carers can request a paper copy from the office.
Part of our responsibility in this area is to work with outside agencies such as Social Care, Childrens Centres, Health Services, the Police and High Impact Families to make sure all pupils are kept safe. This means that at times we are obliged to pass on concerns or information to these agencies. The school will always do this in consultation with parents except in circumstances where a child is at risk. To do this effectively we have one person in the school who co-ordinates this work, this person is known as the Designated Safeguarding Lead. They are supported by a teacher in school who focuses on children who are looked after and is also monitored by the Chair of Governors.
Designated Safeguarding Lead is Fiona Bennett.
Designated Teacher for Safeguarding: Mrs. Amy Corlett
Designated Governor for Safeguarding: Mr Mark Beamish
Any concerns about children’s welfare or wellbeing should be discussed with Fiona or Amy as soon as possible. If Fiona or Amy are not available please speak to other members of the safguarding team Marie Berry, Jo Jaloszynski or Sian Charles.
If you have a safeguarding query you can also email firstname.lastname@example.org
There is a planned curriculum for safeguarding. This teaches your children how to keep themselves safe and what to do if any adult makes them feel unsafe. This curriculum is created from the work of Childline, NSPCC, and NSSCB‘s booklet entitled ‘Adults who work with me’. A copy of this can berequested from the school office and a copy is kept in every classroom.
Topics covered include:
- Our homes
- Presents and rewards
- Caring for me
- One child and one adult
- Transport and trips
- Photography and videos
- Talking about worries
The children work really hard to always stay alert and safeguarded against potential dangers. As part of the safeguarding curriculum we teach all the children about NSPCC PANTS rule.
Look at the amazing work some of the children have produced that is displayed in the school for all to see. It really shows us they understand the PANTS rule.
If you have any concerns about the behaviour of someone working or volunteering with children please contact the LADO – Local Authority Designated Officer via the Referral and Assessment Team.
Referral and Assessment Team – Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) Telephone: 01275 888808 or email email@example.com
We know that sometimes people find themselves having a difficult time. Should you feel that you need some additional support on a specific issue or for a short period of time we can help you with that. We can do this on a 1:1 basis or by meeting with other people and agencies who may be able to give you the help that you need. Early Help is about supporting you to have the help you need at the earliest possible stage.
Some of the things that we have supported families with are:
Finances and Budgeting Domestic Abuse
Housing and Homlessness Substance Misuse
Challenging Behaviour Routines
Emotional Wellbeing and mental Health
For more information on our offer of Early Help please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call one of the pastoral team on 01934 427130. If you want to know more about Early Help within North Somerset please see the leaflet below
- Childline: 08001111
- Samaritans: 116123
- Next Link: Domestic Violence Hotline: 08082000247
- Young Minds: 03001233393
- Barnardos: 0800 11 11
- Action for Children: 0300 123 2112
- NSPCC:0808 800 5000
Should you need to be signposted to any other agency, please contact school directly.