Safeguarding and Volunteer Helpers

Safeguarding 

Elmlea Schools’ Trust has clear procedures for Safeguarding.  Information is available from the links on this page, or from the Designated Safeguarding Leads.

Designated Safeguarding Officer:           

Lorraine Wright, Executive Headteacher –  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Deputy Safeguarding Officer:

Lee Daubney –  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Safeguarding Governor:                              

Ria Burridge - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If you have concerns that you want to make the school aware of, please contact the designated safeguarding lead. The designated person will then monitor any concerns and report where appropriate to social care if a child is deemed at risk of significant harm. Any information shared with us will be disclosed only to those staff who need to know for the purposes of child protection. Concerns will usually be shared with parent/child by the designated person, unless to do so may place the child/ren at increased risk of harm. If there is doubt about this, the designated person will consult with social care.

General guidance can be found in the following publications:

Keeping Children Safe in Education

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/835733/Keeping_children_safe_in_education_2019.pdf

Working Together to Safeguarding Children

 https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/779401/Working_Together_to_Safeguard-Children.pdf

The trust’s Safeguarding policies are available in the policies section of the website

Useful websites and links to further information:

Childline

First Response Details

South West Child Protection Procedures

First Response Flyer

 

We recognise that staff and adults working with children, because of the contact with and knowledge of children in their care, are well placed to identify abuse and offer support to children in need.  The school is an agent of referral and not of investigation.

Keeping children Safe in Education and Working Together guidance recognise that there are 4 categories of abuse:

1.       Physical abuse

2.       Emotional abuse

3.       Sexual abuse

4.       Neglect

Safeguarding is not just about protecting children from deliberate harm and abuse.  It includes other issues such as:

·         Internet safety

·         Health and safety

·         Meeting the needs of children with medical issues

·         Bullying

·         Physical intervention

·         Radicalisation

·         Racist abuse

·         Harassment and discrimination

·         Child sexual exploitation, forced marriage and FGM

It may be that while you are in school you are approached by a child who wants to talk to you about something that has or is happening to them.  We have a very clear system which enables you to report to us so that we can help the child.

What should you do?

If you are approached by a child, help them by:

·         Listening positively to what they say and, if possible, ensure a degree of privacy while you are doing this

·         Taking what the child has to say seriously

·         Staying calm, however shocked you may be

·         Letting the child know that this information will have to be passed on so that they can be helped

 

You should not:

·         Ask leading questions – avoid ‘who, where’ what’ type questions

·         Appear shocked or angry

·         Make judgements

·         Promise to keep this information a secret

·         Confront or question an alleged abuser – it is not your job to investigate

 

What next?

You now need to record this information on a ‘Child Protection Concern Form’.  These can be obtained from the school office.  The form takes you through the information required and also details important information such as the name of the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO).  It should be hand-written and completed as soon after the disclosure as you can.  It allows us to make an informed decision about how to help the

When you have completed this it should be handed to the Designated Safeguarding Lead or their deputy.

They will then make sure the child receives appropriate help.  This could be by referring the child to an outside agency.

If you have concerns about a child’s welfare, but they have not said anything, you should record your concern on the Child Protection Concern form and, once again, pass to the Designated Safeguarding Lead for Child Protection or Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead Child Protection.

Examples include:

·         Seeing unusual marks or bruises

·         The child’s personal hygiene is not as it should be

·         The child is always hungry

·         You have seen a change in their behaviour over a few weeks.

It is important that if you have concerns, however trivial, they are passed onto us.  Remember that children’s details and names must remain confidential at all times.  Detailing issues should be on a need to know basis only.

Dealing with issues of child abuse can be distressing for anyone and we appreciate your help in making sure Elmlea Infant School is a safe place for everyone.

If you have any queries regarding this information, or require further clarification, please contact our Designated Safeguarding Lead.

 

Volunteer Helpers

Both Elmlea Infant and Junior Schools encourage voluntary helpers as an important part of school life within Elmlea Schools’ Trust and are valued by the whole school community.  Voluntary helper skills, interests and knowledge are an additional resource and used in a variety of ways in school to raise standards in the learning and development of the children.  Using volunteer helpers also is a way of encouraging the wider community to engage with children’s learning to raise standards of achievement and deepen the sense of school community.

 Volunteer helpers are:

  • Parents or other adults working alongside the teachers
  • Students on work experience 

    Volunteer helpers support the schools in a number of ways:
  • Supporting individual pupils within classrooms
  • Hearing pupils read
  • Helping with classroom organisation
  • Helping with supervision of children on school visits
  • Helping with group work
  • Helping with art or other practical subjects
  • Attending on school trips to support school adults.


If you would like to find out more about volunteering, please contact the Infant or Junior school office for more information.

In line with the trust’s Disclosure and Safeguarding Policies and DfE guidance in Keeping Children Safe in Education, depending on the activities to be undertaken whilst volunteering, parents/carers/volunteers helping in school may need to complete a Disclosure and Barring.

We recognise that for staff and parents of other children to be confident about helpers in school, all volunteers will need to agree to a protocol about confidentiality and conduct. Volunteer helpers are asked to sign a ‘Volunteer Helpers Protocol’, a copy of which will be kept in school office. 

Please find the Policy for Volunteer Helpers under the EST Policies section.

 

 

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