Safeguarding Policies 

These policies apply to everyone who comes into contact with children at St Bartholomew's Primary School including:

• Teaching staff (full time and part time)

• Teaching assistants

• Administrative assistants

• Finance staff

• Supply teachers

• Students

• Midday supervisors

• Caretaker

• Governors

• Cleaning staff

• Visitors/volunteers


Safeguarding at St Bartholomew's C of E Primary School

At St Bartholomew's CE Primary School, safeguarding our children is the highest priority. We respect our pupils and provide them with a safe and secure environment and encourage them to do their best at all times. Our school motto is 'let your light shine' and we encourage our school family to strive to be the best they can, whilst staying safe.

 

The St Bart's Safeguarding Team

Designated Safeguarding Lead - Alice Edwards

Deputy Safeguarding Lead - Rachel Cannon

Safeguarding Governor - Sajda Andleeb

(If you have any concerns regarding safeguarding, please contact the school on 01775 640357 in order to speak to a member of the safeguarding team.)

 

What is safeguarding?

According to the DfE, safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined as:
• protecting children from maltreatment
• preventing impairment of children’s health or development
• ensuring children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care
• taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes

Child protection is a part of safeguarding and promoting welfare. It refers to the activity that is undertaken to protect specific children who are suffering, or are likely to suffer, significant harm. Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is everyone’s responsibility at St Bartholomew's Primary School. Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families and carers has a role to play in safeguarding children. 

In order to keep our children safe at school, we ensure that all our staff have a clear understanding of their responsibilities towards safeguarding children. We have a range of clear and up to date policies and procedures in place to ensure the safety and protection of our pupils. These can be seen to the left of this page. We audit our safeguarding practice regularly. We also teach our pupils how to keep themselves healthy and safe (in and out of school).


Abuse and Neglect

As a school, we are trained to recognise signs of abuse and neglect and we follow our safeguarding procedures to ensure that children receive appropriate and effective support and protection.

The law requires all school staff to pass on information which may create concern about a child’s welfare, including risk from neglect, physical, emotional or sexual abuse. School staff will seek, in general, to discuss any concerns with you including referrals to other agencies. However, in situations where we suspect our children are at risk of harm, the law says that schools may take advice from other agencies without informing parents and carers. Information is shared securely and sensitively and will only be shared with other services where it is deemed necessary to ensure that our children are safe.

Recognising abuse

To ensure that our pupils are protected from harm, we need to understand what types of behaviour constitute abuse and neglect. Abuse and neglect are forms of maltreatment. Somebody may abuse or neglect a child by inflicting harm, for example by hitting them, or by failing to act to prevent harm, by leaving a small child home alone, or leaving knives or matches within reach of an unattended toddler. There are four categories of abuse: physical, emotional, sexual abuse and neglect.

Physical abuse

Physical abuse may involve hitting, shaking, throwing, poisoning, burning or scalding, drowning, suffocating or otherwise causing physical harm to a child. Physical harm may also be caused when a parent or carer fabricates the symptoms of, or deliberately induces illness in a child.

Emotional abuse

Emotional abuse is the persistent emotional maltreatment of a child, such as to cause severe and persistent adverse effects on the child’s emotional development. It may involve conveying to children that they are worthless or unloved, inadequate or valued only for meeting the needs of another person. It may involve seeing or hearing the ill-treatment of another. It may involve serious bullying, causing children frequently to feel frightened or in danger, or the exploitation or corruption of children. It may feature age – or developmentally – inappropriate expectations being imposed on children. These may include interactions that are beyond the child’s developmental capability, as well as overprotection and limitation of exploration and learning, or preventing the child participating in normal social interaction. Some level of emotional abuse is involved in all types of maltreatment of a child, although it may occur alone.

Sexual abuse

Sexual abuse involves forcing or enticing a child or young person to take part in sexual activities, including prostitution, whether or not the child is aware of what is happening. The activities may involve physical contact, including penetrative or non-penetrative acts. They may include non-contact activities, such as involving children in looking at, or in the production of, pornographic material or watching sexual activities, or encouraging children to behave in sexually inappropriate ways. Sexual abuse can take place online, and technology can be used to facilitate offline abuse. It is not solely perpetrated by adult males as women can also commit acts of sexual abuse as can children.

Neglect

Neglect is the persistent failure to meet a child’s basic physical and/or psychological needs, likely to result in the serious impairment of the child’s health or development. Neglect may occur during pregnancy as a result of maternal substance misuse. Once a child is born, neglect may involve a parent or carer failing to provide adequate food and clothing or shelter, including exclusion from home or abandonment; failing to protect a child from physical and emotional harm or danger; failure to ensure adequate supervision, including the use of inadequate care-takers; or the failure to ensure access to appropriate medical care or treatment. It may also include neglect of, or unresponsiveness to, a child’s basic emotional needs.

(Definitions taken from Keeping Children Safe in Education 2020)

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/keeping-children-safe-in-education--2