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Safeguarding

The Governors, Senior Leaders and staff at Belmont are committed to providing a safe and secure environment for children, staff and visitors, promoting a climate where children and adults will feel confident about sharing any concerns which they may have about their own safety or the well-being of others.


Our Aims:

  • Ensure that Governors, staff and volunteers fulfil statutory requirements in respect of safeguarding and promoting the welfare and well-being of all pupils.
  • Support a culture of safeguarding, building resilience and a collective responsibility for the safety and well-being of others.
  • Work constructively with partner agencies to ensure timely and appropriate support for vulnerable children and their families.
  • Raise awareness of child protection issues amongst staff, parents and pupils and to describe clearly the procedures that have been adopted to identify and support children at risk and to respond to concerns and disclosures.
  • Ensure that Belmont meets the Lincolnshire Safeguarding Children Board’s standards and uses safer recruitment practices as a means to deter and prevent unsafe adults from abusing positions of trust.

 

Our Safeguarding Governor is Jan Hudson.

 

For further information please speak to our school Designated Safeguarding Lead, Matthew Davidson.

The Prevent Duty

Prevent is a government strategy designed to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorist or extremist causes. It covers all types of terrorism and extremism, including the extreme right wing, violent Islamist groups and other causes.

 

From July 2015 all schools (as well as other organisations) have a duty to safeguard children from radicalisation and extremism. This means we have a responsibility to protect children from extremist and violent views the same way we protect them from drugs or gang violence. Importantly, we can provide a safe place for pupils to discuss these issues so they better understand how to protect themselves.

 

What does this mean in practice?

Different schools will carry out the Prevent duty in different ways, depending on the age of the children and the needs of the community. Many of the things we already do in school to help children become positive, happy members of society also contribute to the Prevent strategy. These include:

  • Exploring other cultures and religions and promoting diversity
  • Challenging prejudices and racist comments
  • Developing critical thinking skills and a strong, positive self-identity
  • Promoting the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils, as well as British values such as democracy

 

We will also protect children from the risk of radicalisation, for example by using filters on the internet to make sure they can’t access extremist and terrorist material, or by vetting visitors who come into school to work with pupils.

 

How does Prevent relate to British Values?

Schools have been required to promote the fundamental British Values since 2014, and this will continue to be part of our response to the Prevent strategy. Further details about British Values at Belmont School can be found here.

 

Isn’t my child too young to learn about extremism?

The Prevent strategy is not just about discussing extremism itself, which may not be appropriate for younger children. It is also about teaching children values such as tolerance and mutual respect. The school will make sure any discussions are suitable for the age and maturity of the children involved.

 

Is extremism really a risk in our area?

Extremism can take many forms, including political, religious and misogynistic extremism. The skills the children learn will help protect them from any extremist views they may encounter, now or later in their lives.

 

Key terms

 

Extremism

Vocal or active opposition to fundamental British values such as democracy, the rule of law and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs

Ideology

A set of beliefs

Terrorism

A violent action against people or property, designed to create fear and advance a political, religious or ideological cause

Radicalisation

The process by which a person comes to support extremism and terrorism

Misogyny Dislike of, contempt for, or ingrained prejudice against women and girls

 

If you have any questions or concerns about the Prevent strategy and what it means for your child, please do not hesitate to contact the school.


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