Safeguarding

COVID-19 Update: Safeguarding children, adults and families means protecting the most vulnerable from abuse and neglect, especially during such trying times. Find more information in this poster or check out our safeguarding policies on our policies page.
To report any safeguarding concerns please go to: https://www.wolverhamptonsafeguarding.org.uk/report-it
To contact our Child and Family Support Lead please email: l.ridge@eastdene.org

“Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined for the purposes of this guidance as: protecting children from maltreatment; preventing impairment of children’s health or development; ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care; and taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.“ – KCSIE

 

Designated Safeguarding Leader

Mrs L Ridge (Headteacher)

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leaders

Mrs J Fenton (Head of Pastoral Care)

Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined for the purposes of this guidance (KCSIE 2020) as:

Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE) – September 2020

East Dene’s Commitment to Safeguarding & Child Protection

At East Dene Primary School we are committed to safeguarding children and young people and we expect everyone who works in our school to share this commitment.

Adults in our school take all welfare concerns seriously and will support children and young people to talk to us about anything that may worry them.

Communication with Parents/Carers

Our school will always discuss any concerns we might have with parents/carers.  Our school will endeavour to ensure that parents have an understanding of the responsibilities placed on the school and staff for safeguarding children.

Curriculum

Child safety issues and child protection will be addressed through the curriculum where appropriate, especially through PSHE, Computing and E-Safety, Citizenship, Relationship and Sex Education (RSE) and British values.

We use a variety of resources and approaches to teach the children how to keep themselves safe, build their resilience and manage risks.

The curriculum, and in particular the personal, social and health education development strand of the curriculum, includes an emphasis on relationships, building confidence and resilience in pupils and in developing preventative strategies to ensure their own protection and that of others. Opportunities are provided for pupils to develop the skills and strategies they need to stay safe, including age appropriate discussions about healthy relationships, their bodies and being able to say no to requests that they do not want to carry out. Clear advice and guidance is built into the curriculum to ensure that pupils understand that there is a range of contacts they can turn to for advice and support and that they know where and how to report any concerns.

Internet Safety

Children and young people spend lots of time on the internet.  They may go online to research information for homework or to play games, chat with friends and make new ones. The internet holds a massive amount of useful information and can also be a really good way of learning about new things and keeping in contact with friends and family.  It can also be a very dangerous place so it is important that children are protected and monitored when they are online.

CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection) has lots of information about how to keep your children safe online and parental controls.  The link to the website is below.

CEOP – Thinkuknow

Child Sexual Exploitation

Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) is a form of sexual abuse which sees children/young people being manipulated or coerced into sexual activity for receiving ‘something’ such as; gifts, money, food, attention, somewhere to stay etc. Technology is very often used to groom victims.  This may occur through social networking sites and mobile phones with internet access. CSE has gained a large amount of media attention over the last year as lots of services involved with children and young people have noticed a big rise in cases involving CSE.

Charities such as NSPCC and Barnardos have been campaigning to raise the profile of this form of child abuse.

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

In April 2014 every school in England received new safeguarding guidelines and detailed information on identifying and responding to Female Genital Mutilation. FGM is a procedure carried out on young girls between the ages of infancy and 15 years of age.

Female Genital Mutilation is classified as a form of Child Abuse in the UK.  It therefore makes the procedure of it a serious Child Protection issue. It is illegal for anyone to perform FGM in the UK or to arrange for a child to be transported to another country for the procedure. The maximum sentence for carrying out FGM or helping it to take place is 14 years in prison.

There is lots of information and support available online for parents/carers concerned about this subject or if you know someone who is at risk:

The NSPCC has detailed advice on how to spot the signs, symptoms and effects of FGM and provides support for people who are concerned about a child or who have been affected themselves. The link to the website is below.

NSPCC FGM

Useful Information

Safeguarding Policy

Child Friendly Safeguarding Policy

E-Safety Policy

Digital 5 a day

DfE Advice – Cyberbullying for Parents

DfE Advice – Keeping Children Safe in Education

NSPCC – Simple Conversations to Help Keep Your Child Safe

East Dene Parents Leaflet – Safeguarding Information for Parents/Carers

www.rotherhampower.co.uk

Staff Documents

CSE Guidance Core Document [Staff Only]

CSE Guidance Annexes [Staff Only]

Working Together – CSE Changes 2017 [Staff Only]

Government Guidance for Safer Working Practice for Those Working With Children and Young People in Education Settings [Staff Only]