King William Street CE Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
- 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
Child protection is part of the safeguarding process. It focuses on protecting individual children identified as suffering or likely to suffer significant harm.
Safeguarding children and child protection guidance and legislation applies to all children up to the age of 18.
We have a number of policies and procedures in place that contribute to our safeguarding commitment which can be viewed in the Policies section of our website. Our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy and King William Street CE Primary School Safeguarding leaflet for visitors can be viewed below. We actively support the Government's Prevent Agenda to counter radicalism and extremism.
Any action is taken in line with the following legislation/guidance:
* South West Child Protection Procedures (SWCPP)
* Section 175 Children Act 2002
* Swindon Local Safeguarding Children Board guidance
* What to do if you’re worried a child is being abused (DfE March 2015) – non-statutory advice for practitioners
Our Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) is Mrs Margaret Clarke, Head Teacher.
Our Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads (DDSL) are Mrs Vicky Plested, Deputy Headteacher and Mrs Bethan Hill SENCo.
The named governor responsible for safeguarding is Mr David Jell
If you are ever concerned about the safety or wellbeing of any child, please speak directly to:
- one of the named safeguarding leaders above
- any member of King William Street CE Primary School's staff team
- a member of the NSPCC safeguarding helpline on 0808 800 5000
Our Duty of Care
All staff have a duty of care to report concerns when they arise. Parents and carers will be informed of such concerns unless to do so would increase the risk to the child.
A written record of any concern will be kept on file, stored securely and shared with other safeguarding professionals as necessary. Written records will be transferred to the children's new schools when they leave King William Street CE Primary School.
Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies when there are concerns about a child's welfare. We will ensure that our concerns about our pupils are discussed with his/her parents/carers first unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child's welfare.
What do we do?
To keep up-to-date with local and national statutory guidance, training, serious case reviews and best practice, we employ the services of an independent consultant, Sarah Turner. Sarah has supported us with an external review of safeguarding (October 2016) and has provided outstanding, bespoke training for all members of staff here at King William Street.
- All members of staff receive Level 1 safeguarding training annually.
- Every member of staff is expected to read and understand Part 1 of Keeping Children Safe in Education
- All members of staff are expected to undertake online Prevent Duty training
- All members of staff are expected to read and follow Safer Working Practice guidance
- Mrs Clarke, Mrs Plested and Mrs Hill have attended Level 3 training with Swindon's Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB)
- Mrs Clarke and Mr Evans (governor) have attended Safer Recruitment training with Swindon's Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB).
- In staff meetings, we regularly review safeguarding scenarios and share termly safeguarding updates from Swindon LSCB, Family Contact Point and Sarah Turner Consulting.
The Wider Context of Safeguarding at King William Street CE Primary School
Health and Safety
A dedicated team of senior staff works hard to keep our premises safe and secure. We undertake fire drills regularly and we also have an emergency plan. Our clerical assistant, Mrs O’Brien, is also responsible for ensuring that all trips that the children attend are properly risk assessed. When on site, all visitors are expected to sign in and out and must wear a King William Street CE Primary School identification badge, provided with a safegaurding leaflet and turn their mobile phones off.
We expect all staff and volunteers to share our commitment to safeguarding. All staff and volunteers are expected to undertake an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. We also carry out identity, professional qualification and disqualification by association checks before any person undertakes any role within our school.
Through the South West Grid for Learning, we apply strong filters and safety systems on all our school computers and tablets. All internet use by children is overseen by a member of staff and we actively teach children about keeping safe online through our cross-curricular Computing curriculum and whole school safer internet days.
Information for parents/carers can be found on our Internet Safety page or
Extremism and Radicalisation
It is vital that staff and parents are aware of the possible danger of extremism and radicalisation of children, predominantly but not solely through online activities. We are committed to supporting parents and pupils to be aware of these dangers.
Mrs Clarke has attended training in relation to the Counter Terrorism and Security act in order to understand how best to support and protect children against extremism and radicalisation according to Prevent Duty guidelines.
Prevent is about safeguarding people and communities from the threat of terrorism. Prevent is 1 of the 4 elements of CONTEST, the Government’s counter-terrorism strategy. It aims to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism.
The Prevent strategy:
- Responds to the ideological challenge we face from terrorism and aspects of extremism, and the threat we face from those who promote these views;
- Provides practical help to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism and ensure they are given appropriate advice and support; and
- Works with a wide range of sectors (including education, criminal justice, faith, charities, online and health) where there are risks of radicalisation that we need to deal with.