Designated Safeguarding lead (DSL) - Mrs Shelley Bennett Head Teacher
Deputy Designated safeguarding lead (DDSL) - Mrs Joanne Smith Deputy Head Teacher
Safeguarding Governors - Mrs Charlotte Marshall & Miss Ruth Palmer
Safer Recruitment Officer - Mrs Shelley Bennett Head Teacher
If you have any worries, concerns or would just like to ask or check something out, please do get in touch using the contacts below.
School number - 01623465588
Office E mail - firstname.lastname@example.org
PLEASE REMEMBER IT IS EVERYONES DUTY TO SAFEGUARD CHILDREN
Safeguarding at John T. Rice Infant and Nursery School
Staff and Governors at John T. Rice Infant and Nursery School are aware that many children are the victims of different kinds of abuse and neglect. They can be subjected to social factors that have a negative impact upon their lives – including domestic violence, substance misuse, bullying, mental health and radicalisation. This in turn can have an enormous impact upon their future.
It is our aim that everyone who works with the children at John T. Rice has a full understanding of the policies and procedures we use to ensure the children are safeguarded at all times. We also acknowledge that safeguarding incidents could happen anywhere and staff should be alert to possible concerns arising, knowing what to do in the event of a safeguarding concern.
Safeguarding and Promoting the welfare of Children
Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined as:
Protecting children from harm;
Preventing impairment of children’s health or development;
Ensuring that children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care; and
Undertaking that role so as to enable those children to have optimum life chances and to enter adulthood successfully.
Child protection is a key element in work to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. Child Protection refers to work undertaken with children identified as being at risk of significant harm.
(Recruitment, selection and pre-employment vetting)
John T. Rice Infant School creates a culture of safe recruitment and, as part of that, adopts the LA Recruitment & Selection Policy that helps deter, reject or identify people who might abuse children from working in any capacity at, or visiting the school
This is based on checks and evidence such as:
Schools keep a Single Central Record (SCR) as a register of information of all the above checks on staff and volunteers. This document is scrutinised & checked during an Ofsted inspection.
Contractors, Coaches and other visitors on the school site are checked according to the level of contact (unsupervised, supervised) contact with children.
Since Sept 2016 all school Governors are required to undertake a DBS check.
Prevent is a government strategy designed to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorist or extremist causes. Many of the things we do in school to help pupils become positive, happy members of society also contribute to the Prevent strategy.
Find out more in our leaflet:
Supporting children worried about terrorism
Talking about terrorism: tips for parents
Children are exposed to news in many ways, and what they see can worry them. Our advice can help you have a conversation with your children:
offer reassurance and comfort
avoid complicated and worrying explanations that could be frightening and confusing
help them find advice and support to understand distressing events and feelings
children can always contact Childline free and confidentially on the phone and online
You can talk to us about anything. No problem is too big or too small.
Call us free on 0800 1111 or get in touch online. However you choose to contact us, you're in control. It’s confidential and you don’t have to give your name if you don’t want to.
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