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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.

 

Reporting Concerns

If you have any concerns, no matter how small they may seem,

about the safety or welfare of any child in our school, please contact:

 

Designated Safeguarding Lead Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead Safeguarding Governor
Matthew Davidson Jayne Allen Jan Hudson

If you suspect or believe a child in the community is suffering, or is likely to suffer, significant harm (including any form of mistreatment or abuse) you should ALWAYS report your concerns.

 

In an emergency always dial 999. If there is no immediate danger to the child, or if you need some advice or information, you can contact the Children Services Customer Service Centre (CSC) on 01522 782111. If it is outside normal office hours you can contact the Emergency Duty Team (EDT) on 01522 782333.

 

Helpful Organisations

 

NSPCC (National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children)

 

 

This is a charity campaigning and working in child protection in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Channel Islands, which offers help and advice. Please click on their logo to go directly to their site.

 

 

 

 

CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection)

 

This is a law enforcement agency which helps keep children and young people safe from sexual abuse and grooming online. If you are worried about online abuse or the way someone has been communicating online please contact CEOP. Their experienced Child Protection advisors will be there to make sure you get the help that you need.

 

Reports can be made safely and securely by clicking on the CEOP logo above.

 

Lincolnshire Safeguarding Children Board

 

A multi-agency board made up of representatives from the Local Authority, Police, Health Service, Probation Trust, Youth Offending Service, the Voluntary Sector and others. It aims to ensure that every child and young person in Lincolnshire is safeguarded via the provision of accessible, timely, co-ordinated, high quality multi-agency services to children, young people and families.

What Is Safeguarding?

 

Safeguarding is the policies and practices that schools and Governing Bodies employ to keep children safe and promote their wellbeing. This means everything from the security of the buildings, to the safe recruitment of staff and everything in between. The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) defines it as:

 

  # Protecting children from abuse and maltreatment

  # Preventing harm to children’s health or development

  # Ensuring children grow up with the provision of safe and effective care

  # Taking action to enable all children and young people to have the best  outcomes

 

The difference between Safeguarding and Child Protection

The diagram on the left sets out what Safeguarding means in schools. As you can see, Child Protection is only one aspect of Safeguarding and is a term used to describe the activity that is undertaken to protect specific children who are suffering or likely to suffer significant harm.

 

What Are Schools Expected To Do?

 

Schools must comply with the current safeguarding guidance from the Department for Education, called Keeping Children Safe in Education – to view please click here.  This means, for example:

 

  • Having a designated safeguarding lead (DSL), who is trained to support staff, contribute to assessing children and liaise with other agencies.
  • Having a child protection policy, and procedures covering specific safeguarding issues – click here to view our Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy
  • Ensuring that adults working in the school are safe to work with children, by carrying out background checks (through the Disclosure and Barring Service) and having someone on interview panels who is trained in ‘safer recruitment’
  • Ensuring that all staff receive safeguarding and child protection training, and that this is regularly updated

 

What Does Safeguarding Look Like In Our School?

 

We have a responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of all our children. If we have concerns about the welfare of a child we have a responsibility to take action and will always act in the best interest of the child. We also have a legal duty to work alongside other agencies with any child protection enquiries.

 

  • We ensure that Governors, staff and volunteers fulfil statutory requirements in respect of safeguarding and promoting the welfare and well-being of all pupils.
  • We support a culture of safeguarding, building resilience and a collective responsibility for the safety and well-being of others.
  • We work constructively with partner agencies to ensure timely and appropriate support for vulnerable children and their families.
  • We teach pupils about safeguarding issues, including how to respond to concerns, in lessons on personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education
  • Any child that reports a concern will be listened to with respect and their concerns will supported and our safeguarding procedures will be followed

  • We protect information about pupils and only share it appropriately
  • We track concerns about pupils confidentially
  • We ensure that Belmont meets the Lincolnshire Safeguarding Children Board’s standards and use safer recruitment practices as a means to deter and prevent unsafe adults from abusing positions of trust.

 

Key Terms

Abuse – abuse is a form of maltreatment of a child. Somebody may abuse or neglect a child by inflicting harm or by failing to act to prevent harm.

 

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check – a certificate of checks carried out on those working with children and vulnerable people. Those who work regularly with children require a more in-depth DBS check.

 

Safer Recruitment – recruiting staff using thorough checks on their suitability to work with children, including the right to work in the UK, and mental and physical fitness to carry out their responsibilities.

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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