Safeguarding

 Our school fully recognises the contribution it can make to protect children from harm and supporting and promoting the welfare of all children who are registered pupils at our school. The elements of our policy are prevention, protection and support.

  • Our policy applies to all Pupils, Staff, Parents, Governors, volunteers and visitors.
  • The safeguarding policy is available from the school office upon request or via the link below for anyone wishing to read the policy.
  • Parents and carers are informed of our legal duty to assist our colleagues in other agencies with child protection enquiries and what happens should we have cause to make a referral to Customer First.
  • The Leaflet Safeguarding Children in Education is also available to all parents/carers who request a copy and will be given to all parents/carers for whose child we have made a referral.
  • All staff, volunteers and trainees undertake induction / training in safeguarding and DBS/CRB checks are carried out for all who work with the children on a regular basis.

 

Safeguarding Policy

 

To download our Guide for helpers and visitors, please select here.

To download our Safeguarding Statement, please select here.

 

 

SEBERT WOOD COMMUNITY PRIMARY SCHOOL - SAFEGUARDING STATEMENT

We recognise the contribution we must make to protect children from harm and support and promote the welfare of all children.

The elements of our policy are prevention, protection and support.

DESIGNATED STAFF WITH RESPONSIBILITY FOR SAFEGUARDING

Designated Safeguarding Lead – Mr P Dewhurst

Alternate Designated Safeguarding Lead – Miss A Bradburn & Mrs S Dade

Chair of Governor – Mr G Balaam

Named Safeguarding Governor – Mr J Gaskin

Western Area Local Authoirity Designated Officer (LADO) – 03001232044

Contact numbers for members of the public concerned about a child’s safety

Customer First – 08088004005

Police – 01473 613500 or 999

 

 

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The button has been developed to offer children, young people,
parents/carers and professionals working with these groups with a simple
and convenient mechanism for gaining access to trusted online safety
advice, help and support. It also provides access to an online mechanism
for reporting known or suspected child sexual exploitation or child sexual
abuse directly to CEOP.

 

Prevent Prevent Strategy

The Government Prevent Strategy places a duty on all schools in the UK to Safeguard children in relation to radicalisation and extremism. At Sebert Wood we promote British Values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs.

Schools have a duty to undertake a risk assessment to judge the extent to which pupils are vulnerable to radicalisation and although we believe the children in our school are at low risk, the research suggests that there is no single way of identifying an individual susceptible to a terrorist ideology. Any concerns relating to this issue fall under our Safeguarding policy and are dealt with on a case by case basis. The latest Safeguarding policy can be found on this website.

In order to keep all our children safe, staff are trained to be alert to any changes in children's behaviour which could indicate they need help or protection. As a school (and community) we must not be complacent and have been instructed by the Government to be vigilant of anyone who is vocal or active in opposition to the fundamental British values. Following our safeguarding procedures, if any specific concerns relating to radicalisation or extremism are identified, these concerns can be raised and discussed with Suffolk Police representatives or via a special national DFE helpline.

Although the children at Sebert Wood are still very young, it is important to be aware that according to government statistics, 90% of radicalisation takes place on line. It is important therefore that we are all vigilant of children's online activity. At school we use an internet filtering system but like all internet activity this is not infallible which is why our e-safety policy covers how we teach children what is broadly suitable or unsuitable and for them to report to a member of staff immediately if they see anything they feel uncomfortable about or know is unsuitable.

Through our PSHE curriculum, Spiritual, moral, social and cultural education and the promotion of British values we aim to engender an open, fair and tolerant school and wider community.  We acknowledge our duty of care to safeguard our pupils, staff, governors and families against any radicalisation that may promote hatred, harm or mistrust of others. 

If you have any concerns about this area, please contact one of the school's Safeguarding and Prevent team. Tina Wilson, Suffolk Chair of Prevent Panel. Andy Hill, Suffolk and Norfolk Police Prevent Lead.

Background:- The current threat from extremism in the United Kingdom is severe and can involve the exploitation of vulnerable people, including children, to involve them in extremism activity. PREVENT is a key part of the Government's counter terrorism strategy, the aim is to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism. Early intervention is at the heart of "Prevent" in diverting young people away from being drawn into terrorist activity.

Since the 1st July 2015 specified authorities such as schools, local authorities, colleges and prisons have had a legal obligation to comply with new duties. The new duties will ensure key bodies who already have a duty to safeguard individuals, play their part and work in partnership, and tackle extremism together.

More information on these duties can be found on the Government’s website at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/prevent-duty-guidance

The following document shows how police, partners and communities can counter violent extremism on the pathway to terrorism: https://www.victvs.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/Victvs-Parents-Guide-to-Extremism-and-Radicalisation-PRINT-Ver2.pdf

and the Governments strategy document  : https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/97976/prevent-strategy-review.pdf

 

BRITISH VALUES

Throughout the school, British Values are promoted in a wide variety of ways. Below are just some aspects of school life that enable children to get a sense of these fundamentals as they move on through their time at school.

Democracy

We have a School Council where two Class Council representatives from each class are elected to participate in Council meetings. These meetings provide a way for children's voices to be heard and for their opinions to influence important decisions made in the school. Class council representatives, in turn, hold Class Council meetings where their peers can discuss key elements of school life including those issues they wish to be raised in School Council meetings.

There are also numerous opportunities that are provided for children to exercise a vote whether it is choosing school team names or making more simple day-to-day choices.

Democracy is embedded within our school curriculum, for example, in the learning about the Magna Carta. However, political dimensions of our topics are explored wherever appropriate to do so.

