SAFEGUARDING – KEEPING YOUR CHILDREN SAFE IN SCHOOL
Our primary concern is to ensure all children at Ramsgate Arts Primary School feel HAPPY and SAFE with us. If we can do this, then all of our children will be successful in their learning journey.
Designated Senior Person for Safeguarding Children: NICHOLAS BUDGE
Nominated Ramsgate Free School Governor responsible for Child Protection: PORTIA SHARPIN
Viking Academy Trust SENCo: EMILY HOPKINS
Viking Academy Trust Lead Governor: JOANNA BRAND
What is Safeguarding?
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.
What is Child Protection?
Child Protection is part of Safeguarding and promoting welfare. It refers to the activity that is undertaken to protect specfic children who are suffering, or are likely to suffer, significant harm.
SAFEGUARDING / Child Protection Policy
Please click here to access our Safeguarding / Child Protection Policy.
Safeguarding Summary/Staff understanding - Quick overview
Please click here to obtain a basic overview on Safeguarding. The summary information acknowledges the key areas that all staff/volunteers are expected to have an understanding of. A series of key questions and answers are included which will inform a series of discussions with staff. It is this aspect (as reflected in KCSIE Sep 2016) where schools are expected to demonstrate and provide evidence that ‘mechanisms are in place to assist staff to understand and discharge their role and responsibilities’. Assessing and providing evidence that staff has understood key information/statutory guidance/procedures will be through:
- Online CPD/courses/training attendance
- Through daily practice
- Questions answered at various points in the year from a defined list. See Appendix A in the summary document
Mandatory Reporting of FGM - Procedural information
From 31 October 2015 it is mandatory for teachers, health and social workers to report to the police if they find, or are told, someone under 18 has undergone FGM. Please click here to obtain more information on the correct procedure to follow.
Keeping Children Safe in Education - September 2016
Please click here to access the statutory guidance from the Department for Education. The guidance above affirms (page 6) that 'all staff members should be aware of systems within their school or college which support safeguarding and these should be explained to them as part of staff induction. This should include:
• the staff behaviour policy (sometimes called a code of conduct); and
• the role of the designated safeguarding lead (See Annex B/Page 58)
It is imperative that all staff (including volunteers) read this guidance (Have to read at least Part 1) and provide consent that they have done so (A register exists to determine this). Schools must have regard to the guidance when carrying out their duties to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. This document contains information on what schools should do and sets out the legal duties with which schools must comply.
The Prevent Duty
As part of Ramsgate Arts Primary School's ongoing safeguarding and child protection duties we are fully behind the government's Prevent Strategy.
From 1 July 2015 all schools are subject to a duty under section 26 of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015, in the exercise of their functions, to have “due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”. This duty is known as the Prevent Duty for Schools.
Ramsgate is committed to safeguarding, and promoting the welfare of all our children and families. We build pupils’ resilience to radicalisation by promoting fundamental British Values and enabling our pupils to challenge extremist views. Click here to access Educate Against Hate website.
All our staff and governors have completed safeguarding and e-learning training developed by the National Counter Policing Headquarters (NCTPHQ), in conjunction with the College of Policing which includes guidance on how to identify people who may be vulnerable to being drawn into Terrorism, and how to refer them into the Channel process. Channel is a key process within the Prevent strategy for assessing individuals’ vulnerability to being drawn into terrorism. It focuses on early intervention and diverting people away from risk.
Please click here to access departmental advice for schools on the Prevent Duty (DFE). Alternatively you can also refer to (Keeping Children Safe in Education) above for further information as well as our Safeguarding/Child Protection Policy and British Values statement.
Referrals to Children's Social Care (First Access & Screeing Team - FAST)
Please click here to obtain further information on the referral process and the responsibilies of the school.
Procedure for dealing with allegations of abuse against staff/headteacher
Please click here to access the policy. The policy (in line with statutory guidance from the DFE) is designed to ensure that all staff, students and parents or carers are aware of the procedure for the investigation of allegations of abuse in order that all complaints are dealt with consistently, and as efficiently as possible.
After School Procedure for Uncollected Children/children missing
Please click here to access the procedure for uncollected children/children missing/absent at the end of the day.
Safeguarding Summary - Quick overview
Please click here to obtain a basic summary of safeguarding procedures/responsibilities at the school. This is particularly useful for short term staff/parent helpers or volunteers.
Online Training CPD (CP/Safeguarding)
Staff can access a variety of online training courses here. The courses which are run by EduCare is an online safeguarding, duty of care/education law and guidance learning service.
Website link for login: https://login.educare.co.uk/participant-login
Day to Day safeguarding: Collection at the end of the school day
New parents receive information regarding the end of the school day, with us asking you to notify us if your child leaves the school premises unaccompanied. Stringent measures have been put in place because we have every child’s safety as a priority and appreciate the end of the school day is an extremely busy time. Likewise, collection from our various afterschool clubs is as equally important. Ensure the Club Leader is made aware of collection arrangements – especially if this changes from one week to the next. To do this, please contact the school office.
We ask that you always share information with us; please don’t ever feel that you are making a fuss or we don’t need to know. Even at the top end of the school, our children are only 11 years old, and we must work together and communicate effectively. This will be even more important as and when the dark nights draw in.
