At Newborough Church of England Primary School, we take safeguarding seriously. We have three Designated Safeguarding personnel who deal with any concerns raised about a child's wellbeing:
- Mrs Marrs (Designated Safeguarding Lead)
- Miss Moat (Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead)
- Miss Parr (Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead)
Our governor with safeguarding responsibilities is:
Mr R Lancaster
Under the Education Act 2002 (section 175/157), schools must “make arrangements to safeguard and promote the welfare of children”.
We will endeavour to provide a safe and welcoming environment where children are respected and valued.
The school will therefore be alert to signs of abuse and neglect and will follow the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Safeguarding Children Partnership Board (CPSCPB) procedures to ensure that children receive appropriate and effective support and protection.
Parents / carers should know that the law requires all school staff to pass on information which gives rise to a concern about a child’s welfare, including risk from neglect, physical, emotional or sexual abuse. The staff will seek, in general, to discuss any concerns with the parent / carer, and where possible inform them of any referral to Social Care. This will only be done where such discussion will not place the child at increased risk of significant harm.
Schools will seek advice from Social Care when they have reasonable cause to suspect a child may be suffering or likely to suffer significant harm. Occasionally, concerns are passed on which are later shown to be unfounded. Parents / carers will appreciate that the member of staff in the school with responsibility for child protection (known as the Designated Safeguarding Lead) was carrying out their responsibilities in accordance with the law and acting in the best interests of all children.
Under Section 3 (5) of the Children Act 1989, schools or any person who has care of a child "do what is reasonable in all the circumstances of the case for the purpose of safeguarding or promoting the child's welfare". This means that on rare occasions, a school may need to "hold" a child in school whilst Social Care and the police investigate any concerns further.
The Prevent Duty
Section 26 of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 places a duty on schools prevent people from being drawn into terrorism.
This is known as the Prevent Strategy, which aims to reduce the threat to the UK from terrorism by stopping people from becoming radicalised, supporting terrorism, or becoming terrorists.
As a school therefore, we have to ensure we understand any risks of radicalisation and take steps to minimise any such risks.
We have a wide range of policies relating to keeping children safe and promoting their welfare. In addition, we teach a broad and balanced curriculum which promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils and prepares them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life. This includes promoting community cohesion and British values. Our curriculum ensures children learn right from wrong, mix and share with other children and value other’s views, know about similarities and differences between themselves and others, and challenge negative attitudes and stereotypes.
For further details about how we are fulfilling our duties under the Prevent strategy, please see our Action Plan.