We actively teach children about their rights and responsibilities as British Citizens; both on a national level and also a global level. This is underpinned by the class charter and  rules and school assemblies often look at issues surrounding human rights across the globe.

We discuss the concept of democracy in Philosophy lessons at an age appropriate level and share examples of stories linked to democracy, discussing the challenges faced around the world and in history; for example, looking at 'equality' linked to the suffragettes and women's rights around the world today. All children are actively encouraged to participate in class discussion and in their learning. This is promoted by our use of the 'Community enquiry' and 'Active Questioning' approaches.

Mutual Respect

Children are taught to respect others regardless of their individual differences. Bullying of any kind is not tolerated and is our approach to dealing with bullying incidents is enshrined in our Anti-Bullying policy. Children are taught about how to develop respectful relationships in a wide variety of ways including through our PSHE curriculum. We also promote mutual respect in the online world as set out in our Esafety policy that is seen ad signed by all stakeholders.

We hold assemblies that celebrate difference and other cultures. These help to build understanding of different people and their belief systems that may hold both similarities and differences to our own.

Equality is one of our values and is promoted in every aspect of school including in our work and we actively promote gender equality and teach the children about racial equality. In assemblies, we look at key figures that have been part of the struggle to establish equality for all and examine where in our own country, as well as others, where inequality might still exist.

Playground Friends and Peer Mentors promote the respectful and positive building of relationships in school, ensuring children get the support they need when they may have a problem in a friendship. They help to organise activities with other pupils in order to enable them to have enjoyable playtimes. This fosters a mutual respect between all parties across a range of ages.

We take opportunities to establish positive views of different groups in society, for example during religious festivals or through events such Black History Month as well as guest speakers sharing their stories.

Working with other schools through the Bury Schools Partnership enables pupils to participate in joint projects working together to achieve a common goal. The unique make-up of our cluster, including all ages and special schools, means that all stakeholders have developed a respect for the capabilities of all members of the group and in turn, this can alter their views on society as a whole.

Our links with France and Kenya are a mutually beneficial alliance that enables both staff and pupils from each school to learn about each other's practises, cultures and values. This has included fund raising projects and pupil visits for a number of years.

Children have also participated in a Disability group through the SEND Governors committee where they have carried out surveys and projects about how to make the school more accessible to those people with disabilities. This work reinforced our values, in particular, equality.

Tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs

During PSHCE, RE and Philosophy lessons, children learn to accept and embrace difference and to understand how individuals feel by exploring emotional literacy. This work crosses all potential barriers of faith and religion. Supporting this, children's RE lessons enable them to develop a growing understanding of different cultures and beliefs. The more children learn about religions, the more likely they are to understand different people's motivations and feelings, thereby enabling them to be more tolerant of those cultures and beliefs that differ from their own.

At the heart of our work, the schools values form the foundation for learning tolerance and as such, the values are spoken about and promoted and as a result strengthen the core British values in our society.

Our Equalities Policy ensures that people of all religious beliefs, genders, ethnicities, abilities or any other differences are offered the same opportunities to thrive at our school.

International projects such as leaning about Christmas traditions around the world help to develop children's experiences and understanding of other countries and their traditions, cultures and beliefs. Other learning that supports this is through the teaching of French and sharing of other languages spoken by families within the school community.

In assemblies, religious tolerance is strengthened through the celebration of different religious festivals such as Holi, Chinese New Year, Eid and Christian celebrations. Sometimes, stories are shared or personal experiences of either the staff or children spoken about in order to develop a greater depth of understanding of religious identities.

A great deal of the curriculum supports the developing of children's international knowledge and we celebrate this when children learn about different localities in considerable detail, immersing themselves in the culture and beliefs of people around the world.

Rule of Law

Our curriculum and teaching helps children understand how to behave in a positive way that helps to create a good learning environment. Our reward system of merits and team points reinforces this.

Children and parents sign home/school and Esafety agreements upon entering school that sets out the expectations for pupils' learning and behaviour. These commitments mirror the expectations set by society and function as a set of rules to enable positive participation in school life.

Through our curriculum, children are taught about emotional wellbeing and how their individual choices can affect those around them. By encouraging children to take responsibility for their own choices, we are promoting the ownership of behaviour and adherence to the rule of law in wider society.

The local PCSO visits school to talk to the children, establishing good behaviour expectations for outside of school and also talking to the pupils about how to stay safe. This helps the children to see that there are police services to help uphold the law and to protect them.

In Key Stage 2 children are taught how to safely ride a cycle, ensuring that they follow the rules of the road.

Playground friends speak restoratively with children, encouraging them to solve problems positively. They also understand that if someone is being bullied then they should report this to an adult to make sure that our school rules are being maintained.

Children are taught about laws in connection to the Computing curriculum; for example, children learn about copy write and plagiarism.

Individual Liberty

Children are taught about rights and responsibilities in our PSHE curriculum and also as part of our assembly programme. School values form the basis of our assembly programme and focus on human rights and how they can be promoted and respected.

Children's achievements are celebrated in assemblies to instil in them a sense of worth and create ambitious pupils who believe in themselves and their self-worth.

Children are taught about making 'good' choices and have a full understanding that they are the ones that make choices about how they act, whether those choices are well made or not.

In years 4, 5 and 6 children take on jobs that help to make the school function well. They apply for the roles and freely choose the way they will contribute to our community. Children also participate in groups that help to develop them as citizens. For example, the school Eco Council helps the school to improve its environment; the Disability Group has helped to provide access for all to the building.