As parents, your ideas on improvements we could make at school would always be welcomed. Please email your suggestions or talk to Mr Budge, Head of School or raise suggestions with your 'Parent Reps'.
I have outlined below other ways in which we ensure our children are safe in school…
Security on the School Site
Every member of staff wears a photo I.D name card. Visitors and volunteers wear ‘colour coded’ stickers to show they have followed the security checks at reception. We ask parents to enter the school via the office unless specifically told otherwise (Sports Day, Summer Fayre etc).
Special assemblies highlight important safety messages of ‘stranger danger’, emphasising the need for children to ‘speak out’ if they feel vulnerable in any way.
Gates and doors are locked when the children come into school for registration. Security buttons and key codes protect the children so that they can get out in an emergency but no one from the outside can enter the school building. The Governor’s Health & Safety Team regularly inspect the school for safety measures and ensure that all locks and systems are working effectively.
Criminal Records Bureau Checks - DBS
Everyone who works with your children are DBS checked which means that the Criminal Bureau has checked their suitability to work with children. All the volunteers, PTFA and Governors have up to date DBS’s and the Governors check that the Single Central Record in school is accurate and comprehensive.
Please click here to read our VAT Safer Recruitment Policy Statement.
Every single member of staff holds a current Child Protection Training Certificate from the Local Authority. They are trained in recognising signs of abuse and knowing what to do if they have concerns about any child in school.
All supply teachers and volunteers are provided with a Safeguarding Leaflet when they first visit the school so that they are aware of all the school’s procedures. The Governors monitor this and ensure procedures are being followed.
E-Safety is fundamental in our quest to keep children safe – at home and school. Regular assemblies focus upon how children should use the internet safely and the risks if children have unrestricted access to sites they are too young for. If a site has an age restriction, then it is there for the safety of all children (one social networking site has a recommended age of 13+).
The number of children who have reported incidents of ‘cyber bullying’ has increased tenfold over the last decade according to a report from ‘ChildLine’. Again, we discuss this with our children in school regularly – but the more access a child has to social networking sites- the greater the chance conversations between children can become unregulated. Click here to read 'DfE Advice to Parents on Cyberbullying'.
It is not a school’s position to tell parents how to raise their children – we are obliged however, to advise and share concerns. The internet has so many positives (life without ‘google’, it’s hard to remember life before google!!!!!!) but the internet can also open the door to a world our children should be protected from.
If you would like further information regarding keeping your children safe on the internet please visit:
Click here to read our 'Ramsgate Free School's Parents Guide to Social Networking'
Click here to read DfE 'Advice for parents on CyberBullying'
Important top tips to help children enjoy the Internet safely:
Are you worried about your child and the internet? Here's some advice from Parent Link. It will only take couple of minutes to watch. Click here to view
- Remember to never give out personal information (name, address, telephone number, school etc).
- Make sure they know who it is they are talking to online – real friends & family.
- Be nice to people online like you would in a playground!
- If they feel unsure or worried to always tell an adult!
How you can help staff keep children safe…
To further enhance our end of day safeguarding procedures we have a robust system in place to monitor children that have been given permission to leave school unaccompanied by an adult:
If your child leaves school at the end of each school day unaccompanied by an adult, we at Ramsgate Free School, need to know because the safety of your child is the absolute highest priority for us.
Our policy states, ...'pupils who leave the school gates on their own at the end of a school day, will be given a credit card sized permit to produce to the staff members manning the gates at home-time so we know the children have your permission to leave'.
So if your child leaves the school premises alone (even if they are meeting you on the corner of the road) please spare five precious minutes to complete the 'Leaving School Unaccompanied' form by clicking on this link or you can collect a paper copy from the school office.
Pupils will be given ‘colour coded’ permits to visiably highlight the end of school day permissions and procdeures.
Walking/Cycling to school
It is also equally important that we know whether your child arrives in school unaccompanied. By completing the above mentioned form the school will then be alerted of a possible problem if your child doesn’t arrive at school for registration and a member of staff will call you at the start of the school day.
We have a bicycle shelter for children to ‘park’ their cycles during the school day. We recommend bikes are locked. We expect cycling helmets to be worn by all children cycling to and from school. Please click here to read our Cycling Policy.
Sending Children Home
If your child is going home with a friend, another family member or anyone different from their normal collection person please let their class teacher or the school office know. It can save a lot of difficulties as staff can only let children leave the school with named contacts.
Newington Road and the surrounding roads continue to be a hazardous place for children because the parking is so congested at drop off and collection times. We all have a responsibility to keep the children safe. Please park responsibly!
Please take the time to use the ‘drop-off zone’ if you drive your child to school. You then have the assurance that your child has arrived on school premises safely.
We hold ‘Road Safety’ assemblies across Term 2 to highlight hazards to children and encourage them to take an active role in promoting staying safe.
Road Crossing Patrol (RCP )
We are very lucky to have a RCP, who assists the children crossing the Newington Road. Please continue to use our RCP, as a safe place to cross the road at the beginning and end of the day.
If you drive to school, please take the time to use the ‘drop-off zone’ if you drive your child to school. You then have the assurance that your child has arrived on school premises safely.