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Safeguarding children within Wheatfield Primary School

Good Practice Guidelines for Parents

These guidelines are designed to help all parents/guardians to understand the expected behaviour around our children in order to ensure their safety. All adults coming onto the school premises, including the playground, have a duty of care towards the welfare of the children at our school.

What is Safeguarding?

Every child can potentially be hurt, put at risk from harm or abused regardless of their age, gender, religion or ethnicity.

Safeguarding means that:

  • children are protected from mistreatment
  • a child’s health, or development, is protected
  • children grow up with safe and effective care
  • action is taken to ensure the best outcomes for all children

Safeguarding is the action we take to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm.

Child Protection

This is the process of protecting children who may be suffering from, or at risk of, significant harm. This includes physical abuse, sexual abuse, neglect, exploitation and emotional harm.

Child protection promotes the rights and welfare of all children. Our Designated Teachers for Child Protection are Mrs Hume, Mrs Batchelor and Mrs Whiteside who are supported by our Child Protection Team. We are responsible for speaking to parents if concerns arise and making referrals to Social Services with, or without, parental permission. For more details please read a copy of our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy (available from reception).

Equally we are all responsible for ensuring we safeguard each other as adults.

Communication between parents and staff should always be respectful and courteous.

Social Networking

In order to safeguard both our children and our staff please refrain from discussing the school, or naming individuals, on a social networking site such as Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. This protects not only the school but yourselves too! Members of staff may contact the police if there are malicious comments made about them.

School Guidelines:

Parents in the school grounds

  1. Parents must never approach other peoples’ children to discuss any type of issue with them. This is unacceptable and the school will take immediate action should this happen. When threatening and unfamiliar adults approach children, they feel:
  • frightened
  • vulnerable
  • unsafe
  • intimidated

You wouldn’t like your child to feel this way.

Take the right approach – come into school and let us deal with it!

 

  1. Parents should not approach other parents if they have an issue with either them or their child. This is not the right way to deal with problems and leads to:
  • unacceptable behaviour on our school grounds
  • children feeling frightened
  • both adults and children feeling unsafe on school grounds

 

  1. If you see, or hear, something that concerns you regarding the welfare of one of our pupils:
  • come into school and ask to speak to Mrs Hume, the Designated Teacher for Child Protection or
    Mrs Batchelor or Mrs Whiteside, the Deputy Designated Teachers for Child Protection if Mrs Hume is not available.
  • make a note of the concern including the time, date, factual details and names where possible; pass this information to school. You can remain anonymous if you wish.
  • contact Gateway on 028 9050 7000 during office hours or 028 9504 9999 out of hours and speak to a Duty Social Worker.

 

Together we have a collective responsibility for the welfare of all our children!

 

Thank you for your support.