Keeping Children Safe at West Kirby Primary School
West Kirby Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. . Safeguarding is the responsibility of all staff who come into contact with children and their families. In order to achieve our commitment, we will ensure continuous development and improvement of robust safeguarding processes and procedures that promote a culture of safeguarding amongst our staff, governors and volunteers. We are committed to inspiring, challenging and safeguarding our pupils, enabling them to become:
Successful learners, who enjoy learning, make progress and achieve.
Confident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives.
Responsible citizens who will make a positive contribution, both socially and economically, to society.
The Designated Safeguarding Lead is Kate Takashima (Headteacher) and Deputy Emma Bailey in her absence
The Designated Governor for Safeguarding is Chris Gill (Co-opted Governor)
The Designated Lead for looked after children is Kate Takashima (Headteacher)
All adults who work in school have a responsibility to read and understand all safeguarding policies. This expectation is displayed as the school’s ‘Good Practice Guide to Safeguarding Children and Young People in Education’ and can be found in our school Safeguarding file
All adults are also expected to read the DfE guidance: Keeping Children Safe in Education
This should be read alongside statutory DfE guidance : Working together to safeguard children and March 2018 departmental advice: What to do if you are worried a child is being abused and the 2019 Guidance for safer working practice
Schools have a duty to safeguard children from radicalisation and extremism. This is referred to as Prevent. Advice for schools and childcare providers is available in the DfE guidance: The Prevent Duty
All adults at West Kirby Primary School are made aware of the school Whistleblowing Policy which explains that staff should report any concerns about a colleague to the Headteacher, and any concerns about the Headteacher to the Chair of Governors to investigate. The NSPCC provides an anonymous, free advice line to support employees wishing to raise a concern about how their organisation has managed a child protection concern: 0800 028 0285.
School Policies It is the responsibility of all adults in school to be familiar with the school safeguarding and health and safety policies. Key policy documents can be downloaded from the school website under the Policies and Procedures tab.
The school Safeguarding folder is available to staff in the staffroom and covers all aspects of safeguarding. All of the documents within may also be accessed electronically in the Safeguarding folder in the Staff Share area.
Get advice Advice and information about reporting child abuse can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/report-child-abuse
ChildLine (for children and young people) Telephone: 0800 1111 (free) The ChildLine number won’t show up on your phone bill if you call from a landline or from most mobile networks.
Online Safety For advice and guidance please visit the e-safety tab of our school website or click here: https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/
Wirral Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) If you have any concerns that a child or an unborn baby might be being harmed you can contact the Wirral safeguarding team directly. All calls are taken seriously and will be treated in confidence. Wirral Borough Council’s Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) deal with concerns about child abuse and can be contacted on 0151-606-2008 during the day and 0151-677-6557 out of hours .
Wirral Safeguarding Children’s Board Further information about safeguarding children in Wirral can be found on the Wirral Safeguarding Children Board website:
Safer Recruitment West Kirby Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of its pupils. We have a Safer Recruitment and Selection Policy. Strict child protection and recruitment procedures operate and all appointments are subject to satisfactory references and enhanced checks from the Disclosure and Barring Service.
With thanks to Goldbeaters Primary School, Barnet for the model statement -Autumn 2016